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.

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

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OF GREATER ST. LOUIS
GREAT FUTURES MOMENTS
 
4th Q
News 2018

Academic Success | Good Character & Citizenship | Healthy Lifestyles

 

Great Futures Gala to Feature Club Youth
Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the BGCSTL Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador as well as a voice for Club youth. Over the years, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. The Great Futures Gala, our largest fundraiser, is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate St. Louis’ most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle will be shared throughout the evening.

Becoming Youth of the Year is an exciting and inspiring journey, one that we hope you will take with us the evening of the Gala! Enjoy a reception, sit down dinner and an after party with dancing and a performance from Dirty Muggs! To hear last year’s memorable moments from the Gala, click here. To sponsor or purchase your tickets, click here. With questions, click here or contact Darcy Callahan at 314-335-8011.

Special thanks to the following sponsors for their support: Presenting Sponsors, Centene and Emerson; Great Futures Sponsors, Argent Capital Management LLC, Express Scripts, Greensfelder Hemker & Gale, P.C. and Stifel Nicolaus; Youth of the Year Sponsors, Bayer, Enterprise Bank & Trust, KAI Design & Build/The UP Companies, Laborers’ International Union of North America, Lewis Rice, Nestle Purina, Paul Miller, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.


 

Friends Mentoring Youth of the Year Candidates
The Friends of the Club, the BGCSTL young professionals, saw so much success in impacting the lives of our Club members and, the growth of their group that they’ve once again partnered with us to serve as mentors for the Youth of the Year participants! They passionately meet weekly with our teen candidates sharing life lessons and sessions on essay writing, personal branding, presentation and interview skills and so much more. The youth share how having this steady opportunity each week has given them inspiration to become responsible and productive citizens of our community!

 

Back-to-School Party with a Purpose
Special thanks to Board Member Peggy Guest and former board member/Club supporter Sue Schlichter for their ongoing support of our Club youth! Both wanting to do more for kids and teens, Sue and Peggy host an annual “Back-to-School” party which has grown from raising $2,000 to $10,000 and from collecting donated books for youth to sponsoring kids to attend Robotics Camp and purchasing computers. The more recent parties have focused on supporting STEM programming for girls. This year’s event featured Club member Jermisha sharing her experience and raised more than $6,100.


 

A Place to Become Campaign
The breaking of ground for the new Teen Center in Ferguson also signified the launching of the public phase of a fundraising campaign to complete the building project. The campaign, known as “A Place to Become”, encourages donors and supporters to put their stake in the ground as a means to declare, “I’m In!” to support Ferguson and North County youth!

“A Place to Become” campaign will enable the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to operate three new school-based Clubs and build a state-of-the-art Teen Center on West Florissant that will promote and deliver positive outcomes for teens. The three-pronged campaign plan ensures that we can make an immediate impact while establishing a long-term presence for generations of kids and teens in North County. The new clubs and dedicated Teen Center will be located in areas that provide the greatest access to those who need the Boys & Girls Club most.

Breakdown of Initiatives:
Build – TEEN CENTER $12.4 M
Build a new 25,000 square foot teen center to serve teens from across the St. Louis region.
Sustain – CONTINUED SERVICES $6.9 M
Sustain three new school-based Club sites for elementary and middle-schoolers.
Fund – SUSTAINABILITY FUND $5.7 M
Fund endowment growth, facility improvements and campaign expenses.

To support the campaign, click here. With questions, click here or call Ruth Lederman at 314-335-8008.


 

NBA Vet Brings Skills to Club Youth
The Larry Hughes Basketball Academy led by thirteen-year NBA Vet Larry Hughes and his team of skill developers hosted a two hour clinic for nearly fifty members of the BGCSTL Herbert Hoover Club. During the session youth learned all aspects of the game of basketball while learning important life lessons and leadership skills. To view the photo album from the event, click here. To see the video highlights, click here.


 

Mentor Moment – Bob Stein
Mentor Bob Stein has been committed to mentoring youth at the Herbert Hoover Club for over three years. He was looking for an opportunity to serve the community when past board chair, Joan Silber, invited him to a BGCSTL event and the rest is history! On a weekly basis you can find him spending his afternoons tutoring, playing board games or making himself available to his two teen Club mentees, Akil and Jibril. Bob says his objective is for them to understand that there is a big world out there and he wants to instill in them the importance of being kind. He invites individuals to talk to the youth about their lives, focusing on people who have come to America from other parts of the world: China, Vietnam, India, etc. Bob feels the hands on experiences gives the young men the opportunity to learn directly, and not just from second hand sources. “What they’re finding out is that despite our origins, a lot of us have the same hopes, dreams and ideals. We talk about racism, prejudice and other social ills; we certainly have different experiences, and I am as amazed at what I’m learning from my mentees as well”, Bob says. To share and impact a Club member’s life through mentoring, click here.

