Reindeer Brigade

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is once again asking for the community’s help in bringing joy and cheer to our members this holiday season. This is your chance to enlist in our annual Reindeer Brigade! As our families navigate recovery from an incredibly challenging past 18 months, many are still working to fully recover, making this year’s Reindeer Brigade program more important than ever before. They say raising a child takes a village; providing holiday cheer takes a Brigade! Your gift helps to make sure that every child at our Clubhouses feels extra special this holiday season. With your help, we can make over 1,700 Club members’ holiday wishes come true.

Fund a Wish: Click (here) to fund a wish. Donors will decide how many wishes they would like to fund. (Suggested spending is $30 per child.)

Big Give 2021

Save the Date: Big Give 2021 is September 23

SAVE THE DATE and get ready for Big Give 2021 on Thursday, September 23! It’s a day of online community giving, and your support is crucial to ensure Great Futures for San Antonio youth.

Double your impact during the Match Minutes:

10:15AM      11:15AM        3:15PM     6:15PM 

 Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio (BGCSA) has been serving the at-risk youth of Bexar County for the past 81 years. With year-round programming that focuses on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character, members have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The Clubs offer programs in five core areas: Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; Character and Leadership Development; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation.

 
BGCSA serves youth ages 6 to 18 years, at six clubhouses and multiple on-site afterschool locations in some of the city’s most disadvantaged communities. At the Clubs, members develop the skills, positive lifestyle habits, and self-confidence to successfully navigate their high-risk family and neighborhood environments. The programs also foster academic success and character development, with the goal of increasing the high school graduation and college matriculation rates for youth.
With the help of supporters like you, BGCSA is committed to doing whatever it takes to help vulnerable youth succeed. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this included Clubs staying open full days to support students learning virtually, which served over 525 students. Of those who attended regularly, 97% maintain passing grades in all their core classes.
 
Today, it means helping members and their families continue to navigate the academic, social, and emotional impacts of the pandemic. Members will participate in programming that helps mitigate learning losses and regain a sense of safety and security, while also engaging in social emotional learning to increase their mental health resiliency. Click here for more information. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio Welcomes New Board Member

Meet Our Newest Board Member

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio Board of Directors is growing and are thrilled to welcome new Board Member, Morris Smith.

Morris is currently the Director of Public Affairs, Communications, and Sustainability for Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages and has already demonstrated a commitment to academic success for Club kids through his support of a technology lab renovation at our Eastside Clubhouse and corresponding back to school event.

Morris has held numerous positions with increasing responsibility during his tenure in the Coca-Cola system. Morris is currently the Director of Public Affairs, Communications, and Sustainability for Arca Continental Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages.  He is responsible for managing the core public affairs and communications accountabilities for Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas.  Morris is responsible for government relations, issues management, stakeholder relations, local media relations, local community giving strategy, and leadership communications.

Morris is a graduate of Valparaiso University and holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.  Among his recognition are the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boys and Girls Club Legacy Award, The YMCA Black and Hispanic Achievers Award, and Dollars and Cents Magazine’s Best and Brightest Business and Professional Men and Women Award. Morris served as the Chairman of the Board for 100 Black Men of Chicago, Board Member PUSH-EXCEL, Board  Member, William A Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and is Nominations and Governance Chair for Houston Area Urban League.

Welcome Morris and thank you for supporting Great Futures for youth!

Thank You for Supporting Back2School!

Thank you for supporting Back2School!

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio hosted a fun Back2School drive-thru event for Club youth and their families at the Eastside Clubhouse. Families were invited to drive through where they would receive an Old Navy gift card, Target gift card, breakfast tacos, and a backpack filled with supplies to jump start the new year. Youth also got the opportunity to high five the San Antonio Missions Ballapeño and get free tickets to a Missions Game! This would not of been possible without the support of our generous partners. Thank you for supporting San Antonio youth, as Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio works towards making this school year better than ever. Check out the recap from this great event below!

BGCSA Announces Departure of Renée Garvens, Chief Development Officer

After three of dedicated service, Renée Garvens is leaving to pursue a new opportunity with the Tobin Center

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio CEO, Andre Ginnane, announced on Tuesday that Renée Garvens, Chief Development Officer for three years, will resign to pursue a new opportunity with the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
 
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio has begun a search for a new Chief Development Officer. Ms. Garvens will continue in her role until June 18, 2021, while the search is underway to ensure a smooth transition for the new Chief Development Officer. 
 
