The Inside Story of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County 3

Changing Lives Every Day in Every Way

For Executive Director Zane Smith, leading the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County is not merely a passion, it is a calling. He recalls that since day one, he knew he was destined to change the lives of Bakersfield’s kids as well as 7,200 children throughout the county. Zane’s vision helped the organization build a modern, state-of-the-art recreation facility named the E.L. Jack and Monica Armstrong Youth Center. Since the beginning, the club’s mission is “To enable all young people especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens.“

Something for Everyone

The club provides pathways for children to realize their dreams, attain their ambitions, explore new interests and grow as individuals. Character and leadership skills are important components emphasized by a caring and trained staff. Nutritious meals are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A vast array of programs are offered, including education and career development, health and life skills, visual and performing arts, writing, sports, fitness and health. The club provides services for infants and toddlers up to older teens.

Channeling the Potential

Every child has potential, and the challenge becomes how to channel the energy, redirect the flow and encourage positive behavior. For more than 20 years, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County has provided guidance, inspiration, opportunity, encouragement and instruction to thousands of Kern’s children. The club changes lives and makes a difference. That’s what motivates Zane and his dedicated and talented staff every day.