Build a Boys & Girls Club for at-risk kids in CA

Apr 18, 2014

Dreaming Big at the Boys & Girls Club

Jocelyn paints in the Oak View Branch Ed Room
Jocelyn paints in the Oak View Branch Ed Room

At the Boys & Girls Club, we want kids to dream big. And, your support for the Club helps make those dreams come true. I’d like to tell you about Jocelyn, one of the kids who’s learning to dream big at our Oak View Branch.

Jocelyn is 10 years old and has been a member at the Oak View Branch ever since it opened in October 2012. She loves participating in everything the Club has to offer, from drawing in the Education Room to playing sports in the gym and outside. Here’s what she has to say about her plans for the future and how the Boys & Girls Club is helping her get there:

“I want to be a doctor because I want to help and be there for families when they are sick. I want to go to college because I want to learn new things, get a good job, and be the first one in my family. I want to make my family happy because I made the right choice. Oak View teaches me new ways to learn math, reading, science, and social studies. The Boys & Girls Club helps me learn new things that I have not learned. I have something to do at Oak View. Without the Club, I would be home not doing much.”

When you make a gift to help build the new Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College, you’re helping thousands more kids like Jocelyn who dream of being the first in their families to go to college. Thank you for helping kids like Jocelyn dream big and prepare for their great futures at the Boys & Girls Club!

Thanks for helping kids like Jocelyn dream big!
Thanks for helping kids like Jocelyn dream big!
Jan 31, 2014

Breaking Ground in 2014!

2,500 more kids like these will love the new Club!
2,500 more kids like these will love the new Club!

We hope you’ve been enjoying a fantastic year so far. The Boys & Girls Club is starting 2014 with some exciting news – we will break ground on the remaining phases of our project to build a new Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College this year! That means that the full Family Campus will be complete and ready to serve kids and parents in 2015.

Once complete, the new Boys & Girls Club will serve up to 2,500 youth per year. More than 70% will come from low-income families. At the new Club, kids will benefit from all the great programs and activities we offer at our other Club locations.

I’d like to let our kids tell you all about these programs in their own words. We recently asked our members what they love about the Boys & Girls Club, and here’s what they had to say:

  • “I can come and get my homework done.” –girl, age 10
  • “The staff take care of me and I have a lot of new friends.” –girl, age 10
  • “I get to make new friends and keep the friendship when I’m older.” –girl, age 11
  • “I love playing dodgeball and soccer!” –boy, age 7
  • “All the staff here make my life awesome.” –boy, age 8
  • “There are lots of clubs to join.” –boy, age 11
  • “I can be myself around people at the Club and I always have a smile on my face.” –girl, age 13
  • “I have fun every day.” –boy, age 5
  • “LEGOS!” –boy, age 5
  • “My staff mentor is the best because she understands me.” –girl, age 13

Your support to build a new Boys & Girls Club will make these great memories and experiences possible for even more kids in need. Thank you! With our construction timeline in place, support for this project is more important than ever before – we still have $5 million to raise to fully fund the construction of the gym and school age club. We thank you for helping us make it this far and hope you will consider sharing this important project with your friends. Please help thousands more kids like those you've heard from here by supporting the new Boys & Girls Club Family Campus – make a gift on GlobalGiving today!

Nov 4, 2013

Boys & Girls Club helps parents go back to school

I’d like to tell you about one of the families you help by supporting the project to build a new Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College.  Rolando is a hard-working, devoted single dad to a preschooler and a school age child. He works a full 40 hours a week.  On top of that, he goes to school full-time at Golden West College.  The Club's preschool on campus is changing his life. He writes:

“I am taking the necessary steps to improve my children’s future by getting an education myself.  I was fortunate enough to qualify for grants and financial aid to make the schooling possible for me.  I have faith that furthering my education will open more doors for us, so it is an opportunity that I must take. But, if I was not able to place my daughter in your preschool I would have to drop out of school."

He goes on to talk about what the preschool means to his daughter. "I believe that children will need all the help they can get to prepare them for the future.  My concern is for my daughter’s future.  I truly believe enrolling her in this preschool is a stepping stone in the right direction not only for her education but for her social skills as well.  There is only so much I can teach her not having an adequate educational background myself.  Sure I focus on the little things here and there that parents should teach their children, however the need to establish a concrete educational foundation is crucial in the early years.  I want my child to have every opportunities to succeed. I truly believe it is in her best interest to be in preschool at the Boys & Girls Club."

By supporting the project to build a new school age Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College, you will give even more families of kids of all ages those same great opportunities for both parents and children to learn.  Your generosity opens the door to a new Boys & Girls Club and so many families' great futures.  Thank you! 

