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.

BGCSTL Youth Surprised with NEW Beds Through Ashley Homestore Hope to Dream Program

On Wednesday, October 16, at the Enterprise Center, one hundred children (including 50 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis members) received beds of their own courtesy of Ashley Homestore’s Hope to Dream program! Ashley HomeStore partnered with their favorite NHL team – the St. Louis Blues to help pull the afternoon off. The kids enjoyed activities, games and interacting with Blues players throughout the evening and then surprised with the big reveal – their very own beds behind the curtain on the concourse waiting for them! Each child went home with comforters, pillows and sheets and their new mattresses will be delivered directly to their homes.

“One of the most special moments I have is being able to share stories, say prayers and tuck my kids in at night knowing they’ll be safe, comfortable, and well rested,” explained Chad Spencer, CEO of local Ashley HomeStore licensee, Dufresne Spencer Group (DSG). “This is a security not every parent and child currently have – we want to change that through programs like Hope to Dream.”

It is the third time that Ashley Homestore and the St. Louis Blues have partnered to provide children with their own beds and they’ve donated 475 beds to date!

Great Futures Gala Celebrates Club Teens

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) annual Great Futures Gala, will be held on Friday, November 8th at the Chase Park Plaza.

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! The highlight of the evening will be the selection of the 2020 Youth of the Year!

Club teens and Youth of the Year candidates will share their stories of how the Club has impacted their lives throughout the evening as well as a reception, sit down dinner and an after party with dancing and a performance from the Denise Thimes Ensemble.

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.

Event Co-chairs: Keith & Andrea Lueking, Rufus & Mercia Moore and Jim & Mindy Watson

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.

Thanks to the following sponsors for their support: Lead Sponsor, Emerson Foundation; Presenting Sponsors, Centene Corporation, Dowd Bennett, LLP and Midwest BankCentre; Great Futures Sponsors, Argent Capital Management LLC, Express Scripts/Cigna and Stifel Nicolaus; Youth of the Year Sponsors, Ameren, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ascension, Bayer, Enterprise Holdings, EY, Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, P.C., Laborers’ International Union of North America, Paul & Laura Miller, Spire Energy, St. Louis Cardinals, Thompson Coburn LLP and U.S. Bank.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Great Futures Gala
November 8, 2019
6 pm
Chase Park Plaza
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 now serve St. Louis youth at ten locations (Adams Park Club, Hazelwood Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, Lee Hamilton Elementary School 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.

Teen Center of Excellence Opens in Ferguson

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Celebrates Opening of
Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, MO
First in the Country Center to Focus on Serving Teens ages 12-18 in the St. Louis Area

The community came together to celebrate the opening of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, Missouri. The $12.4M center is one of the first in the county and will serve all teens ages 12-18, giving them a safe and prolific place to go each day after school and during the summer.

Friends and supporters from the across the region witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony last September. In search of a solution to the problems facing too many metro area children, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis was encouraged by civic leaders to expand services in neighborhoods with extreme scarcity of quality youth programming which led to the building of a Teen Center. The 26,856 square-foot facility is strategically located on West Florissant Avenue surrounded by four school districts and houses a nutrition education center, outdoor garden, gymnasium, intellectual commons, theater, green and drama room, fitness zone, gaming room, music and art studio, innovation center and office space. BGCSTL projects serving more than 1,500 teens annually.

BGCSTL president, Dr. Flint Fowler says of the opening, “This is certainly a proud moment in the history of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis. Teens deserve a safe place to grow and learn, exercise their creativity, explore their interests, and build meaningful relationships with peers and caring adults. Imagine how wonderful it would be if every community expressed this level of support for children. We are also excited to be a part of the wave of development along West Florissant including the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’s Empowerment Center and Plaza, the street scape project, Mercy Health Clinic and development of the Maline Greenway.”

Research indicates that teens can thrive in spaces structured around responsibility, belonging, and leadership modeling. Caring, trained adults are necessary to help teens build their assets and promote responsible decision-making skills. Data also shows that they want a space that provides respite from the pressures of school, family responsibilities or the danger of the streets; a place where they can have positive interactions with peers, meet new friends and take advantage of informal relationships with adults who assist them in their area of interest. The Club works with teens as they learn to think critically, use their voice in healthy ways, and discover who they are and how their purpose intersects with their world. It is through this work that hope thrives. Teens want hope – – and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis offers hope and opportunity.

