Club Provides Place for Yankton Youth Programs

This fall, youth in Yankton were ecstatic as the Boys & Girls Club of Yankton opened the doors of the new club for the first time.

“It was an exciting day to celebrate not only the Boys & Girls Club but also the community of Yankton, kids and the many investors in kids that have helped to make this happen,” Yankton Middle School Principal Todd Dvoracek said.

The 25,000 square foot facility, located next to Yankton Middle School, serves youth in two separate programs: The Academy, which is a licensed school based, childcare program at Stewart and St. Ben’s Elementary school, and The Traditional Club, which is a drop in, recreational program located near the Middle School.

“The biggest benefit for the students is to be in a safe, positive place with positive role models,” Dvoracek said.

“Inside of both programs, the mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as responsible, productive and caring citizens.”

The Academy provides a structured program before and after school for youth aged 5-12. The Traditional Club is for youth in the First through 12th grade with programming focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles and character & leadership.

Programs run year-round with the Academy serving about 140 youth a day and the Traditional Club serving more than 100. Attendees have the opportunity to take part in a variety of programs and participate in outdoor activities.

“The kids have been excited, shocked at the change in facility and grateful,” Dvoracek said. “It has been fun to listen to the kids be thankful for such a nice place, a place to be with their friends and to get homework help.”

The school district, city, county, businesses and individuals made the Club possible and demonstrated their care for kids and families in Yankton. The project brought many people together for its mission.

“This would not be possible without the support of the school district, community members, businesses and local organizations,” Dvoracek said.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Yankton is growing and striving to serve more youth, more often.”