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Kids get ready for FUN time avoiding gangs

Kids let off steam in a jump house during one of last year's FUN sessions.

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POSTED June 4, 2009 1:49 a.m.
Manteca’s grassroots campaign to help steer kids away from gangs is starting its second year of outreach on Friday.

The FUN Club Program (Friday Unity Night in the Neighborhood) will conduct a ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. at the FUN Club Center – Southside Christian Church – at 314 Locust Ave.

In attendance will be San Joaquin County Supervisors Chairman Leroy Ornellas.

“We are so pleased that Mr. Ornellas has taken an active interest in what the FUN Club is doing in the city of Manteca.  A person of his high ranking in the county is a big plus in helping to spread the word about the goals and mission of our nonprofit organization,” said the Rev. Quincy McClain, founder and executive director for FUN.
This summer the F.U.N. Club has a strong program dedicated to its three themes:

• June is Health Education & Awareness Month “You Are What You Eat & Drink”.

• July is Empowerment Month: “Say No to Gangs, Drugs, Crime, Alcohol, and Tobacco”.

•August is Back to School Month: “Be Cool Stay in School, You Must be a High School Graduate”.

McClain and other organizers are placing a stronger emphasis on sharing information on three health issues that are plaguing the community and robbing children of being productive citizens.  The FUN Club hopes to have a positive impact on juvenile diabetes, childhood obesity, and early borderline hypertension through education and providing physical activity.  

The FUN Club Program is a 12 session community summer program held every Friday night.  It is open to children and youth ages 6-17 years old.  

“Our goals are to connect young people with community resources, involve them in good clean fun, and provide a local place in their neighborhood that they can call ‘their place,”: said McClain. “We want to help prepare our young people to live long, live healthy, and live free from gangs, drugs, and crime.  We can do this only by the community coming together for a common cause.”

At the FUN Club kids learn, play, and have fun!  Indoors kids play ping pong, foosball, air hockey, table games, and arts & crafts.  The first few minutes kids engage interactively with speakers for about 30 to 45 minutes.  Then outdoors there is basketball, volleyball, and a bounce house.  Indoors overhead there is fun Disney music and Disney themes characters around the center. Kids are served pizza, watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, broccoli, carrots, cold water and sugar-free beverage, usually Crystal Lite.  All of this is free to the participants, that McClain said are “only made possible by the generous donations from businesses, organizations, and concerned citizens of Manteca and surrounding communities.

The inaugural year saw over 100 youth attending each week.

For further information contact Rev. Quincy McClain, (209) 275-2154, or by email at Q.mcclain@comcast.net, or visit their website at: www.pacificalumni.org/funclub.  Donations can be mailed to: F.U.N. Club Program, Inc., P.O. Box 2371, Manteca, CA, 95336.
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