JaLisa Wines is the 2017 Youth of the Year

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JaLisa Wines Wins Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is proud to announce the 2017 Youth of the Year winner JaLisa Wines! Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. A premier youth recognition program, it recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club.

As the new Youth of the Year and ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, this 17 year old Herbert Hoover Club member is a true example of an extraordinary young woman for her leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now that she’s won the honor, JaLisa says, “I want to motivate youth to achieve their goals by implementing programs that will positively change society.” She is a senior at Confluence Preparatory Academy and plans to attend Truman State University to become an Accountant.

JaLisa was selected from a group of eleven finalists who shared their story of perseverance and dedication to their family, Club and community before a panel of judges who chose the winner. In addition to being crowned the title at BGCSTL’s Great Futures Gala, she also received a $2500 scholarship.

“The Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs. We are so proud of all of our Youth of the Year participants who took the time to complete this challenging and worthwhile process. All possess the ability and ambition to be successful leaders,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.

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Congratulations to all of the Youth of the Year top finishers listed below:
2nd Place Winner – Michael Monique Mayo; 3rd Place Winner – Aaryn Gardner; 4th Place Winner – Kayvion Calvert.

Group photo of the eleven finalists (left to right):
JaLisa Wines, Andrew Hudson, Nicole Hughes, Ezekiel Jones, Danielle Kain, Kayvion Calvert, Daija Glover, Aaryn Gardner, Shaila Jones, Jennifer Sandford and Michael Monique Mayo

For more information on how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is helping our community, visit www.bgcstl.org.

SAINT LOUIS AUTO DEALERS ASSOCIATION DONATES $100,000 TO BGCSTL

SAINT LOUIS AUTO DEALERS ASSOCIATION DONATES $100,000 TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS TO SUPPORT NORTH COUNTY INITIATIVES

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) humbly received an $100,000 donation from the Saint Louis Auto Dealers Association to support the agency’s efforts of providing after-school, summer, teen and other youth programs in the North St. Louis County area.

In 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis significantly expanded its footprint in the North County area to serve youth ages 6-18. It was already operating two Clubs in the Hazelwood School District (Southeast Middle School Club and Grannemann Elementary School Club) but have since opened two new Clubs in the Ferguson/Florissant District (Ferguson Middle School and Lee Hamilton Elementary School Clubs) and, the Riverview Gardens Club (Highland Elementary School Club) in Fall 2016. The opening of these Clubs and this donation allows BGCSTL to serve more youth, and have a greater impact in those communities.
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Shown in the photo L to R:
Chris Adelmann, Executive Vice President, Saint Louis Auto Dealers Association
Vince Capatosta, President, Saint Louis Auto Dealers Association
Ruth Lederman, VP-Resource Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Jim Butler, Owner/President, Jim Butler Automotive Group and BGCSTL Board Member

For more information on how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is helping our community, visit www.bgcstl.org.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For nearly 50 years, BGCSTL has been providing after-school, teen, sports and summer programs to youth in the St. Louis area while also providing a safe place for them to learn and grow. The Clubs now serve St. Louis youth at eight locations (Adams Park Club, Ferguson Middle School Club, Grannemann Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club and Riverview Gardens Club) and within several other schools (including Normandy High School and Roosevelt High School) and through our Mentor St. Louis Program. We are also a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

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2016 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees

2016 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce its 2016 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees! During the 2016 Annual Recognition event, where staff, board members, volunteers and other supporters are acknowledged and celebrated for their commitment to our Club children, David Baylor, Donald Buckner III, Michael Butler, Markita Cook, Danielle Scruggs and Christian Peebles Williams were inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Alumni Hall of Honor.

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Photo caption (left to right)

Michael Butler, Danielle Scruggs, Christian Peebles Williams, Donald Buckner III, David Baylor, BGCSTL Youth of the Year Shaila Jones and BGCSTL President, Dr. Flint Fowler

Monsanto Fund Awards $25,000 for STRIDE Academy

Monsanto Fund Awards $25,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Grant will support STRIDE Academy Program

St. Louis – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis announced today the award of a $25,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund to support its Stride Academy Program.

The program, designed for youth grades K – 12th, addresses critical learning gaps identified through pre and post-tests. The use of STRIDE Academy allows for continuous assessment, individualized intervention, summer learning loss prevention, blended face-to-face and technology-based learning, direct instruction, and guided practice. A customized learning plan of foundational skill-building and enrichment will be created to promote learning. The gaming and peer competition components of the software is a fun way to develop their skills. With STRIDE Academy, Boys & Girls Club staff can continually check member mastery with up-to-the minute feedback and insight via real-time data reports and dashboards.

Club member, Chantelle R., age 15 stated of the new program, “I thought this was another test but if it is they should all be like this.” And, member Brianna B., age 7 adds, “I can do this all day! I didn’t know I was so good at it!”

