Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and Best Buy Open
Best Buy Teen Tech Center in St. Louis
New youth support center is first in St. Louis, 25th nationwide
St. Louis, MO, February 2019 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL), Best Buy, Premium Retail Services, Gateway PGA REACH and Bellerive Country Club celebrated the grand opening of the newest Best Buy Teen Tech Center located at the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club in St. Louis. The center is the first in St. Louis and the 25th that Best Buy has opening nationwide.
Over 1,100 square feet of space was converted into an interactive and innovative fully equipped space with everything needed to engage youth ages 10-16 with STEAM activities including a music studio, 3D printer, t-shirt press maker, coding stations, state of the art computers, monitors and virtual reality headsets. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center will allow BGCSTL members the opportunity to learn critical tech skills and prepare for the tech-reliant jobs of the future. They will have free access to high-end technology, multi-media production, video, graphic and web design, music production as well as college and career preparation opportunities. BGCSTL President Flint Fowler notes, “It’s a place where kids who aspire to become coders, graphic designers, music producers or directors, 3D animators or game developers can thrive! We are grateful to Best Buy and all of the partners involved with bringing this type technology to our Club teens!”
“It’s crucial for today’s youth to have access to the technology tools and training they need to be prepared for future careers,” said Andrea Wood, Senior Director of Community Relations at Best Buy. “We’re thrilled to work with such great partners to help young people in St. Louis have access to these opportunities.”
“As a proud partner of Best Buy for nearly two decades, Premium has committed to not only supporting this worthwhile cause financially, but also in helping bring our valued partners at PGA Reach and Bellerive Country Club into the mix. Together, we’re delivering an incredible Teen Tech Center for our hometown of St. Louis,” says Kevin Travers, Chief Executive Officer of Premium.
And, longtime BGCSTL Club Partner Gateway PGA Reach says of the project, “The Gateway PGA REACH Foundation is proud to partner with the Best Buy Teen Tech Center to further advance the education of our youth in North St. Louis as a part of our mission to serve our three pillars: Youth, Military and Diversity & Inclusion in the greater St. Louis area. We are committed to funding this project through 2021.”
Best Buy Teen Tech Centers address the nation’s opportunity gap by offering teens free, year-round, hands-on technology access and education in an after-school setting. Over the next decade, 77 percent (1.4 million) of all U.S. jobs will require tech skills, yet only 400,000 people will be trained for these jobs. With community-based job readiness resources on the decline, Best Buy is working with local non-profit partners to provide essential access to technology tools, training and mentorship for low-income youth from underserved communities. Click here for more information.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For over 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 ten locations (Adams Park Club, Ferguson Middle School Club, Grannemann Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club and Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club), within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School) and four additional elementary schools through our Mentor St. Louis Program.
About Best Buy Teen Tech Centers
Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are a place where teens can develop critical skills through hands-on activities that explore their interests in programming, virtual reality, music production and robotics. Each center works to address the opportunity gap by giving youth access to tech education opportunities, relationships that help to build confidence, and a foundation for school and career success. A partnership with The Clubhouse Network connects members to a global community of over 100 clubhouses in 20 countries. By 2020, 60 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the U.S., Canada and Mexico will enable nearly 20,000 teens annually to experience technology through year-round, after-school programs.
About Premium Retail Services
Headquartered in St. Louis, Premium Retail Services brings new energy to retail. Through retail strategy, merchandising, brand advocacy and support, we create inspired strategies that help retailers and manufacturers surprise consumers, drive brand awareness and spark sales.
About PGA REACH
PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) welcomes new board members Mike Andrews, Ben Beinfeld, Laura Freeman, Richard Nix, Logan Finerty and Matt Redenius.
Mike Andrews is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. and oversees the company’s legal department.
Ben Beinfeld is the Senior Business Development Manager of World Wide Technology and runs the State/Local Government, Education practice (roughly $300M in annual revenue) and is currently tasked with developing a new Public Sector Sales organization for the company set to launch in 2019.