 

Member Moment – Jibril
Meet Jibril, who is mentored by Bob Stein (mentioned above). Most recently Bob secured an opportunity for Jibril to volunteer as a day camp counselor at the International Institute and it turned out to be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences for the teen! Jibril shared with our board his experience over the summer and noted the knowledge he gained about refugees really had an impact as he met kids from all over the world who had been in America for less than three months. He showed up every day, engaged the kids in the various programs and used his gregarious and empathetic personality to reach out to the kids and make them happy. The experience offered from Bob to Jibril has made him a more empathetic and compassionate young man. And, he hopes to return as a volunteer in the future. To hear/view more about Jibril’s experience this summer, click here.


 

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

 


ARTICLE PREVIEW
Great Futures Gala
Friends of the Club Mentors
Party with a Purpose
A Place to Become
Larry Hughes Skills Camp
Mentor Moment
Member Moment
Grants Recognition

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Great Futures Gala
Friday, November 9, 2018

Women’s Leadership Circle
Networking Mix and Mingle
Sophies Artist Lounge @.ZACK
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
5:30-7:30pm

Holiday Sip & Shop
The Vault 2325 S. Brentwood Blvd
December 13, 2018
5:30-7:30 pm



“The Club was part of the reason I wanted to go to college. I’m presently attending Alabama State. Later in life I plan to be successful as I dreamed, and be able to do everything for the people who helped me get to where I am today. Being able to help others even the ones who did me wrong is a big part of who I am. And, I thank the Club for helping me.”
Joe S.
Ferguson Club Graduate
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

 
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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 five additional elementary schools through our Mentor St. Louis Program.
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of Greater St. Louis
2901 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
Phone: (314) 335-8000
Fax: (314) 652-7509

 


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Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coming to Herbert Hoover Club

Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coming to Herbert Hoover Club

Best Buy Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to Open New Best Buy Teen Tech Center in St. Louis

New youth support center is first in St. Louis, 17th nationwide

Best Buy and Clubhouse Network  have chosen the BGCSTL Herbert Hoover Club as it newest Teen Tech center location. Construction is currently underway to provide Club members, ages 12-18 an 1,100 square foot space that will provide a creative, safe, and free out-of-school learning environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. Gateway PGA Reach is also a partner on making this project a reality. 

The Best Buy Teen Tech center will provide Club members free access to high-end technology, video, graphic and web design, music production, as well as college and career preparation. It’s a place where kids who aspire to become a graphic designer, music producer or director, 3D animator, game developer or more can thrive!

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

For more information, contact BGCSTL Teen Tech Manager, Anthony “Tony” Jackson at 314-335-8000 or tonyj@bgcstl.org.

LEARNING MODEL

THE CLUBHOUSE LEARNING APPROACH is designed to empower youth from all backgrounds to become more capable, creative, and confident learners. This approach is grounded in research from the fields of education, developmental and social psychology, cognitive science, and youth development. It builds on research on the role of affect and motivation in the learning process, the importance of social context, and the interplay between individual and community development. It leverages new technologies to support new types of learning experiences and engage young people who have been alienated by traditional educational approaches.

Learning by Designing

People learn best when they are actively engaged in designing, creating, and inventing, not just passively receiving information.

Following Your Interests

When people care about what they are working on, they are willing to work longer and harder, and they learn more in the process.

Building A Community

When people collaborate with others of diverse ages, cultures, genders, and backgrounds, they gain new perspectives for understanding the world—and themselves.

Fostering Respect and Trust

In places where everyone’s ideas and opinions are respected, people are more likely to take risks and experiment—and thus more likely to learn and innovate.

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Breaks Ground on a $12.4 million Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, MO

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis broke ground today on a $12.4 M Teen Center of Excellence in Ferguson, Missouri. Today, the community came together to witness the ground breaking which will offer afterschool and summer programs to teens and youth (ages 12-18) in the North County area. Expected completion date is 2019/20 school year.