For nearly 50 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has provided after school, teen, summer and sports programs to youth ages 6-18. As part of membership, youth also benefit from free on-site dental and vision care. Boys & Girls Clubs proven youth development programs, such as Stride Academy, empower the kids we serve to make positive choices that will lead them to successful adulthood and civic engagement and give them a great future. For more information, to volunteer or donate, visit www.bgcstl.org.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For nearly 50 years, BGCSTL has been providing after-school, teen, sports and summer programs to youth in the St. Louis City and County areas while also providing a safe place for them to learn and grow. The Clubs now serve St. Louis youth at six locations (Adams Park Club, Ferguson Middle School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club and Twillman Elementary School Club) and within several other schools (including Normandy High School and Roosevelt High School) and through our Mentor St. Louis Program. We are also a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

ABOUT THE MONSANTO FUND
The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.

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New Board Members March 2016

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

St. Louis, MO, March 11, 2016 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis welcomes new board members John S. Farmer, Thompson Coburn, Howard Richards, University of Missouri, David Quellor, Express Scripts and Bill White, Commerce Bank.

John S. Farmer is a partner at Thompson Coburn where his practice emphasis has been primarily in admiralty and maritime litigation as well as product liability and toxic tort litigation. He has represented defendants in Jones Act cases, collision cases, limitation of liability cases, cargo disputes, vessel seizures, marine insurance matters, government agency matters as well as asbestos and benzene
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Howard Richards currently serves as the Senior Manager External Relations, College of Arts & Science at the University of Missouri. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of Institutional Security and Development at Harris-Stowe State University. Howard serves as the President of SevenZero, Ltd., and also acts as the Color Analyst for the Missouri Tigers Football Team. Howard is a Boys & Girls Club alum and former NFL player.

Bill White has been in Commercial Banking for 35 years of which 15 were with Boatmen’s now Bank of America, 5 with First Banks and 16 with Commerce Bank, where he now runs the Commercial Market for Large Corporate C&I.

David Quellor is a Senior Vice President at Express Scripts. David joined Express Scripts in 2014 as senior vice president, Sales & Account Management. Prior to coming aboard, he served as president of Aetna’s National Accounts segment. Dave has held previous health plan leadership roles with Aetna’s Southeast Region, Aetna National Accounts, Aetna Global Benefits, ChannelPoint, Prudential Health Care, and CIGNA HealthCare.

For more information on how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is helping our community, visit www.bgcstl.org.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For nearly 50 years, BGCSTL has been providing after-school, teen, sports and summer programs to youth in the St. Louis area while also providing a safe place for them to learn and grow. The Clubs now serve St. Louis youth at six locations (Adams Park Club, Ferguson Middle School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club and Twillman Elementary School Club) and within several other schools (including Normandy High School and Roosevelt High School) and through our Mentor St. Louis Program. We are also a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Casino Night

Join us at the Annual Casino Night hosted by the Friends of the Club!

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Casino Night, set for April 28, 2017 at the Bissinger’s Caramel Room! Proceeds from the event support afterschool programs for 6,500 youth through which members receive homework assistance, develop character and leadership skills, participate in art and performing arts, sports and recreational programs, and learn healthy lifestyles– all in a safe and nurturing environment! For more information, contact Jawana Reid at 314.335.8011.

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Shaila Jones is the 2016 Youth of the Year

Shaila Jones is the 2016 Youth of the Year

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YOUTH OF THE YEAR HONOR FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS

Shaila Jones Wins Youth of the YearShaila Jones

St. Louis, MO, November 16, 2015 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is pleased to announce the winner of our 2016 Youth of the Year competition, Shaila Jones. She was selected among six other member contestants who shared their story of perseverance and dedication to their family, Club and community at the Great Futures Gala held Saturday, November 14, 2015.

As the new Youth of the Year and ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, 14 year old Shaila is a true example of an extraordinary young woman and is being recognized for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. Now that she’s won the Youth of the Year title, Shaila says, “I want to change the way youth view life. I want to make sure they know their lives matter and that we can change the world.” She is a sophomore at Metro High School and plans to attend college and major in Psychology.

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. A premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

“The Youth of the Year award represents the culmination of the personal, academic, social and civic development realized by Shaila Jones. We are so proud of all of our Youth of the Year participants who took the time to complete this challenging and worthwhile process. All possess the ability and ambition to be successful leaders,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.

Congratulations to all of the Youth of the Year finalists listed below:
2nd Place Winner – Jennifer Sandford; 3rd Place Winner – Maya Jones; Candidates: Aaryn Gardner, Jyra Robinson, Demetrius Sims and Devin Smith.

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Group photo (left to right):
Jennifer Sandford, Shaila Jones, Demetrius Sims, Jyra Robinson, Aaryn Gardner, Devin Smith and Maya Jones

To listen to her speech, see below.

For more information on how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is helping our community, visit www.bgcstl.org.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable youth ages 6 to 18 to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For nearly 50 years, BGCSTL has been providing after-school, teen, sports and summer programs to youth in the St. Louis area while also providing a safe place for them to learn and grow. The Clubs now serve St. Louis youth at six locations (Adams Park Club, Ferguson Middle School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club and Twillman Elementary School Club) and within several other schools (including Normandy High School and Roosevelt High School) and through our Mentor St. Louis Program. We are also a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

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