Administrator Wheeler Celebrates Carter Carburetor Superfund Site Cleanup Completion and Future Reuse with BGCSTL

Administrator Wheeler Celebrates Carter Carburetor Superfund Site Cleanup Completion and Future Reuse with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Transfer of site ownership to facilitate construction of golf training facility for inner city youth

St. Louis, Mo. (September 16, 2020) – At an event with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the completion of site cleanup at the Carter Carburetor Superfund Site in St. Louis, Missouri. EPA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis entered into a Prospective Purchaser Agreement to transfer ownership of the former Carter Carburetor site property. Upon transfer of ownership, the club will partner with Gateway PGA Reach to develop a youth golf training facility at the site.

“I couldn’t be prouder to sign this Prospective Purchaser Agreement because it opens up a tremendous future for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Few imagined a polluted, former carburetor plant could be transformed into a golf training center for the youth of St. Louis. But with vision and teamwork it happened.”

“Cleaning up the Carter Carburetor site was no small task given the multiple contaminants, including PCBs, TCE, asbestos, and others,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, the community leaders and partners worked tirelessly with EPA to see this through; and, now that the site has been cleaned up the community can move forward in redeveloping the property into a tremendous community asset.”

“I am grateful to the U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Justice, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the City of St. Louis, Thompson Coburn LLP and the American Car and Foundry Company for coming together to promote the growth and development of children in the St. Louis region. BGCSTL relies on the generosity and support from a variety of public and private benefactors to help young people realize their potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Today we are witnessing the power of partnership,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President Dr. Flint Fowler.

The Carter Carburetor site is a large former manufacturing facility, where operations over decades resulted in contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and trichloroethylene (TCE). The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is located next door to the site and prior to EPA’s cleanup, the Carter Carburetor site was the subject of significant community concern regarding the site’s condition and the potential exposures to area children and residents.

In 2013, EPA entered into a $35 million settlement agreement with ACF Industries, Inc. to pave the way for the site’s cleanup, building demolition, and ultimately productive reuse. Cleanup of the site began that year with the removal of asbestos and hazardous debris from buildings on the property. Demolition and removal of the buildings began in 2015. Additional waste removal work, on-site waste treatment, and other cleanup work continued into 2017. The completed cleanup will allow the property in one of St. Louis’s oldest neighborhoods, a designated Environmental Justice area, to be redeveloped and returned to productive use for the community.

EPA and ACF Industries, Inc. completed site work in May 2020. As a part of site cleanup, ACF conducted removal actions to address dilapidated buildings onsite that were heavily contaminated with PCBs and asbestos. The site will be acquired and redeveloped by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which has long stood in the shadow of this site. In partnership with the Gateway PGA Reach organization, they will build a golf training facility for inner city youth on most of the site property. The St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority owns part of the Site (including an area where PCBs are buried and capped, which it acquired through tax default), which it hopes to develop into a pollinator park, urban prairie feature, or community garden to support the surrounding reuse.

Background
The site was placed on the Administrator’s Emphasis List in the Fall 2019. Established in December 2017 in response to recommendations from EPA’s Superfund Task Force, the list is comprised of sites identified by Administrator Wheeler and EPA regional offices that will benefit from the Administrator’s immediate attention or action to move site cleanups forward. It serves as a mechanism to address site-specific issues that may cause delays in a site’s cleanup progress. The milestones for the Carter Carburetor Site have been achieved and the site qualifies for removal from the list.

EPA remains dedicated to addressing risks at all Superfund sites, not just those on the Administrator’s Emphasis List. The Superfund Task Force Recommendations are aimed at expediting cleanup at all Superfund sites. EPA continues to accelerate progress at Superfund sites across the country.