Programming will include an emphasis on health & wellness (ie yoga, healthy habits, open gym), education & workforce development (ie college tours, ACT/SAT prep, tutoring, job readiness, internships and summer employment), STEAM (ie visual and performing arts, coding, app creation, robotics) and, leadership & civic engagement (ie, community service, character programs, advocacy training).

“At Boys & Girls Clubs, we know that keeping teens engaged in experiences at our Clubs, translates to positive outcomes around graduating from high school, abstaining from drugs and alcohol, and preparing for a great future,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We can clearly see our future, by how we set up our kids and teens to be successful. The time young people spend after-school and during the summer is critical for ensuring all kids and teens have the same opportunities and experiences. I applaud Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis for creating dynamic spaces and programming for the new Teen Center of Excellence, which will make a positive impact on young people in this community for years to come.”

Construction partners on the project were Arcturis, KAI Design and Build, and The Striler Group. The Teen Center opens in mid-November to teens. Registration/membership is $25. To register click here or call 314-335-8240.

To view pictures from the Grand Opening, click here.
To view AND share our ABC 30 commercial promoting the Teen Center of Excellence, click here.

BGCSTL Partners With St. Louis Internship Program

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and St. Louis Internship Program Combine Forces to Address Workforce Opportunities for Teens

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has partnered with the St. Louis Internship Program to foster greater opportunities for area teens in the career and workforce readiness space and prepare more young people in the St. Louis Market for jobs.

The goal of the St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP) is to provide hope and opportunity for high school students through paid summer internships, intensive employability training, and year-round college and career planning. SLIP works in partnership with businesses and community organizations, to build the St. Louis community by developing motivated, well-trained, and talented youth for the workforce. Since 1992, 98% of 4,000 SLIP interns have successfully acquired employability skills, graduated high school, and pursued their career goals. According to BGCSTL President, Dr. Flint Fowler, “The program aligns with the vision of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) to ensure that teens who come to the Club, develop the capacities they need to succeed, with a plan for their futures.”

“This unique affiliation represents an exciting opportunity to combine and leverage the internship, workforce development and other resources of SLIP and BGCSTL and make them available to a larger number of high school students in the St. Louis area. We believe this affiliation will be beneficial to students and employers as well as contribute significantly to the betterment of the greater St. Louis community,” says SLIP board chair, Kelvin Westbrook.

Shanise Johnson will remain the Director of the SLIP program and says, “We are committed to positively impacting the lives of St. Louis youth. Through our year-round comprehensive workforce development program for high school students, we strive to nurture talent for our region. Through this affiliation, our goal is to continue our robust services and widen our reach in the St. Louis region. We will continue to offer job readiness training (soft skills), college credit, postsecondary planning, summer paid internships, and personal development activities, which ultimately, affects the social fabric of our community.”

BGCSTL Chair, Larry Parres, adds “We are taking a significant step forward toward helping many great St. Louis companies identify and prepare the talent they need to remain vibrant and competitive. Our members will get the chance to explore a variety of career options while pursuing education and training appropriate to their choice. Perhaps it will become a national model for all Boys & Girls Clubs!”

Emerson is one of the corporate partners who welcome SLIP teens to their campus through the program. Employee Nina Hill said about one of the teens she worked with, “It is with great pleasure that I compliment you on your recent selection for the Legal Department’s SLIP candidate, Katelyn Dougherty. In her assignment for me, she was very efficient, diligent and thorough. She maintained a professional attitude, she asked questions and followed up when appropriate and sought additional assignments before I could approach her with new tasks. This was very helpful for me to get through a lot of Emerson’s Trademark Registration Portfolio!”

To be a part of the program, teens simply need to be a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and can do so by calling 314-335-8000 or clicking here.

BGCSTL TEENS EXPLORE CAREERS AT TEEN CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

Teen members from our Adams Park Club and Be Great Graduate program at Normandy High enjoyed a Career Day at the site of the soon-to-open Teen Center of Excellence! Thanks to KAI Enterprises and Arcturis for leading the day where teens gained hands on experience and gathered deeper insight into the fields of construction, architecture and design! This summer the teens are learning about work readiness and career pathways as part of the Junior Staff and Career Launch programs.

