Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club

by Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club
Babies get great care at the Boys & Girls Club
Babies get great care at the Boys & Girls Club

Did you know that Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley helps kids of all ages? Most people know that the Club makes a difference for school age kids, but Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley is a little different than most Boys & Girls Clubs in that we operate two licensed preschools for babies as little as six weeks old through preschoolers. Your support makes a difference to families with kids of all ages, from infants through teens.

Take a look at what one of our preschool moms had to say this week: 

"My daughter has been enrolled at the center now since August and although it has been a little under 2 months I wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how much I appreciate the wonderful women who take care of my Khloe on a daily and hourly basis while she is there. As a parent with no alternative but to work, the anxiety and fear of having to let someone other than yourself or trusted family or friend care for your child is no easy task and neither is it to pick a day care center. I know I am not the only parent who goes through this and there are plenty of alternative facilities available and reviewed, trust me I checked them, my husband checked them and my inlaws checked them. When I settled on your facility I was still unsure of how my daughter or I were going to make it through this. I will never get over worrying about her, wondering about what she is doing, missing her or what I am missing out on but I do know that because of the wonderful staff, I can feel more easy while I am working knowing these women are providing geniune love, care and attention for not only my child but all the children. From drop off to pick up my daughter is as happy to see each of the teachers in her classroom as I am to see them. Their knowledge and experience in child development has not only taught me a first time mom quite a few things but I know it's helped my daughter reach a few milestones in the short time she has been here. As it is in any field of work, anyone can be hired to do a job and do it well, but it's when they go beyond as these women do that you appreciate them that much more.  I look forward to my daughter's continued enrollment here with this wonderful staff. PS, your front office staff is awesome too. They are friendly, attentive and genuine."

Your support makes it possible for the Boys & Girls Club to give kids amazing care and give moms and dads peace of mind, all while keeping fees affordable for all families through our sliding scale scholarship program. Thank you for your support!  

Your support helps kids of all ages!
Your support helps kids of all ages!
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Thanks for making sure no child goes hungry!
Thanks for making sure no child goes hungry!

When you sponsor a child at the Boys & Girls Club, you're giving them a lot of great advantages to help them do well in school and in life. From getting homework help, to keeping them active and fit, to helping them make new friends and develop important social skills. But that's not all. With your support, the Club is also helping kids meet one of their most basic needs - Hunger.

We believe that hunger is the most important health issue facing kids today at Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. According to Feeding America, Orange County has the 9th highest number of people struggling with food insecurity among all counties. That’s not just in our state, but in the entire country. 50% of all public school children in Orange County rely on the government’s free and reduced price lunch program to make sure that they get at least one healthy meal every day. But, what about kids out of school time?

One of our staff at the Oak View Branch says of a Club member, “Adam mentioned that there’s no food at home and he’s always telling me he’s hungry. I’ve noticed that it’s hard for him to focus. He just can’t seem to concentrate and he’s tired all the time.”

Kids like Adam are struggling because they are hungry and worried about where their next meal is coming from. That’s why the Club is focusing on nutrition this year as the heart of our health and life skills programming. Here's how your support helps make sure that no child at the Boys & Girls Club goes hungry:

1. You help us serve 35,000 meals each year to hungry kids at our Oak View Branch and Twilight Education Project. 

2. You help us give countless healthy snacks to kids at ALL of our locations so every child has access to fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods each day. 

3. You help us send backpacks full of food home with kids in our Twilight Education Project so they won't go hungry over the weekend when they can’t get school lunches.

Not only are we feeding the kids in our community who are most in need, we’re teaching them, too. Kids participate in cooking classes in our teaching kitchens so they know how to prepare healthy meals and snacks at home. And, kids get nutrition classes every month so they know which foods are good for their bodies and will help them grow up strong and healthy.

Please consider making another gift or spreading the word by sharing this project with your friends. By meeting the children's most basic need, you're helping kids be ready to take on all the other challenges in their lives, like that tough math test or the new spelling words that their teacher handed out this week. And, you're helping kids just be kids and have fun playing by taking the grown up worry of whether there is enough to eat off of their minds. Thanks for making that possible! 

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I'd like to introduce you to Yeraldine. She's one of the kids at our Oak View Branch, which is free for every child who attends. She was recently named our "Youth of the Year." At the Boys & Girls Club, we have a year-long program to celebrate the outstanding children in our programs. We start with honoring Kids of the Week, moving up to Kids of the Month, and the finally, one special child is named Youth of the Year. Yeraldine was chosen for this honor because she exemplifies all that we hope for each of the kids in our programs. She shows hard work, dedication to the community, kindness, courage, perseverance, teamwork, commitment, and much more. Keep reading to find out all about what makes her so special. 

Yeraldine has big goals and the Club is helping her achieve them. She says, “I want to have the title of being the first person in my family to ever attend a university. I plan to graduate high school with the highest possible grades. After graduation, I plan on attending a university and becoming an accountant, because I enjoy working with numbers. But the most important plan that I hope to accomplish in the future is to be able to make my parents and younger siblings proud of me. I want to show my parents that their hard work always trying to keep our family stable will pay off. For my siblings, I want them to look at me as a role model to show that anything is possible with hard work and determination.” We know she makes her family and her friends at the Club proud of her every day and she’s well on her way to making her dreams of a college education come true. She maintains a 4.0 GPA, and especially appreciates the Education Center at the Club, which she says helps her with her AP math class and honors classes.

Yeraldine is creative and loves to see how other kids create and imagine as well. One of her favorite activities at the Club is making art projects. She says, “Not only are we able to create our own art, but we are able to see what other people create. We can see that someone using the same materials as you can think of and create something completely different. I find this fascinating that everyone can create different things that seem out of this world. All you need is imagination, which it’s impossible not to have.”

Yeraldine is an active volunteer, already making a difference in her community. She helps with monthly neighborhood cleanups and she volunteers at the library helping younger children learn to read. She says, “I want kids to see that reading allows you to live through many different lives and travel to many different universes that you would have never imagined.”

“Thanks to the Club, I have learned not to limit myself, but to say that I am able to do what I put my mind to. The power is within me and I have to show other people that I’m able to change the world.”

You are the one who makes it possible for the Club to be there for Yeraldine and other kids like her. You are helping them feel powerful, limitless, and ready to change the world! And, you're giving them the tools they need to be successful so that those are more than just words and ideas. Thank you. I know you've made a big difference to Yeraldine. I hope you'll continue to support the Club and help us reach more children like Yeraldine.  

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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! 

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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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Laura Portier-LaLumiere
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Fountain Valley, California United States
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