Oct 9, 2014

Let's make it a million for the kids!

Thanks for supporting kids' great futures!
Thanks for supporting kids' great futures!

Last month, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley's project to build a new Family Campus at Golden West College took major steps forward thanks to some very generous donors. Kingston Technology has made a significant gift to name the new Family Campus in the company's honor. Kingston also challenged the Club to raise another million dollars. An anonymous donor committed to give $750,000 of the $1,000,000 needed. But the Club only gets the full $750,000 if we can raise $250,000 more from other supporters. We're almost there! Just $55,000 more is needed to secure the full $750,000 gift from our anonymous donor. Let's make it a million for the kids - will you help by making a gift on GlobalGiving today? 

A mom will tell you in her own words why the Boys & Girls Club is so important to her family: "I need to work to support my kids to provide food, clothes, books for school, pay bills, and meet all their needs. But the most important thing is to keep my little daughters in the best safe place so I can work knowing my kids will be OK studying, doing homework with someone to watch over them. God bless the Boys & Girls Club and its staff."  – Oliva, Huntington Beach.

With your help, we can give thousands more family's like Oliva's "the best safe place" for their children by completing the Boys & Girls Club's new Kingston Family Campus at Golden West College. At the Boys & Girls Club, we say, "Great Futures Start Here." That's because kids get the support and resources they need to succeed in school and in life. At the new Club, kids will be able to take advantage of homework help, tutoring, sports leagues, arts programs, fitness activities, computer labs and technology education, fun academic support programs in reading, math and science, life skills classes, leadership and community service clubs and so much more! 

Thank you for your past support and for being part of the Boys & Girls Club family. We hope we can count on you to help us reach our matching gift goal. With your help, we'll be ready to open the new Club and start changing families' lives for the better in the 2015-2016 school year.  Please feel free to share the photo in this report to tell the world that you support great futures for kids at the Boys & Girls Club!

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. 

Jul 10, 2014

New Boys & Girls Club - Plans to Break Ground in Fall and Open for 2015-2016 School Year

A mom named Jessica would like to tell you how you changed her life for the better. “Words cannot express my gratitude for the help I received from the Club last year. It has enabled me to work full time and go to school full time.  I am currently working in the field I am going to school for and have recently been promoted!  I would not be able to realize my dreams without the fantastic staff at the Boys & Girls Club.  Thank you!" With the high cost of quality childcare in Orange County, many parents wouldn’t be able to pursue their college dreams without the Boys & Girls Club’s help.  Without YOUR help. The Annie E. Casey Foundation reports that a mother’s educational level is the number one predictor for a child’s educational level. That means if mom goes to college, her child likely will too. This is one of the reasons why our new Family Campus at Golden West College is crucial in helping the Club achieve its mission.

We are excited to report that, this fall, we will be BREAKING GROUND on the new Boys & Girls Club Family Campus at Golden West College. By this time next year, the existing preschool will be joined by a new gym and school age Club, ready to enroll kids for the 2015-2016 school year. The Family Campus will help parents like Jessica go back to school.  And, kids will literally grow up on a college campus. The college environment will be part of their everyday experience. Growing up on campus changes kids' attitudes about college. It makes college feel like the natural next step to take after high school, not a distant and unattainable dream. The Boys & Girls Club is here to make sure the dream of a college education is one that kids can achieve. Kids get the help they need to succeed in school through homework help, tutoring, and “teaching moments” in all of our programming. Through those “teaching moments,” kids learn while they’re having fun. Maybe they learn about engineering while building with Legos, guided by a volunteer who is a retired engineer. Or practice fractions in a cooking class. Or practice reading while learning lines in a theatre program. Whatever the activity, the Club makes it productive and educational. With your support of the new Family Campus, kids will grow up to be the successful adults we know they can be.

Will you help the Club complete the new Family Campus on time to help families in the 2015-2016 school year? Your support is needed to help push this important project forward. Kids and families in our community are counting on you and the Boys & Girls Club. Whether you can give $10 or $1,000, you'll not only change the life of a mom like Jessica. You change her children’s lives, and their children’s, too. Your gift has an impact that lasts for generations. Please show kids their dreams are attainable by supporting this project today. Thank you!

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