We also have several teens interning at the Club in the IT, Resource Development, Programs (Music Studio) and Finance departments as part of the Junior Staff program! The two teens interning in the Music Studio program will have their certifications in Avid Pro Tools when they complete the program. To view the full photo album, click here.

MORE THAN 100 CLUB MEMBERS ATTENDING WATER SAFETY CAMP THIS WEEK

For the 5th year in a row, the ZAC Foundation is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to host a four-day water safety camp July 8-11 for St. Louis children and families. The award-winning camp is bringing life -saving water safety skills to a new batch of more than 100 five to nine-year-olds teaching the importance of water safety through swimming classes, classroom curriculum, and various hands-on activities, including engagement with First Responders.

Nearly 15,000 kids across the country have participated in the camps in recent years. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4 and the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Karen and Brian Cohn founded The ZAC Foundation in 2008 after their son Zachary was entrapped in the suction of a swimming pool drain. The ZAC Foundation is devoted to educating the public of the importance of water safety to prepare children and their families for a lifetime of safety, and has partnered with BGCA to bring ZAC Camps to Clubs nationwide.

This morning the camp kicked off with special guests STLMP Chief John Hayden and ZAC Foundation Executive Director, Megan Ferraro.

To view the full photo album, click here.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Honors Alumni, Board Members, Community Partners & Staff At Annual Recognition Event

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce the 2019 Annual Recognition event honorees and Alumni Hall of Honor inductees! Each year the staff, board members, volunteers and supporters are acknowledged and celebrated for their commitment to our Club children.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Alumni Hall of Honor inductees are Mark Collins, III, Precious Johnson, Alaina Lopes, Cardin Dean Rackley, Mark Stallion, and, Kal-El Waters-Jones. The Hall of Honor recognizes outstanding alumni for achievements in their respective fields, commitment to leadership, serving our community’s youth, contributions to the St. Louis community and for living out the mission of the Boys & Girls Club.

Additional categories and honorees for the evening were as follows:

*Award descriptions below 

National Award of Merit

Adella Jones

Stuart Krawll

Frank S. & Antoinette G. Leta Family Charitable Foundation

William “Bill” Meyer

Darrell Scott

Eric Wood

Richard H. Amberg Award

Keith Lueking

Carl Woods Volunteer of the Year Award

Leon Davis

Rita Fitzjarrell

Kathe Harwood

Brandy Herron

Thomas Mason

Tamara Powell

Ryan Sparks

Bob Stein

Renelle Theard

Service to Youth Award – Staff

Roxanne Crawford

Gregory Davis

Jaime Downs

Charles Jackson

Tammie Sargent

Renee Seaman

Fe’Dale Waters

Service to Youth Award – Board & Life Trustees

George Bailey

Ken Kotiza

Peter Lazaroff

Karen Luebbert, Ph.D.

Suzie Spence

Gene Todd

Nancy Wolfe

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President, Dr. Flint Fowler (reflecting on the annual event which has always been close to his heart) said, “This event gives us the opportunity to celebrate the many ways that our staff, board volunteers, alumni and friends contribute to the welfare of the children we serve and highlight our impact.”

National Service to Youth Award – Board, volunteers and staff who have rendered long and devoted service (five years or more) to the Boys & Girls Club Movement.

National Award of Merit – Individuals and organizations outside Boys & Girls Clubs that have provided outstanding support to local Clubs or the Movement.

Carl Woods Volunteer of the Year Presented to exceptional volunteers who demonstrate his or her devoted service to the Club’s mission.

Richard H. Amberg Award – Presented to a Board member whose leadership and commitment has a profound impact on the Club’s ability to achieve its mission.

Photo caption (left to right)

Dr. Flint Fowler, President Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (far right) along with 2019 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees: Precious Johnson, Cardin Dean Rackley, Mark Collins, III, the mother of Kal-El Waters-Jones and 2019 BGCSTL Youth of the Year, Kahalia Adams.

To view pictures from the event, click here.

Dr. Flint Fowler to Participate in Prestigious Dept of Defense Program

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS PRESIDENT
DR. FLINT FOWLER TO PARTICIPATE IN PRESTIGIOUS
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAM HOSTED BY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

Dr. Flint Fowler among select group chosen to engage with senior military officials and U.S. Service members for the Secretary of Defense’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC)

Missouri – May 23, 2019 – Dr. Flint Fowler, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has been selected to participant in the 91st Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC 91) hosted by the Secretary of Defense. The JCOC program is the oldest and most prestigious public outreach and full immersion program in the Department of Defense.

