Panda Cares

Support from Panda Cares offers Youth Enrichment Activities in the After School Space

Youth at Harlandale ISD Extended Day Programs participate in daily homework assistance, allowing staff time to help youth work on their academic goals. The goal at our sites is for youth to be promoted to the next grade level and develop healthy learning and studying habits.  In addition to daily homework assistance, youth were provided with enrichment activities that included DIY STEM projects in order to ignite their curiosity and help our little scientist discover the world in a new light. DIY STEM activities were provided at three EDP sites, Schulze, Wright, and Gilbert Elementary.  We did the following experiments: DNA Extraction from strawberries & Fungus and Bacteria.

Thanks to the generosity of Panda Cares, our clubs were able to provide additional staff to work with youth and help those that needed additional support when completing homework assignments.  In addition, having a staff on board to create fun DIY STEM activities kept our youth coming back and checking in daily to see if there was a new activity planned.

Thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs if San Antonio’s partnership with Panda Cares, EDP sites are able to provide youth a safe place to go after school where they receive mentorship and daily homework assistance. Check out the Facebook post here. 

Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages Donated $50,000 and New Computer Lab

Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages Gifts $50,000 and New Computer Lab

Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB), a company of Arca Continental, has partnered with the  Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio to provide educational aid to after-school programs the nonprofit operates to assist students in need. The local bottler has pledged a donation of $50,000 and a new computer lab, along with student laptops, to support San Antonio students in the city’s most vulnerable and financially challenged communities as they prepare for the upcoming school year.

 

CCSWB will present a check for $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio at an official volunteer event held at the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio’s Eastside Clubhouse located at 3503 Martin Luther King Drive San Antonio, TX 78220. The event will take place August 20, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. After the check presentation, CCSWB volunteers will kick off the computer lab’s development by painting the lab, which is anticipated to be complete in 2022.

 

CCSWB’s donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is part of an ongoing initiative to support students in need. The company has announced its donation of $1 million in laptops, to be distributed to students throughout several Texas communities, including the greater San Antonio area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and other regions CCSWB serves.

 

“Access to technology has become a prerequisite for students, particularly due to the evolving pandemic,” said Ada Saenz, Interim CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. “Thanks to Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio will be well-equipped to navigate the digital elements of their academic pathways and succeed in school.”

 

In addition to the computer lab, CCSWB will sponsor the 2021 Boys & Girls Clubs Back to School Event. The Back to School Event will take place August 21st from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will be held at the Eastside Clubhouse, for all Boys & Girls Clubhouse members across the city.

 

“Today’s students are our world’s next generation of leaders, but so many do not have a computer at home to complete their school assignments,” said Jean Claude Tissot, president of Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages. “As part of our commitment to the San Antonio community, we are thrilled to support the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio team in their mission to serve students in need.”

 

About CCSWB
Dallas-based Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages (CCSWB), a company of Arca Continental, is one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the United States. CCSWB produces, markets and distributes Coca-Cola brands throughout Texas and parts of New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The company employs more than 8,000 associates who operate 7 production plants and 37 distribution facilities, serving more than 31 million consumers.  Headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico, Arca Continental is one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the world with an outstanding history spanning more than 91 years. Within its Coca-Cola franchise, Arca Continental serves a population of more than 118 million in the northern and western parts of Mexico as well as the northern region of Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and the Southwestern U.S.  Arca Continental also produces and markets snacks under the brand names Wise in the U.S., Bokados in Mexico and Inalecsa in Ecuador. For more information about the companies, please visit www.cocacolaswb.com and www.arcacontal.com.

 

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio (BGCSA) is to inspire youth, especially those who need them most, to achieve their full potential in a safe, positive and engaging environment that promotes education, health and character development. The Clubs provide after school and summer programs for youth, ages 6 to 18 years old. BGCSA creates an engaging space for over 1,000 youth who may otherwise be home alone, unsupervised. At BGCSA, members not only have fun, they stay safe, foster positive relationships, build self-confidence and succeed. Visit BeGreatSA.org for more information. Eastside Clubhouse Located at: 3503 Martin Luther King Drive San Antonio, TX 78220.

