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.
NBA Star, Boston Celtic, Jayson Tatum Visits
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to Reward Members for Hurricane Relief Efforts
In mid-September, St. Louisan & Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum partnered with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to launch an effort to see which Club could collect the most donations in order to provide hurricane relief to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Houston and Florida who were impacted by recent hurricanes.
On Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11 am, he returned to St. Louis to visit the winning Club and to congratulate the Club members on their efforts! Tatum signed autographs, took photos and lunched with the winning Club members.
Jayson Tatum said of the ongoing donation drive, “TOGETHER we can support the rebuilding of the Clubs in the affected communities and help reignite their Club members vision to have a safe place to go each day where they are prepared for a bright future!”
Nearly 100 boxes of supplies were collected from all ten Clubs and community partners that included water, toiletries, canned food, wipes, girl’s hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo, batteries, flashlights, new bedding, board games and arts & crafts supplies.
St. Louisan & Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to provide hurricane relief to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Houston and Florida that were affected by recent hurricanes.
Members from all ten Clubs have launched a challenge to collect the most supplies that will be directly delivered to the young people who attend the clubs in Houston & Florida. It’s hard to imagine but some of these Clubs lost EVERYTHING!
Jayson Tatum said, “TOGETHER we can support the rebuilding of the Clubs in the affected communities and help reignite the Club members vision to have a safe place to go each day where they are prepared for a bright future!”
To honor the hard work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis members collecting donations, Tatum has agreed to visit and have lunch with the local St. Louis Club that collects the most supplies!
Water, toiletries, canned food, wipes, girls hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo, batteries, flashlights, new bedding, board games and arts & crafts supplies. Drop off at any of the below locations or CALL 314-335-8340 for more information. To make a donation to be used for hurricane relief supplies, click here.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
2901 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
phone: (314) 335-8000 fax: (314) 652-7509
Adams Park Club
4317 Vista Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63110
BE GREAT: GRADUATE at Normandy High School
6701 St. Charles Rock Rd., 63121
BE GREAT: GRADUATE at Roosevelt High School
3230 Hartford Street St. Louis, MO 63118
Ferguson Middle School Club
701 January Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63135
Grannemann Elem. School Club
2324 Redman Road, St. Louis, MO 63136
Herbert Hoover Club
2901 North Grand Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63107
Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club
401 Powell Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63135
O’Fallon Park Club
4343 West Florissant
St. Louis, MO 63115
Riverview Gardens Club
175 Shepley Drive St. Louis, MO 63137
Southeast Middle School Club
918 Prigge Road, St. Louis, MO 63138
Robert “Bob” Fulstone Receives Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis 2017 Richard H. Amberg Award
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce Robert “Bob” Fulstone, who has served as a dedicated board member and volunteer for over 25 years, as the 2017 Richard H. Amberg Awardee! The Richard H. Amberg Award is presented to a Board member whose leadership and commitment has a profound impact on the Club’s ability to achieve its mission.
During Bob’s award acceptance speech, he said “Other than my marriage of 50 years to my wife Kathy, the Boys & Girls Clubs is one of my greatest joys!”
Previously the Chief Volunteer Officer (CVO) of the Board in 2000 and 2001, Bob oversaw a capital campaign for the Club that secured the first $1 million gift from Dennis & Judy Jones – the largest single gift in the Club’s 38-year history. While CVO, Bob recruited an active and diverse group of Board volunteers, many of which who assumed major leadership roles for BGCSTL. He has also been honored with the Wind Beneath My Wings Award in 1999, the Recognition of Service Award, National Service to Youth Award, Local Service to Youth Award, the Board Challenge Champion, and recognition for marketing excellence by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Bob also chaired the Campaign for Kids annual fund drive and the Resource Development Committee. During this time, the Club had the largest increase in funds raised and more $10,000+ donors for the Jeremiah Millbank Society than ever before. He now serves as the Vice President of the Missouri State Alliance for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Missouri, and makes calls to fund such programs as Meth Smart, SMART Girls, Passport to Manhood, and more. Bob also generously dedicates his time to the Youth of the Year event in Jefferson City, preparing youth to participate in the prestigious program, the highest honor that a Club member can receive.
