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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis
  3rd Quarter News 2015
Academic Success*Good Character & Citizenship*Healthy Lifestyles
Mark Your Calendar
Great Futures Gala
Saturday, November 14
Hyatt Regency at the Arch

Our Mission
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.

Key Impact Areas:
*Academic Success
*Good Character & Citizenship
*Healthy Lifestyles


Adams Park Club 314.633.7900
4317 Vista Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

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

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

O’Fallon Park Club 314.932.1371
4343 West Florissant
St. Louis, MO 63115

Southeast Middle School Club
918 Prigge Road
St. Louis, MO 63138 

Twillman Elem. School Club
11831 Bellefontaine Road St. Louis, MO 63138
Special Initiatives:
Mentor St. Louis
Be Great Graduate
Normandy & Roosevelt High Schools
Newsletter Contact
For more information or with questions, contact Shuntae Shields Ryan,
VP, Marketing & Communications via phone 314.335.8009 or email.
After School, Teen & Sports Programs
Do you know where your kids are after school each day? Enroll them in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and you’ll know exactly where they are! Boys & Girls Clubs offers after school, teen and sports programs to youth, ages 6-18 in a safe and fun environment. The Club provides enriching and dynamic experiences that will spark creativity, engagement, and exploration through structured activities every day after school. We have six Clubs in St. Louis City & County and now serve teens at Roosevelt and Normandy High Schools, keeping them on track for on-time graduation. Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs includes after school homework assistance, tutoring, college and career planning, recreational activities, free dental and vision care and healthy meals. Ask us about transportation when you call. For more information, click here.
Stride Academy Helps with Academic Success
This year BGCSTL launched a new web-based educational program called STRIDE Academy. This program is designed for members grades K – 12th grades to address critical learning gaps identified through pre and post-tests.
During the summer, 723 summer campers, ages 6 to 15, across six locations participated in the launching of STRIDE Academy.

The use of STRIDE Academy will allow for continuous assessment, individualized intervention, summer learning loss prevention, blended face-to-face and technology-based learning, direct instruction, and guided practice. A customized learning plan of foundational skill-building and enrichment will be created to promote learning. The gaming and peer competition components of the software is a fun way to develop their skills. With STRIDE Academy, our staff can continually check member mastery with up-to-the minute feedback and insight via real-time data reports and dashboards. Club member, Chantelle R., age 15 stated of the new program, "I thought this was another test but if it is they should all be like this.” And, member Brianna B., age 7 adds, "I can do this all day! I didn't know I was so good at it!"
Eat Mo’ Chicken
Brentwood’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A® restaurant opened on Sept. 9, bringing 85 new jobs to the area! During their celebration, they thought about the kids served by the Boys & Girls Clubs! Chick-fil-A believes in partnering with organizations that enrich education, literacy and youth development, and in that spirit, owner Bob Gutherz collected new children’s books to benefit BGCSTL. Club President, Dr. Flint Fowler was at the ceremony to accept the nearly three-foot Book House they donated to us that serves as a free library exchange – allowing anyone to take a book after replacing it with one of their own. The Book House, created from recycled wood, is one of several community programs made possible through the support of the Chick-fil-A Foundation.
BGCSTL Now Serving Language Immersion Schools
Starting mid-August, BGCSTL Adams Park Club now provides before and after school programs to St. Louis Language Immersion Schools. The new partnership helps us reach and impact more than 137 new members per day. If your child attends the Papin Street or Marine Street location and you are interested in learning more, contact Renee Bell, Adams Park Club at 314-335-8201. Starting 9/28, transportation will be available.
Football Field Nearing Completion
Earlier this summer, the St. Louis Rams partnered with PHL, Inc. to build a new football field for BGCSTL Herbert Hoover location. The project was part of their annual community improvement project and was the first time they’d taken on refurbishing a football field. To date, the field looks great and football season is underway for hundreds of members who play on the field each weekend. The project included funding to refurbish the press box, scoreboard and goal posts as well as provide fencing and new asphalt.
Nestle Purina Supports Computer Programs
Special thanks goes out to our partners at Nestle Purina, for donating $70,000 worth of new computer hardware to two of our Clubs. Through this donation we were able to update each technology center with state-of-the-art equipment for our members to use for homework help, Stride Academy, My futures dot com and more.
Carol House Beautifies Teen Centers
Thanks to local Carol House Furniture and Store Manager, Mike Lowenstein for donating more than $10,000 worth of furniture to BGCSTL Clubs to kick-off renovations to Club Teen centers! The furniture provides an updated, posh, vibrant and colorful atmosphere for our teen members to gather and interact each day.