Back 2 School Campaign

Back 2 School is Better than Ever!

After a year like no other, youth and parents have never been more ready to get Back to School! Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is ready to support youth after school with homework assistance and academic enrichment, new opportunities and experiences, positive mentorship, a sense of belonging, and so much more!

The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated rates of anxiety and depression, with nearly 50% of parents reporting new or worsening symptoms in their children. At the Clubs, youth have access to caring adult mentors and
supportive peers, and group activities that are important to their development. At the end of the last school year, teachers across America reported that the pandemic has led to “significant” learning loss for students, particularly among low-income students and students of color. BGCSA has worked to combat these statistics by hosting activities like the Annual Spelling Bee, Summer Brain Gain, and unveiling the new DREAM Park so youth can continue learning and have a safe place to play. Now, we are getting ready for the new year with a Back 2 School campaign that aims to provide kids with a sense of belonging, opportunities to lead and serve, and most of all a chance to discover the potential within themselves. The average cost of school supplies is $488 per child, putting a burden on many struggling families. Students who don’t begin the school year with all the supplies they need can fall behind quickly.

 

Every dollar invested in the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is a sound investment in providing youth with the opportunity to discover their potential and break the cycle of generational poverty. With your support we can meet our goal of $10,000 to ensure this year is BETTER THAN EVER!

Check out this recap of Summer 2021!

BGCSA Asks for the Community’s Help in Reopening Pools for the Summer

BGCSA Asks for the Community's Help in Reopening Pools for the Summer

As a part of our mission, BGCSA works to promote healthy, active lives for these children and teens. One of most effective ways to keep our members active, especially during the summer months, is in the pool. Since the early 70’s, learning to swim has been an important part of the Club experience for many young people in some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in San Antonio. Our two flagship clubhouses – Calderon on the Westside and the Eastside Clubhouse are home to our two indoor pools.

Both facilities, pools, and the HVAC and plumbing systems supporting the indoor pools are now over 40 years old. The wear and tear of consistent use by thousands of kids has taken its toll on the dated equipment and the pool areas. The pools have undergone major repairs over the years and for the past two years, they have been closed for repairs almost as much as they have been open. The cost of maintenance continued to escalate, finally resulting in the closure of both of the BGCSA pools entirely in March 2019.

Lack of access to a pool and swimming lessons not only impacts the health of young children but also represents a significant risk to their safety outside of the Clubs. According to the CDC, fatal drowning remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes for children 1 to 14 years old. Low-income children and especially children of color are less likely to be good swimmers and are at a dramatically increased risk of drowning. Racial/ethnic disparities in child drowning risks are most disturbing. African American children ages 5-19, for example, who make up 26% of our clubhouse kids, drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of whites. Thousands of children in San Antonio have been able to learn to swim at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio and closing the pools was devastating.  

With the help of H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Mondalez International and the Kronskosky Charitable Foundation, BGCSA has been able to completely renovate both the Calderon and Eastside pools, allowing hundreds of members access to instructional, recreational and competitive swimming every year. With the re-opening of the pool, we anticipate once again offering the Michael Phelps IM program which offers swim training and health and wellness units, as well as the ZAC Camp, a  drowning prevention program for our youngest beginning swimmers. We also plan to re-establish our Club swim team, the Sting Rays, for competitive swim training during the summers. 

As the renovations were being done, we made several unanticipated discoveries with the plumbing in both buildings, resulting in significant increased costs for the project.

We need your support to raise $6,000 to purchase important safety equipment for both pools. Will you help us reopen both Olympic size pools in time for summer and get children on the west side and east side swimming safely again?

The World is Complicated. Helping Kids is Simple.

A NEW Way to Give!

Before COVID-19, life was already difficult for many of our Club kids and their families. But as jobs were cut and schools were closed, it became even harder.