“Building a Boys & Girls Club in the Ferguson area will produce positive outcomes in a community that has been subsumed with difficult realities and negative images. Adding a successful youth focused organization into Ferguson like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, which has a long track record of success, can bolster young people’s attitudes and give them a sense of hope. A new club will enrich our children’s lives and the city by helping its youth build strong character, graduate from high school with a plan for life, and become productive citizens,” said Dr. Flint Fowler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President.

The Teen Center of Excellence, one of the first in the country, is being built on the site of the former Ferguson Ponderosa and will be 26,856 square feet, have three levels and include a nutrition education center, outdoor garden, gym, intellectual commons, teen lounge, auditorium, outdoor basketball and activity court, music and art studio, office space and innovation center.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis has a 50 plus year track record of success in the St. Louis region as a youth services provider and will implement nationally acclaimed programs at the new Teen Center similar to those offered in the ten locations it presently operates (seven of which are located in North County). Programming will include an emphasis on health & wellness (ie yoga, healthy habits, open gym), education & workforce development (ie college tours, ACT/SAT prep, tutoring), STEAM (ie coding, app creation, robotics) and, leadership & civic engagement (ie fine and performing arts, community service, applied arts).

The breaking of ground for the new Teen Center also signifies the launching of the public phase of a fundraising campaign to complete the building project. The campaign, known as “A Place to Become”, encourages donors and supporters to put their stake in the ground as a means to declare, “I’m In!” to support Ferguson and North County youth!

“A Place to Become” campaign will enable the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to operate three new school-based Clubs and build a state-of-the-art Teen Center on West Florissant that will promote and deliver positive outcomes for teens. The three-pronged campaign plan ensures that we can make an immediate impact while establishing a long-term presence for generations of kids and teens in North County. The new clubs and dedicated Teen Center will be located in areas that provide the greatest access to those who need the Boys & Girls Club most.

Breakdown of Initiatives:

Build – TEEN CENTER $12.4 M

Build a new 25,000 square foot teen center to serve teens from across the St. Louis region.

Sustain – CONTINUED SERVICES $6.9 M

Sustain three new school-based Club sites for elementary and middle-schoolers.

Fund – SUSTAINABILITY FUND $5.7 M

Fund endowment growth, facility improvements and campaign expenses.

“We’re In because few issues are more important than building the next generation. Our children and teens deserve a bright future where opportunities and success are within their reach. If they are guided and given the tools necessary to become productive, responsible and caring citizens, they will ultimately positively impact our communities, our economy and our neighborhoods. Building on the work we’ve done in St. Louis for over 50 years, We’re In to help our children overcome barriers to success by helping them acquire the skills, abilities and knowledge needed to realize their full potential.” Pat Sly (Honorary Campaign Chair and Executive Vice President, Emerson) & Dave Spence (Campaign Chair and Chairman, Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging)

The construction company building the Teen Center of Excellence is KAI Design & Build, the architect is Arcturis and Striler Group is the Owners Rep.

Full photo album can be viewed via the following link – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10160927206425191&type=1&l=2eb24d273d

New Playground at Riverview Gardens Club

200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a New Playground
at BGCSTL Riverview Gardens Club

The Pacific Life Foundation, Edward Jones and KaBOOM! Put Kids First by Increasing Opportunities to Play

On Saturday, Aug. 18, volunteers from the Pacific Life Foundation, Edward Jones, Riverview Gardens School District, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and the community joined KaBOOM! to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground, two shade sheds, picnic benches and colorful ground art in just six hours at Highland Elementary School in Riverview Gardens School District. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in the St. Louis area. 

A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform kids from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active.

Highland Elementary School and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis serve hundreds of wonderful kids in North St. Louis County who will greatly benefit from this fun and innovative option for play. Through this project, Riverview Gardens School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis will work with the Pacific Life Foundation, Edward Jones and KaBOOM! to make a difference in their community and address the most urgent needs of kids.

This past May, club members drew their dream playground. The playground was designed based off their drawings and includes a triple racer slide, monorail and lily pods. It will provide more than 400 kids in St. Louis with a safe place to play.

This year marks Pacific Life’s 150th anniversary and to celebrate this milestone, with support from Edward Jones, the Pacific Life Foundation granted KaBOOM! the funding to help build this playground. This is the 9th playground built between the Pacific Life Foundation and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, the Pacific Life Foundation, Edward Jones and KaBOOM! are creating an oasis where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated. To view the full photo album from the event, click here.

