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.

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

 

 

Jayson Tatum Visits BGCSTL Hurricane Relief Project Winners

NBA Star, Boston Celtic, Jayson Tatum Visits
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to Reward Members for Hurricane Relief Efforts

In mid-September, St. Louisan & Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum partnered with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to launch an effort to see which Club could collect the most donations in order to provide hurricane relief to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Houston and Florida who were impacted by recent hurricanes.

On Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11 am, he returned to St. Louis to visit the winning Club and to congratulate the Club members on their efforts! Tatum signed autographs, took photos and lunched with the winning Club members.

Jayson Tatum said of the ongoing donation drive, “TOGETHER we can support the rebuilding of the Clubs in the affected communities and help reignite their Club members vision to have a safe place to go each day where they are prepared for a bright future!”

Nearly 100 boxes of supplies were collected from all ten Clubs and community partners that included water, toiletries, canned food, wipes, girl’s hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo, batteries, flashlights, new bedding, board games and arts & crafts supplies.

Jayson Tatum Partners with BGCSTL on Hurricane Relief Project

 

St. Louisan & Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to provide hurricane relief to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Houston and Florida that were affected by recent hurricanes.

Members from all ten Clubs have launched a challenge to collect the most supplies that will be directly delivered to the young people who attend the clubs in Houston & Florida. It’s hard to imagine but some of these Clubs lost EVERYTHING!

Jayson Tatum said, “TOGETHER we can support the rebuilding of the Clubs in the affected communities and help reignite the Club members vision to have a safe place to go each day where they are prepared for a bright future!”

To honor the hard work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis members collecting donations, Tatum has agreed to visit and have lunch with the local St. Louis Club that collects the most supplies!

Supplies needed:

Water, toiletries, canned food, wipes, girls hygiene products, deodorant, shampoo, batteries, flashlights, new bedding, board games and arts & crafts supplies. Drop off at any of the below locations or CALL 314-335-8340 for more information. To make a donation to be used for hurricane relief supplies, click here.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
Administrative Offices
2901 North Grand Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63107
phone: (314) 335-8000 fax: (314) 652-7509

CLUB LOCATIONS:

Adams Park Club
4317 Vista Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63110
314-633-7900

BE GREAT: GRADUATE at Normandy High School
6701 St. Charles Rock Rd., 63121
636-675-9526

BE GREAT: GRADUATE at Roosevelt High School
3230 Hartford Street St. Louis, MO 63118
314-335-8143

Ferguson Middle School Club
701 January Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63135
314-335-8330

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

Herbert Hoover Club
2901 North Grand Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63107
(314) 335-8000

Lee Hamilton Elementary School Club
401 Powell Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63135
314-335-8340

O’Fallon Park Club
4343 West Florissant
St. Louis, MO 63115
314-932-1371

Riverview Gardens Club
314.335.8275
175 Shepley Drive St. Louis, MO 63137

Southeast Middle School Club
918 Prigge Road, St. Louis, MO 63138
314-953-7795

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

St. Louis, MO, August 2017 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis welcomes new board members Michele Sowers – Husch Blackwell and Clive Grannum.

Michele Sowers is a partner at Husch Blackwell and concentrates her practice on product liability and general business litigation in the firm’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team. She has extensive experience working with manufacturing companies in the transportation industry — from the car dealerships her family owns in the St. Louis area to large automotive companies.

Clive Grannum is an international executive focused on strategic operations, who has led global manufacturing based organizations with P&Ls of up to $1.4B. His experience comes from industry titans Dow Chemical Company, Rohm and Haas, The ICI Group, and The BOC Group, where he was central to expanding and maintaining market leadership in multiple categories.

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

Robert “Bob” Fulstone is 2017 Richard H. Amberg Award

Robert “Bob” Fulstone Receives Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis 2017 Richard H. Amberg Award

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce Robert “Bob” Fulstone, who has served as a dedicated board member and volunteer for over 25 years, as the 2017 Richard H. Amberg Awardee! The Richard H. Amberg Award is presented to a Board member whose leadership and commitment has a profound impact on the Club’s ability to achieve its mission.

During Bob’s award acceptance speech, he said “Other than my marriage of 50 years to my wife Kathy, the Boys & Girls Clubs is one of my greatest joys!”

