New ‘Center of Innovation’ Being Built For Military Youth

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Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio to Build New ‘Center of Innovation’ for Military Youth

Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America is establishing four new ‘Centers of Innovation’ at Boys & Girls Clubs that serve a high population of military youth, and Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio will receive one of these world-class transformations. The centers are being funded through the company’s $5 million, multi-year commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, part of Raytheon’s recent $10 million pledge to support military veterans and their families.

 

Located in California, Colorado, Florida and Texas the Clubs are:

 

• Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego
• Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region
• Eglin AFB Youth Center
• Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio

 

The centers will provide military youth access to advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration, including 3-D printers, robotics, high-definition video production and conferencing equipment. A fully dedicated STEM expert will offer individual and group support, using real-world applications to help youth program participants develop their STEM skills and critical thinking. In the U.S., STEM jobs are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as those in any other field by 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.


The life of a military family is unique. On average, military families move six to nine times before their children graduate high school – about three times more often than civilian families. Boys & Girls Clubs of America aim to bring consistency and continuity to their lives; the club atmosphere provides continuity for military children, whether living on or off a military base.


“Boys & Girls Clubs in local communities and in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on military installations offer a safe and engaging place for military kids and teens to help address the unique circumstances that they navigate during formative years,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. “With Raytheon’s support, we’ll be able to impact more of our military heroes’ kids to help them achieve great futures in areas of science, math or wherever their interests take them.”


About Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio: Founded in 1939, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio serves over 8,300 members annually at six branches and 46 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.


About Raytheon: Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of $23 billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Visit us at http://www.raytheon.com/ and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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Councilman Treviño Visits Teen Center

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COUNCILMAN TREVIÑO VISITS TEEN CENTER

Boys & Girls Clubs Alum and City Councilman Visits with Teens

 

As part of a national call to action, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is reaching out to local alumni to come back to the Clubs that helped them when they were young.

 

BGCSA is reaching out to alumni to inspire and motivate our teens to dream big. Our motto is Great Futures Start Here and they really do, especially when teens hear from someone they can relate to and learn from that is successful today.

 

We recently hosted City of San Antonio District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño at our west side Teen Center. He spoke to the teens about his experience at the Boys & Girls Clubs and then left some time for Q&A.

 

To see the article from the San Antonio Express News about this visit, CLICK HERE.

 

For more information about our alumni outreach, CLICK HERE.

 

BGCSA Alumni, we want to hear from you. Please call or email Zuani Villarreal , 210.436.0686 ext. 204, to connect.

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PRESS FOR GROUNDBREAKING EVENT

Capital Campaign Launched

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Capital Campaign Launched

Visit our campaign website for more information. CLICK HERE.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 21, 2015

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SAN ANTONIO BREAKS GROUND ON THE MAYS FAMILY CLUBHOUSE

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio celebrated the groundbreaking of the Mays Family Clubhouse, its seventh clubhouse in San Antonio, located at 829 Nogalitos in the Lone Star neighborhood. The $4.8 million branch is funded through the organization’s first comprehensive capital campaign, “Invest in a Child. Build a Great Future.” which aims to raise $10.9 million by the end of 2015. The capital campaign’s honorary co-chairs, Harvey E. Najim and Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich, hosted the event that also featured remarks by San Antonio District 5 City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio CEO Angie Mock, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio Chairman Luis de la Torre, and Kathy Mays Johnson, President of the Mays Family Foundation.

 

The Mays Family Foundation contributed $2 million toward the cost of the new facility that will serve nearly 650 new club members in 21,000 square feet with a learning center, art studio, teaching kitchen, multimedia centers, teen center, gymnasium, and a game room. It’s located in an underserved area with one of the highest juvenile crime rates in the city. The City of San Antonio also contributed $1.8 million from its 2012 bond program.

 

“Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio makes such a dramatic difference in the lives of our city’s youth,” said Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales. “The Lone Star Neighborhood is thrilled to celebrate this new state of the art clubhouse. Few organizations achieve these transformational results. I am grateful to the San Antonio voters who supported this 2012 Bond project with funds to build this facility. San Antonio is a city with a big heart; we owe our sincere gratitude to individuals like Harvey Najim, Coach Popovich, and the Mays family for their continued financial and moral support.”

 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio has served the community for over 75 years by providing a safe place where the city’s youth can learn and grow to achieve their full potential through programs including school tutoring, college readiness, sports, nutrition education, and resilience training. The results are compelling: 99% of its members stayed in school and improved their grades; 95% of graduating teen members pursued higher education; and 71% made notable progress in character development. It annually serves nearly 10,000 members, ages 6 – 18 years old, from its six clubhouses and 46 on-site school locations. Membership is open to all youth in San Antonio and annual dues are only $50 per child.