As a JCOC participant, Dr. Fowler will spend several days at the Pentagon and military installations, engaging with senior military officials and U.S. Service members. He will gain a better understanding of the roles and mission of the U.S. Armed Forces; their skills, capabilities and equipment employed in defense of our nation. The JCOC program directly links to the Department’s Know Your Military (#KYM) initiative, which is designed to help close the growing civilian-military divide by educating the American public about their military.

The objective of the JCOC public liaison program is to:

• Educate and inform participants about the strength and readiness of the U.S. Armed Forces through personal observation of Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard operations.

• Provide a better understanding of the rewards and challenges of military service.

• Provide the American public opportunities to obtain a better understanding of national defense policies and programs through the eyes of those JCOC participants who have spent time with their military.

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.

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OF GREATER ST. LOUIS
GREAT FUTURES MOMENTS
2nd Q
News 2019

Academic Success | Good Character & Citizenship | Healthy Lifestyles

 

BGCSTL President Receives Highest Honor from BGCA
Congratulations to our very own BGCSTL President Dr. Flint Fowler who was presented with the Thomas G. Garth Character & Courage Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America! This is the highest honor that a Boys & Girls Club professional can receive and given to those who best exemplify the exceptional leadership of the late BGCA President Tom Garth! Boys & Girls Clubs of America President said about Flint during his presentation, “Flint is an exceptional human being, true game changer for this movement, has helped people recognize the challenges facing young people in the community and the urgent call for action and a mentor to those in St. Louis and across the country. He leads by example by building strong relationships rooted in trust, purpose and passion.” To view Dr. Fowler receiving the award, click here.
 

 

Music Studio Program Receives
National Award
BGCSTL received the Merit Award for Program Excellence in The Arts for the Music Studio Program that is implemented across seven of our Clubs! The program, led by Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter Alonzo ”Zo” Lee, guides Club members through song writing, producing and recording processes – creating a song from start to finish. Congrats to Alonzo Lee and his team, Project L.A.M. and all of the Club staff who assist in the program Club wide!


 

Ferguson Club Member Has Experience of a Lifetime!
Earlier this year Ferguson Club member, Troy S., received news that he was selected to be a performer at the 2019 Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Conference, May 1-4 in Houston, Texas! Our Club’s entry was one of only ten selected from over 110 audition videos – kudos to his Site Coordinator, Jaime. As part of the honor, Troy participated in a series of virtual coaching sessions with a BGCA expert vocal, movement and performance coach, sang at the opening and closing sessions of the conference and many times during the event!The most surprising to Troy (and everyone in attendance) was at the closing event when it was announced that he was the winner of the first annual Aryana Pizarro “Fly Right” Award. The award is in honor of Aryana Pizarro who served as the first National Conference Youth Talent Ambassador and lost her life in a terrible car accident. All of the youth performers for the week nominated one of their peers who best embodied Aryana’s spirit of kindness, collaboration and character – and it was Troy! Boys & Girls Clubs of America also honored him with a scholarship for $3,000 a year for the next four years! Congrats to Troy! To view Troy’s performances from the conference, click here. To see Troy receiving his award, click here.

 


 

Youth of the Year Picks Up Her Car!
The 2019 Youth of the Year, Kahalia, has been quite busy in her role as the Youth Ambassador for BGCSTL. She has networked with representatives at the Capitol in Jefferson City, received the Phenomenal Kid Award from Delux Magazine, threw out the 1st pitch at a Cardinals game, received news that she will be taking a trip abroad to Ghana and most recently picked up the Kia Rio that she won courtesy of Frank Leta Automotive Group! 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!
 

 

Annual Recognition Event & Alumni Hall of Honor
Each year BGCSTL honors and celebrates the staff, board members, volunteers and supporters of the organization for their commitment to our Club children. It is also the induction ceremony for the newest Alumni Hall of Honor recipients. Join us for an evening of light refreshments and fun on Thursday, June 6th! RSVP, here.
 

