PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, April 5, 2017

FastSprings Corporate Playdate at our Westside Club Campus

United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County are proud to partner with local businesses in mentoring our community youth. Corporate Play Dates allow for these local businesses to come into one of our traditional clubs and pair up with Club members to participate in various structured arts, research, and game activities for 1 1⁄2 hours. This program connects our Club members with successful members of the community while also showcasing what it is like to be a Boys & Girls Club member for the day with our Corporate Play Date volunteers. Together, we are opening the door to Great Futures in Santa Barbara County.
Friday March 31st 2017, FastSpring, a Santa Barbara SaaS company joined our Westside Club for a corporate play date, as well as to participate in the grand finale of our annual Boys & Girls Clubs Week celebration with a carnival. Once partnered with a group of kids, 9 FastSpring employees got to experience arts & crafts, play carnival themed games, and participate in a carnival themed research activity. Joining the FastSpring group and the Westside staff was Michael Baker, CEO, who started the group off with a game of “Mike Says”, his take on “Simon Says”, getting kids and adults moving and ready for the rest of their activities. “I really like to play Simon Says with the kids, but since my name is not Simon we call it Mike Says. It’s a great way for adults to go back to their childhood, it also teaches excellent listening skills, and people get really caught up in it when they are doing silly things” Michael Baker said, right before the first game began.
From games to the computer lab and art projects, the carnival themed Corporate Play Date with FastSpring and The Paskin Group in January provided outlets for all volunteers and Club members to connect and enjoy the day together. There were opportunities for educational advancement, creative processes, and active play. Most importantly this was an opportunity for members of the community and youth to connect, and for the students to see what it was like to be an employee in a local business, and for the local employees to experience firsthand what it was like to be a member of one of our United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County.
About the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County
The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County (UBGC) serves more than 3,100 children and their families among our 9 locations (five Club locations, three school sites, and one residential Camp). UBGC fills the gap between school and home by providing after-school and summer programming in a safe environment where there is an opportunity to learn skills through positive reinforcement. These programs change lives in three core ways: by encouraging academic success; building good character and leadership; and teaching healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit


ontact: Carla Leal, Vice President of Development, United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, or (805) 681-1315

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