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FORT PIERCE, FL.: With the county’s rapid expansion and influx of youth and teens, Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County has taken a significant step forward by creating a new branch of Club operations, introducing Kaitlyn Swoope as Acting Vice President of Club Services & 21st Century. This specialized division will focus solely on the organization’s seven Clubhouses and four 21st Century sites, ensuring that young people receive a world-class Club experience and are given opportunities for academic and personal enrichment.

Of the 25 Clubs throughout St. Lucie County, four of the Boys & Girls Clubs are 21st Century Learning Centers sites that play a crucial role in providing a unique educational environment for
children. With a project-based learning approach and certified teachers available for academic support and tutoring, these sites offer valuable experiences that go beyond the traditional classroom setting. Currently, Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County operates these programs at Treasure Coast High School, Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, Mariposa Elementary School, and
the Garden Terrace Club in Fort Pierce.

Taking the helm of this new branch is Kaitlyn Swoope, who has a deep understanding of Club operations and 21st Century programming. Swoope’s journey with Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County began as a Club member, and she has since risen through the ranks, gaining invaluable experience along the way. As a Club Director, she successfully led the Morningside Elementary Club and the Garden Terrace Club. Her exceptional work then led to her appointment as an area director, where she oversaw multiple Clubs and guided Club staff.

In June 2023, Swoope assumed the role of Acting Vice President of Club Services & 21st Century, marking a new chapter in her journey with the organization. With her extensive experience and firsthand knowledge of Club operations and 21st Century programming, Swoope is poised to lead and shape the future of Boys & Girls Clubs’ Clubhouses. Her vision includes enhancing the facilities to provide a premier experience for Club members, ensuring they have access to a nurturing and enriching environment.

“Throughout my time with Boys & Girls Clubs as a Club member, Club Director, and Area Director, I have witnessed so much growth of our incredible organization,” said Swoope. “I am excited to take on this new role to ensure that our Clubs always provide world-class experiences for all members in safe environments.”

By creating this dedicated branch of Club operations and entrusting Kaitlyn Swoope with this important role, Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County demonstrates its commitment to keeping
pace with the growing county.

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County CEO, Will Armstead, said, “A growing community means more youth to serve and an increased need for safe spaces for them to grow and learn. I am
confident that we now have the right leaders in place to live out our mission in every Club and prepare every Club member for a Great Future.”

The organization is dedicated to providing exceptional support, opportunities, and experiences for children and teens throughout the community. As the organization expands its reach and continues to evolve, it remains steadfast in its mission to empower young individuals to reach their full potential in a positive and enriching environment.