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 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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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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Friday, November 8, 2019



“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
Mentor St. Louis

Newsletter Contact
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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
Fax: (314) 652-7509
 

 

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.

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Academic Success | Good Character & Citizenship | Healthy Lifestyles

 

Reflection from Dr. Flint Fowler
I continue to be amazed and thankful for the level of financialand community support we receive. Each year just gets better and better, and I am proud to be a part of such a great cause that positively impacts the kids and teens of the St. Louis region. I am also grateful for an amazing staff and their commitment to our kids. Here are a few of our highlights from 2018:
• Last year, more than $9.7 million was raised in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis programs and services
• Remodeled the auditorium at the Herbert Hoover Club
• Thanks to a $20,000 Triple Play grant from Anthem, our Herbert Hoover Club unveiled a renovated gamesroom complete with new furniture, music system, mounted TVs, gaming systems and a serene water feature
• Frank Leta Automotive Group awarded the Youth of the Year winner a new car and, Wanda and Michael DeHaven presented the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year scholarship in the amount of $5,000
• Continued our partnership with Maryville University to include “A Week in the Life of a Maryville Student” a five day overnight experience for Club teens
• Teamed up with the ZAC Foundation to provide swim lessons and promote water safety to campers
• The Great Futures Gala attracted its largest crowd ever while Table For Four set attendance and fundraising efforts
• Grew the membership of our Women’s Leadership Circle and Friends of the Club affinity groups
• Selected as one of the top Clubs implementing the UPS Road Code teen safe driving program nationally
• Inducted five new former Club members into the BGCSTL Alumni Hall of Honor and celebrated staff, board members, volunteers and supporters for their commitment to our Club children
• Broke ground on the Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson MO which 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, 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
Media attention/coverage for the groundbreaking ceremony was off the chart thanks to our media partners to include over 50 stories, covering an audience of over 5.2 million and a publicity value of $250,000
• The ground breaking for the new Teen Center also signified the launch of the public phase of our fundraising campaign, “A Place to Become”, to complete construction. Donors and supporters put their stake in the ground to declare, “I’m In!” to support Ferguson and North County youth! The campaign raised $5M in 2018 and more than $18M to date
• Introduced a new recognition event for our $10,000+ annual donors and “A Place to Become” supporters where we honored the Taylor Family and Suzie and Dave Spence

This year brings the opening of our newest Club, the Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, an expanded impact on North County youth and so much more! Until then, stay plugged in by mentoring, volunteering, attending an event or spreading the word about the impact BGCSTL is having on youth ages 6-18 all over St. Louis City & County.


 

Best Buy Opens Teen Tech Center at Herbert Hoover Club
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 this week. The center is the first in St. Louis and the 25th that Best Buy has opened nationwide.

Over 1,100 square feet of space was converted into a fully equipped interactive and innovative space with everything needed to engage youth ages 10-16 with STEAM activities. The Center includes 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 give BGCSTL members the opportunity to learn critical tech skills and prepare for the tech-related jobs of the future. Members 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 of technology to our Club teens!” To read the full release, click here.Or, to view photos of the space and the teens in action, click here.


 

Camp Registration Open for Kids & Teens
The summer camp season is here and the Boys & Girls Clubs will be offering day camp at eight locations across St. Louis City and North County. Our summer camp offers youth ages 6-15 fun and dynamic experiences that will spark creativity, engagement, and exploration through learning activities. Swimming, teen and STEM programs as well as field trips are just a few of the things campers can experience. Click here for prices, dates and more information about summer camp OR, to hear more about our camps, view our Great Day St. Louis segment, here.


 

Ladies Lunch Supports Club Girls
Thanks to all of the sponsors who are supporting our upcoming annual women’s luncheon, Table for Four! To date we have sold over 115 tables, the highest in the history of the event! The event will be held March 8, 2019, beginning with networking and registration at 11 am and the program from 11:45 am – 1 pm at the Chase Park Plaza. Proceeds support activities and experiences designed to help girls develop healthy lifestyles, positive self-esteem and make good decisions. The Joan Ellyn Silber Award for Volunteerism and Leadership will also be granted to one of our teen girls during the event. Blue Door Sponsors to date are Arcturis, Enterprise Holdings, Inc., Gateway Blend, U.S. Bank and Webster University and, SMART Girls sponsors are Ameren, Bayer, Centene Charitable Foundation and Clive & Melissa Grannum.

 

Jim Butler Golf Tournament
The Jim Butler Golf Charity Classic, one of St. Louis’ premier golf tournaments, will take place on June 17 at the Country Club of St. Albans. The event supports Club Health & Life Skills programs. This highly anticipated event features an 11:30 shotgun, lunch, on course food stations and dinner. Both courses will be available for the tournament. Click here for more.



 

Friends Casino Night Supports Club Youth
Join the young professional’s group, Friends of the Club, for Casino Night – an evening of live music, dancing, casino games, raffles and more to raise money for Club youth on Saturday, April 27, 6:30 pm at the Vault at Southside Tower. For more information, click here.

 

Member Moment
Thanks to our Mentor St. Louis volunteers for continuing their commitment to our Club members. They recently spent one-on-one time with mentees celebrating and acknowledging their first half of the school year successes. They played board and card games, enjoyed treats, shared laughs, exchanged gifts and received awards for attendance, positive behavior, and academic achievements (reading). Mentees are flourishing in all areas with the continuous help and support of their mentors.


 

Member Moments
Ferguson Club member, Danielle K., has been selected by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and ManufacturingInstitute as the first place winner of the 2018-2019 STEP Ahead competition.