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 serve youth across St. Louis City & County including Adams Park Club, Hazelwood Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club and the Teen Center of Excellence. We also operate dropout prevention programs within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School); as well as the Mentor St. Louis and St. Louis Internship programs.
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ACK FLAHERTY DONATES MASKS TO BGCSTL

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS PITCHER JACK FLAHERTY
DONATES MASKS TO
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS
DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

St. Louis, MO, September 2020 – Special thanks to St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Jack Flaherty, Dennis Chang and SDL Synergy for donating a 1,000 masks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis youth and employees to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jack mentioned growing up with a single working mother who gave him access to after-school care so he understands the importance of the programs that Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis offers and wanted to give back. Jack says of the donation, which is the beginning of what he hopes will be a long term partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs, “We wanted to donate the masks to a place where we knew they would go to good use and while I was never a part of the Boys & Girls Club, we knew this would be the right place. The Boys & Girls Club seeks to enable children to reach their fullest potential across the country and also stresses inclusion of all children which is something we need at this time in our country. We just feel lucky to be able to be involved with such a great organization and I’m honored to help in any way possible. I look forward to spending time with everyone at the Boys & Girls Club in the future.”

 

 

BGCSTL President, Dr. Flint Fowler says of the donation, “We are so thankful to Jack who thought of and remembered our youth, especially during these challenging times. This partnership also reflects the great relationship we have with the St. Louis Cardinals that started our founding.”

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

 

 

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 serve youth across St. Louis City & County including Adams Park Club, Hazelwood Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club and the Teen Center of Excellence. We also operate dropout prevention programs within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School); as well as the Mentor St. Louis and St. Louis Internship programs.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Annual Great Futures Gala Converted to Outdoor Tailgate
Park & Party with a Purpose

St. Louis, MO – September 2020 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) annual Great Futures Gala, will be held on Thursday, October 29 in the upper Muny Lot in Forest Park, tailgate and outdoor movie style.

The now outdoor gala will include all of the favorite elements of our past Galas, but under the stars. We’re transforming the upper Muny lot in Forest Park to a 70’s themed tailgate gala that will consist of a center stage with large outdoor movie screens, an emcee, dueling DJ’s, musical entertainment and dinner. Within this enclosed area, people will enjoy our 2020 gala from the privacy and comfort of their cars allowing for more distancing in a safer social environment. Guests will hear the dreams and aspirations of these young leaders and stories of how Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has influenced their lives.

The “Great Futures Gala is the largest fundraiser benefitting youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and showcases the youth who embody the ideals of the Club’s mission to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens! Club teens and Youth of the Year candidates will share their stories of how the Club has impacted their lives throughout the evening followed by the selection of the 2021 Youth of the Year!

Event proceeds are used to send teens to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Keystone Leadership Conference as well as provided support for the Diplomas to Degrees program, Mentor St. Louis, Keystone Clubs, Money Matters, and Career Launch programs. Thanks to our Lead Sponsor, Emerson Foundation.

Event Co-chairs: Lorenzo & Sheila Boyd, Matt & Linda Renner and Brad & Michele Sowers

If you’ll be missing the celebration, we invite you to volunteer, donate, mentor or register your youth for membership. For ticket information, visit www.bgcstl.org.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Great Futures Gala – Party & Park with a Purpose
Thursday, October 29, 2020
5 pm
Muny Lot, Forest Park
www.bgcstl.org

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 serve youth across St. Louis City & County including Adams Park Club, Hazelwood Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club and the Teen Center of Excellence. We also operate dropout prevention programs within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School); as well as the Mentor St. Louis and St. Louis Internship programs.
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WE STAND FOR EQUITY & JUSTICE

The Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis continues to demand an end to dehumanization, prejudice, bigotry, hatred and injustice in all their forms. The senseless deaths of black people at the hands of some police officers cannot be tolerated and requires new measures of accountability.

For nearly 60 years the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has provided hope and opportunity for all youth, particularly those who need us most. We’ve promised to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential, preparing them for a world where they can participate as full and equal citizens. Unfortunately, because of institutionalized and systemic racism and bigotry, that reality has not been available to all.

We take a stand for social justice, equity and inclusion, and against dehumanization, bigotry, discrimination, oppression and hate. We have avoided the term “races” intentionally, because we are all part of the same race – the HUMAN RACE. We pledge to use our influence, affluence, access and privilege to help make sure that the words of the U.S Constitution ring true for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, culture, creed or color. We pledge to work towards eliminating disparities and demanding accountability on behalf of our youth so that success is within reach of all the children.