Laura Freeman, PhD is Chief Human Resource Officer for Schnuck Markets, Inc. and leads the human resources area, which includes HR services for all 14,000+ teammates.
Richard Nix is President of Butler’s Pantry which has evolved into more than a catering company with over 60 full-time employees, nearly 400 part-timers, 8 Brands, 7 Exclusive Venues, 40+ preferred venues and 2 retail locations (Café Madeleine in the Piper Palm House and Piccione Pastry in The Loop).
Moneta Group Senior Advisor Logan Finerty works on the Finerty Pietroburgo Carpenter Team and creates strong relationships with their clients and provides comprehensive financial guidance to individuals, endowments, and foundations. Logan also with partner company Argent as the Director of Private Wealth.
And, Matt Redenius is Partner for EY (formerly Ernst & Young) where he provides services to a diverse client base of small to large public and private companies, private equity-owned companies and not-for-profit, tax exempt companies in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, mining, technology, retail and others.
BGCSTL also elected the following board members as Board Officers to serve for the next two years: Larry Parres, Chairman; Nancy Wolfe, Vice-Chair; Susie Spence, Vice-Chair, Development; Keith Lueking, Treasurer; and, Mark Stallion, Secretary.
For more information on how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is helping our community, visit www.bgcstl.org.
Kahalia Adams Wins Youth of the Year, $5,000 Scholarship & A NEW CAR
Over 700 guests and $400,000+ raised for Club kids!
St. Louis, MO, November 10, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is proud to announce the 2019 Youth of the Year winner is Kahalia Adams! Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive and a signature national youth recognition program that celebrates the recipient’s contributions to their family, school, community, and their Boys & Girls Club. The winner was announced at the Great Futures Gala, the largest fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis which raised a grand total of over $400,000 and met its “fund-a-need” goal of $120,000+ that same evening.
Kahalia, age 17, is a junior at Parkway North High School and has been a member of BGCSTL Herbert Hoover Club for ten years. In addition to winning the Youth of the Year title and honor to represent the Club as a Teen Ambassador, she won the Wanda and Michael DeHaven Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year scholarship in the amount of $5,000. And, a Honda Accord courtesy of Frank Leta Automotive Group!
During her speech given at the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Great Futures Gala, held on Friday, 11/9 at the Chase Park Plaza, Kahalia reflected on the impact the Boys & Girls Clubs had on her life, saying, “Being a member gives me the opportunity to be around like-minded individuals who aspire to be more than their current situations. The Club impacted my life tremendously by giving me a controlled environment to thrive in. I believe that my divine purpose involves leading my generation by example; while setting the tone for the youth and the elders by carrying myself with the respect and dignity I expect from others. These things would be unattainable for me without the guidance of the Club. The Club has not only shaped me into the young lady I am, but it is grooming me for the type of women that I want to become. ”
Now that she’s won the honor, Kahalia plans to fulfill her purpose and use her voice to positively influence young people across the nation. Once she graduates from high school she plans to attend her dream college, Jackson State University. Kahalia was selected from a group of four finalists who shared their stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and commitment to living a healthy lifestyle at the Great Futures Gala.
“The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. All of the honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at the Boys & Girls Clubs. We are so proud of all of this year’s participants who took the time to complete a challenging yet worthwhile process. All possess the ability and ambition to be successful, and, should be recognized for their leadership, service, academic achievements and commitment to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.
Congratulations to all of the Youth of the Year top finishers listed below (pic attached, left to right):
2nd Place Winner, Danielle Kain ($2,500)
3rd Place Winner, Fatuma Euli ($1,000)
4th Place Winner, Jennifer Sandford ($500)
Youth of the Year Winner, Kahalia Adams ($5,000)
Special thanks to the Great Futures Gala committee including Honorary Co-chairs – Jimmy & Janet Williams and Event Co-chairs: Mark & Flora Stallion and Dave & Barb Touchette. And, to the following sponsors for their support: Presenting Sponsors, Centene Charitable Foundation and Emerson; Great Futures Sponsors, Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, P.C., Express Scripts, Argent Capital Management LLC and Stifel Nicolaus; Youth of the Year Sponsors, Bayer, Edward Jones, Enterprise Bank and Trust, KAI Design & Build — The UP Companies, Laborers’ International Union of North America, Lewis Rice, Nestle Purina, Paul & Laura Miller, Thompson Coburn, LLP, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.
