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. 

Donate School Supplies For The 2021 Corporate Cup

DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR THE 2021 CORPORATE CUP

Since 1939, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio has been serving the youth of our community, especially those who need us the most. In the neighborhoods we serve: 27% of area adults did not complete high school (compared to 16% in San Antonio), 72% of the students in the school districts are considered at risk of dropping out of school and 40% of children in the area are living in poverty (compared to 30% in San Antonio).

The Clubs are neighborhood-based and family-oriented with programs focused on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character & Citizenship. The impact is astounding. Last year, we served over 7,300 youth. Of them, 99% of members stayed in school and successfully progressed to the next grade level, 99% improved/maintained their grades in core subjects including science, math and language arts, and 92% of regularly attending seniors pursued higher education or military service.  Club Members perform better in school too – they are absent less and have fewer behavioral referrals than those not enrolled in BGCSA programs.

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed Clubhouse doors, programming shifted to virtual and the mission focused on emergency food distribution for Club families. On June 1, BGCSA was the first youth serving organization in San Antonio to reopen for summer programs to keep kids safe, active, and learning. For the 20-21 school year, the Clubs stayed open full days to support students learning virtually. This program has helped nearly 500 students maintain passing grades in all of their core classes. In addition, 38 Club programs continue to operate inside schools in SAISD and HISD under CDC guidelines for safety.

Point System
For many of the families we serve, purchasing school supplies year-round is an expense they cannot afford. This means hundreds of kids are going to school empty-handed and unprepared to learn. Your donations give Club Members the tools they need to succeed. With your help, we can ensure every child has the same opportunity to find success and achieve a great future, regardless of economic barriers.

For the Charity Challenge, we are collecting the following new school supplies:

Pencils (1 dozen) = 1 Point
Markers – Any Size (1 dozen) = 1 Point
Facial Tissues = 1 Point
Construction Paper (50-sheet pack) = 1 Point
Disinfecting Wipes (1 canister) = 2 Points
Copy Paper (1 ream) = 2 Points
Colored Paper (1 ream) = 2 Points
Monetary Donations: Every $1 donated = 1 Point

To drop off your school supplies donations:

  1. Print and complete the Corporate Cup Donation Form
  2. Drop off your donation and the form at:

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio
Administrative Offices
Attn: Development Staff
123 Ralph Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78204
(210) 436-0686
[email protected]
Business Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

To make an online donation:

  1. Visit https://bit.ly/2Pa95JJ
  2. Include company name in the “Add a donation note/comment” section

For more information, please contact us at [email protected] or contact DeAnna Garza (210) 436-0686 ext. 2009 or Clara Guerrero (210) 436-0686 ext. 2007

Interested in competing in the 2021 Corporate Cup? Find more information at www.sanantoniosports.org/corporatecup/.

Reindeer Brigade 2020

Through the amazing generosity of our community, all wish lists have been adopted as of 12:00PM on November 10th.

We still need your support!

  • Donate a gift card: Gift cards allow us to fulfill any unreturned wish lists and to purchase gifts for new Club members. We also use gift cards to provide additional support for our Club members and their families throughout the year. Gift cards can be delivered to the Mays Family Clubhouse at 123 Ralph Avenue by Monday, December 7, 2020.
  • Host a Gift Drive: Unwrapped gifts collected for children ages 6-18 allow us to fulfill any unreturned wish lists and provide gifts for members of our Extended Day Program. Unwrapped gifts can be delivered to the Mays Family Clubhouse at 123 Ralph Avenue by Monday, December 7, 2020. Click HERE to view a list of popular gifts.
  • Give the gift of opportunity that lasts all year: Help us cover program costs so that we can provide low-cost memberships to the kids who need us most. Please consider making a donation HERE.

For any questions, please email [email protected].

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.

BGCSA 15th Annual Summer Spelling Bee

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: 40+ members, ages 6-18
When: Thursday, July 23, 2020 │2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: We are going virtual this year! Click HERE and register to watch!

 

If you would like more information or would like to sponsor the event please contact [email protected]

 
About Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio
Founded in 1939, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio serves nearly 7,300 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.
 

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.

Lorenzo Gomez: Tafolla Toro

Lorenzo Gomez, III, someone who understands what growing up in a tough neighborhood is like, will be talking with with teens at Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio about his book, Tafolla Toro and his experiences with mental health as a teenager. Gomez will share stories of his turbulent, traumatic, and often violent middle school years growing up in one of San Antonio’s most crime-riddled neighborhoods. He will also discuss the fear, anxiety, and hopelessness he felt as a teenager and how those forces shaped his life until he began taking steps to improve his mental health as an adult. 

With the trauma so many of our youth have experienced over the past several months, mental health is a critical conversation to have right now. 

The event will stream live on Facebook (@bgcsanantonio) on June 25, 2020 at 12:PM CT with Club teens attending live at the Mays Family Clubhouse and virtually at Clubs across the city of San Antonio.