“Renée has been a tremendous asset to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. We are so proud of the work she has done and the lasting impact she has made in our communities and in the lives of the amazing Club kids we have the honor of serving,” said Andre Ginnane, CEO, “Renée cares deeply, and it shows in her many significant contributions.”
 
“The best part about working for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is the Club kids I have served the last three years,” said Ms. Garvens, “It has been an honor to work alongside so many amazing people to improve the lives of youth in San Antonio.”
 
Ms. Garvens driven personality and dedication to Club youth have allowed her to develop relationships in order to further the development of the Club. Throughout the years she has worked tirelessly to serve the young people of San Antonio, so they may be successful in the Club and in their community. She organized several events, like the Youth of the Year Gala and the annual Wine Tastings, and was a part of the development of the Youth Development Park at the Eastside Clubhouse. Ms. Garvens final projects include the grand opening of the Olympic Sized pools at the Eastside and Calderon Clubhouses and the construction of a new park that will be debuting this summer.
 
The Staff, Board of Directors, and all the Club Members wish all the best to Renée Garvens in her future at the Tobin Center, and heartfelt gratitude for her years of devoted service to improving the lives of young people in San Antonio.

Boys & Girls Clubs to Hold 14th Annual Spelling Bee

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What: In an effort to combat the learning loss youth experience when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is hosting the annual Summer Spelling Bee for its members.


Who: 50+ members, ages 6-18


When: Thursday, July 24, 2019 │6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Where: Our Lady of the Lake University – Thiry Auditorium
 

Guest EMCEE: BGCSA Alumni and 2019 Youth of the Year Aaliyah Glover


Details: Since the beginning of the summer, club members have been preparing for the 14th annual Summer Spelling Bee. Internal spelling bees are held at participating Club sites two weeks prior to the event with finalists from each age group competing in the citywide competition for the chance to win the coveted Spelling Bee trophy.


About Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio
Founded in 1939, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio serves nearly 8,500 members annually at six branches and 37 on-site school locations.  The Clubs provide after school and summer programs that develop and enhance academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles in youth ages six-to-18 years old, paying particular attention to those who need these programs most.  As a result of the Clubs’ programs, young people are inspired and enabled to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  For more information, visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio website at: www.BeGreatSA.org.

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This eight-part series shares the experiences and inspiration of the staff, families, Club members, and volunteers that make up the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio.

Sign Up Now for Our Adult Cooking Classes

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Sign Up Now for Our Adult Cooking Classes

The CHEF Teaching Kitchen at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is offering classes open to the Collins Garden and Lone Star communities! Located at the Mays Family Clubhouse, 123 Ralph Ave, San Antonio, TX 78204, the kitchen is led by Registered Dietitian Rachel Brownlee Kurita.

Join Rachel for hands-on culinary health classes for adults!
Learn to prepare simple, healthy recipes while enhancing your nutrition knowledge.

SIGN UP FOR THESE COURSES:

COOKING FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF PRE-DIABETES AND DIABETES

Taught in small groups of 4 – 8 people, this class is tailored to teach participants about important foods in blood sugar management, building a healthy plate, and strategies for planning and preparing delicious, affordable meals. Taught in a series of four lessons.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Saturdays, April 7, April 14, May 5, & May 19
Join us for one or all four sessions!    $5 per session, per person

Click here to register: Cooking for the Management of Pre-Diabetes & Diabetes

HEALTHY COOKING TECHNIQUES

Eat well and nourish your body every day! Each of five classes focuses on how to get the best nutrition from a different key food group. The classes teach a balanced approach to eating, and cooking skills that will get you started chopping and sautéing in your home kitchen.
Join us for one or all five sessions!     $5 per session per person, paid at class

Sign up here: REGISTRATION COMING SOON

For more information about classes or nutrition counseling, please contact:

Rachel Brownlee Kurita, MS, RD, LD
Community Dietitian & CHEF Program Lead
[email protected]
210-431-7990 x2027
For recipes, videos, and other CHEF information, visit CHEFSA.org

Culinary Health Education for Families (CHEF) teaches children and families basic nutrition
and practical cooking skills as key ingredients in the recipe for life-long health and wellness.

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Adopt a Reindeer Brigade Wish List

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Adopt a Reindeer Brigade Wish List

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is asking for the community’s support this holiday season to bring joy and cheer to our members through our annual Reindeer Brigade program.  With your help we can make over 1,000 Club members’ Christmas wishes come true.