Because of you, the Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio has been here to provide the seemingly simple things that mean everything to families in need. We have been able to continue doing whatever it takes to help kids and families by distributing food and basic necessities, providing access to Wi-Fi and devices for school and extending hours to provide youth the support they need to be successful while schools remain virtual. 

As the pandemic continues to change our every day lives, our Club Members are going to need more support. You can be part of BGCSA’s mission by becoming a Club Champion and enrolling in our monthly giving program. 

By giving just $20 a month, you can make a difference for youth in San Antonio. With your commitment, you will receive a limited edition Together We Will shirt and sticker sponsored by our partners at Grunt Style and DeuxSouth.

Join our monthly giving program today and make an impact on the lives of children throughout the year. 

*Shirt and sticker can be picked up at the Mays Family Clubhouse (123 Ralph Ave. San Antonio, TX 78204). Quantities are limited.

Buffalo Wild Wings ALL STARS October Fundraising Campaign

Buffalo Wild Wings ALL STARS | October Fundraising Campaign 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio Teams Up With San Antonio Buffalo Wild Wings® To Support Local Youth Sports

Local restaurant to support youth sports by donating portion of sales during October Fundraiser promotion to Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio and Buffalo Wild Wings® are changing the game for kids and teens across the country. From October 1 through October 31, 2020, guests at participating Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants nationwide can help support their Boys & Girls Club. Proceeds from the October Fundraiser will be donated in support of local youth sports through partners such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America ALL STARS program.  Guests will receive a coupon for a free Hatch Queso with a  donation of $5 or more. This initiative helps bring sports into the lives of kids and teens who need it most, and now, more than ever, it is imperative that youth participate in sports for both their physical and social emotional health.

Guests can support their local Club by dining at participating San Antonio Buffalo Wild Wings locations, and may add a personal donation to their guest check if desired. 

Participating Locations

  • Alamo Ranch, 5411 W Loop 1604 N San Antonio, TX 78253
  • City Base, 3158 SE Military San Antonio, TX 78223
  • De Zavala Rd, 5860 De Zavala Rd. San Antonio, TX 78249
  • I-35 and Walzem Rd., 8450 N I-35 San Antonio, TX 78239
  • 281 and Anderson Loop, 18410 US Hwy. 281 N San Antonio, TX 78259
  • Live Oak, 7903 Pat Booker Rd. Live Oak. TX 78233
  • Zarzamora St., 7823 S Zarzamora St. San Antonio, 78224

About BGCA's partnership with BWW

  • BWW supports BGCA through the implementation and growth of high-quality ALL STAR football, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, step and dance programs.
  • BWW, through its Team Up for Kids® mission, is committed to helping more kids and teens play team sports. BWW knows there is a champion in every child, and believes every child should have the chance to experience team sports and learn the life lessons and skills that will help them thrive on and off the field and compete in life.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings is committed to raising and donating at least $2 million during 2020 to help enable more Club kids and teens to experience the benefits of team sports.

Bowl & Barrel Big Hearts, Full Tummies

Big Hearts, Full Tummies!

Bowl & Barrel Supports Local Children with Big Hearts, Full Tummies Promotion

For every burger purchased for a child in need, Bowl & Barrel will match it with another from Sept. 17 – Oct. 15

During these trying times, distanced learning has made it increasingly difficult for many children who rely on meals served at public schools to be regularly fed.

That’s why Bowl & Barrel is giving back to a local student organization in San Antonio through its Big Hearts, Full Tummies promotion.

For every burger purchased from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15 at the boutique bowling alley, Bowl & Barrel will match it and donate all of the burgers to Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio – an organization that enables all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Additionally, Bowl & Barrel is giving teachers a place to unwind during this hectic time. From now through Sept. 30, when teachers go into Bowl & Barrel at any time and show proof of ID, they’ll get one FREE hour of bowling!

“Schooling this year has brought on unprecedented challenges for students and their families,” said Kyle Noonan, co-owner and co-founder of FreeRange Concepts, which operates Bowl & Barrel. “With schools operating differently across Texas, childhood hunger in our communities is something we should all think about. Teachers, students and parents everywhere are learning how to navigate this tough time day by day, and we want to support them however we can.”