Previously the Chief Volunteer Officer (CVO) of the Board in 2000 and 2001, Bob oversaw a capital campaign for the Club that secured the first $1 million gift from Dennis & Judy Jones – the largest single gift in the Club’s 38-year history. While CVO, Bob recruited an active and diverse group of Board volunteers, many of which who assumed major leadership roles for BGCSTL. He has also been honored with the Wind Beneath My Wings Award in 1999, the Recognition of Service Award, National Service to Youth Award, Local Service to Youth Award, the Board Challenge Champion, and recognition for marketing excellence by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Bob also chaired the Campaign for Kids annual fund drive and the Resource Development Committee. During this time, the Club had the largest increase in funds raised and more $10,000+ donors for the Jeremiah Millbank Society than ever before. He now serves as the Vice President of the Missouri State Alliance for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Missouri, and makes calls to fund such programs as Meth Smart, SMART Girls, Passport to Manhood, and more. Bob also generously dedicates his time to the Youth of the Year event in Jefferson City, preparing youth to participate in the prestigious program, the highest honor that a Club member can receive.

Photo (L to R) JaLisa Wines, 2017 Youth of the Year, Bob Fulstone, BGCSTL Teen Ambassadors, Daija Glover, Ezekial Jones and Michael Monique Mayo.

2017 Boys & Girls Club Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is proud to announce its 2017 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees! During the 2017 Annual Recognition event, where staff, board members, volunteers and other supporters are acknowledged and celebrated for their commitment to our Club children, Jerome Tomlin, Grace Conner, Lorenzo Baylor Sr., Susan Jones, Byron Price & Jordan “Shorty da Prince” Johnson were inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Alumni Hall of Honor.

The Hall of Honor recognizes outstanding alumni for achievements in their respective fields, commitment to leadership, serving our community’s youth, contributions to the St. Louis community and for living out the mission of the Club.

All of the alumni inductees have lived out the mission of the Boys & Girls Club movement and displayed the impact the Club can have in a member’s life. Jerome Tomlin serves as a Virtual Design Coordinator at Paric Corporations; Grace Connor works as a teacher for Saint Louis Public Schools and is a seasonal staff member at the Club; Lorenzo Baylor Sr. works for Citibank as a Vice President in the mortgage banking industry; Susan Jones is the manager of Supplier Diversity at EMED Medical Company; Byron Price is a branch manager for US Bank; and, Jordan “Shorty da Prince” Johnson works for Radio One’s Hot 104.1 STL Weeknights 7p to Midnight.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis President, Dr. Flint Fowler said of the Inductees, “This is an outstanding group of alumni who individually and collectively represent the power of a Boys & Girls Club experience. We are proud of the accomplishments and contributions they are making to their communities.”

Photo caption (left to right)
Rocki Jones (Past Alum Honoree), Jerome Tomlin, Grace Conner, Lorenzo Baylor Sr., Dr. Flint Fowler (BGCSTL President), Susan Jones & Byron Price – Jordan “Shorty da Prince” Johnson (not shown).

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

###

Great Futures Moments – 2nd Quarter News






View in browser

Link to Forward To A Friend

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS
OF GREATER ST. LOUIS
GREAT FUTURES MOMENTS
2nd Quarter News 2017

Academic Success | Good Character & Citizenship | Healthy Lifestyles

 

Meet Jamar.
When Jamar became a member of the Boys & Girls Club three years ago, he was quiet, reserved, shy and uncomfortable – just as any kid would be in a new environment. It has taken him awhile to come out of his shell but once he did, he would often find himself in trouble and needed help channeling his energy. Youth Development Professionals at the Club noticed and worked with Jamar on setting personal goals which included being a better member and even better student at school. Because of the Club’s commitment to seeing Jamar succeed, he is now part of his school’s fifth grade entrepreneur’s team. He and his team recently proposed a space redesign of the teacher’s lounge into a “Tiger Cove” – a quiet, relaxing study lounge to work on projects and collaborate with peers in a tranquil setting outside of the normal classroom. His team placed 1st in the competition, even winning against high school students. At the Club, Jamar continues to be the Connect Four champ and shares his contagious smile with peers and staff on a daily basis.


 

From Boys to Men
Thanks to the 107 male members and 27 parents who attended the Passport to Manhood conference this past weekend! The conference is held annually to equip our young men with tools and character building exercises that assist them in becoming successful men! Activities included three Escape Room simulations, designed to enhance team building, critical thinking, and conflict resolution; career and financial training; and, legal consultation and tattoo removal consultation for the parents. Special thanks to sponsor “No Way Out Escape Room Adventures” – their team escape challenge is an incredibly fun team-builder for participants of all ages! Click here for more information.