About the Author

Lorenzo Gomez III is a central figure of San Antonio’s rapidly evolving tech ecosystem, having occupied leading roles in the development of Techbloc, The 80|20 Foundation, and Geekdom. He is currently CEO of Geekdom Media and author of two memoirs. The Cilantro Diaries: Business Lessons from the Most Unlikely Places, details the foundational principles he used to navigate from H-E-B Grocery produce clerk to CEO with minimal college education. His latest book, Tafolla Toro: Three Years of Fear, reframes scenes from from his middle school mental health journey through the lens of his healthier, adult self. When not traveling the country to share the secrets to success regardless of circumstance, he lives in San Antonio with his four cats who share his profound love of Wes Anderson Films and oatmeal-raisin cookies. 

Youth Resources

JUST FOR OUR MEMBERS

Programs designed to empower youth to excel in school, become good citizens, and lead healthy, productive lives from home. 

Club at Home Experience – Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio YouTube playlist of videos made specially for Club kids by our staff.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQsh2M9Je8h9w5AtjIpMY-dqvw7ghuAEM

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

Online digital platform for Boy & Girls Clubs members: available activities in computer science, media making, digital visual arts, and lyricism 101, healthy habits, & Smart Girls www.myfuture.net

Science fun for tween girls! SciGirls is a PBS Kids show that encourages girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or STEM. 
https://pbskids.org/scigirls/

NetSmartz is NCMEC’s online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videso and activities to help teach children to be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline.
https://www.netsmartzkids.org/

Through animated videos, short films. games, and interactive comics, NSTeens teaches tweens and teens about making safer choices online. 
https://www.nsteens.org/

Scholastic Learn At Home – Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. 
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

A set of reading adventure packs to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books. 
https://www.readingrockets.org/article/reading-adventure-packs-families

150+ enrichment activities while parents & caregivers work remotely. Simple activities, no supplies needed. 
150+ Enrichment Activities

Sylvan Nation is a free website that’s been specially created for parents, grandparents, and guardians who want to help their kids succeed in school. Sylvan Nation is your place to get helpful academic ideas (articles, tips, videos, activities), so you can help your child feel confident in school. 
https://www.sylvannation.com/

Providing free homeschooling resources including RBDigital video lectures, CloudLibrary ebooks, Universal Class video courses, & Hoopla ebooks.
https://bexarbibliotech.org/edu

online digital platform focused on literacy from home.
https://www.booknooklearning.com/

Online variety of supplemental exercises that support and reinforce classroom curriculum.
www.biblionasium.com

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. 
www.littlefreelibrary.org

Online health, fitness, prevention/education, and self-esteem enhancement program designed for girls from 8 to 18 years.
www.myfuture.net/programs/smart-girls

HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

Find healthy recipes and cooking videos to make at home. Check out their social media each Sunday for weekly recipe demos/resources.
https://www.chefsa.org/cooking/
https://www.facebook.com/CHEFSanAntonio/

GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home provides way for kids and families to move and learn together.
https://www.gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home-kids-games-and-videos/

Author and illustrator Elise Gravel created a comic to teach kids about the COVID-19 situation. You can download and print it for educational purposes. No commercial use is allowed.
http://elisegravel.com/en/blog/coronavirus-free-printable-comic-for-kids/

AT HOME ACTIVITIES

Natalie Long is a graphic designer and mom from Canada. She created “My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule” worksheets as a way for her now eight-year-old daughter, Olivia to keep track of what is happening day-to-day. Long shared the worksheets on her Facebook page, making them available to the public. The 11-page document conists of various activities like interviewing parents, listing favorite foods, and writing a letter to themselves.

A guide for fun inside series: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4 

Writing Prompts for elementary school students.

14 Easy Recipes for cooking with kids.

10 Favorite Art Activities for kids in quarantine. 

DOWNLOADS

SAFETY RESOURCES

Texas Youth Helpline
24 hour, free helpline available for children, teenagers, and parents. Trained volunteers are ready to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will listen to your problem, help you consider your choices, and develop a sensible solution. 

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Youth_Helpline/default.asp
Call: 800-989-6884
Text: 512-872-5777

Parent Resources

PARENT RESOURCES

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio understands the disruption closures have in our member’s lives. We want you to know that we are here for you! We will continue to communicate updates with you as they become available.

The following are links to resources that may be helpful for you and your family.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS INFORMATION

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
https://www.bgca.org/about-us/child-safety/Supporting-Boys-and-Girls-Clubs-During-Coronavirus

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio
https://begreatsa.org/

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio – COVID-19 Updates
https://begreatsa.org/news-events/covid-19-updates/ 

CLUB ON THE GO RESOURCES FOR PRINTING

Mental Wellness 4/2/2020 
Tips for Mental Wellness – English PDF
Consejos Para El Bienstar Mental –  Spanish PDF

Family Resource List 4/9/2020
Family Resource List – English PDF

FOOD DISTRIBUTION

San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) – Meal Sites 
Curbside meal service for students 18 and younger will be provided at high schools in the district. Breakfast can be picked up between 8-9 a.m. and lunch can be picked up between 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Children must be present to receive a meal. For more information, click here

Judson ISD Meal Sites 

Idea Public Schools 
In an effort to provide essential services that support the well-being of our students and families, all campuses will remain open only for curbside meal services for families.