The program exposes Club girls to the exciting careers available in modern manufacturing. With the honor comes an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC compliments of The Manufacturing Institute! To view her winning essay video click here.

Danielle also won a $1,750 Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream award from BGCA to be used for expenses related to furthering her STEM projects!

Herbert Hoover Club member, Kahalia A., has been selected by Delux Magazine as 1 of 25 youth to receive the “Phenomenal Kid” award at a ceremony in March!



Ferguson Club member, Troy S., who has been 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 entries selected from over 110 audition videos. As part of the honor, Boys & Girls Clubs of America will cover all transportation, meals and logistic planning for Troy and a chaperone. In addition, Troy will have the opportunity to participate in a series of virtual coaching sessions with BGCA expert vocal, movement and performance coaches in preparation for his performance.


 

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

 


ARTICLE PREVIEW
Reflection from Club President Dr. Flint Fowler
Best Buy Opens Teen Tech Center at Herbert Hoover Club
Camp Registration Open for Kids & Teens
Ladies Lunch Supports Club Girls
Golf Tournament
Friends Casino Night Supports Club Youth
Mentor Moment
Member Moments
Grants Support Club Programs

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Table for Four
March 8, 11 am reg, 11:45 program
Chase Park Plaza

Friends of the Club Casino Night
April 27, 6:30 pm
Vault at Southside Tower

Jim Butler Golf Tournament
June 17, 11 am

SMART Girls Conference
April 13

Passport to Manhood Conference
May 4



“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
Mentor St. Louis

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and Best Buy Open Best Buy Teen Tech Center in St. Louis

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and Best Buy Open
Best Buy Teen Tech Center in St. Louis
New youth support center is first in St. Louis, 25th nationwide

St. Louis, MO, February 2019 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL), Best Buy, Premium Retail Services, Gateway PGA REACH and Bellerive Country Club celebrated the grand opening of the newest Best Buy Teen Tech Center located at the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club in St. Louis. The center is the first in St. Louis and the 25th that Best Buy has opening nationwide.

Over 1,100 square feet of space was converted into an interactive and innovative fully equipped space with everything needed to engage youth ages 10-16 with STEAM activities including a music studio, 3D printer, t-shirt press maker, coding stations, state of the art computers, monitors and virtual reality headsets. The Best Buy Teen Tech Center will allow BGCSTL members the opportunity to learn critical tech skills and prepare for the tech-reliant jobs of the future. They will have free access to high-end technology, multi-media production, video, graphic and web design, music production as well as college and career preparation opportunities. BGCSTL President Flint Fowler notes, “It’s a place where kids who aspire to become coders, graphic designers, music producers or directors, 3D animators or game developers can thrive! We are grateful to Best Buy and all of the partners involved with bringing this type technology to our Club teens!”

“It’s crucial for today’s youth to have access to the technology tools and training they need to be prepared for future careers,” said Andrea Wood, Senior Director of Community Relations at Best Buy. “We’re thrilled to work with such great partners to help young people in St. Louis have access to these opportunities.”

“As a proud partner of Best Buy for nearly two decades, Premium has committed to not only supporting this worthwhile cause financially, but also in helping bring our valued partners at PGA Reach and Bellerive Country Club into the mix. Together, we’re delivering an incredible Teen Tech Center for our hometown of St. Louis,” says Kevin Travers, Chief Executive Officer of Premium.

And, longtime BGCSTL Club Partner Gateway PGA Reach says of the project, “The Gateway PGA REACH Foundation is proud to partner with the Best Buy Teen Tech Center to further advance the education of our youth in North St. Louis as a part of our mission to serve our three pillars: Youth, Military and Diversity & Inclusion in the greater St. Louis area. We are committed to funding this project through 2021.”

Best Buy Teen Tech Centers address the nation’s opportunity gap by offering teens free, year-round, hands-on technology access and education in an after-school setting. Over the next decade, 77 percent (1.4 million) of all U.S. jobs will require tech skills, yet only 400,000 people will be trained for these jobs. With community-based job readiness resources on the decline, Best Buy is working with local non-profit partners to provide essential access to technology tools, training and mentorship for low-income youth from underserved communities. Click here for more information.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For over 50 years, BGCSTL has been providing after-school, teen, sports and summer programs to youth in the St. Louis area while also providing a safe place for them to learn and grow. The Clubs now serve St. Louis youth at ten locations (Adams Park Club, Ferguson Middle School Club, Grannemann Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club and Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club), within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School) and four additional elementary schools through our Mentor St. Louis Program.

About Best Buy Teen Tech Centers
Best Buy Teen Tech Centers are a place where teens can develop critical skills through hands-on activities that explore their interests in programming, virtual reality, music production and robotics. Each center works to address the opportunity gap by giving youth access to tech education opportunities, relationships that help to build confidence, and a foundation for school and career success. A partnership with The Clubhouse Network connects members to a global community of over 100 clubhouses in 20 countries. By 2020, 60 Best Buy Teen Tech Centers across the U.S., Canada and Mexico will enable nearly 20,000 teens annually to experience technology through year-round, after-school programs.

About Premium Retail Services
Headquartered in St. Louis, Premium Retail Services brings new energy to retail. Through retail strategy, merchandising, brand advocacy and support, we create inspired strategies that help retailers and manufacturers surprise consumers, drive brand awareness and spark sales.

About PGA REACH
PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf.

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BGCSTL WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS & ANNOUNCES 2019 BOARD OFFICERS

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.

Youth of the Year Winner Announced at BGCSTL Great Futures Gala

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!

Posted by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis on Monday, November 12, 2018

To view the video highlighting the Club’s impact on teens and alumni, click below.

 

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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