 

“The primary goal of our foundation is to support children’s charities in San Antonio so that youth in our community are well educated and lead healthier lives,” said Harvey E. Najim. “Few organizations achieve those goals as well as Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. Their record is outstanding and I’m proud to join Coach Gregg Popovich as Honorary Co-Chairs of their first capital campaign to help them serve more children in San Antonio and move the organization to the next level.”

 

In addition to the new Mays Family Clubhouse, the organization intends to utilize funds raised through the $10.9 million “Invest in a Child. Build a Great Future.” comprehensive capital campaign to make improvements to three other clubhouses, secure operating funds for several years, and to increase its transportation fleet with additional buses and vans. The capital campaign was launched to coincide with the organization’s 75th anniversary in 2014. Other donors include The Harvey E. Najim Family Foundation and Valero Energy Foundation, which each contributed $1 million.

 

“We are thrilled to expand our reach in the San Antonio community so even more youth can benefit from our resources,” said Angie Mock, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio CEO. “They say it takes a village, and the Mays Family Clubhouse is a prime example of what an entire community can come together to create with the purpose of giving our youth a place to focus on achieving academic success and building strong character. This is an investment in the youth of today to ensure our community will thrive for many years to come.”

 

The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation has committed to a generous dollar-for-dollar match (up to $250,000) to directly benefit the capital campaign’s fundraising goal. Boys & Girls Clubs has $600,000 left to raise to meet its $10.9 million goal.

 

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, please visit http://www.begreatsa.org/. 

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About Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio
Founded in 1939, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio serves more than 9,200 members annually at six branches, one project unit, and 43 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.

 

There are naming opportunities to memorialize your philanthropic investment, or to honor a family member, friend or other loved one. Your company may match your philanthropic investment and we will discuss this with you as well.

If you are interested in making a capital campaign gift but would like more information about the campaign, please call or email Zuani Villarreal (210-436-0686 ext. 204, [email protected]).

 

Make a gift today! Your donation will help us reach our $10.9 Million goal and immediately impact nearly 10,000 youth in San Antonio.

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Help Us Get Ready for Back to School

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HELP US GET READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Every August, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio prepares to send its Club members back through the doors at school.  And you can help us ensure they are prepared.  


Here’s how: 

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Host a School Supply Drive
 

Too many kids are falling behind in school – and life – before they even get started.  Often times, this is not due to a lack of ability, but to the lack of access to basic tools.  Help us offset this disadvantage by hosting a school supply drive for the supplies listed HERE.

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Volunteer at a Back to School Party 
 

Whether it’s passing out school supplies, or interacting with our Club members, we need help in executing events in our Clubs!  Contact Roxanne Garza at [email protected] or 210.436.0686 ext. 217 to get involved.

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Communities in Schools’ Stuff the Bus 
 

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is a proud Community Partner of Communities in Schools’ Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive!  Our teen members will be volunteering at an official drop-off site at a H-E-B location on Saturday, August 8 between 10AM-6PM.  If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact Roxanne Garza at [email protected] or 210.436.0686 ext. 217. 

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Zac Camps Back for 3rd Year

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Zac Camps Back for 3rd Year

Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio and The ZAC Foundation to Host Water Safety Camp for Third Year

Organizations partner to teach more than 100 kids water safety locally

WHAT:         The ZAC Foundation, a Connecticut based water safety advocacy and education foundation, presents its ZAC Camp in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. The Camp will teach a new batch of more than 100 five to nine- year-olds the importance of water safety through swimming classes, classroom curriculum, and various hands-on activities. 

This event is part of the Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) national initiative to bring ZAC Camps to thousands of BGCA members across the country by the end of the 2015 swimming season.  Water safety is of local importance because in 2015, Texas has already seen 16 children die in drowning accidents – mostly in pools. 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio was selected through a rigorous application process due to its commitment to advancing safety locally.  The week concludes with a gold medal awards ceremony. State Senator Jose Menendez will be in attendance to speak to the kids about water safety and present the medals. 

WHEN:        Awards Ceremony
                      July 17
                      11:45 a.m. 

WHERE:     Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio
                     600 SW 19th Street
                     San Antonio, TX 78207 

WHO:          State Senator Jose Menedez
                     Zuani Villarreal, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio
                     More than 100 Boys & Girls Clubs members, ages 5-9
                     San Antonio Fire Department’s Water Safety Team
                     San Antonio Police Department’s SAFE Unit
                     EMS Paramedics
                     San Antonio Park Police CORE UniT 

DESCRIPTION: Karen and Brian Cohn founded The ZAC Foundation in 2008 after the loss of their son Zachary when he drowned as a result of being entrapped in the suction of a swimming pool drain.  The ZAC Foundation is devoted to educating the public of the importance of water safety to prepare children and their families for a lifetime of safety, and has partnered with BGCA to bring ZAC Camps to 20 selected Clubs in 2015. 

