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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.

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.


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
Give STL Day 5/11
Donor Thanks
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

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."
Club Alum

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

Be Great Graduate - Normandy High School
6701 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Louis, MO 63121

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

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

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

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

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

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

Riverview Gardens Club
174 Shepley Drive
St. Louis, MO 63137

Southeast Middle School Club
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