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Community Engagement Programs

Mentor (Tempe)

Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley


Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley is a community based, character building youth development organization. We deliver the highest quality programs and provide opportunities to assist youth and more



About the Internship


Interns assist staff in providing specialized programs and activities such as daily physical activity, computer labs, arts and craft, dance, music, tutoring, and field trips.

Internship categories listed; basic information:

  • Arts and Culture category is a dance instructor so education/course work must be relevant
  •  Sports intern will help manage seasonal youth sports & gym programs and athletic background is preferred
  • education will entail managing prevention and academic success programming
  • all others, please call.

The limited budget of each club allows for some full time employees and part time employees to oversee the program areas, plan and develop programs and to solicit the involvement of interns who can provide for the special needs of individuals and small groups.

Population Served:

There were 1243 Club members in 2018.  51% are from single-parent households. 21% of Club members had reduced or free school lunch.   45% of the members came from families earning less than $35,000 per year (11% were under $15,999 annually).  Accordingly, our varied services are offered at low or no cost.  53% of Club members did not have insurance.

Males comprised of  52% of membership and females comprised of 48%. 17% of membership is Caucasian; 17% of membership is Hispanic; 24% of membership is African American; 2% of membership is Native American; 9% of membership is Other/Multiracial; 29% of membership is Unknown and 1% of membership is Asian/Pacific Islander.

Community Need:

The Ladmo Branch is in the Westside Multigenerational Center, west of Mill, north of University, east of Hardy in a redevelopment area where many low income families reside.  This community is highly transitory and very mobile.  Statistics at Scales Technology School show that over 75% of the students who start the school year in August, do not finish the school year.  Many families in the community are single parent families.  There is a mixture of many cultures, and our Club and Teen Center reflect that diversity.  Due to its proximity to ASU, there are many college age residents.  Low income, single parent families, and ethnic diversity beg for programs, services and resources.

Community Impact:

Interns can serve as positive adult mentors during the traditional school months (Aug.-May) by teaching productive problem-solving strategies, encouraging children to be self-directed learners, conducting informal or formal programs and activities, and ensuring that youth have the resources they need to meet high expectations.  The after school program's goal is to develop the character of youth by providing activities that enhance academic success.

For the summer months, service learners would be doing relatively the same but with less focus on school-oriented activities and learning.  Summer consists more of activities and development in life skills, healthy lifestyles, and character.