Jan 28, 2016

Boys & Girls Club Set to Open in March

New Club in progress!
New Club in progress!

The big day is finally approaching! After many years of working toward a new Boys & Girls Club, it's almost complete. The doors to our new Club will officially open on March 28. The new Club will offer a full-day program for kids on spring break and then begin offering before and after school programs when kids are back in school. We couldn't be more excited to have our doors opening soon so we can give our community's kids all the very best programs. And they truly are the best programs - in 2015 our Club was ranked #1 in the nation by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for its education programs and #2 in the nation for safety. We're proud to give kids programming that is not only the best locally, but the best in the entire country. With the new Club, we'll be able to bring those top quality programs to another 2,500 youth in the next year.   

The new site will make a big difference to parents, too. Jessica, one of the moms at our Huntington Beach Branch, says, "Thanks to the Club, I am also able to attend school to better my pay in the future. I just completed my Associate in Science and I am applying to pursue my BS. Knowing that my daughter is safe and loved means more to me than anything. Thank you for everything!”

This is a mom from one of our other Club sites that is not on a college campus. Imagine how many more parents like Jessica will be able to go back to school and get the education they need once the new Boys & Girls Club at Golden West College opens in March! 

By supporting this project, you've already made a big difference to every child who will walk through the doors of the new Club you've helped build. Thank you for your generosity! If you'd like to help the new Club get ready to open, there are a lot of items on our wishlist that we could use your help with.

$10 buys a new book for the library.
$20 buys a basketball for the gym.
$45 buys a chair for the education center.
$130 buys a table for the art room.
$270 buys a learning station in the kindergarten room, like science, dramatic play, writing, and reading.
$600 buys a new computer for the technology lab. 

These photos of kids at our other branches show the big difference you'll make by bringing the Boys & Girls Club to even more kids. Thank you again for all that you've done to open the doors to a new Boys & Girls Club and a great future for thousands of kids! 

Thanks for helping build the new gym!
Thanks for helping build the new gym!
Thanks for helping build a new Club!
Thanks for helping build a new Club!
Jan 21, 2016

How you changed lives in 2015

Thanks for helping kids at the Boys & Girls Club!
Thanks for helping kids at the Boys & Girls Club!

Thank you so much for supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley's scholarship program! 

Here's how you made a difference in 2015. Thanks to you: 

• 9,550 children’s fees were subsidized to make the Club affordable for all families.

• 528 kids received 50% scholarships.

• 725 children received 100% scholarships and attended the Club for free. 

That's a lot of lives that you changed for the better. But, your support is about much more than numbers, it's about the real difference that it makes to families in need. That's why I'd like to share with you what a mom named Ashley from our Fountain Valley branch shared with us. She says: 

“Being a part of Boys & Girls Club has been a blessing. As a single mother of two, things can become very stressful and overwhelming. The financial burden can become debilitating. This scholarship from the Club helps me continue to work and provide for both my children. Seeing the joy my son gets from being a part of the Boys & Girls Club is heart-warming. He loves the staff. Thank you for providing a fun and safe environment for my son.” 

Thanks for giving families like Ashley's the help they need to succeed! 

Oct 27, 2015

Get to know Sandy and the Twilight program

Your support makes a difference to kids like Sandy
Your support makes a difference to kids like Sandy

Thanks for supporting the Boys & Girls Club's Sponsor a Child program. To show you what your dollars do, I'd like to help you get to know two award winners - 9th grader Sandy and the Boys & Girls Club's Twilight Education Project. This year, Sandy won an award from her school for her very high grade point average. Around the same time, the Club’s Twilight Education Project was honored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as the best education program offered by any of the 4,000+ Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation.

What do these two award winners have in common? A lot. Sandy spends every Tuesday – Thursday evening at the Twilight Education Project getting help with her homework and participating in the Club’s enrichment activities. Sandy started coming to the Twilight Education Project two years ago. Our Program Director Becky Sanchez says, “When she first started, Sandy’s attitude made it tough to work with her. I had to spend a lot of time in her classroom, telling her ‘You can’t talk to staff like that. You can’t talk to other kids like that.’ She was really rebellious and she got suspended from school a lot. Her grades were below average. In the two years that she’s been with us, she has done a total 180 degree change.”

In Twilight, our staff gave Sandy a lot of one-on-one attention, working through the attitude to find out what would help Sandy thrive and do better in school. They found out a couple of important things that helped turn things around. Sandy was lacking in confidence – not in ability. She’s bright, but when the work felt a little hard, she’d often say, “I can’t do this, it’s too hard for me.” Our staff answered right back, “Yes, you CAN do this.” The encouragement made a world of difference. Second, the staff started focusing on the things about school that Sandy really enjoys, like literature. That helped build her confidence and her interest. Sandy's new confidence helped her see that she can do hard work, in any subject. With academic support and encouragement from the Twilight staff and volunteers, Sandy has gone from a C student to an award-winner who is excelling in AP and Honors classes. We are so proud of Sandy, and we’re also very proud of the Twilight Education Project that helped make her success possible.

The Twilight Education Project is a completely donor-funded program that we couldn’t run without you. There are no fees to cover the operating budget, just generous people like you who want to help kids like Sandy. Thanks to you, Twilight runs three evenings a week at Golden West College and helps every member of low-income English Language Learner families. Parents learn English as a second language and get job skills training. School age kids get homework help and enrichment programs. Young children get preschool instruction. Every child gets a free meal every night of the program. And, we provide bus transportation to and from 25 neighborhoods in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, and Westminster.

All of this is completely free, thanks to supporters like you. In May, the Twilight Education Project received Boys & Girls Club's of America's Honor Award for Program Excellence in Education and Career Development. It ranks Twilight as the #1 Boys & Girls Club education program in the nation. One of the reasons Twilight was chosen for this special honor is the exceptional results that participating families achieve, year after year. In 2015, 92% of youth did better in school because of the help that they got in the program. And, the program isn’t just helping kids. Families in the program are earning more money so parents are able to provide a more stable home for their kids. More than 60% of parents in the program got a job, a raise, or a promotion this year because of the English and job skills they learned in Twilight. That’s what I love so much about this program – whole families learn and whole families do better. That’s all because of you. Your support helps change Sandy’s life and the lives of more than 400 people in Twilight this year. Thank you.

Ready to help more kids like Sandy? Please make your donation today.

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