The Boys & Girls Club of Vista (BGCV) is one of seven Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide selected to receive funding to launch a Learning Lounge through a partnership with JCPenney Cares and Scholastic. The Learning Lounge, designed in partnership with BGCV staff and youth members, is a dedicated space where youth are able to engage in innovative, hands-on learning opportunities that can ignite their passion for academics. It will house more than 1,200 books, educational materials, and online resources.

“Academic success is a key component to achieving a great future. It is our goal to do all we can to provide state-of-the-art spaces where kids and teens in our community can utilize today’s technology to help them graduate from high school with a plan for the future,” said BGCV CEO Matt Koumaras. BGCV serves over 2,000 children ages 5 to 18, providing outcome-driven programs that emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Learn more at