Photo (L to R) JaLisa Wines, 2017 Youth of the Year, Bob Fulstone, BGCSTL Teen Ambassadors, Daija Glover, Ezekial Jones and Michael Monique Mayo.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce its 2017 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees! During the 2017 Annual Recognition event, where staff, board members, volunteers and other supporters are acknowledged and celebrated for their commitment to our Club children, Jerome Tomlin, Grace Conner, Lorenzo Baylor Sr., Susan Jones, Byron Price & Jordan “Shorty da Prince” Johnson were inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Alumni Hall of Honor.
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 Club.
All of the alumni inductees have lived out the mission of the Boys & Girls Club movement and displayed the impact the Club can have in a member’s life. Jerome Tomlin serves as a Virtual Design Coordinator at Paric Corporations; Grace Connor works as a teacher for Saint Louis Public Schools and is a seasonal staff member at the Club; Lorenzo Baylor Sr. works for Citibank as a Vice President in the mortgage banking industry; Susan Jones is the manager of Supplier Diversity at EMED Medical Company; Byron Price is a branch manager for US Bank; and, Jordan “Shorty da Prince” Johnson works for Radio One’s Hot 104.1 STL Weeknights 7p to Midnight.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President, Dr. Flint Fowler said of the Inductees, “This is an outstanding group of alumni who individually and collectively represent the power of a Boys & Girls Club experience. We are proud of the accomplishments and contributions they are making to their communities.”
Photo caption (left to right)
Rocki Jones (Past Alum Honoree), Jerome Tomlin, Grace Conner, Lorenzo Baylor Sr., Dr. Flint Fowler (BGCSTL President), Susan Jones & Byron Price – Jordan “Shorty da Prince” Johnson (not shown).
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 five 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.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) received $50,000 from Lowe’s as a part of the Renovation Across the Nation initiative, which awarded 50 Clubs around the country, including ours, with grants and volunteer support to complete much-needed improvements, by rehabilitating existing Clubs spaces, and bringing new spaces to life. As the need to update facilities increases and maintenance costs rise, Lowe’s support helped make critical improvements to the swimming pool area possible. Our goal is to ensure the Club remains a safe and inviting place for all members.
Improvements included; a new heating source to help control humidity and temperature; new hand rail for entry steps to replace the rusted unstable rail that existed; new bleacher hand rails to separate spectator section from the pool area and improve crowd control; new benches in bleacher area as there were no bleachers for members or spectators to sit on to watch swimming events; new lighting controls for energy conservation; a new drinking fountain and more. The pool will reopen in time for swim lessons during summer camp.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis welcomes new board members David R. Aplington – BJC, Gregg Berdy – Opthalmology Associates, Jen Call – U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), Mark C. Darrell – Spire, John Maroney – W &M Restaurants/Taco Bell Franchisee, and, Mark E. Stallion – Husch Blackwell.
Dave Aplington is senior vice president and general counsel for BJC HealthCare and responsible for the provision of legal services throughout BJC’s hospitals and service organizations. He also oversees risk management, corporate compliance and audit services.
Dr. Gregg Berdy is involved with the ophthalmology teaching program at Washington University where he serves as attending physician in the resident clinic.
Jen Call is Assistant Director of Asset Management at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC) where she manages a team of Asset Managers overseeing a portfolio of Low Income Housing Tax Credit investments with committed equity over $3.2 billion in various phases from construction through disposition.
Mark Darrell is senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of Spire. In this role he is responsible for advising the board of directors, CEO and senior management on legal matters affecting the utility company and its subsidiaries.
John Maroney is President of W & M Restaurants, which owns and operates 14 Taco Bell stores in Missouri and Illinois.
Mark Stallion is a partner with Husch Blackwell, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team.
For more information on how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is helping our community, visit www.bgcstl.org.
Join us at the Passport to Manhood Conference on April 22nd!
Free for BGCSTL male members ages 6-18, their fathers and father figures/role models.
Special thanks to this year’s sponsor, our friends at @NoWayOutSTL in St. Louis, MO. Their team escape challenge is an incredibly fun team-builder for participants of all ages! Visit www.nowayoutstl.com for more information.
You’re invited to join us at the Smart Girls Conference on April 29th!
Free for BGCSTL female members ages 6-18, their moms and mother figures/role models.
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.