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Sep 9, 2014

Boys & Girls Club - bridging the digital divide

10 year old member Kasey learns in new tech lab
10 year old member Kasey learns in new tech lab

There are well over 1,000 children at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley who have no home internet access at all and even more whose only internet access is on their mom or dad’s cell phone. That makes the Boys & Girls Club’s technology labs their primary internet access during out of school time. Your sponsorship and support of kids in need helps give them that important resource. 

The Club is very excited to announce that this fall, 30 new computers were donated to create new technology labs at the Club dedicated to helping youth learn through the Kahn Academy. Our local newspaper, the Orange County Register, reported, "The unveiling of 30 new HP Chromebook 14 computers at the Fountain Valley Boys & Girls Club branch grabbed the attention of nearby children last week, and a small crowd grew as the laptops blinked with life.Several students looked on as Tanya Hoxsie, CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, and Tim Nolan, unit director for the Huntington Beach branch, turned on several Chromebooks, prompting one student to ask the question all others had on their mind: “Are those ours?” Hoxsie smiled and said, 'In a few of weeks, they will be.'...Hoxsie said the decision to beef up the technology for the club came after she witnessed a demonstration of the online academic learning program Khan Academy by Salman Khan during a Boys & Girls Club conference in May. Having the Chromebooks coupled with the Khan Academy was a strong match, according to Hoxsie. 'By the end of the session, we knew that this was something we needed to have for our kids,' Hoxsie said."

Kahn Academy is a website that features thousands of educational tutorials on subjects like math, history, healthcare, medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, civics, art history, economics, computer science, and more. The tutorials are provided in short, conversational videos. They often feature doodles, drawings and notes to make them accessible and appealing to kids. Through these videos, kids can learn about any topic that interests them. They can extend their learning beyond what’s taught in school or get extra help in subjects they are struggling in. To make sure they are mastering the subjects that they are watching videos about, kids use practice exercises and activities on the website. Access to the Kahn Academy will help kids at every academic level. Those who struggle with traditional classroom learning may have their interest sparked by the accessible style of the videos. Gifted kids will have something new to challenge them. And, all kids will be able to explore new ideas that they might not have learned about otherwise.

When you sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club, you are opening the door to technology and education that they wouldn't get otherwise. You are helping keep a low income child on par with his more affluent peers. You're helping him succeed in school today, and learn what he needs for a lifetime of success. You are changing a child's life for the better. Thank you. 

Jun 6, 2014

Turning Trash into Art at the Boys & Girls Club

Working together to turn trash into art!
Working together to turn trash into art!

At the Boys & Girls Club, we add "teaching moments" to everything we do. Your support for our programs means that while kids are having fun, they're also learning something. And when we can bring different topics together – like mixing art and science in one fun project – it gets even better!

The kids at our Oak View Branch recently did just that by participating in MUZEO’s TrashARTist Challenge. In this annual art contest, Orange County youth learn about zero-waste recycling by turning trash into art. Our Oak View members collected cardboard, chip bags, and newspaper for months to make their TrashART project: a giant 5’ piñata. The idea started with a dialogue about the positive and the negative aspects of the community. The kids loved talking about the taco trucks in the neighborhood, the traditional dances that many of our students participate in, and the elements in their culture that make them happy. Unfortunately, the negative outweighs the positive at times, and trash is the first problem the kids pinpointed. So for the TrashARTist Challenge, the kids decided to bring the positive and the negative together to create an art piece that provided a solution to the issue of waste, while also representing one of the best traditional moments at a children’s party - breaking the piñata!

The kids had a great time putting the piñata together. And in the process, they got to learn lots of different things. They put their geometry skills to the test by using ratios and measurements. They used their creativity to tackle the problem of litter in their neighborhood. They celebrated one of their favorite community and cultural traditions with their piñata design. They learned the importance of conservation and sustainability. They discovered careers in architecture and urban planning. And, they learned how to work as a team.

Our members' hard work paid off when their piñata won 2nd Place in the TrashARTist Challenge’s 3rd-5th Grade category! And to top it all off, the piñata will be featured in the TrashARTist Challenge “Winner’s Circle” within MUZEO’s "Transcending Trash: The Art of Upcycling" exhibit all summer long.

Thanks to your support, kids are realizing all the amazing things they can accomplish every day at the Boys & Girls Club – like making an art piece that gets displayed in a real museum! Thank you for helping our community's kids find creative ways to open the door to their great futures!