 

Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) received $50,000 from Lowe’s as a part of the Renovation Across the Nation initiative, which awarded 50 Clubs around the country, including ours, with grants and volunteer support to complete much-needed improvements, by rehabilitating existing Clubs spaces, and bringing new spaces to life. As the need to update facilities increases and maintenance costs rise, Lowe’s support helped make critical improvements to the swimming pool area possible. Our goal is to ensure the Club remains a safe and inviting place for all members.

Improvements included, a new heating source to help control humidity and temperature; new hand rail for entry steps to replace the rusted unstable rail that existed; new bleacher hand rails to separate spectator section from the pool area and improve crowd control; new benches in bleacher area as there were no bleachers for members or spectators to sit on to watch swimming events; new lighting controls for energy conservation; a new drinking fountain and more. The pool will reopen in time for swim lessons during summer camp.


 

Summer Camp at Nine Locations This Year!
Imagine a place where your child can make life-long friends, visit some of St. Louis’ best attractions, enjoy sporting and cultural activities, take field trips and learn to swim—all in one summer! That place is the Boys & Girls Clubs which is offering day camp for all ages across nine locations this year. Our camp touches youth across the region and is one of the top camps searched for on BluePrint4SummerSTL. Don’t miss out on one of the most affordable, high quality summer day camp programs in the St. Louis area. Register your child, TODAY by clicking here.


 

Friends of the Club Casino Night
It’s not too late to join the Friends of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis at Casino Night – an evening of games, live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and tons of fun! The event will be held on April 28th at the Bissinger’s Caramel Room at 7 pm. One hundred percent of the proceeds support more than 7,000 youth at the Club. Special thanks to sponsor Radio One for their support of this event! For more information, or to purchase your tickets ($75 per person), click here.


 

Golf Tourney Adds Dinner to Celebrate 50th
One of the most anticipated Club events of the year, the Jim Butler Golf Tournament has helped increase awareness of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Louis and raise funds so our kids can live healthy and productive lives. This year’s event will be on June 19, 2017 at the Country Club of St. Albans and will include afternoon tee times, lunch and on course goodies/snacks. As a way to celebrate the Club’s 50th anniversary, NEWLY added this year will be a dinner & auction in the RedBird Club at Busch Stadium on Saturday, June 17th. For the first time ever in the stadium’s history, attendees will be able to hit golf balls into the field as well as enjoy dinner and an auction. To sponsor or register, click here. Or contact Jawana Reid with questions, here.


 

Table for Four Thanks
Thanks to the support of co-chairs Adella Jones (Centene Corporation) and May Scheve Reardon (Missouri Lottery), the committee, sponsors and over 300 attendees, $69,000 was raised for girl programs at the Table for Four luncheon! Since its inception, Club friends and supporters have raised nearly $400,000 to ensure that our girls and young women develop healthy lifestyles, positive self-esteem, and sound decision-making skills. To view pictures from the event, click here.


 

Indoor Rock Climbing Wall at HHC
Thanks to the generous donations from Climb So iLL, So iLL Holds, Eldorado Wall Company, YoGoGirls and other partners, BGCSTL unveiled its new indoor rock climbing wall at the Herbert Hoover Club last month. The event featured guest speaker and professional climbing athlete, Kevin Jorgeson. More than 50 Club members climbed the 30 ft. tall wall and participated in yoga classes led by the Saint Louis based organization, YoGoGirls during the event as well.

The indoor rock climbing project is called, “Let’s Make a Move.” Climb So iLL owner David Chancellor says of the initiative, “We wanted to give back to the community that has supported us over the years. As a local business owner, I believe we have a social responsibility to provide resources for young Saint Louisans. Climbing is a great way to introduce team work, communication and promote a healthy lifestyle through fitness opportunities.”


 

Meet Bob – Volunteer Moment
On any given day you can find volunteer Robert (Bob) Stein building relationships with the teens at the Herbert Hoover Club. For the last two years, he’s freely given of his time helping out wherever he’s needed at the Club. He’s helped with homework, took his mentees to the Holocaust Museum as well as African American exhibits in the city, and conducted group sessions around financial literacy and financial planning. Club members say of Bob that they really enjoy hearing about his trips and travels around the world and how traveling connects to their limitless futures.