For more information on how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is helping our community, visit www.bgcstl.org. To view all photos from the evening, click below.
Thanks to our co-chairs, Gala Committee, sponsors, guests, Club members and staff for making the Great Futures Gala a memorable night for our Club kids!
To view the video highlighting the Club’s impact on teens and alumni, click below.
Best Buy Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to Open New Best Buy Teen Tech Center in St. Louis
New youth support center is first in St. Louis, 17th nationwide
Best Buy and Clubhouse Network have chosen the BGCSTL Herbert Hoover Club as it newest Teen Tech center location. Construction is currently underway to provide Club members, ages 12-18 an 1,100 square foot space that will provide a creative, safe, and free out-of-school learning environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. Gateway PGA Reach is also a partner on making this project a reality.
The Best Buy Teen Tech center will provide Club members free access to high-end technology, video, graphic and web design, music production, as well as college and career preparation. It’s a place where kids who aspire to become a graphic designer, music producer or director, 3D animator, game developer or more can thrive!
Best Buy Teen Tech Centers address the nation’s opportunity gap by offering teens free, year-round, hands-on technology access and education in an after-school setting. Over the next decade, 77 percent (1.4 million) of all U.S. jobs will require tech skills, yet only 400,000 people will be trained for these jobs. With community-based job readiness resources on the decline, Best Buy is working with local non-profit partners to provide essential access to technology tools and training for low-income youth and families.
For more information, contact BGCSTL Teen Tech Manager, Anthony “Tony” Jackson at 314-335-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CLUBHOUSE LEARNING APPROACH is designed to empower youth from all backgrounds to become more capable, creative, and confident learners. This approach is grounded in research from the fields of education, developmental and social psychology, cognitive science, and youth development. It builds on research on the role of affect and motivation in the learning process, the importance of social context, and the interplay between individual and community development. It leverages new technologies to support new types of learning experiences and engage young people who have been alienated by traditional educational approaches.
Learning by Designing
People learn best when they are actively engaged in designing, creating, and inventing, not just passively receiving information.
Following Your Interests
When people care about what they are working on, they are willing to work longer and harder, and they learn more in the process.
Building A Community
When people collaborate with others of diverse ages, cultures, genders, and backgrounds, they gain new perspectives for understanding the world—and themselves.
Fostering Respect and Trust
In places where everyone’s ideas and opinions are respected, people are more likely to take risks and experiment—and thus more likely to learn and innovate.
About Best Buy Teen Tech Centers
Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are a place where teens can develop critical skills through hands-on activities that explore their interests in programming, film-making, music production and design. Each center works to address the opportunity gap by giving youth access to tech education opportunities, relationships that help to build confidence, and a foundation for school and career success. A partnership with The Clubhouse Network connects members to a global community of over 100 clubhouses in 20 countries. By 2020, 60 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the U.S., Canada and Mexico will enable nearly 20,000 teens annually to experience technology through year-round, after-school programs.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Breaks Ground on a $12.4 million Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, MO
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis broke ground today on a $12.4 M Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, Missouri. Today, the community came together to witness the ground breaking which will offer afterschool and summer programs to teens and youth (ages 12-18) in the North County area. Expected completion date is 2019/20 school year.
“Building a Boys & Girls Club in the Ferguson area will produce positive outcomes in a community that has been subsumed with difficult realities and negative images. Adding a successful youth focused organization into Ferguson like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which has a long track record of success, can bolster young people’s attitudes and give them a sense of hope. A new club will enrich our children’s lives and the city by helping its youth build strong character, graduate from high school with a plan for life, and become productive citizens,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President.