San Antonio Food Bank – Help Information 
San Antonio Food Bank – COVID-19 Response Campaign

SNAP Benefits
Apply here: https://yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.texas.gov/programs/snap 

Schools Meals Map
shows students where they can find breakfast and lunch near them for free. Please check with your school district for regular updates. 

Meals on Wheels 

Little Free Pantry 

Aunt Bertha has added a zip code search to find food assistance, help in paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs for the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit https://findhelp.org/.

INTERNET RESOURCES

Comcast Corp.

https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
Comcast Corp. said it would offer 60 days of free internet service to low-income families, who live in the companies service area, and sign-up as new customers. Self-installation kits would be shipped for free with no term contract or credit check. After 60 days, customers would be charged $9.95 per month plus tax unless service is cancelled. The officer is available through April 30th. The company is increasing internet speed for all customers. The also agreed to not to disconnect or charge late fees for those who cannot pay. 

Spectrum
https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-covid-19-educational-internet-offer
(855) 243-8892
Beginning Monday, March 16, we’ll offer two free months of internet and WiFi services to new customers in households with Pre-K to 12 or college students who need remote education. This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services. We’ll waive any installation or pre-payment fees to help get you started. You can qualify for this offer if you: 1. Have a student of qualifying age at your service address with remote education needs; 2. Have not subscribed to our internet services within the past 30 days. 

LOCAL RESOURCES

FAMILY SERVICES

City of San Antonio Resident Assistance – Includes counseling services, family services, food resources, housing, evictions, unemployment benefits information, and utilities. 
https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/News/Alerts/CoronaVirus#281783839-resident-assistance 

United Way Helpline
Call 211, Option 6

United Way – Childcare Assistance
The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County are providing emergency childcare assistance for residents who qualify. 

Internet Safety and Prevention Education
Enjoy a free offer from Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and The Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development. You will have access to the TBRI training for free for 30-days. This offer is only good through May 31. Register for the course then click on the “TBRI 101: A self-guided course in Trust-Based Relationships” link. Be sure to click on the 30-day access, not one year, in order to get the free access. 

HEALTH RESOURCES

CHIP/MEDICAID
Apply here: https://yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.texas.gov/programs/health/
If you aren’t enrolled in coverage, you can see if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period to enroll in a private health plan through www.HealthCare.gov 

Mental Health & Wellness Tips – Developed by our staff Licensed Master Social Worker
Mental Health Resources – ENGLISH PDF
Consejos Para El Bienstar Mental – PDF ESPAÑOL

Texas Youth Helpline
24 hour, free helpline available for children, teenagers, and parents. Trained volunteers are ready to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will listen to your problem, help you consider your choices, and develop a sensible solution. 

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Youth_Helpline/default.asp
Call: 800-989-6884
Text: 512-872-5777

 

HEALTH INFORMATION

BILLS ASSISTANCE

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Apply online: https://yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.texas.gov/programs/tanf 

CPS Energy – CPS Energy announced on March 11, 2020, they will suspend energy disconnects for their customers in support of a request by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the San Antonio City Council. CPS Energy will continue to follow the guidance of the Mayor and City Council as they’re leading our city through this pandemic. 
CPS Energy Continues to Serve Community While Practicing Social Distancing
March 11, 2020 – Statement from CPS Energy – Update Regarding COVID-19 

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) – San Antonio Water System is temporarily halting disconnections due to non-payment. Service interruptions will resume at a later date, as SAWS continues to work with Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the City Council.
SAWS Coronavirus Announcement Roundup

EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

The Texas Workforce Commission encourages individuals previously deemed monetarily ineligible for unemployment benefits to reapply online starting Sunday, April 5, 2020. This date marks the beginning of a new quarter and as such the base period for unemployment benefits and those previously ineligible may now qualify. 

YOUTH RESOURCES

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio – Youth Resources
https://begreatsa.org/news-events/youth-resources/ 

Club at Home Experience – Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio YouTube playlist of videos made specially for Club kids by our staff.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQsh2M9Je8h9w5AtjlpMY-dqvw7ghuAEM

Texas Youth Helpline
24 hour, free helpline available for children, teenagers, and parents. Trained volunteers are ready to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will listen to your problem, help you consider your choices, and develop a sensible solution. 

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Youth_Helpline/default.asp
Call: 800-989-6884
Text: 512-872-5777

TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT COVID-19

Responding to Change and Loss, National Alliance for Grieving Children 

The CDC has created a printable tip sheet for children coping in disasters. 

#COVIBOOK
This short book was made to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. (Available in over 20 languages.)
https://www.mindheart.co/descargables