BGCSTL Honors Alumni, Volunteers, Board & Staff

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce the 2018 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 Rolando Barry, Founding Director at MO High Steppers Drill Team; Brittany Dodson, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Morgan State University; Dr. Gralon Johnson, University Innovation Alliance (UIA) Fellow at Iowa State University; Lemont Livingston, Electrical Engineer at Hunter Engineering; and, Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent of Schools for Jennings School District. 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.

Photo caption (left to right)
Dr. Flint Fowler, President Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis along with 2018 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees: Rolando Barry, Lemont Livingston, Brittany Dodson, Dr. Gralon Johnson and Dr. Art McCoy

Additional categories and honorees for the evening were as follows:
*Award descriptions below *Photos from the evening, here

National Award of Merit
Enterprise Bank & Trust
Hazelwood School District
Moneta Group
St. Louis Public Schools

Richard H. Amberg Award
Suzie Spence

Cabinet of Life Trustees
Dr. Joan Silber
Robert Fulstone

Carl Woods Volunteer of the Year Award
Dionne Curtis-Minner

Service to Youth Award – Staff
Melvin Davis
Henry Johnson, Jr.
Everetia Perry
Shuntae Shields Ryan
Elton Williams

Service to Youth Award – Board
Mary Bonacorsi
Jim Butler
Jerry Garbutt
Dan Farrell
Thomas Kavanaugh
John Meara
Emily Pitts

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.

G. Bauman Cabinet of Life Trustees Award – Presented to devoted individuals who have served on the Board of Directors and have completed their Board term, but have a desire to continue to serve in some form or fashion.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis is to inspire and enable youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The Clubs now serve St. Louis youth at ten locations (Adams Park Club, Ferguson Middle School Club, Grannemann Elementary School Club, Herbert Hoover Club, Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club, O’Fallon Park Club, Riverview Gardens Club and Hazelwood Southeast Middle School Club), within two High Schools (Normandy and Roosevelt High School) as well as four additional elementary schools through our Mentor St. Louis Program. The Clubs are open during hours that kids are most likely to need a safe place to go — after school and during summer. We are also a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

BGCSTL Welcomes New Board Members

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER ST. LOUIS
WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

St. Louis, MO, February 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis welcomes new board members Lon Dircks, Crystal Gale, Chonda Nwamu and Leah Reynolds Harris.

Lon Dircks, Jr. is the Market Sales Manager/First Vice President for Merrill Lynch/Bank of America.

Crystal Gale, Ed.D is the Director of Performance Management for the Saint Louis Public Schools. In her new role she provides ongoing oversight and support to ensure the use of performance measures to increase effectiveness, developing and implementing plans to create shared accountability for improved performance, and analyzing systems for success.

Chonda Nwamu is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Ameren. Chonda joined Ameren in 2016 and serves as key advisor to the Senior Vice President & General Counsel on legal department strategy and operations. She provides advice, counsel, and oversight on a broad range of legal, transactional and regulatory topics across multiple operating business segments.

Leah Reynolds Harris is Senior Vice President for PNC Bank has worked for Famous‐Barr, Mark Twain Bank and
Bank of America. She has also served as the BGCSTL Women’s Leadership Circle co-chair and volunteers with the American Red Cross Charles Drew Committee, and Lutheran Senior Services Finance Committee

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

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OF GREATER ST. LOUIS
GREAT FUTURES MOMENTS

1st Quarter News 2018
Academic Success | Good Character & Citizenship | Healthy Lifestyles


 