The Teen Center of Excellence, one of the first in the country, is being built on the site of the former Ferguson Ponderosa and will be 26,856 square feet, have three levels and include a nutrition education center, outdoor garden, gym, intellectual commons, teen lounge, auditorium, outdoor basketball and activity court, music and art studio, office space and innovation center.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has a 50 plus year track record of success in the St. Louis region as a youth services provider and will implement nationally acclaimed programs at the new Teen Center similar to those offered in the ten locations it presently operates (seven of which are located in North County). Programming will include an emphasis on health & wellness (ie yoga, healthy habits, open gym), education & workforce development (ie college tours, ACT/SAT prep, tutoring), STEAM (ie coding, app creation, robotics) and, leadership & civic engagement (ie fine and performing arts, community service, applied arts).
The breaking of ground for the new Teen Center also signifies the launching of the public phase of a fundraising campaign to complete the building project. The campaign, known as “A Place to Become”, encourages donors and supporters to put their stake in the ground as a means to declare, “I’m In!” to support Ferguson and North County youth!
“A Place to Become” campaign will enable the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to operate three new school-based Clubs and build a state-of-the-art Teen Center on West Florissant that will promote and deliver positive outcomes for teens. The three-pronged campaign plan ensures that we can make an immediate impact while establishing a long-term presence for generations of kids and teens in North County. The new clubs and dedicated Teen Center will be located in areas that provide the greatest access to those who need the Boys & Girls Club most.
Breakdown of Initiatives:
Build – TEEN CENTER $12.4 M
Build a new 25,000 square foot teen center to serve teens from across the St. Louis region.
Sustain – CONTINUED SERVICES $6.9 M
Sustain three new school-based Club sites for elementary and middle-schoolers.
Fund – SUSTAINABILITY FUND $5.7 M
Fund endowment growth, facility improvements and campaign expenses.
“We’re In because few issues are more important than building the next generation. Our children and teens deserve a bright future where opportunities and success are within their reach. If they are guided and given the tools necessary to become productive, responsible and caring citizens, they will ultimately positively impact our communities, our economy and our neighborhoods. Building on the work we’ve done in St. Louis for over 50 years, We’re In to help our children overcome barriers to success by helping them acquire the skills, abilities and knowledge needed to realize their full potential.” Pat Sly (Honorary Campaign Chair and Executive Vice President, Emerson) & Dave Spence (Campaign Chair and Chairman, Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging)
The construction company building the Teen Center of Excellence is KAI Design & Build, the architect is Arcturis and Striler Group is the Owners Rep.
Full photo album can be viewed via the following link – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10160927206425191&type=1&l=2eb24d273d
200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a New Playground
at BGCSTL Riverview Gardens Club
The Pacific Life Foundation, Edward Jones and KaBOOM! Put Kids First by Increasing Opportunities to Play
On Saturday, Aug. 18, volunteers from the Pacific Life Foundation, Edward Jones, Riverview Gardens School District, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and the community joined KaBOOM! to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground, two shade sheds, picnic benches and colorful ground art in just six hours at Highland Elementary School in Riverview Gardens School District. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in the St. Louis area.
A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform kids from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active.
Highland Elementary School and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis serve hundreds of wonderful kids in North St. Louis County who will greatly benefit from this fun and innovative option for play. Through this project, Riverview Gardens School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis will work with the Pacific Life Foundation, Edward Jones and KaBOOM! to make a difference in their community and address the most urgent needs of kids.
This past May, club members drew their dream playground. The playground was designed based off their drawings and includes a triple racer slide, monorail and lily pods. It will provide more than 400 kids in St. Louis with a safe place to play.
