Great Futures Moments
Everyday youth at our Clubs demonstrate positive service and leadership at school, home, church and community. We celebrate them and the staff at our Clubs for the impact they make in the lives of these children. Read their stories below.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Celebrates Steel Topping Out on Teen Center of Excellence
Final steel beam hoisted into place at March 27 topping out ceremony
(St. Louis, MO, March 27, 2019) Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis celebrated the “topping out” of structural steel on the $12.4 million Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson. This morning, cranes hoisted a steel beam, topped with an American flag, evergreen tree and bearing the signatures of donors, community partners, board members, Club members, employees and construction workers, to the top of the building. The City of Ferguson and its Fire Department showed their support for the project by flying a large American flag from their ladder truck during the event.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is excited to reach this milestone regarding the construction of our Teen Center of Excellence. The topping off ceremony gives us a chance to include our Club members and supporters in this important community resource. It symbolizes the role and responsibility we all have to foster hope and opportunity for all children,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.
According to KAI Senior Project Manager Jeremy Lammers, construction of the $12.4 million facility is on track to open in the Fall of 2019.
“Predominantly, topping out ceremonies are reserved for projects that hold significant meaning to the organization and, most importantly, to the community,” said Lammers. “Completing the steel for this building gets us one step closer to opening the new Teen Center of Excellence that will be serving the youth of Ferguson and its surrounding communities. KAI is excited to be a part of this project and helping transform this community.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, in partnership with The Striler Group, KAI Build and Arcturis, broke ground on a $12.4 M Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, Missouri mid-September 2018. The center will offer afterschool and summer programs to teens and youth (ages 12-18) in the North County area. The Teen Center of Excellence, one of the first in the country, is being built on the site of the former Ferguson Ponderosa, 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 maker space.
To watch a video of the topping out ceremony and browse photos from the event, here.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
JaLisa Wines is the 2017 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.
To view or share the Youth of the Year video highlighting all of the finalists, click here.
St. Louis Realtors Host Boo Bash at Herbert Hoover Club
After a successful Back-to-School event where the St. Louis REALTORS® Association and its affiliates purchased backpacks and school supplies for over 1,000 youth ages 6-18, they were on to the next opportunity to place smiles on the faces of Boys & Girls Clubs youth! Thanks to the association and its volunteers for coming together Halloween weekend to build a haunted house, buy materials and collecting/buying candy treats for over 500 members at BGCSTL Herbert Hoover Club this past Halloween night. To see video from the Spooktacular event, click here.
UPS ROAD CODE PROGRAM TEACHES BGCSTL TEENS SAFE DRIVING
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is extremely grateful to UPS Foundation for supporting the issue of distracted driving for teens with their UPS Road Code program. Over 200 teens from our Clubs have been able to experience this life-saving program that helps them make smart decisions on the road. In Missouri alone, 80% of car crashes involve distracted driving; Missourians younger than 25 make up 30% of those fatalities. UPS Road Code equips our teens with the education needed to avoid life altering situations.
The program includes pre and post-tests to gauge their safe driving knowledge, 2-4 hour learning sessions and one of the teen favorites, behind-the-wheel simulators that give them real life, on the road driving scenarios! BGCSTL teens are itching to drive, and UPS Road Code helps them do that safely!
As part of the National Teen Driver Safety week, an event was held at our Herbert Hoover Club where 100 teens signed commitments to drive distraction free & Mayor Francis Slay proclaimed 10/13 teen safe driving day!
UPS Road Code and BGCSTL were featured on KPLR’s “The Pulse” thirty minute program with Shirley Washington. To view the segment, click here.
BGCSTL FERGUSON CLUB MEMBERS PERFORM AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Ferguson Club members Danielle and Troy were selected to perform for over 400 Boys & Girls Clubs professionals at the National Midwest Conference in Louisville, Kentucky this past week! Danielle was also chosen to participate on a teen panel. #greatfutures #BGCSTLproud
BGCSTL WINS NEW SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Thanks to Good Sports, McDonald’s and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis members have received 922 pieces of equipment, including football helmets, soccer balls and goals, sports apparel, track spikes, jump ropes, playground balls, footballs and more. The total value of the donation was $15,414.39 and will impact close to 2,000 area kids.
BGCSTL received the equipment as the Grand Prize award winner of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group’s Let’s Play initiative. The competition was launched to provide kids in the St. Louis community with the sports equipment they need to be active. The Let’s Play Challenge invited McDonald’s restaurant employees in the St. Louis community to nominate deserving youth-serving area organizations that they felt would benefit from a donation of brand new sports equipment.
During the event where the equipment was unveiled to BGCSTL Herbert Hoover Club members, all of the community partners involved spoke while kids participated in active games, such as soccer and flag football, to break in the new equipment.
CLARITIN RENOVATES BGCSTL HERBERT HOOVER TENNIS COURTS
Bayer’s Consumer Health Division, the makers of Claritin®, the #1 selling non-drowsy allergy brand, teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help youth enjoy the benefits of being outdoors. The makers of Claritin funded the makeover of outdoor spaces at Clubs in three cities across the country, including St. Louis! The new initiative encourages play and creates active spaces for youth.
Their donation covered the cost to renovate and update the tennis courts at BGCSTL Herbert Hoover Club! Improvements included repairing the damaged fencing and gate, filling the cracks, resurfacing, new netting and US Open style colors on the court.
Long known for our efforts to encourage healthy lifestyles for members, we will use these courts to teach the game of tennis and promote fitness.