 

Camp Registration Open for Kids & Teens
Boys & Girls Clubs will be offering day camp at eight locations across St. Louis City and North County. Our summer camp offers youth ages 6-18 fun and dynamic experiences that will spark creativity, engagement, and exploration. Swimming, teen and STEM programs, Music Studio (producing, writing and singing songs), access to our newly opened Best Buy Teen Tech center activities including a music studio, 3D printer, t-shirt press maker, coding
stations, state of the art computers, monitors and virtual reality headsets and, field trips are the things campers will experience. Click here for prices, dates and full summer camp schedules OR, to hear more about our camps, view our Great Day St. Louis segment, here.
 

 

Friends Casino Night Supports Club Youth
Thanks to the Friends of the Club, sponsors and supporters of the 2019 Casino Night for a successful event. The group raised over $35,000 for BGCSTL programs. There was live music, casino games, raffles, dancing and more for the over 250 guests! Click here to view photos from the evening.
 

 

Golf Tournament in June
The Jim Butler Golf Charity Classic, one of St. Louis’ premier golf tournaments, will take place on June 17, 2019 at the Country Club of St. Albans. The event supports Club Health & Life Skills programs and will include afternoon tee times, lunch and on-course goodies/snacks. The tournament helps increase awareness of BGCSTL’s efforts to promote health and wellness to our youth members. We have a few foursomes and sponsorship opportunities available as well as raffle tickets, to do either, click here.

 


 

Partner Spotlight – AllState Supports BGCSTL
National partner AllState Insurance gathered a group of ten volunteers to assist BGCSTL Adams Park Club with a few site beautification and organizing projects. Volunteers cleaned and organized the game, arts, laundry, green and community rooms, as well as the teen center, stairway area and gym to prepare the Club for summer camp! As an added perk from the AllState volunteer day, the Club received a donation for $10,000!

 

Girls Learn to “Love Thy Selfie” at SMART Girls Conference
One of the best conferences for girls in St. Louis, SMART Girls, attracted 132 youth, 28 parents and 25 volunteers this year! The annual event, themed “Love Thy Sefie, Mind Body & Spirit” offers dynamic sessions and activities to help our female Club members explore their own and societal attitudes and values, build skills for living a healthy lifestyle and developing positive relationships with peers and adults. Highlights from the conference included Club Youth of the Year Kahalia serving as emcee, Riverview Gardens Club Steppers & Hazelwood East High Dance Team performances, workshop topics such as “Love Myself, Body Image, Fashion and Confidence”, Zumba, Painting My Feelings, Poetry Slam, Music Studio and Conflict Resolution. The keynote address was delivered by Te’Ara Arman. To view photos from the event, click here.


 

From Boys to Men
Congratulations to the 120 male members and 15 fathers/role models who attended the Passport to Manhood conference this past weekend! Themed “The Makings of a Man” the conference is held annually to equip our young men with life skills, character and leadership skills to help them become successful! Activities included a Father/Son luncheon, PlayStation 4 tournaments, a father/role model and son basketball tournament, a performance by Arch Madness and guest speaker, Jason Watson of Mission St. Louis.


 

 


ARTICLE PREVIEW
Dr. Fowler Receives Highest Honor from BGCA
Music Studio Receives Merit Award
Ferguson Club Member Has Experience of a Lifetime!
Youth of the Year Picks Up Her Car!
Alumni Hall of Honor
Camp Registration Open
Friends Casino Night Recap
Jim Butler Golf Tourney
AllState Supports Club Programs
SMART Girls Conference
Passport to Manhood Conference

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“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 respect and dignity. These things would be unattainable for me without the guidance of the Club. The Club shaped me into the young lady that I am and is grooming me for the woman I hope to become.”
Kahalia A.
2019 BGCSTL Youth of the Year
Great Future: College

 






 

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
636.675.9526

Be Great Graduate – Roosevelt High School
3230 Hartford Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
314.335.8143

Ferguson Middle School Club
314.335.8330
701 January Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63135

Grannemann Elem. School Club
314.335.8350
2324 Redman Road
St. Louis, MO 63136

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

Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club
314.335.8340
401 Powell Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63135

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

Special Initiatives
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Newsletter Contact
For more information or with questions, contact Shuntae Shields Ryan,
VP, Marketing & Communications via phone 314.335.8009 or email.

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
2901 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
Phone: (314) 335-8000
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BGCSTL Celebrates Steel Topping Out on Teen Center of Excellence

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.

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.
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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! boobashwebThanks 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!roadcode

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

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View Troy’s performance, here. View Danielle’s performance, here. See Danielle & Troy’s duet, here.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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