Message from our President, Dr. Flint Fowler:
As I reflect on 2017, I first want to express our appreciation to the donors, community partners, volunteers and families for your partnership. We aspire to be the most trusted name in youth development and make a greater impact on our regions teens and kids! Last year, more than 1,500 donors helped us raised over $7 million in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis programs and services. More kids were able to learn how to cook, eat healthier, work with tutors, take college tours and trips, plant gardens, enjoy the holiday season at the Club with gifts and so much more due to your generosity! Here are just a few of our 2017 highlights:• Celebrated 50 years of service to youth – PSA’s, billboards, celebratory videos and more (click to view 50 years of sports  and 50 years of service to youth videos)
• Honored to have received the “Doing the Most Good” award from the Salvation Army; “Quality of Life” award from the City of St. Louis/SLDC; and a Marketing & Communications award in Public Relations from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
• As part of the Jim Butler Golf weekend, partnered with the St. Louis Cardinals to bring golf (for the first time ever) to the field of Busch Stadium
• Continued our Back-to-School partnerships with the St. Louis Realtors Association and Cricket Wireless – equipping our youth with the tangible tools needed to start the new school year
• Welcomed two new Youth of the Year partners – Frank Leta Automotive Group awarded the winner a new car and Wanda and Michael DeHaven presented the inaugural Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year scholarship in the amount of $5,000
• Expanded 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
• Served an all-time high of over 1,900 teens
• Employed interactive technology to educate teens about safe driving techniques as part of the UPS Road Code program
• Enrolled more than 1,500 kids in our summer camps
• This year’s Great Futures Gala attracted over 700 attendees and raised $575,000 – both all-time highs for the event!
• More than thirty teens went on regional college tours and 40 attended the BGCA National Keystone Conference
• Awarded $2.5 million in state tax credits to help fund the construction of a new Teen Center in Ferguson

Stay tuned as the upcoming year will bring more exciting news to include an expanded footprint and impact on our kids and teens throughout the St. Louis region. Until then, stay plugged in by mentoring, volunteering, attending an even or spreading the word about the impact BGCSTL is having on youth ages 6-18 all over St. Louis City & County.


 

Table for Four Luncheon
Grab your colleagues and/or closest friends and join us at the BGCSTL annual women’s luncheon, Table for Four on March 2, 2018, 11:30 am – 1 pm at the Chase Park Plaza. In its 11 year history the event has raised over $300,000 to support the growth and development of our young women. Proceeds from this event support activities and experiences designed to help girls develop healthy lifestyles, positive self-esteem and make good decisions. Over 200 guests are expected to attend. The Joan Ellyn Silber Award for Volunteerism and Leadership will also be granted to one of our teen girls during the event. Co-chairs this year are Melissa Grannum & Michele Sowers. To register or for more information, click here.

 

Family Dollar Supports BGCSTL
National charity partner Family Dollar invited Club members to participate in the Grand Opening of their new store located on Halls Ferry Road. Members helped cut the ribbon, greeted guests, talked to attendees about the impact a Boys & Girls Club can have on lives and received the $1,000 donation to the Club. During the District Manager’s speech he spoke about the word “family” and how Family Dollar is not only committed to serving families in the neighborhoods where they have a presence but included that community members such as BGCSTL is also very much a part of their family. Following the event, Club members enjoyed breakfast at IHOP.


 

Thank you for being a FRIEND!
During the Youth of the Year process, the BGCSTL friends group, Friends of the Club, partnered with staff to facilitate professional development sessions and serve as mentors for the teen participants. They led sessions on essay writing, personal branding, public speaking and interviewing skills – all to groom the teens for their presentations. The partnership worked out so well that the Friends have agreed to continue their roles and commitment to the Youth of the Year teens and process in 2018. To join the Friends of the Club, click here. Next up from the FOTC, Casino Night! Click here for ticket information.


 

Imo’s Pizza Surprises Club Members
To celebrate their new partnership with Chaminade High School alum and Boston Celtics rookie, Jayson Tatum, Imo’s Pizza surprised over 100 Riverview Gardens Club members with exclusive, limited edition Jayson Tatum T-shirts! The Celtic green shirts have Tatum’s number on the back and have gone viral on twitter with multiple requests from users who’d like to own one. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is a special organization to both Jayson and Imo’s Pizza,” said Carl Imo, president of Imo’s Pizza. “We love that Jayson remains true to his roots and involved in bettering the St. Louis community. We are proud to further this mission in any way we can.”



 

ALL STARS Step National Video Competition
Boys & Girls Clubs of America launched the first ever ALL STARS national step video contest last fall where Clubs across the country were invited to submit their best step routine videos in hopes of winning the national title. Thanks to everyone who voted for the BGCSTL Lee Hamilton Club. You helped them win 3rd place!! Local Club communities voted and narrowed down the entries to the top ten finalists. A panel of judges rated all finalist videos and selected the winner based on creativity, engagement, mastery/ skill level and presence. To see the BGCSTL video, click here.

 

Music Studio Performance at Gala
Each year at the opening of the Great Futures Gala, Club members are excited to perform and showcase their experiences with the attendees. This year, the featured production was a result of the BGCSTL Music Studio program – a partnership with Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter Alonzo ”Zo” Lee who shows the kids all aspects of the music industry. The process starts with planning and writing and ends with a beautiful performance of the Club member’s music. In case you missed it, the Ferguson Club member duo Danielle & Troy performed the song they co-wrote during the program called “Confidence”. Click here to see the heart-warming performance.