This year marks Pacific Life’s 150th anniversary and to celebrate this milestone, with support from Edward Jones, the Pacific Life Foundation granted KaBOOM! the funding to help build this playground. This is the 9th playground built between the Pacific Life Foundation and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, the Pacific Life Foundation, Edward Jones and KaBOOM! are creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated. To view the full photo album from the event, click here.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce the 2018 Annual Recognition event honorees and Alumni Hall of Honor inductees! Each year the staff, board members, volunteers and supporters are acknowledged and celebrated for their commitment to our Club children.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Alumni Hall of Honor inductees are Rolando Barry, Founding Director at MO High Steppers Drill Team; Brittany Dodson, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Morgan State University; Dr. Gralon Johnson, University Innovation Alliance (UIA) Fellow at Iowa State University; Lemont Livingston, Electrical Engineer at Hunter Engineering; and, Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent of Schools for Jennings School District. The Hall of Honor recognizes outstanding alumni for achievements in their respective fields, commitment to leadership, serving our community’s youth, contributions to the St. Louis community and for living out the mission of the Boys & Girls Club.
Photo caption (left to right)
Dr. Flint Fowler, President Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis along with 2018 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees: Rolando Barry, Lemont Livingston, Brittany Dodson, Dr. Gralon Johnson and Dr. Art McCoy
Additional categories and honorees for the evening were as follows:
*Award descriptions below *Photos from the evening, here
National Award of Merit
Enterprise Bank & Trust
Hazelwood School District
St. Louis Public Schools
Richard H. Amberg Award
Cabinet of Life Trustees
Dr. Joan Silber
Carl Woods Volunteer of the Year Award
Service to Youth Award – Staff
Henry Johnson, Jr.
Shuntae Shields Ryan
Service to Youth Award – Board
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President, Dr. Flint Fowler (reflecting on the annual event which has always been close to his heart) said, “This event gives us the opportunity to celebrate the many ways that our staff, board volunteers, alumni and friends contribute to the welfare of the children we serve and highlight our impact.”
National Service to Youth Award – Board, volunteers and staff who have rendered long and devoted service (five years or more) to the Boys & Girls Club Movement.
National Award of Merit – Individuals and organizations outside Boys & Girls Clubs that have provided outstanding support to local Clubs or the Movement.
Carl Woods Volunteer of the Year – Presented to exceptional volunteers who demonstrate his or her devoted service to the Club’s mission.
Richard H. Amberg Award – Presented to a Board member whose leadership and commitment has a profound impact on the Club’s ability to achieve its mission.
G. Bauman Cabinet of Life Trustees Award – Presented to devoted individuals who have served on the Board of Directors and have completed their Board term, but have a desire to continue to serve in some form or fashion.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis is to inspire and enable youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Clubs now serve St. Louis youth at ten locations (Adams Park Club, Ferguson Middle School Club, Grannemann Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club and Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club), within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School) as well as four additional elementary schools through our Mentor St. Louis Program. The Clubs are open during hours that kids are most likely to need a safe place to go — after school and during summer. We are also a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS
WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
St. Louis, MO, February 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis welcomes new board members Lon Dircks, Crystal Gale, Chonda Nwamu and Leah Reynolds Harris.
Lon Dircks, Jr. is the Market Sales Manager/First Vice President for Merrill Lynch/Bank of America.
Crystal Gale, Ed.D is the Director of Performance Management for the Saint Louis Public Schools. In her new role she provides ongoing oversight and support to ensure the use of performance measures to increase effectiveness, developing and implementing plans to create shared accountability for improved performance, and analyzing systems for success.
Chonda Nwamu is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Ameren. Chonda joined Ameren in 2016 and serves as key advisor to the Senior Vice President & General Counsel on legal department strategy and operations. She provides advice, counsel, and oversight on a broad range of legal, transactional and regulatory topics across multiple operating business segments.
Leah Reynolds Harris is Senior Vice President for PNC Bank has worked for Famous‐Barr, Mark Twain Bank and
Bank of America. She has also served as the BGCSTL Women’s Leadership Circle co-chair and volunteers with the American Red Cross Charles Drew Committee, and Lutheran Senior Services Finance Committee
For more information on how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is helping our community, visit www.bgcstl.org.