Brooke Stance, Communications & Events Manager, North County Lifeline
North County Lifeline’s Club Crown Heights is a free afterschool program that serves youth in grades K-12 who live in the Crown Heights, Oceanside neighborhood. The program serves youth disproportionately affected by the pandemic, who are balancing the tensions of family economic stress, racial inequities, social isolation, and distanced learning, all of which takes a toll on their mental health. The Club Crown Heights program has remained open during this time and continues to offer modified services to youth including outdoor activities through Lifeline’s continued partnership with Outdoor Outreach.
During the month of April, over 20 youth in San Diego County had the opportunity to experience outdoor recreation, environmental education, and stewardship activities. The group mountain biked through the San Luis Rey River Trail in Oceanside, from the valley all the way to the Oceanside Harbor (approx. 10+ miles).
"It was great to see our Club Crown Heights youth outdoors again and see them challenging themselves after months of social isolation. We had youth who had never ridden a bike, learn - and they picked it up right away, which was my highlight of the trip" says Francisco Flores, Club Crown Heights Program Manager.
Last year, more than 150 kids participated in Club Crown Heights programs and achieved the following outcomes:
“I started at CCH as little boy who was seeking safe place from all the drugs, gangs, and violence that surrounded me. Eight years later, I can leave CCH as a young man with a full ride to the University of California, San Diego. I couldn’t have done it without all the help and support of Club Crown Heights,” says, Jao, CCH Program Graduate.
To learn more about Lifeline’s Club Crown Heights program and how to
get involved, visit nclifeline.org/club-crown-heights-afterschool-programs.