 

Now Serving Youth at Hazelwood East High
Thanks to a 21st Century CCLC grant, we are now serving teens at Hazelwood East High School. The program offers a wide range of high energy activities designed to improve student academic achievement and address the multiple needs and interests of children and families. Members of the program receive homework assistance, access to a social worker and guidance counselor, college and career prep, tutoring, ACT prep, engage in sports and music activities and more. For more information, call 314-953-7795.

 

Jim Butler Golf Tournament
One of St. Louis’ most supported golf tournaments of the year, the Jim Butler Golf Charity Classic will be on June 18, 2018 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. Both courses will be available for the tournament. The tournament also helps increase awareness of BGCSTL programs and raises funds so our kids can live healthy and productive lives. To sponsor or register, click here.


 

Mentor Moment
Thanks to mentors at Jefferson, Farragut and Adams Elementary Schools for their recent work with our youth – they helped them set goals for 2018, assisted them with preparing for their MAP tests and shared the importance of planning for futures at a young age. Happy Mentor Month to everyone whose serving in a mentor role! To mentor or volunteer, click here.
 

 

Partner Feature – St. Louis Zoo
Thanks to an ongoing partnership, twenty BGCSTL teen members from six Clubs will now have their first job —- working for the St. Louis Zoo. Through this youth employment program, Club members who completed the Club’s Junior Staff program will participate in Zoo-led workshops preparing them to begin work in the spring. In addition to regular check-ins with Club staff to guide them, the Zoo will also equip them with a mentor within the Zoo family to ensure the success of their first job. The St. Louis Zoo employment based program is now in its sixth year.


 

4th Quarter Grants Recognition
We appreciate the following grant partners for their gifts that strengthen our programs, click here for a full list.

 

 


ARTICLE PREVIEW
Message from Flint
Table for Four
Family Dollar Grand Opening
Friends Being Friends
Imo’s Surprise to Members
Music Studio Performance
Now Serving Hazelwood East
Jim Butler Golf Tournament
Mentor Moment
Partner Feature
4th Q Grants Recognition

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Table for Four
Friday, March 2, 2018

Casino Night hosted by the Friends of the Club
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Jim Butler Golf Tournament
Monday, June 18, 2018

Great Futures Gala
Friday, November 9, 2018

 


UPCOMING CLUB EVENTS
Swim Lessons at HHC
Starting January 27, 2018.
Click for info.

SMART Girls Conference
April 28, 2018

Passport to Manhood Conference
May 5, 2018

 


IN LOVING MEMORY

BGCSTL Founder & Original Board Member
Frankie Muse Freeman
1916-2018

BGCSTL Employee
Marvin Witherspoon
1962-2017



“I went from living in a car to winning a car! Thanks to the BGCSTL Staff for working with me as I pursued becoming and winning the 2018 Youth of the Year title!”
Michaelmonique
2018 Youth of the Year

 






 

LOCATIONS

Adams Park Club
314.633.7900
4317 Vista Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Be Great Graduate – Normandy High School
6701 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Louis, MO 63121
636.675.9526

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
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 youth ages 6 to 18 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 five 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
 


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Michaelmonique Mayo Wins Youth of the Year, $5,000 Scholarship & A NEW CAR

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

 Michaelmonique Mayo Wins Youth of the Year, $5,000 Scholarship & A NEW CAR

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) is proud to announce the 2018 Youth of the Year winner Michaelmonique Mayo! Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The award is Boys & Girls Clubs signature youth recognition program that celebrates the recipient’s contributions to their family, school, community, and Boys & Girls Club.

Michaelmonique Mayo also won the inaugural 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, also a first for the Club’s Youth of the Year! During her speech given at the organization’s Great Futures Gala & 50th anniversary celebration, Mayo reflected on having to live out of a car earlier in her life – but now she is excited to own one!

As the new Youth of the Year and ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, this 17 year old Club member is a true example of an extraordinary young woman.  Now that she’s won the honor, Michael Monique says, “I want to motivate youth to achieve their goals as well as encourage and set up programs for youth living in poverty.” She is a senior at Roosevelt High School and plans to attend college and major in Photo Journalism.