 

Annual Recognition Event
The Annual Recognition Program that celebrates the commitment of staff, board members, volunteers and supporters to our Club children will be held on June 1, 2017, 5:30 pm at the Palladium Saint Louis, 1400 Park Place. During the event, six former Boys & Girls Clubs members will be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Honor which recognizes outstanding alumni for achievements in their respective fields, for contributions to the Club and for living out the mission of the Club. To RSVP for this event, contact Katie, here.


 

Welcome to our New Board Members
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis welcomes new board members David R. Aplington – BJC, Gregg Berdy – Opthalmology Associates, Jen Call – U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), Mark C. Darrell – Spire, John Maroney – W & M Restaurants/Taco Bell Franchisee, and, Mark E. Stallion – Husch Blackwell. Read more, here.

 

Year-in-Review
The Year-in-Review one pager that gives a glimpse into the youth we serve and the impact we’ve made in certain areas along with a few highlighted outcomes is now available. The document can be found on our website under “Publications” or viewed, here.

 

Give STL Day is 5/11
The largest local 24-hour giving event, Give STL Day, will be on Thursday, May 11th! While there are hundreds of charities signed up for the event, we invite you to support BGCSTL by helping us purchase kitchen appliances for Nutrition Education. In our Club kitchens, youth learn to cook healthy meals and develop healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. It’s also the place where hot meals and snacks are prepared and stored each day. Last year, all Club members received healthy snacks, such as fruit, vegetables, cheese and crackers, three times per day during our eight-week summer camp and a hot meal during after school programming. Year to date, nearly 75,000 snacks and 88,000 meals have been served to our 5,300 Club members. We have an ambitious goal to raise $10,000 for new kitchen appliances and equipment to help St. Louis youth develop sound nutrition habits, and we need your help on May 11th. More to come via email leading up to the day of the event!


 

Second Quarter 2017 Grants Update
Thanks to the following grant partners for their contributions toward BGCSTL programs:
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Ross Stores: $20,000 for POWER HOUR programming
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National Vision through America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses: $2,000 for vision screenings at the Grannemann Elementary School Club
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and AT&T: $13,000 for the BE GREAT: Graduate dropout prevention program at Roosevelt High School
• Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust: $25,000 for the dental clinic at the Herbert Hoover Club

 

Thanks to our 1st & 2nd Quarter Donors for their generous support!
Click here.

 


ARTICLE PREVIEW
Success Story
Passport to Manhood
Lowe’s Renovation Across America
Summer Camp
Casino Night
Golf Tournament & Dinner
Table for Four – Thanks
Indoor Rock Climbing at HHC
Volunteer Moment
Annual Recognition Event
New Board Members
Year-in-Review
Give STL Day 5/11
Grants
Donor Thanks

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Casino Night
Friday, April 28, 2017
7 pm

Smart Girls Conference
April 29, 2017
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Adams Park Club,
10 year anniversary celebration
May 17, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm

Annual Recognition Event
June 1, 2017
5:30 pm
RSVP to Katie here

Jim Butler Golf Tournament
June 19, 2017
10:30 am registration
Country Club of St. Albans

Golf Dinner & Auction
Saturday, June 17th
7 pm

NEW DATE
Great Futures Gala
November 17, 6 pm




“I have the Club to thank for my beautiful smile! When my mom found out that dental care was free with membership, I was able to get free braces.”
Rocky
Club Alum







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 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

 


Generated by Learn more


Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis (BGCSTL) received $50,000 from Lowe’s as a part of the Renovation Across the Nation initiative, which awarded 50 Clubs around the country, including ours, with grants and volunteer support to complete much-needed improvements, by rehabilitating existing Clubs spaces, and bringing new spaces to life. As the need to update facilities increases and maintenance costs rise, Lowe’s support helped make critical improvements to the swimming pool area possible. Our goal is to ensure the Club remains a safe and inviting place for all members.

Improvements included; a new heating source to help control humidity and temperature; new hand rail for entry steps to replace the rusted unstable rail that existed; new bleacher hand rails to separate spectator section from the pool area and improve crowd control; new benches in bleacher area as there were no bleachers for members or spectators to sit on to watch swimming events; new lighting controls for energy conservation; a new drinking fountain and more. The pool will reopen in time for swim lessons during summer camp.

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.
jalisawines

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

unnamed

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.

goodsportssept16web

 

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.

tenniscourts2016

 

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.

troy

 

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!

stevebloomweb

 

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.

gfm829WEB

 

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.

STLRealtors

 

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.

Build-a-Bear

 

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.

ShailaFirstPitch

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!

Day1-2

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.

Day3

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.

UPSRoadCode

BGCSTL on Twitter