Today we each pledge in the memory of George Floyd, to listen, learn and act in order to rid our communities of all vestiges of dehumanization, bigotry, prejudice and hatred, which are now so deeply woven into the fabric of our nation. Our support will be used to foster civic engagement, accountability and leadership skills so that Club members can safely become agents of and allies for change. Download the full document, here.

PAPA JOHN’S PIZZA SUPPORTS BGCSTL YOUTH DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Special thanks to Papa John’s Pizza for giving Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis members access to digital coupons for FREE medium one topping pizzas. The coupons are to recognize members for their engagement in our virtual programming. Virtual programming for Club and regional families launched on March 30, 2020 in an effort to continue to serve members during the Club closure. BGCSTL President Dr. Flint Fowler says, “We’re proud to be a national partner of Papa John’s, especially during these challenging times for our communities.”

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

Teen Honored with Joan Silber Volunteerism & Leadership Award

Congratulations to O’Fallon Park Club teen Lailah Green who was honored with the Joan Ellyn Silber Volunteerism & Leadership award and a $1,000 scholarship! Dr. Silber’s brother and sister-in-law established the award and endowment to celebrate her being one of the organization’s most dedicated board members and supporters.

Lailah is an 8th grade scholar at McKinley Classical Middle School with thirty hours of volunteering as a Peer Tutor and Keystone Club participant. Her favorite volunteer experience was a Keystone holiday community service activity at a local nursing home where she helped residents participate in making arts & crafts. She is currently the Secretary of Keystone at her Club. During her interview she spoke HIGHLY of how much Club Manager Kersten Mixon has impacted her life.

Great Futures Moment E-news March 2020

 

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GREAT FUTURES MOMENTS

E-News March 2020
Academic Success | Good Character & Citizenship | Healthy Lifestyles


 

Reflection from Dr. Flint Fowler
Our highest priority remains the health and safety of our youth, staff, and volunteers and to this end made the difficult decision a few days ago to close all of our locations as a precaution. At this time, there is no reason to believe there are cases at any of our Boys & Girls Clubs sites however the advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and public officials in the St. Louis region, led us to this decision to prevent possible exposure or spread of the virus.We have plans to continue engaging our audiences through virtual programming using our BGCSTL Facebook page, our counselors will be connecting with youth and, our staff are using this time to complete online safety and program training, as well as plan for summer camps. Should you need anything, admin team members are still available by email and are checking voicemail regularly. Please do not hesitate to reach out, and we appreciate your patience.

YEAR IN REVIEW:Each year our dedicated professionals work determinedly to enroll and serve members at one of our nine Club sites. Last year was particularly special because we were able to open a new Club, the Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson. Thanks to our many generous donors, we are now providing a unique set of experiences and activities to middle and high school students who need us most. I am pleased to share a few of the initiatives that made 2019 one of most productive in the history of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. I look forward to working with each of you for many more years to positively impact the lives of St. Louis area youth!2019 Highlights