Great Futures Gala
The “Great Futures Gala” (formerly known as “All That Jazz”) is the largest fundraiser benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis with close to $300,000 being raised for our community’s children. Rebranding the yearly gala allows BGCSTL to focus on the Youth of the Year process and the great futures our kids attain through their Club experiences. The Gala will showcase the youth who embody the ideals of the Club’s mission to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Funds from this event are crucial to continuing programs such as Diplomas to Degrees, Mentor St. Louis, Keystone Clubs, Money Matters, and Career Launch. It’s a celebration! The event will take place on Saturday, November 14 at the Hyatt Regency at the St. Louis Arch, beginning at 6 pm. We are delighted to announce that Paul and Laura Miller and Rich and Stacey Liekweg are serving as co-chairs. For more information, click here.
Swim Lessons Available
The BGCSTL Herbert Hoover Club Mel J. Loewenstein Aquatic Center is open for those members who want to learn to swim and have fun in the water! Over the past several years, a number of renovations have taken place including fresh paint, new lighting, a new entry door and mural on the wall. Lessons are Monday through Friday, 5-7:45 pm. To sign up for lessons, contact 314.335.8000.
2015 Alumni Hall of Honor
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis announced its 2015 Alumni Hall of Honor Inductees at the Annual Recognition event earlier this summer. During the event staff, board members, volunteers and other supporters were acknowledged and celebrated for their commitment to our mission. This year’s honorees were Te’Ara Barnum, Bishop Alton Davis, Jr., Jacqueline Johnson, Jamaal Phillips and Marvin Teer, Jr. The Hall of Honor recognizes outstanding alumni for achievements in their respective fields, for contributions to the Club and for living out the mission of the Club. For more information, click here.
Outcomes Report Available
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is committed to measuring how much our young people are achieving and how effectively our Club experience is implemented. These measurement efforts are aimed at demonstrating our impact to stakeholders and uncovering ways to improve our services. BGCSTL is proud to present the annual outcomes report summarizing our findings for 2014. The report highlights the impact our programs are making on the youth we serve. To download the report, click here. Or, to receive a printed version, contact Shuntaé Shields Ryan, here.
BGCSTL is Jumping
BGCSTL partnered with the St. Louis Magic House to feature our Herbert Hoover Club kids in the “St. Lou is Jumping” video with Mayor Francis Slay. Club members also appeared in a KSDK Channel 5 Show Me St. Louis segment promoting the video challenge and healthy lifestyles at the Clubs. The Magic House also invited our Club families to join them at the Edward Jones Dome on August 29th to participate in the Guinness Book of World Records challenge – an attempt to set a new record for 2 minutes of simultaneous jumping jacks. Each participant received complimentary tickets to that evenings Rams preseason game.
Mentor of the Month
Gale Crenshaw was recently recognized as Mentor of the Month for providing 10 years of exemplary service to our mentoring program. During our annual recognition event, Gale received the service to youth award for supporting educational efforts at Cote Brilliante Elementary School through our literacy-based mentoring program.
New Website Launched
The Clubs website,, launched in August with a new look, feel and content management system. The process involved completing a full and complete website audit, analyzing every page, its placement and effectiveness and as well as re-organizing many of the sections. Take a look, here.
Mentor Moment- AT&T
In early September, nearly 15 AT&T employees volunteered their time to mentor the 2015 Youth of the Year candidates. The purpose of the partnership is to encourage, inspire and motivate the candidates during a session titled “Understanding my brand”. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. A premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. The process encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs. The 2015-16 Youth of the Year will be named during our “Great Futures Gala” in November. More details, here.

