Program Directors: Rafael Vaca
I was born and raised in Oakland where I studied Psychology and Urban Education at Mills College and have been working with underserved populations for the past 10 years, primarily through mental health care and special education. I have also been privileged to organize donation drives for unhoused locals, create a nationally used art therapy program, and design as well as lead therapeutic and educational programs across the Bay Area.
My education and work experiences have only deepened my need to support others. I am extremely grateful and excited to use these experiences to support the resilience of students, families, and the community through the Boys & Girls Club at James Madison!
School Year Hours:
School Release to 6:00PM
Holiday Hours: When school is open, we are open. We are closed at this location on non-school days.
This site is hosted by Bay Elementary and is granted use over various classroom and multipurpose spaces throughout the year.
- Paper towels
- Color pencils
- Copy paper
- Coloring books
- Office supplies
- STEM activities
- Small prizes for incentives (party favors)
Club Updates & News!
Commonly Asked Club Questions
Membership to the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Leandro gives you and your family access to a variety of programs and community events that provide a fun, safe, and constructive environment for kids and teens (ages 4–18) during critical out-of-school hours throughout the entire calendar year.
Community-based and led by a team of professional staff, our Club offers programs and services to help young people succeed in school, develop leadership skills, and maintain healthy lifestyles. Whether you’re looking for something after school, a summer camp, or a school year day camp, or sports, recreation, technology, or family activities, we have a program to fit your kids needs and passions.
*Enrollment for grant-funded programs may be limited or prioritized for qualifying families.
We have recently moved from a paper-driven enrollment process to a user-friendly online platform that will allow parents and caregivers to complete an application online at our website, www.bgcsl.org. Once you complete your Club membership application online, login personal credentials will be created so you can access your parent portal 24/7. If you do not have access to join via computer at home, you can also complete your application at our Clubhouse located at 2200 San Leandro Blvd. San Leandro.
There are no current fees related to becoming a BGCSL member.
Once you become a member, you will log in to your parent portal and choose an upcoming program you would like to register your child for and make payments, if applicable.
Current Boys & Girls Club Members New families should visit our website to become members and access the new club member registration portal.
Expanded Learning programming will be provided to current and new club members at no cost.
Our online registration system generates a waitlist when a program is full. If there is no availability within the program, the registration system will keep you updated via notifying families of their waitlist status and next steps.
The school-site Program Director will contact parents once a space becomes available. Our goal is to provide access to as many youths as possible within our safety guidelines and staff-to-student ratios. Registration priority will be given to foster youths, unhoused students, and students facing special circumstances.
Yes, snacks are provided every day. If your child has allergic reactions to certain foods, we ask that you please notify the staff of those allergies by indicating them on the membership application in the registration process online/paper. If your child(ren) needs more snacks than the program provides, please provide your child(ren) with additional healthy (no candy or soda) snacks. Every program welcomes donations of healthy snacks.
Yes, your child is welcome to call you on our site phone when it is available and not disruptive to our program schedule.
Please refer to our Expanded Learning Parent Handbook for information on sign-in/out policies.
Transportation is not provided. All programs run on the school sites.
Safety is our number one priority. Therefore, the BGCSL staff takes the safety of every child very seriously. Please review our safety policies in our expanded learning parent handbook. If you have any additional questions about our safety policies, please contact your site Program Director or visit our website www/bgccsl.org
Students receiving special services are welcome to register for all programs. Please let us know how to best support your student to succeed in the programs via email, text, online program registration/form or schedule a meeting with a staff member.
Please contact your site’s Program Director to inform them about any special circumstances or needs requiring additional support.
Staff will immediately attempt to reach a sick or injured child’s primary contact. If a primary contact cannot be reached and depending on the severity of the illness or injury, Club staff may call 911.
Parents can designate any number of adults authorized to sign their child(ren) out of the Club. Please bear in mind that by placing an adult on your list of authorized pickups you are indicating that it is acceptable to release your child to this individual without phone verification. Parents may always review their list of authorized pickups by contacting the site’s Unit or Program Director.
If a child is to be picked up by someone, not on your child’s authorized pick-up list, parents are required to notify the program directors by phone, text, or email during club hours on the day in question. Guest pickups will be required to provide a valid form of Picture Identification before release.
Late pickups happen. The club retains the right to charge repeated instances at the rate of $ 2 per minute per child left on site after official closing hours. If you are running late, PLEASE call the site to notify us in advance.
Program Staff will not dispense any medication to children; however, if your child has a condition that requires medication during the program, please contact the Program Director to discuss the specific circumstances to best determine how your child’s medication needs may be met. Expanded learning program staff MUST be notified and alerted to any medical condition upon enrollment.
Yes. Our K-5, middle school, and high school programs are run separately. Students are also separated by grade within the program. There is occasional overlap at times, however, students are generally placed in groups with peers close to their age.
Yes, our programs offer regular homework assistance as part of the Expanded learning program schedule.
We will try our best to accommodate current and former members. However, members will not be automatically placed in our middle school programs. BGCSL works with our school-site principals and district liaisons to prioritize families and waitlisted students.
Each Boys & Girls site program will provide a mandatory parent/caregiver orientation. During orientation, parents will have an opportunity to meet our staff, tour the BGCSL classroom spaces, and learn about our programs, events, activities, and expectations.
Special accommodation will be provided to students who transfer from one BGCSL program site to another.
Academic Success programming provides Club members with the knowledge and skills they need to graduate from high school on time, equipped with the technical skills, tools, and resources to pursue their interests and prepare them for college, trade school, and employment.
Health & Wellness Programming encourages Club members to adopt healthy eating habits, practice good decision-making, develop healthy relationships, and make a lifelong commitment to physical fitness.
Character & Citizenship Programming focuses on cultivating good character and leadership skills and offers Club members the opportunity to give back to their community through service projects.
Athletic Programming develops valuable life skills while making new friends and gaining confidence in their ability to meet challenges. At all skill levels, our youth athletics programs foster teamwork, participation, fairness, and positive social skills in a fun, safe, and supportive atmosphere.
Arts Programming allows all youth to access imagination and creativity to express themselves and build connections with others in their community. The Arts programs, experiences, and initiatives include visual, digital, performing, and applied arts.
Water donations and healthy snacks for our expanded learning programs are always welcome. If you wish to make a cash donation, please visit our website www.bgcsl.org and click on the DONATE button or mail a check payable to:
San Leandro Boys & Girls Clubs 2200 San Leandro Blvd, San Leandro, CA 94577
Boys & Girls Clubs programming starts at the conclusion of school and ends at 6:00 p.m. Program start time will always align with the early release/TK-Kinder schedule per school site.
If you have a concern about one of our staff or our program, you are encouraged first to discuss the situation with the site’s Program Director. You may also follow up with the Boys and Girls Directors of Expanded Learning Programs: Consuelo Zuluaga (SLUSD) email@example.com or Edgar Torrico (SLZUSD) firstname.lastname@example.org