• More than $8.7 million was raised to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis programs and services.
• Record attendance and fundraising was achieved at the Jim Butler’s Charity Golf Classic. Thanks to our wonderful friends $350,000 was raised to support our vital Health & Life Skills programs which teach our Club kids how to live healthy and productive lives.
• After hearing the moving speeches of our Youth of the Year finalists, our Great Futures Gala guests rallied for our kids by raising their paddles to drive our Fund-A-Future to a record-breaking $167,000, ensuring that our members continue to receive Educational & Leadership programs.
Frank Leta Automotive Group presented Danielle Kain, our 2020 Youth of the Year winner, with a car! She also received the Wanda and Michael DeHaven $5,000 scholarship plus a $4,000 renewable scholarship from Missouri State University and a celebratory dinner at the Saint Louis Club.
• The 12th annual Table For Four event broke both attendance and fundraising goals raising $128,000 and with 500 guests in attendance.
Place to Become and Jerimiah Millbank Society donors were invited to a sneak peak of the new Teen Center of Excellence. One hundred twenty-five guests enjoyed a live band, delicious appetizers, tours and a culminating performance from our Teen members.
• The Place to Become Campaign moved closer to the finish line securing over $22M of the $25M goal.
• Secured a renewable $400,000 Fit and Fun grant from the Federal government for the Sports and Recreation program at all our sites.
Opened the Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson MO which offers afterschool and summer programs to teens and youth (ages 12-18) in the North County area. The Center, one of the first in the country, is 26,856 square feet, has three levels and includes a nutrition education center, outdoor garden, gym, intellectual commons, teen lounge, auditorium, music and art studios, office space and maker space. To date, over 100 teens registered as members!
Media attention/coverage for the year was off the chart thanks to our media partners to include over 329 stories, covering an audience of over 231,138,636 and a publicity value of $1.75 million. Click here to view our media highlights.
Remodeled the kitchen at the Herbert Hoover Club and transformed it into a commercial grade kitchen with specific equipment upgrades to better serve and provide training for our members. Staff worked with KAI (general contractor), Ford Hotel (kitchen equipment and design), Parkway Plumbing, TSI Electric, and Carr Flooring to complete the project. Commercial components included were installing a three compartment sink, a six burner electric range, dishwasher, hot food table, food warmer and refrigerator.
• Established a Board-led Safety Committee and hired a Director of Safety and Security to build, implement and manage initiatives designed to promote social and emotional safety for youth, staff and volunteers.
• Continued our partnership with Maryville University to include “A Week in the Life of a Maryville Student”, a five-day overnight experience for Club teens
• Teamed up with the ZAC Foundation to provide swim lessons and promote water safety to campers as well as launch a new “Drowning Prevention Task Force” to reduce drowning by building a community-wide plan of action. Strategies will include teaching more children how to swim, increase access to pools, and monitoring progress.
• Once again BGCSTL was selected as one of the top Clubs in the country to implement the UPS Road Code teen safe driving program.
• Inducted five new former Club members into the BGCSTL Alumni Hall of Honor and celebrated staff, board members, volunteers and supporters for their commitment to our Club children at the Annual Recognition Event.


 

Teen Honored with Joan Silber Volunteerism & Leadership Award
Congratulations to O’Fallon Park Club teen Lailah Green who was honored with the Joan Ellyn Silber Volunteerism & Leadership award and a $1,000 scholarship! Dr. Silber’s brother and sister-in-law established the award and endowment to celebrate her being one of the organization’s most dedicated board members and supporters.

Lailah is an 8th grade scholar at McKinley Classical Middle School with thirty hours of volunteering as a Peer Tutor and Keystone Club participant. Her favorite volunteer experience was a Keystone holiday community service activity at a local nursing home where she helped residents participate in making arts & crafts. She is currently the Secretary of Keystone at her Club. During her interview she spoke HIGHLY of how much Club Manager Kersten Mixon has impacted her life.

 

Camp Registration Open for Kids & Teens
Summer will truly be a fun and dynamic experience that will spark creativity, engagement, and exploration at nine BGCSTL camp locations! We offer one of the most affordable, high quality summer day camp experiences for kids and teens in the St. Louis region. Our summer campers, ages 6-18, are exposed to a variety of high-yield learning activities, and participate in educational, recreational, and social activities like swimming, teen and STEM programs, college and career readiness programs, sports, field trips and cultural activities on-site and in the community. Camps also include breakfast and lunch.At the Teen Center of Excellence, teens will have access to nutrition education, gardening, sports and fitness, team building, visual and performing arts, video and board games and more. Registration is now open. Click here for more information or call the Club closest to you.

 

Ladies Lunch Supports Club Girls
Thank you so much for supporting our Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Virtual Table for Four on March 13. With your help, we were able to raise essential funds to provide special programming for our young ladies here at the Club. In this time of uncertainty, it is good to be assured of your unwavering care and support of the children and families we serve. Special thanks to our 2020 Table for Four Chairpersons, Robyn Heidger, Emily Pitts and Erika R. Williams, the committee and guest speaker Mona Dixon. Hear her “thanks” to all Table for Four supporters, below.

In case you missed the virtual event or would like to view it again, click here to experience 16 minutes of inspiration!