Aug 6, 2013

Helping Great Futures Start at Twilight

Read on for the latest from the Twilight Program!
Read on for the latest from the Twilight Program!

The Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to helping every child who comes through our doors get started on the path towards a great future. Through the Twilight Education Project, the Club and its community partners work together to help low-income English Language Learner families reach for a great future together.

Three nights per week, whole families are picked up from neighborhoods throughout Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley by the Club's fleet of buses. They come to Golden West College, where the entire family has the opportunity to learn. Parents take ESL classes provided by Huntington Beach Adult School, and interested parents get job skills training in childcare and early childhood education. School age youth get homework help, tutoring, and enrichment activities in nearby college classrooms, with staff and volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club and the Huntington Beach City School District to help them. Younger children learn the fundamentals that will help them be ready for school in the Robert Mayer Child Development Preschool. All of this is absolutely free for families.

The Twilight program is incredibly successful in helping families meet their goals to succeed in school, on the job, and in life. Here are some of the amazing results the kids have experienced at Twilight this past school year:

  • 78% of youth surveyed say that coming to the Twilight Program is fun!
  • 95% say that they feel safe at Twilight.
  • 88% say they have made new friends at Twilight.
  • 83% say they do better in school because they can get help with their homework at Twilight. 59% say math is a subject they get a lot of help in at Twilight.
  • 88% say being part of Twilight gives them a place they feel like they belong.
  • 90% say there are adults at Twilight that they could talk to if they had a problem they needed help with.
  • 76% say they want to keep coming to Twilight next year.
  • 88% say a Twilight staff or volunteer has told them that they are doing a good job or given them some other kind of recognition.
  • 79% say they look up to a staff member, volunteer or older kid at Twilight and think of him or her as a role model or mentor.
  • 79% say they feel better about themselves since they started coming to Twilight.
  • 85% say they will definitely graduate from high school.
  • 76% say they plan to go to college after high school.

 “Twilight has really helped me to…”

“…do my homework.” –most popular response

“…be good in school and act responsibly.” –Kimberly, age 11

“…focus in school.” –Leslie, age 9

“…become a better person.” –Veronica, age 13

“…get better grades.” –Ruben, age 12

“…succeed at school.” –Daniela, age 13

“One thing I really love about Twilight is…”

“They have good activities after homework time.” –Leslie, age 9

“It is fun and they help me with my homework.” –Jasmin, age 8

“Everyone helps us on whatever we need.” –Evelyn, age 10

“…the staff that help us.” –Ruben, age 12

“It’s so fun here!!!” –David, age 9

“…when my mentor helps me with my homework/problems.” –Daniela, age 13

“One thing I love about coming to a college campus for Twilight is…”

“I know how it feels to be in a real college.” –Evelyn, age 10

“I get to see what college is like and it inspires me when I see a lot of students.” –Daniela, age 13

Once the Boys & Girls Club's Family Campus at Golden West College is complete, the Twilight Education Project will have an even greater capacity to serve kids and families in need. Thank you so much for supporting our project to build a new Club and help even more children open the door to a great future!

May 13, 2013

Your Support = Great Futures for Kids at the Boys & Girls Club

Aspiring pediatrician Nina helps a younger child
Aspiring pediatrician Nina helps a younger child

I'd like to tell you about one of the kids at the Boys & Girls Club and how it makes a difference to her.  Her name is Nina and she has been a member of our Fountain Valley Kingston Branch for several years. Here's what she has to say: “The staff here are really helpful to me when I have a problem with my homework. I also am in Smart Moves and I really like it because it helps me make good decisions when I need to. We learn what‘s right and what’s wrong and we help others do the same. Another way the Club helps me is with Healthy Habits. I like it because it teaches me how to be healthy and eat the right things for my body. One of the things I really liked this year was Bully Prevention Week. It was great because we raised awareness about bullying and what we could do to stop it. We also learned what we could do to help others who were getting bullied. I made a pledge to take a stand against bullying and I think that was really special.” In addition to participating in programs like these, she loves to just have fun with her friends at the Club doing things like playing “Just Dance” on the Wii or putting together routines for talent shows at the Club. When she grows up, she wants to work at the Club, then go on to medical school to become a pediatrician “so I can help out kids who are sick.”  As you see in the photo where she is helping a little girl put a bandaid on her scraped knee, Nina is already helping out other kids who need it!

When you make a gift to help build a new Boys & Girls Club, you help thousands of kids like Nina.  You'll open the door to the Club and to all the support they need to achieve their dreams of a great future.  Thank you for helping kids like Nina!

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Laura Portier-LaLumiere

Director of Development
Fountain Valley, California United States

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