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Alpena Boys and Girls Club Seeing Unprecedented Registration Numbers for Summer Programs

For the past 96 years the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena has helped kids get more involved in the community while also learning some valuable life skills and having fun.

Director of the Boys and Girls Club, Brad Somers said they’re seeing unprecedented numbers of kids being signed up this summer. “In the past, if we had 215 to 250 kids signed up for our summer programs, we were rocking and rolling,” he said. “This year we’ve seen upwards of 370 kids signed up for our summer programs.”

For $10 for the whole summer, these kids will learn a variety of life skills while also having a good time. “They get mentored, they get volunteer opportunities, they get peer to peer interactions, they get social interactions, which is so important, they get mentoring from caring trained background verified staff members,” Somers said.

Since the boys and girls club is a non–profit, they rely heavily on donations from the community and partnerships with other organizations. “We celebrate every penny, every crayon, everything that comes into our building,” said Somers. “We celebrate those donations because it gets to go right back into the community and right back to the community and right back to these kids. We’re affiliated with a national organization but we do not receive operating funds from boys and girls club national.”

For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena or find out how to donate, visit