 

Jim Butler Golf Tournament
This fun-filled tournament will be held on June 15, 2020 at the Country Club of St. Albans. The four-player scramble includes a round of golf, lunch, raffles, on-course games and food stations, cocktails, dinner, live auction and awards program. One of the most anticipated Club events of the year, the tournament helps increase awareness of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis while raising critical funds to support Health & Life Skills programs. These programs cover areas like resistance skills training, teen pregnancy prevention, fitness and recreation, aquatics, nutrition, and more. Club members also benefit from free on-site dental and vision care. For more information, contact Darcy Callahan at 314-335-8011 or click here. To sponsor/register, click here.

 

Mentor Moment
Thanks to our Mentor St. Louis volunteers for continuing their commitment to our Club members. Michelle Vinson, a mentor at Jefferson Elementary Mentor St. Louis location, noticed how excited her mentees, Brian B. and Ribbion S. were about the school’s book fair after a class visit. She reached out to our team member to get the kids wish list from the fair and purchased the books they wanted. Michelle says, “I love these young men, they are so excited about life and reading so I wanted to make their dream of getting some books at the Book Fair possible. It may not have been much but, it put smiles on their faces which is all I wanted.” “Thanks Ms. Michelle for the books!” said Brian and Ribbion in unison when asked what they wanted to say to Ms. Michelle for the great gift! To serve as a mentor (once Clubs have reopened), click here.


 

Grants Recognition
We appreciate the following grant partners for their gifts that strengthen our programs, click here for a full list.

 

 


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Friends of the Club Casino Night
POSTPONED

Jim Butler Golf Tournament
Monday, June 15
St. Alban’s Country Club

COVID-19 UPDATES
WE ARE HIRING!SMART Girls Conference
POSTPONED

Passport to Manhood Conference
POSTPONED

 


ARTICLE PREVIEW
Reflection from Club President Dr. Flint Fowler
Teen Honored with Joan Silber Award
Camp Registration Open for Kids & Teens
Ladies Lunch Supports Club Girls
Golf Tournament
Mentor Moment
Grants Support Club Programs
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“Most days at the Club you can find me engaged in the Music Studio or Robotics/STEM programs. The Club has been a constant source of support throughout my journey. During my eight years at the Club I’ve won the BGCA Hank Aaron Scholarship Award, allowing me to purchase STEM materials and equipment to provide sessions for elementary, middle, and high school club members; participated as a teen panelist at Harris Stowe State University’s Spark the Mind Advancing the Agenda for African Americans in STEM event; competed for the nationwide 2019 STEP Ahead Awards and won 1st Place in the high school division, which included an all-inclusive trip to Washington, D.C; and, spoke at several events sharing how the Boys & Girls Clubs has impacted my life. I also received the Joan Ellyn Silber Award for Volunteerism and Leadership!
Danielle, 2020 Youth of the Year 
 







LOCATIONS

Adams Park Club
314.633.7900
4317 Vista Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Be Great Graduate – Normandy High School
6701 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Louis, MO 63121
636.675.9526Be Great Graduate – Roosevelt High School
3230 Hartford Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
314.335.8143Hazelwood Elem. School Club
314.335.8350
1025 Trampe Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63136

Herbert Hoover Club
314.335.8000
2901 N. Grand Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63107

O’Fallon Park Club
314.932.1371
4343 West Florissant
St. Louis, MO 63115

Riverview Gardens Club
314.335.8275
174 Shepley Drive
St. Louis, MO 63137

Southeast Middle School Club
314.953.7795
918 Prigge Road
St. Louis, MO 63138

Teen Center of Excellence
314-335-8240
9200 West Florissant
St. Louis, MO 63136

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Mentor St. Louis
St. Louis Internship Program

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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. BGCSTL provides after-school, teen, sports and summer programs to youth across the Bi-State Region while also providing a safe place for them to learn and grow. The Clubs serve youth across St. Louis City and County, including (Adams Park Club, Hazelwood Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club, and the Teen Center of Excellence). We also operate dropout prevention programs within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School); as well as the Mentor St. Louis and St. Louis Internship programs.
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BGCSTL Welcomes New Board Members 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) welcomes new board members Deborah Massingill, Nick Ragone, Matthias Renner, Megan Ridgeway and Amadou Yattassaye.

Deborah Massingill is the Package Operations Manager for UPS, Central Plains District that includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and part of Illinois. She has responsibility for 9 divisions and more than 9,300 employees.