Through the Reindeer Brigade program, our youth supply a wish list with items ranging from toys, clothing and school supplies. Businesses, families and others can sponsor a child or two (or more!).

A gift for every Club Member who needs us the most is no small goal. For some of these youth, these gifts are the only ones they will receive but your participation in Reindeer Brigade carries a significance far beyond the gift itself. It means, “We are family and we are here for you.” This year, please consider being a part of this tremendous effort. 


Here is how you can help (choose one, two, or all three):

Adopt a Wish List: Complete the form below and email it to [email protected]. We will match you with a Club Member’s three-item Christmas wish list. Place the unwrapped gifts in a holiday gift bag (suggested spending is $25 per child), attach the Wish List, and deliver to the Mays Family Clubhouse at 123 Ralph Avenue by  Thursday, December 7.


Give The Gift of Opportunity That Lasts All Year: Commit to giving $10 or more a month at www.BeGreatSA.org/Donate (select the monthly recurring option). Every year, we spend over $900 per child to provide high quality after school and summer programs at our Clubs but we only charge $50 per Club Member. Your monthly gift helps cover this gap so that our youth continue to receive the same high-quality services year-round, regardless of economic barriers. Talent is universal. Opportunity is not. Your monthly gift ensures every Club Member gets the opportunity to succeed academically, live a healthy lifestyle and develop good character – a gift that lasts through the year and beyond.


Join the Holiday Wrapping Party: Gifts will make their way to the Holiday Gift Wrapping Party at the Mays Family Clubhouse (123 Ralph Ave). The Clubhouse will be transformed into an Elf Workshop and you are invited to join 100 volunteers in helping wrap over 3,000 gifts on Saturday, December 9! Space is limited. Email [email protected] to save your spot! 


Many of the youth we serve and their families can use the help and cheer this Christmas. Over 75% of them live at or around the poverty line. But 99% stay in school and progress to the next grade on time with the help of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio and you!

Download the form HERE, join the brigade and help make this a joyous holiday season for a deserving child in need!

For more information, contact Louis Perez at [email protected] or 210.436.0686 ext. 2009.

Even the staff friendships are important to me. Mr. Derrick (a youth development professional) is like the older brother I never had. He keeps me honest and if I do something wrong, he tells me so I get a chance to fix it. 

Growing up with a father in the Navy Reserves meant that sometimes I didn’t see him for stretches at a time. I know his absence helped me relate with Club kids who didn’t have two parents at home or who had trouble with their parents. Sometimes it gave me a chance to be an older brother figure to them. I also think being a military kid has made me more independent.” 

Your support will give more military youth like Steven the chance to start their great futures. It will give them a safe place to connect with role models and make friends, a quiet place to do homework, and a support network that keeps them returning to the Club. 

You can help more kids begin their great futures at the Club with your tax-deductible year-end gift today. 

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Great Futures Annual Gala

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Great Futures Annual Gala

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Great futures start here. Celebrate the opening of the new Mays Family Clubhouse at our GREAT FUTURES Annual Gala.

 

Thanks to the vision and tremendous support of our community, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio has opened a new club location which will serve 650 boys and girls with life-changing programs and opportunities. This year, we are honored to celebrate Kathy Mays Johnson, for her generous spirit and her tireless work in helping youth overcome barriers and build great futures.

 

Join us for this momentous occasion. Invest in a sponsorship and invest in the 8,400 youth we serve every year.

 

This year’s inaugural event offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities. Download the sponsorship kit HERE.

 

For more information regarding the Great Futures Annual Gala and sponsorship opportunities, contact [email protected].

Even the staff friendships are important to me. Mr. Derrick (a youth development professional) is like the older brother I never had. He keeps me honest and if I do something wrong, he tells me so I get a chance to fix it. 

Growing up with a father in the Navy Reserves meant that sometimes I didn’t see him for stretches at a time. I know his absence helped me relate with Club kids who didn’t have two parents at home or who had trouble with their parents. Sometimes it gave me a chance to be an older brother figure to them. I also think being a military kid has made me more independent.” 

Your support will give more military youth like Steven the chance to start their great futures. It will give them a safe place to connect with role models and make friends, a quiet place to do homework, and a support network that keeps them returning to the Club. 

You can help more kids begin their great futures at the Club with your tax-deductible year-end gift today. 

Give Today