Volunteer of the Month
James Meinert was selected as our volunteer of the month for his dedication to administering the “Safe Connections” program for Club teens. Safe Connections is one of this region’s oldest and largest organizations that specifically work to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence. James brings a positive presence to every session and he engages young people in a very friendly and open dialogue that has increased our teen’s knowledge about maintaining a healthy lifestyle during the summer - when teens are more likely to choose riskier behaviors.
Alumni Spotlight - Pastor Marlon Baylor
“The Herbert Hoover Boys’ Club impacted my life in so many ways. First and foremost it taught me how to be a team player. My three mentors at HHBC were Clarence Pearson, Cicero Clark, and Garland Goodwin. All three taught me how to compete and never quit until you complete your goal and win. They taught me that school was more important than sports. The Club taught me how to follow rules and leadership, honesty, integrity, and to grow my faith in God. The Herbert Hoover Boys’ Club kept me off the streets in my teen years while some of my friends got caught up with drugs and the law. It taught me to set my goals high and get a college education in order to be an asset to this society.”
UMSL Community Partnership
In order to increase community participation, the UMSL Athletics Department has connected with BGCSTL to offer admission to all sports game to our Club members at no cost when they show their ID. Many of the Clubs are taking field trips to the soccer and volleyball games this fall and looking forward to it! If Club families would like to attend any games, it’s $1 per person. For more information, contact your Club for more information or Jeff Franta (UMSL) at 314-516-5751.
Grants Supporting Programs!!
BGCSTL is the recipient of multiple grants that will support our efforts to inspire and enable youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The financial support helps drive results in our three priority outcome areas: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. The following recently made contributions:

• Missouri Arts Council: $3,909 for STAGES St. Louis programming
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Taco Bell Foundation: $50,000 toward Graduate for Más teen graduate initiative
• Missouri Alliance: $31,402.98 toward Passport to Manhood programming, $21,438 toward SMART Moves programming, $9,750 toward Meth SMART programming and $31,402.98 toward SMART Girls programming; $73,962.50 for general operating support for all six Clubs sites
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Anthem Foundation and its affiliated Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Foundation: $5,000 toward Triple Play programming at the Adams Park Club, Herbert Hoover Club and Southeast Middle School Club
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Major League Baseball: $1,000 toward Wanna Play? programming at the Adams Park Club, Herbert Hoover Club and Southeast Middle School Club
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the PGA Sports Academy: $5,000 toward golf programming
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Buffalo Wild Wings: $2,000 toward ALL STARS Sports Leagues Flag, Tackle and Cheerleading Programs, and $25,800 toward ALL STARTS Sports Leagues and improvements to the Herbert Hoover Club gym
• St. Louis ARCHS/After School for All Partnership for St. Louis: $50,800 toward Project Learn educational programming at the Adams Park Club
• St. Louis County Community Development Block Grant: $130,000 for general support for the Ferguson Middle School Club, Southeast Middle School Club and Twillman Elementary School Club
• Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis: $3,000 toward Project Learn educational programming at all Club sites
• Express Scripts: $30,000 toward Triple Play programming at all Club sites
• MasterCard: $15,000 toward Financial Literacy Programs at the Herbert Hoover Club, Southeast Middle School Club, Twillman Elementary School Club and Adams Park Club
• Moneta Group: $5,000 toward BE GREAT: Graduate at Roosevelt High School
• Herman T. and Phenie R. Pott Foundation: $10,000 toward Summer Brain Gain during 2015 Summer Camp
• Gertrude & William Bernoudy Foundation: $20,000 toward 2015 Summer Camp at all Club sites
• Come Together Ferguson Fund: $3,000 toward 2015 Summer Camp at the Ferguson Middle School Club
Ferguson Support
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Anthem Foundation and its affiliated Anthem BlueCross BlueShield Foundation: $150,000 toward the Ferguson Club and Triple Play programming
• Greater St. Louis Auto Dealers: $100,000
• Regional Business Council: $20,000
• Deaconess Foundation: $20,000
• Centene Charitable Foundation: $500,000
• Boys & Girls Clubs of America: $100,000
• Anthem Foundation: $7,500 toward 2015 Summer Camp
Donor Thanks!
BGCSTL thanks the following donors who gave June-August!
To view the list, click here.
Boys & Girls Clubs OF GREATER ST. LOUIS
2901 North Grand Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63107
Phone: 314-335-8000 | Fax: 314-652-7509

United Way St. Louis Boys & Girls Club of America


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