Nick Ragone serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Ascension. In this role, he oversees the creation and execution of brand strategy and experience, marketing and advertising, public relations and thought leadership, social media strategy, internal communications, and consumer access for Ascension and its subsidiaries.

Matthias Renner is the President of National Real Estate Management Corp. and responsible for the overall operation of a $600,000,000 commercial real estate business.

Megan Ridgeway is Principal of Arcturis where she sets the strategic direction of the firm while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of the practice.

And, Amadou Yattassaye serves as the Plan President of the Missouri Commercial & Specialty Business Division (CSBD) for Anthem, Inc. where he is responsible for Anthem’s commercial business.

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

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 serve youth across St. Louis City & County including Adams Park Club, Hazelwood Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club and the Teen Center of Excellence. We also operate dropout prevention programs within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School); as well as the Mentor St. Louis and St. Louis Internship programs.
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2020 Youth of the Year, Danielle Kain!

YOUTH OF THE YEAR WINNER ANNOUNCED
AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS GREAT FUTURES GALA

Danielle Kain Wins Youth of the Year, $9,000 in Scholarships & A NEW CAR
Nearly 700 guests and $525,000 raised for Club kids!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is proud to announce the 2020 Youth of the Year winner is Danielle Kain! 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 $525,000 for Club youth!

Photo: Check presentation to 2020 BGCSTL Youth of the Year Danielle Kain of the Michael and Wanda DeHaven $5000 Scholarship presented by Abby & Travis Sarich Daughter and son-in law of Michael and Wanda DeHaven

Danielle, age 16, is a junior at MICDS and has been a member of BGCSTL Ferguson Club for eight years. In addition to winning the Youth of the Year title and honor to represent the Club as a Teen Ambassador, she received the Michael & Wanda DeHaven $5,000 Scholarship, the Missouri State University Youth of the Year $4,000 scholarship, a celebratory dinner courtesy of the Saint Louis Club and a car provided by Frank Leta Honda! Danielle plans to become an Aerospace Engineer post college.

Most days at the Club you can find Danielle engaged in the Music Studio or Robotics/STEM programs. She says the Club has been a constant source of support throughout her journey. During her eight years at the Club Danielle has won the BGCA Hank Aaron Scholarship Award, allowing her to purchase STEM materials and equipment to provide sessions for elementary, middle, and high school club members; she participated as a teen panelist at Harris Stowe State University’s Spark the Mind Advancing the Agenda for African Americans in STEM event, which led to her unforgettable personal meeting of Aprille Ericsson, current aerospace engineer for NASA; she competed for the nationwide 2019 STEP Ahead Awards and won 1st Place in the high school division, which included an all-inclusive trip to Washington, D.C; and, spoke at several events sharing how the Boys & Girls Clubs has impacted her life. She also received the Joan Ellyn Silber Award for Volunteerism and Leadership!

“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 (left to right):

2nd Place winner receiving the $2,500 Emerson Scholarship is Herbert Hoover Club member, Kahalia Adams!
3rd Place winner receiving a $1,000 Scholarship is Be Great: Graduate Roosevelt High School Club member, Alex Mugisha!
2020 Youth of the Year Danielle Kain
4th Place winner receiving a $500 Scholarship is Be Great: Graduate Roosevelt High School Club member, Fatuma Euli! Congratulations!

Special thanks to the Great Futures Gala committee including Co-chairs – Keith & Andrea Lueking, Rufus & Mercia Moore and Jim & Mindy Watson. And, to the following sponsors for their support: Lead Sponsor, Emerson Foundation; Presenting Sponsors, Centene Charitable Foundation, Dowd Bennett, LLP and Midwest BankCentre; Great Futures Sponsors, Argent Capital Management LLC, Express Scripts and Stifel Nicolaus; Youth of the Year Sponsors, Ameren, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ascension, Bayer, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, LLC, Enterprise Holdings, EY, Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, P.C., Laborers’ Local 110, Paul & Laura Miller, Spire Energy, St. Louis Cardinals, Thompson Coburn LLP and U.S. Bank. And, a host of table sponsors.

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Event co-chairs, L to R
Rufus & Mercia Moore, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis president Dr. Flint Fowler, Jim & Mindy Watson and Keith & Andrea Lueking

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