For more information about The ZAC Foundation or ZAC Camps, visit www.TheZACFoundation.com. 

Established in 1939, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio has been helping young people to feel inspired and enabled to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio serves more than 9,200 members annually at seven branch locations and 41 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.  For more information, visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio website at: www.BeGreatSA.org. 

Check out the photo gallery from this year’s camp. Click HERE.

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2015 BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS WEEK

2015 BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS WEEK

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio joins some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across America and on U.S. military installations overseas in the annual celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 22-28, 2015.  For more than 75 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have celebrated this week in a variety of ways which support why great futures start at a Boys & Girls Club!  


All week long we will be opening the door to the San Antonio community, highlighting our core program areas:
 

Monday, March 23: Open the Door to Education

The Calderon Branch will be hosting an Open House from 4:30-6:00 with local community partners and will be providing a variety of hands-on, educational activities.
 

Tuesday, March 24: Open the Door to Teens

Opening the Door to Great Futures for teens.


Wednesday, March 25: Open the Door to Good Character and Citizenship

The Eastside Branch will host a “San Antonio Police & Fire Department Appreciation Day” in which they will honor all Police Officers, Firefighters, and EMS professionals.  Youth will get an up close and personal tour of their police cars and firetrucks!
 

Thursday, March 26: Open the Door to Healthy Lifestyles 

Opening the Door to living a healthy lifestyle.


Friday, March 27: Open the Door. Take the Tour.


 



You, too, can join in on the fun!  For more information, call 210.436.0686.

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We’re rolling out the red carpet for our members because they are our STARS!

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2015 SAN ANTONIO YOUTH OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

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2015 SAN ANTONIO YOUTH OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

Congratulations to Nia-Real Pina, our 2015 Youth of the Year!

 

Nia has endured more than most high school seniors.  By the age of four, she suffered the loss of two fathers.  She attended six different elementary schools while her mother worked two jobs, leaving her to care for herself and her younger brother.  From a young age, Nia found herself searching for something to fill her emptiness.

 

And she found it at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio.  She felt love and encouragement from the first day she walked through the Club doors.  Her shyness has disappeared and she sees the Club as her extended family.

 

Tragedy has recently struck Nia’s family again, as her stepfather was diagnosed with cancer.  But thanks to “her Club”, she’s in a much better place to handle any adversity that comes her way.

 

Nia gives back to her community through her role as President of the Boys & Girls Clubs Keystone Club and Kym’s Kids.  Her favorite Boys & Girls Clubs programs are SMART Girls, d2D, and Money Matters.  Nia will graduate from high school, on time, in May 2015.

 

The Boys & Girls Clubs motto is “Great Futures Start Here” and Nia truly believes that. She will be attending Sam Houston State University after graduation and plans to major in nursing, so she can embark on her dream of curing cancer.

 

Special thanks to our judges Pam Cox (Whataburger), John Worthington (Security Service Federal Credit Union), Leslie Ann Garza (Harlandale ISD), Jennifer Cantu (Bank of America), and Dennis Noll (San Antonio Area Foundation).  And thanks to the incredible generosity of Security Service, each contestant received a brand new iPad, and Nia received a brand new MacBook Air!

 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is so proud of Nia and all the participants of the 2015 Youth of the Year competition.

 

To learn more about the Youth of the Year Program, click here.

 

 

2015 Youth of the Year Gallery

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Destination College Week 2015

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Destination College Week 2015

San Antonio is one of the top college destinations in Texas, with more than 150,000 students enrolled in a variety of colleges and universities. Every year San Antonio takes one week in the spring to celebrate San Antonio as both a college town and a college going town. Destination College is that week.


Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is proud to host two Destination College Week events:


Tuesday, April 28: Elementary School Night
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Calderon Branch (600 SW 19th Street)


Thursday, April 30: Middle School Night
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Eastside Branch (3503 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive)

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ROSS REGISTER CAMPAIGN

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ROSS REGISTER CAMPAIGN

ROSS TO OPEN THE DOOR TO GREAT FUTURES IN THE SAN ANTONIO COMMUNITY

In-store giving campaign to provide funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio


Every year, nearly four million young people are served by Boys & Girls Clubs.  To celebrate these extraordinary efforts, Ross Stores, Inc. is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a four-week program called “Open the Door to Great Futures.”  
 

From February 8-28, Ross customers can make a monetary contribution to be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio.


Campaign facts:
 

– Ross stores invite customers to give at the register during the month of February to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of America
 

– 100% of proceeds raised at each store will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs
 

– Every $3 donation helps provide one hour of homework help for a Club youth

– $15 helps keep a kid safe after school today

 

 

To find a Ross store near you, click here!

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