Beginning in September, the local chapter of the Boys & Girls Club will charge students at three Burbank middle schools $60 a month to use its after-school drop-in program.
The fees are being implemented to recover some of the $91,000 in rental and maintenance fees the nonprofit expects to pay Burbank Unified to use 10 district campuses for its various after-school programs.
“We feel that $60 is very affordable for a month,” said Shanna Warren, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and the Greater East Valley, adding that families unable to pay can apply for scholarships.
Warren anticipates that roughly half the families will be able to afford the fee.
“We won’t turn anybody away for an inability to pay,” she added.
At the seven elementary school sites, the programs are already fee-based. Even so, just half of elementary school students pay the $120 monthly fee, while the rest qualify for scholarships.