Michaelmonique was selected from a group of fourteen finalists who shared their story of perseverance and dedication to their family, Club and community before a panel of judges who chose the winner.

“The Youth of the Year 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.

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.

Congratulations to all of the Youth of the Year top finishers listed below (pic attached, left to right):

Youth of the Year Winner, Michaelmonique Mayo ($5,000)

4th Place Winner, Daija Glover ($500)

2nd Place Winner, Jennifer Sandford ($2500)

3rd Place Winner, Danielle Kain ($1,000)

The Youth of the Year competition included fourteen teenage finalists from various Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis locations (top left to right):

Canada Turner; Daija Glover; Michael Monique Mayo; Saadiq Holsey; Danielle Kain; Kenya Johnson; Devin Smith; Akeylah Lester; Heavyn Borroum; Jordon Gates; Kahalia Adams; Aaryn Gardner; Jennifer Sandford; and, Dezmond McSellers

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

2018 Youth of the Year Candidates

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce our 2018 Youth of the Year Candidates

Meet our 2018 Youth of the Year (YOY) candidates! Fourteen teens are being recognized for demonstrating outstanding leadership in their schools, communities, and Clubs. But only one will be awarded with the highest honor — Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.

Over the past few months, the journey for these teens has included professional development sessions such as essay writing, personal branding, public speaking and interviewing skills – much of what’s been led by the Friends of the Club, the BGCSTL young professionals group. Many of the “Friends” also signed on the mentor the Youth of the Year candidates throughout the process.

The YOY candidates will participate in one more activity this week, getting them closer to becoming one of the finalists who will present their speech in front of over 600 guests at next week’s Great Futures Gala! By the end of the evening, a deserving teen will be crowned Youth of the Year!

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.

Meet the Candidates

Adams Park Club

Dezmond McSellers
Age: 16
Grade: 11th
School: Rockwood Summit
Number of Years that you have been a member: 10 years
One word to describe yourself – Determined
Planned College Major: International Business

Daija Glover
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: McKinley High School
Number of Years that you have been a member: 11 years
One word to describe yourself – Audacious
Planned College Major: Urban Politics and Law

Heavyn Borroum
Age: 15
Grade: 10th
School: Rockwood Summit
Number of Years that you have been a member: 9 years
One word to describe yourself – Unstoppable
Planned College Major: Psychology/Communications

Saadiq Holsey
Age: 15
Grade: 10th
School: Mckinley High
Number of Years that you have been a member: 8 years
One word to describe yourself – Multi-talented
Planned College Major: Electrical Engineering

Ferguson Middle School Club

Name: Danielle Tene’ Kain
Age: 14
Grade: 9th
School: Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS)
Number of Years that you have been a member: 6 years
One word to describe yourself – Blessed
Planned College Major: Astro Physics

Herbert Hoover Club

Kahalia Adams
Age: 15
Grade: 10th
School: Parkway North High School
Number of Years that you have been a member: 1 year
One word to describe yourself – Talented
Planned College Major: Anesthesiologist

Aaryn Gardner
Age: 16
Grade: 11th
School: McKinley High School
Number of Years that you have been a member: 10 years
One word to describe yourself – Self-Disciplined
Planned College Major: Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre

Devin Smith
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: Cardinal Ritter College Prep
Number of Years that you have been a member: 12 years
One word to describe yourself – Devoted
Planned College Major: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Jennifer Sandford
Age: 15
Grade: 10th
School: Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience
Number of Years that you have been a member: 8 years
One word to describe yourself – Ambitious
Planned College Major: Biology

Jordon Gates
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: Career Academy
Number of Years that you have been a member: 12 years
One word to describe yourself – Passionate
Planned College Major: Neurology

Be Great Graduate: Roosevelt High School

Canada Turner
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: Roosevelt High
Number of Years that you have been a member: 4 years
One word to describe yourself – Determined
Planned Great Future: Marines

Michael Monique Mayo
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: Roosevelt
Number of Years that you have been a member: 4 years
One word to describe yourself – Inspirational
Planned College Major: Photo Journalism

O’Fallon Park Club

Akeylah Lester
Age: 17
Grade: 11th
School: Marquette
Number of Years that you have been a member: 2 years
One word to describe yourself – Humble
Planned College Major: Education

Kenya Johnson
Age: 16
Grade: 11th
School: Clyde C Miller
Number of Years that you have been a member: 2 years
One word to describe yourself – Kind
Planned College Major: Education

 

 

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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