FERGUSON CLUB MEMBERS PERFORM AT SHELDON CONCERT HALL
Boys & Girls Clubs of Ferguson members Troy, Danielle and Mariah were presented with the opportunity to participate in a recent Arts & Faith St. Louis High School and College Student Video Contest. Each submission required participants to submit a video that expressed their hopes on how to create a more harmonious St. Louis. At the same time, a group of Club members, including Troy, had been given an assignment during their Boys & Girls Club Music Studio session to write a song about love or unity – everyone picked love – except for Troy.
This group of powerful and talented teens wrote, performed and taped an original song to submit for the contest. The song, “Hold On”, was performed by Troy Staten and written in association with the Club’s Music Studio and Project L.A.M. under the direction of two time Grammy award winner Alonzo “Zo” Lee and songwriter Antonio Dunn.
Turns out Troy won the competition and the opportunity to perform his song live at the Arts & Faith St. Louis 10th anniversary 9/11 interfaith commemoration in music at The Sheldon Concert Hall! He was also featured as one of the “Harris Heroes” on KMOV News 4 and on HEC-TV. To view the KMOV news clip, click here.
VOLUNTEERS WHO MAKE OUR IMPACT POSSIBLE—THANK YOU, STEVE BLOOM
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis recently celebrated the retirement of Board Chair Steve Bloom of Enterprise Holdings where he served as President of Enterprise Fleet Management and Senior Vice President of Enterprise Car Sales. He is also wrapping up his time as our Chief Volunteer Officer. Steve and his wife Kelly have been tremendous champions for the Club – contributing their time, resources and talent for more than ten years. In addition to his services as Board Chair, he led our agency through a successful name change, co-chaired our annual fundraiser All That Jazz (now known as Great Futures Gala) that provides life-changing opportunities for our kids, and encouraged dozens of his friends and associates to support our work. Since Steve is a huge hockey fan, we couldn’t think of a better way to send him off to Colorado than with an authentic jersey and hockey stick signed by St. Louis Blues right winger, Vladimir Tarasenko. Thanks Steve for making life better for many! We will miss you!
DONORS WHO MAKE OUR IMPACT POSSIBLE—THANK YOU!
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is grateful to announce the recent contribution from an anonymous donor in the amount of $70,000 to support general Club operations. Although the donor is unknown, the impact of their gift will be evident in the lives of the children we serve. For more information on how you can support the Boys & Girls Clubs, contact Ruth Lederman.
Community Partner, St. Louis REALTORS®, Helps Turn Back-to-School Celebration into Back-to-School Solution
Facing a critical shortage of backpacks and school supplies to accommodate the more than 6,500 children across all county and city school districts served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, we turned to St. Louis REALTORS® and its nearly 8,000 members to help raise the necessary supplies our youth would need to succeed in school this fall. Without hesitation, St. Louis REALTORS and its members purchased hundreds of backpacks and thousands of school supplies, which were distributed to more than 500 children on July 28 during one of the Clubs final Triple Play Days at its Herbert Hoover Club located at 2901 N. Grand Avenue. As part of the event, several Club youth helped stuff the backpacks for their peers. View the adorable kids in the video below. Click here to see the full video.
Club Members Visit New Busch Stadium Build-a-Bear
Two Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis – Twillman Club members were the first to experience the new Busch Stadium Build-A-Bear Workshop location. They had a “bear-y” good time with former Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan as he helped them build bears from start to finish including selecting their attire, accessories, voice, heart and more! Click here to see the full video.
Youth of the Year, Shaila Jones, Throws First Pitch at Cardinals Game
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Youth of the Year, Shaila Jones, experienced throwing out the 1st pitch during a Sunday night Cardinals game. As part of the Build-A-Bear Workshop themed night at Busch Stadium, which included a bear giveaway, the Build-A-Bear team was also offered the chance to throw out the first pitch but rather than have one of their reps do it, they wanted to extend this opportunity to one of our Club youth! Build-A-Bear also made it possible for Shaila’s parents and family to enjoy this experience and the game with her as well! Click here to see Shaila throw the ball.
ZAC FOUNDATION TEACHES CLUB MEMBERS WATER SAFETY
Over 100 BGCSTL Herbert Hoover Club members are now more confident when it comes to swimming and more familiar with lifesaving water-safety skills thanks to ZAC Camp!
A Club Member shared about the camp, “ZAC Camp has given me confidence! Now when my family asks me to go swimming on the weekend, I’ll be excited to go instead of shy away from it!”
To continue the remarkable legacy of 6-year-old Zachary Archer Cohn who drowned in a drain entrapment in 2007, Conn.-based water safety organization The ZAC Foundation teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to bring the Foundation’s award-winning ZAC Camp to five to nine-year-old’s through its grant program. The ZAC Camp program combined in-pool swimming lessons, safety classes with First Responders, and classroom curriculum based on tenets of water safety taught in a children’s book co-authored by Zachary’s parents – The Polar Bear Who Couldn’t, Wouldn’t Swim. By week’s end campers were equipped with critical tools to lead them on the path to safe swimming, including: fundamental stroke training, emergency preparedness and response, and basic lifesaving techniques.
SUMMER CAMP TEENS LEARN SAFE DRIVING TECHNIQUES
Congratulations to the 11 Normandy High School members participating in the BGCSTL Be Great Graduate program on their graduation from the UPS Road Code program yesterday! UPS Road Code is a free national program educating teens on safe driving techniques.The program focuses on various safety principles, from basic instructions to the consequences of risky behaviors such as talking on cell phones, texting or drinking while driving. Members practice what they learn on driving simulators which feature a computer screen that serves as a windshield to the programs interactive animation, a steering wheel, gas and brake pedals.