Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga
My name is Trent Yaconelli and I am the new Executive Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga. It is my pleasure to take the lead in this organization after over 20 years of service to the children of this valley. I started in 1997 as the Club Manager of the St. Helena Clubhouse, which was the organization's only Clubhouse at the time. It was one room at the end of the Catholic school. Now we have a St. Helena Clubhouse, a Calistoga site, a Teen Center and beginning October 2nd a new program site at Howell Mountain.
As I try to do my part to move this organization forward, I notice and acknowledge those who came before me. Frank Sottile and Jay Templeton were two fantastic Executive Directors who took this organization where it needed to go. I have learned much from both of them and will strive to continue to make this Club the best child-serving organization in Napa Valley.
In three weeks, October 7, 2017, the Club will open a brand new much needed facility in Calistoga. This achievement could not have been done without the direction of Jay Templeton and the hard-dedicated work of this board. The Board has dedicated time, treasure, passion and wisdom to get this building off the ground. This new site will have an immediate impact on Calistoga and I am excited at the possibilities. We are also excited about the new remodel and opening of our Calistoga Teen Center. The Teen Center has been open since the first day of school, but we will have our Grand Re-Opening on September 22, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. I hope many of you will stop by. The Calistoga Teen Center quietly does amazing work in the community and is directly responsible for changing the lives of hundreds of Calistoga youth. The youth and the staff deserve a great Clubhouse and with the help of the City of Calistoga and the City Council, they are getting just that.
As I get my feet on the ground, I will be looking to present a new vision for the Club as we progress. This will include programs focused on health and well-being, job training and counseling, academic excellence and creating a path to solidifying our financial future. This will mean increasing our endowment and reaching out to many of you who use the Club every day.
Please stop by in the coming months to say hello. I look forward to moving this Club forward as we continually strive to be the best child-serving agency in the Valley.