daycare, Temple, TX

ABOUT US

Serving the Youth of Temple since 1965

CLUB HISTORY

The Ralph Wilson Youth of Clubs of Temple, Inc. evolved from the Temple Boys Club, organized through the efforts of several Temple citizens in 1965. The original Board of Directors applied to the State of Texas for a corporate charter for the Club, and received the charter February 9, 1965. The present day Boys Club facility was built and paid for by Ralph Wilson, Sr. in 1970. In its early years, the Temple Boys Club was affiliated with Boys Clubs of America. However, in 1977, the Girls Club was added thanks to the hard work and planning of Betty Prescott and a host of Temple area women dedicated to the cause---KIDS. At this time, the Temple Boys Club was "ousted" from BCA for adding a Girls Club. This community group was obviously ahead of their time because today BCA is now Boys & Girls Clubs of America…and the Temple Boys Club became the Ralph Wilson Youth Clubs of Temple, Inc.

The mission of the Ralph Wilson Youth Clubs of Temple is to offer an organized and supervised environment which gives boys and girls of Temple and surrounding areas the opportunity to share educational, social, and recreational experiences regardless of race, color, and creed as they develop their capacity to be self sufficient and responsible members of the community.

Today the youth club has 3 programs---after school program, summer program, and the basketball program. The club is serving 2nd generation youth clubbers. The clubs' game rooms are equipped with bumper pool, foosball, pool, air hockey, ping pong, and board games. The portable gym is available for various types of sport and games. The members can relax while watching a movie in the movie room. The Matt Moore Memorial Video Arcade has Play station, XBOX, Wii and more. The library provides an atmosphere for coloring, board games, bingo, and studying. The arts and crafts room is available for various classes and creative projects.

The RWYC has a fleet of buses and a van which are used for after school pick up, field trips, classes, and clinics. Some of the field trips include Lion's Junction Water Park, Summer Fun USA, Grand Avenue Movie Theatre, Wheel Family Skating Center, Whistlestop Playground, Chuckie Cheese, Innerspace Caverns, AMTRAK, Dr. Pepper Museum, Cameron Park Zoo, and Round Rock Express ball games, to name a few. The children are also transported to swim lessons, cheerleading, tumbling, jazzercise, dance, and modeling.

Our motto is "Ralph Wilson Youth Clubs---We're Here For Your Kids!" We have lived up to that motto since 1965.

During a normal school year, some 350-400 children participate in the RWYC After School Program. Because of the generous funding from the United Way of Central Texas and our corporate supporters, we are able to keep our fees affordable and offer this recreational opportunity for our Central Texas children. The club is open from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday during the summer months. Scholarships and monthly payments options are available to help us better serve the youth of our community. The 2016 basketball program was the first in our new facility and boasted 68 basketball teams....some 700+ youngsters learning the finer points of the game of basketball.

Due to the expansion of I-35 through Temple, RWYC vacated its former home at 310 South General Bruce Drive on August 22, 2013 and relocated to Emerson Elementary which served as our interim home through the end of 2015. January 4, 2016 brought about "New Beginnings" as we opened the doors of our new 47,000 square foot state of the art facility ready to serve the youth of Central Texas.

What a blessing!