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Pop-up Club experience highlights the importance of quality afterschool programming as community prepares to go back-to-school this fall    

Reno ArchThe Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows plans to set-up its 21st area location underneath the iconic Reno Arch, July 31 at 3 p.m. in partnership with Hot August Nights, the premier nostalgic classic car show in the world annually drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to northern Nevada. The pop-up Club and rally is part of a national launch of the Great Futures Campaign, an initiative to mobilize the country in support of kids and empower our nation’s youth to achieve success. The pop-up Boys & Girls Club under the Reno Arch will include a sample of the Club’s programming areas including education, arts, games and recreation. The focus of the event is to create awareness and highlight the amazing moments that happen inside Boys & Girls Clubs each school day after 3 p.m. (during the critical after-school hours).

“Through the Great Futures campaign we want to reach more kids in need during the out-of-school time and grow participation in our life-changing, outcome-driven programs for even greater impact on kids in Reno, Sparks and Fernley,” said Mike Wurm, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “We appreciate the partnership with the Hot August Nights Foundation that allows us the opportunity to highlight the Club and its programs during this spectacular world-class event in our own home town.”

The Boys & Girls Club Great Futures Campaign looks to elevate the critical role out-of-school time plays in a child’s chance for a great future. Every day, 15 million kids leave school with no place to go¹, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. What happens during the hours between school and home can have a dramatic impact on a child’s future. By providing access to positive and productive programs as well as caring adult mentors during the out-of-school time, the Boys & Girls Club can help reverse the most negative trends facing our youth.

“We are a proud partner of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows as our Foundation shares a similar mission to provide children in need or at risk with a more meaningful and productive life through the availability of continuing and higher education,” said Tony Marini, executive director of Hot August Nights. “The Club provides critical programming and services to the community, and we are excited for them to have this opportunity to showcase this during our event.”

As a leading advocate for youth, Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide want to ensure every child has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the right path. Through the Great Futures Campaign, the Boys & Girls Club wants to transform the future of our kids, community and country.

For more information about the Great Futures Campaign or the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows please call (775) 331-KIDS (5437) or visit

For more information about Hot August Nights please visit or call (775) 356-1956.

Getting back to the basics . . .

A message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm

I hope this letter finds you in a good place this summer. We have started summer with a bang and with only two weeks under our belt, the summer programs look great. Staff has done a wonderful job of preparing an exciting and varied slate of programs and special experiences for our members. The new William N. Pennington Facility opened for business on Monday, June 16, and the response has been nothing short of amazing! Over 300 youth attended the first week of summer camp at the site, and for week two, we have over 400!! Many supporters have wondered whether the new facility would impact participation at other Club locations, but I am happy to report that we are seeing record numbers at most of our traditional summer sites. The Donald W. Reynolds Facility, our original Club and the ‘mothership’ of our organization, continues to be our biggest summer site with over 600 youth attending this past week. This just goes to prove how vital our services are for the youth of Northern Nevada.

In the Boys & Girls Club world we know we have a very tough customer, the kids, and we judge much of our success through their eyes. We often say that ‘kids vote with their feet’. Simply put, if they like what we are doing, they come back, and if they really like what we are doing they come back and bring a friend! By those standards, I would have to say that after two weeks in the new facility, and in our summer programming in general, things are going even better than expected. A special thanks to all those responsible for helping us fund this worthwhile project. If there was ever a doubt that the William N. Pennington Project was necessary, doubt no more!

With the new building up and running and summer off to such a great start, the organization is getting back to the basics. We have spent a lot of time raising funds for the new building, and now the business starts of ensuring our annual fundraising efforts are on track to reach the goals necessary to sustain our ‘new’ normal in operating expenses. In this newsletter and on our website, please explore ways for you to get even more involved in supporting the youth of Northern Nevada. While the William N. Pennington Facility has obviously helped fill the void of services for youth in Southwest Reno, there are still many needs in our community.

Showing off their Values

BGC_DrSeuss_231The Boys & Girls Club is more than just a place for kids to have fun and hang out after school. At the Club, members are building character and learning essential skills that will help them grow into responsible, productive adults. One of the ways we teach these concepts is through our Be G.R.E.A.T. Values. Each letter stands for an important trait that we encourage our members to “be”—Generous, Respectful, Encouraging, Accountable and Trustworthy.

The Be G.R.E.A.T. Values program is based on the U.S. Department of Education’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) Model. PBIS is a positive, proactive approach to dealing with children’s behavior. Club members are given a clear set of expectations and rewarded with positive reinforcement as they meet those expectations. The model has proven effective as we have seen a decrease in Club disruption since implementing the Be G.R.E.A.T. Values.

The PBIS model is also used within the Washoe County School District, thus providing our youth with a consistent and positive message of responsibility and citizenship throughout their day—at school, after school and on school breaks.

Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows Receives $65,000 to Feed Kids at New Pennington Facility

Grant from Walmart and Walmart Foundation helps provide more than 50,000 nutritious meals to Club kids during summer break

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows has received a $65,000 grant from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation as part of the company’s State Giving Program. The grant will be used to help launch and maintain a summer feeding program at the newly opened William N. Pennington Facility. The Club’s summer camp program provides breakfast and lunch for campers, many of whom rely on meals at school during the school year.

“We are very grateful to receive this grant from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation, which will help provide quality meals for hundreds of Club members during the summer camp program,” said Mike Wurm, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “This summer alone we expect to serve more than 50,000 meals from the E. L. Wiegand Kitchen at the new Pennington Facility.”

The grant will be formally presented to the Boys & Girls Club during an event on Tuesday, June 17, at 11:45 a.m. at the club’s William N. Pennington Facility, located at 1300 Foster Drive.  This 55,000-square-foot facility opened last month and will serve between 3,000 and 4,000 youth annually.

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is the leading non-profit youth services agency in northern Nevada and serves children ages 0 to 18 in the Truckee Meadows area through afterschool, summer and school break programs and services. Founded in 1976, the Club now serves more than 12,000 children at 20 sites throughout the Truckee Meadows. At all of its sites, the Boys & Girls Club strives to provide kids with positive and productive outlets for their energy with programs such as afterschool tutoring, character and leadership development, healthy lifestyles, athletics and art.

Walmart“For many children, summertime means no access to meals that they would normally receive at school,” said Gregg Treadway, Walmart regional general manager. “We are proud to support the work that the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows does to provide nutritious breakfasts and lunches to Reno-area kids.”

The contribution to the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Nevada State Giving Program and is one of seven recently awarded grants totaling $455,000 in the state. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.  Other Nevada organizations receiving grants include Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada; Community Chest, Inc.; Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada, Inc.; Street Teens: A Nevada Non-Profit Corporation; Food Bank of Northern Nevada; and Three Square.

In 2013, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $13.6 million to local organizations in Nevada.

To be considered for support, prospective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at