Bowl & Barrel is located at 17619 La Cantera Parkway, Ste. #102 in San Antonio. For more information, visit bowlandbarrel.com.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS “COMMUNITY DAY”

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio Celebrates Buffalo Wild Wings "Community Day"!

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and our national partner, Buffalo Wild Wings Foundation (BWWF) are proud to support the ALL STARS program, strengthening Clubs’ ability to put kids and teens on the path to a great future by teaching them the importance of teamwork, confidence-building and respect through organized team sports.

Big things happen when a kid belongs to a team!

Thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings and Boys & Girls Clubs, our Club members have the opportunity to continue practicing their sports skills. Want to support our Club members getting active and joining teams? Visit our local BWW on Wednesday, August 19 – a % of all sales directly supports our Club!

About BGCA's partnership with BWW

  • BWW supports BGCA through the implementation and growth of high-quality ALL STAR football, basketball, cheerleading, soccer, step and dance programs.
  • BWW, through its Team Up for Kids® mission, is committed to helping more kids and teens play team sports. BWW knows there is a champion in every child, and believes every child should have the chance to experience team sports and learn the life lessons and skills that will help them thrive on and off the field and compete in life.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings is committed to raising and donating at least $2 million during 2020 to help enable more Club kids and teens to experience the benefits of team sports.

Participating Locations

Chicken N Pickle Green Cup Campaign to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio

Chicken N Pickle is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio through their Green Cup Campaign. All green cup proceeds from July 16th – 31st will benefit BGCSA in support of the San Antonio youth who need us the most. 

Pick-up your green cup in store or curbside at Chicken N Pickle San Antonio for great food and great fun for a great cause. Because our hearts are local too!

Each cup costs $1.50. All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio.
The Green Cup Campaign runs from July 16 – 31, 2020 at Chicken N Pickle San Antonio.

Together We Will

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO - trans

As the local school districts begin to publish their school schedules for this fall, I want to issue a resounding alarm about out-of-school-time care. The families served by Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio will be disproportionately impacted by staggered school schedules, as most do not have jobs with a work-from-home option. In fact, just 23% of Latino workers and 33% of Black workers have jobs that can be done from home.

Unless we are able to provide full day programming at our Clubhouses:

  • Parents/caregivers will be unable to work.
  • Young children will be left home alone when parents must work to feed their families and pay for housing.
  • Low income students will fall further behind due to a lack of academic support, high speed internet, and technology required in a virtual learning environment.
  • Juvenile crime will increase.

Long before the pandemic, low-income children and children of color faced serious inequities on their path to academic success. And these are the children at the heart of our mission – 97% of our Club kids are children of color and over 80% are from low income families.

Because equity and racial justice have always been at the core of our mission, we cannot sit idly by. Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is uniquely positioned to help with our years of building relationships with families, learning resources and curriculum, and a trained and caring staff. Our programs ensure youth regardless of their color, income or neighborhood, have equitable access to the skills and opportunities needed to reach their full potential. Even as we have watched our families face unbelievable challenges this year, we are Inspired to Do More.

To ensure that the kids who need us most have academic support in the virtual learning environment, beginning August 17,2020, BGCSA is opening the “learning pod” program. Each small group will be guided by an Academic Aide and other staff to help them be successful in the virtual classroom, offer guidance, answer questions, and assist with technology issues. BGCSA will maintain the flexibility to shift our model as necessary to ensure that the most vulnerable school kids stay engaged in school and have the guidance they need in a supportive, stable environment that they can count on when their parents cannot be at home.

BGCSA is committed to providing the full day Learning Pod program for as long as San Antonio families need us, ensuring youth thrive in a virtual learning environment and parents have the support they need while they work to provide for their families. Will you join us today in ensuring that every child, regardless of their zip code, ethnicity, and income level has a safe place to achieve academic success during this challenging school year?

Together, we will get through this.

Sincerely,


Angie Mock
CEO

Together we will get through this difficult time.