Old chip bags and newspaper never looked so good.
Old chip bags and newspaper never looked so good.
The finished product, on display at MUZEO
The finished product, on display at MUZEO
Mar 6, 2014

Helping Kids Make Great Progress

Reading at the Club is helping kids succeed!
Reading at the Club is helping kids succeed!

When you support the Boys & Girls Club, you're helping kids learn and grow so they can do better in school and in life. I'd like to tell you about one girl in particular who has made amazing progress during her time at the Club, thanks to support from generous donors like you.

Cecilia is an 8th grader at the Boys & Girls Club’s Oak View Branch. When she first started coming to the Club last summer, she was reading at a 2nd grade level. That’s 6 grades behind! Club staff worked with her in our summer reading program and Cecilia jumped ahead 2 grade levels in just 8 weeks. We’ve continued to work with her throughout the school year. Now, in the spring semester, she’s reading at a 7th grade level! We couldn’t be more proud of her! She still has a little ways to go to get to grade level. So, we’re continuing to work with her. She is trying hard and we hope to get her up to grade level by the end of the school year. Then, she’ll be prepared for success in high school.

Thanks to your generous support for the Boys & Girls Club's programs, kids like Cecilia are discovering the great things they can achieve. Thank you for helping the Boys & Girls Club make a difference to the kids who need us most!

Dec 11, 2013

Helping parents work and stay off welfare

As a supporter of the Boys & Girls Club, you’ve probably thought about what a difference the Club makes to kids and how your support helps kids get on the path to a great future. But, what you might not realize is that your support helps whole families do better.

We’d like to share with you what a mom named Jamie told the Club, “I am a single, working mother. With help from the Boys & Girls Club’s scholarship program, I am able to go to work. I don’t have to stay home and depend on welfare, which is the one thing I do NOT want. Deep down in my heart, the Boys & Girls Club is so helpful to my family.” 

When you make a contribution to sponsor a child, you are making a difference in so many ways. You are giving a child the help they need to do well in school. You are giving a child a safe, fun place to learn and play. You are helping a child build good character and values. You are helping a child gain the skills he needs to grow up to be a success. You are doing even more than that, though. 

By making a donation to the Club, you help moms and dads, too. You give parents the opportunity to work to provide for their kids – the dignity of knowing they are working for a living, not accepting a handout. You give kids a stable home environment by giving moms and dads the means to put food on the table and a roof over their children’s heads. Those are pretty amazing gifts! 

Thank you for supporting the Boys & Girls Club!  I hope you will consider giving again and giving those special gifts to even more children and families this holiday season.

Wishing you holidays filled with joy and laughter! 

Sep 6, 2013

Amazing Results for Kids at the Boys & Girls Club

Getting into a good book
Getting into a good book

This summer, thanks to generous donors like you who sponsored kids at the Club, youth in the Oak View neighborhood had not only a safe place to spend their summer days, but also a place to learn and get prepared for success in the new school year at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley’s Oak View Branch. Throughout the months of July and August, the Boys & Girls Club’s Oak View Branch was open from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. This is the first time in many years that a summer program has been available to Oak View area youth. Thanks to generous donors like you, the program was completely FREE for youth in the low-income Oak View neighborhood. The community’s response was overwhelmingly positive, with about 120 kids participating each day!

100% of the kids at our Oak View Branch come from low-income households, and nearly all speak a language other than English at home. That puts them at a significant risk of summer learning loss, especially in reading. In fact, at the end of the summer, there is typically a three month gap between lower income and middle income youth who were at the same reading level at the end of the school year. The Club decided to take action to fix this problem with an 8 week summer reading program. The Club chose KidzLit, a reading enrichment program specifically designed for out of school settings like the Boys & Girls Club.

The Club’s goal was to help the kids maintain the reading levels they had at the end of the school year and not lose any ground. The Club got a wonderful surprise when the program’s reading assessments were tallied up at the end of the summer.

• 100% of the children who participated in KidzLit for the entire summer at least maintained their reading levels. This means we achieved our goal – the rest is unexpected and fantastic!

• 33% of youth were reading below grade level at the beginning of summer. By the end of summer, that dropped to just 15%.

• Of the 33% of youth whose reading levels were one or more grade levels behind at the beginning of the summer, 65% improved one or more grade levels, including 30% who improved 2 or more grade levels.

• 70% of all participating youth improved one or more grade levels, including 22% who improved 2 or more grade levels.

• 65% of youth are now reading ABOVE grade level!

With results like these, you can be sure that you are making a real difference to children in need by supporting the Boys & Girls Club.  Thank you!

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Laura Portier-LaLumiere

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Fountain Valley, California United States

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