The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County closed its doors on March 13th due to COVID-19. We re-opened on June 2nd for a modified schedule and summer program. During the 3-month gap, we worked hard to keep our members engaged. In addition to the meals sent home each week and weekly phone call check-ins, we wanted to provide our kids with activities to help keep their minds engaged. To that end, we began an online program called My Future where our members could participate in virtual learning activities heavily focused on technology, math, and science. Our members earned badges for creating sessions including lessons on Digital Literacy, STEM exploration, and DIY stem. In addition, we created a YouTube channel called VISION BGCSTC where our members could participate in activities led by our staff including mentoring, dance, physical activity and so on.
We are most proud, however, of the work our older members accomplished. BGCSTC proudly worked alongside the health department and the economic development department to create PPE components for an area hospital. Working in shifts at the Club, our older members and staff utilized the 3-D printer to create pieces for the PPE. The printer ran around the clock at times and we are proud to have been a part of this critical community collaboration, thanks to STEAMbotics Academy and our dedicated staff and members.
Uncertain, scary, adjusting to a new normal ...We are a community of people who continue to serve our children and families.
This is not a grant update I ever anticipated sending. Please know, we continue to be committed to our mission and to our children.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County are:
Staff who are leaving their own families to come sanitize units, shop for critical supplies, prepare activity kits, and feed our member families.
Youth Development Professionals who are providing daily emotional support and tangible resources to children and families, reminding us all that those in poverty are hit exponentially harder in a crisis like this.
Prevention staff who are connecting services and resources for children of all ages and their families, at a time when anxiety is through the roof and family tensions are high. Unit Directors who are working to support staff and provide additional opportunities for our hourly employees understanding they are facing financial loss.
Administrative team members working behind the scenes to support all of us.
Board of Directors who are donating backpacks, food, personal hygiene items and learning materials to further support our families.
I am incredibly proud of our community.
For now, our units are closed in accordance with COVID-19 recommendations. We will do our part to keep our community, staff, and children safe. We look forward to hearing the sounds of laughter, love, and learning again soon.
Our STEAMbotics Academy and FIRST Robotics teams have been busy! We are proud to report we recently participated in STEM Day at the Missouri State Capitol. Members spent the day meeting with lawmakers, displaying and showcasing the program as well as two robotics, and sharing the impact of the program. We also received a grant from Bayer for additional program support and are very grateful for the continued committment to STEM.
One of our Junior Staff members, who is the team captain of one of FIRST teams, was recently recognized by the St. Charles County Economic Development Center at their STEM Breakfast.
In addition, our teams are participating the annual FIRST Robotics Competition over the next three days which is held at St. Louis University. Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County covers all these competition costs thanks to support from our donors and community partners. Thank you for enlarge their world in a meaningful way!