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Boys And Girls Club of Stockton Loses National Affiliation

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

The Boys and Girls Club of Stockton provides a clubhouse and afterschool programs for 1,300 children each day.

But the Boys and Girls Club of America stripped Stockton of its affiliation saying Stockton can no longer use the title of Boys and Girls Club.

Stockton Club board member Douglas Srulowitz says the organization is not about to fold.

"Most importantly we will continue our important mission to be a safe haven for at risk youth of this community, I anticipate it will be business as usual,” says Srulowitz.

The national organization gave no reason for withdrawing its affiliation.

But Srulowitz says Mayor Anthony Silva who resigned as the club's CEO in October might be part of the reason.

"With all the negative press that was occurring, apparently it was getting back to the national, I believe they were concerned it was reflecting poorly on the Boys and Girls Club so this is my speculation,” says Srulowitz.

Still to be seen is if the club can keep its contract with Stockton Unified Schools to run its afterschool program, which accounts for half a million dollars in funding.

It's also uncertain how donations might be affected. Ninety percent of funding comes from local sources.


Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio