Boys & Girls Club and City Sign Lease Agreement to Bring Club to Yelm

Boys&GirlsYelm, WA — The Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County (BGCTC) and the City of Yelm signed a memo of understanding last week, officially bringing the sixth branch of the club to Yelm.

“It all started with a comprehensive vision to improve community services. By thinking out of the box and relocating City Hall, we created space for organizations like the Boys & Girls Club to utilize our former building and establish roots in our community,” City Administrator Michael Grayum said. “We are so excited to have them come to Yelm and provide essential services for youth and families.”

The Club decided to open a branch in Yelm after the invitation from administrators of Yelm Community Schools, the City of Yelm and months of planning and collaboration with community leaders and supporters. The club will host after school programs, led by professionals that are geared toward academic success, living a healthy lifestyle, character building, and good citizenship.

"Our board and staff is excited to answer this call to serve Yelm youth and their families with a new Boys & Girls Club, but this is just the beginning,” BGCTC CEO Chris Woods said. “Continued engagement with our community partners and Yelm residents will help us to grow the new Club and serve all youth who want to attend.”

 The next steps for the club will include determining the readiness of Club operations and the number of youth served, fundraising, making facility adjustments, staffing, and further collaboration with the Yelm community.

“Our priority as we grow is to work with Yelm Community Schools to make sure kids who most need the support and safety of the Club after school have a place to come,” added Woods.

Updates on potential dates of operation and registration details will be posted at and Pho the BTCTC Facebook page (@BGCTC).