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
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
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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!

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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! 

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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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School’s almost out, and summer is just around the corner. At the Boys & Girls Club, that means it’s time to prepare for full-day summer break programs so kids still have a fun, safe place to go while parents are working hard to support their families. The days are packed with exciting educational activities, fantastic field trips, fun sports and fitness programs, thrilling carnivals and special events, and so much more!

We’re especially excited about our first summer in the Oak View community. The Club’s new Oak View Branch first opened its doors last October and has been offering great youth programs every day after school during the school year. With help from grant funding and generous donors like you, the Boys & Girls Club is pulling its resources together to add an 8-week summer session to the program.

The Oak View summer program will still be absolutely free for the kids and will include a special reading program to help prevent summer learning loss, cooking and nutrition classes with a healthy snack to make sure kids get enough to eat, and plenty of fun, enriching activities to keep kids engaged and active. Families in the neighborhood are excited that their kids will have so many great things to do over the summer, and the Club is thrilled to give kids a safe alternative to being out on the streets.

From all of us here at the Boys & Girls Club, have a safe and happy summer! Thank you for being part of the Boys & Girls Club family!

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley

Location: Fountain Valley, CA - USA
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Laura Portier-LaLumiere
Director of Development
Fountain Valley, California United States
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