Posted at: 12/29/2012 4:30 PM
Updated at: 12/29/2012 6:23 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The New Year will start off with a big change at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
A new era will begin for the non-profit which serves as an after-school and summertime haven for lots of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho kids.
"Our attendance is increasing at the clubs,"said Tim Sheahan, President and CEO of the two locations. "We've also put a major focus on our education so we've got our kids working hard on their educational needs and also their healthy habit needs."
In his seven months leading the organization, Sheahan has also looked to expand, and now he may have found a way to grow.
Both club locations will change names from the ‘Boys & Girls Clubs of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho’ to the ‘Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico’ starting Jan. 1.
"And that is the guide to future expansions to serve more kids within this region,” said Sheahan. “There's a lot of kids that need our support after school and hopefully over the next few years as the revenue increases, we're able to get more support through the community and our support has been growing tremendously this past year."
Sheahan hopes this will lead to more locations spread across Central New Mexico.
More kids means more funding opportunities, he admitted.
"I'm really excited about it because Boys and Girls Clubs needs to be out there 28 we were out there one time I believe and kind of shrunk for a while," said Sheahan.
The local organization is still working on its strategic plan but the goal is to serve more children, more often.