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Club provides ‘fun with a purpose’ . . .

Message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm 

Summer time is here! It has been an incredible start to what is sure to be an exciting and fun filled summer. At most of our seven Summer Camp sites, Clubs have opened to record numbers and we are only three weeks into the session! Staff have worked hard to put together a ‘Fun with a Purpose,’ action packed summer. At the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, we keep kids learning throughout the year, so when summer is over, they are ready to go back to school without losing any learning momentum. Please take a moment to read in this newsletter, how our Summer BRAIN GAIN Program combats summer learning loss through intentional programming.

This June also marked the one year anniversary of the opening of the William N. Pennington Facility on Foster Drive. The staff at our newest facility has done a tremendous job of building a program the kids love to attend. Daily over 500 children and teens participate in a variety of programs and activities designed to keep them engaged and interested. We are thankful for the Pennington Foundation as well as the many other local foundations, corporations and individuals for supporting this project. After only one year there is no doubt this was a necessary and needed addition to the community.

Also, our mission to ‘reach the kids that need us most’ continues in our newest project. Over a year ago, we took over the operations of the Project Solution property on Bresson Avenue in Reno. Currently, we are exploring options to convert this property into a Boys & Girls Club. While much work has to be done, this facility has the potential to have the same impact on its community as the facility on Foster Drive has had. Please look for future information on how you may be able to help with this much needed project.

Again, please take a few minutes to look through the July addition of the Club Chronicle. I think you will be happy to see how your support is changing lives every day in the Truckee Meadows!

Summer Brain Gain keeps kids on track

What Happens to Kids Over the Summer?

Summer Learning Each summer in America, an estimated 43 million children in the U.S. miss out on expanded learning opportunities that could prevent them from falling behind. During summer, most youth lose about two months’ worth of math skills. Low-income youth also lose more than two months’ worth of reading skills, while their middle-class peers make slight gains.

Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.

Close the Achievement Gap

Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is committed to ensuring that area youth, especially those who need us most, graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future. That’s why we, in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), launched Summer Brain Gain—a summer learning loss prevention program developed specifically for Boys & Girls Clubs that allows our organization to integrate educational activities into our traditional summer schedule.

Summer Brain Gain is comprised of one-week modules with fun, themed activities for elementary, middle and high school students. Supported by Disney, each module takes a project-based learning approach: youth engage in a process of learning through discovery, creative expression, group work and a final project or production. A large emphasis of each module incorporates elements from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education that are appealing and interactive for members.  As a result, kids develop higher-order thinking skills through the Summer Brain Gain modules while staying on track for the coming school year.

For more information about the Club’s Summer Brain Gain program please contact Casey Rogers, Director Program Development at (775) 360-2452 or email.

Club offers Summer Food Service Program

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is a sponsor of the Nevada Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program. The Club will serve meals and/or snacks to all children free of charge from June 15 through August 7, 2015. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, gender or disability and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Below please find the site names, addresses, telephone numbers, whom to contact for additional information, which meals will be served, and the times the meals will be served throughout the summer program:

Donald W. Reynolds Facility
2680 East Ninth Street
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 331-5437 (KIDS)
Site Coordinator: Amanda Stockton
Email: dwryouth@bgctm.org
Meal times: Breakfast – 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.; Lunch – Noon – 1 p.m.

William N. Pennington Facility
1300 Foster Dr.
Reno, NV 89509
(775) 360-2462
Site Coordinator: Dylan Gaddis
Email: penningtonyouth@bgctm.org
Meal times: Breakfast – 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.; Lunch – Noon – 1 p.m.

Fernley Intermediate School
320 US Highway 95A South
Fernley, NV 89408
(775) 360-2480
Site Coordinator: Robin Gane
Email: rgane@bgctm.org
Meal times: Breakfast – 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.; Lunch – Noon – 1 p.m.

Boys & Girls Club at Project Solution Community Complex
1090 Bresson Ave.
Reno, NV 89502
(775) 331-5437 (KIDS)
Site Coordinator: Alexsis Adams
Email: projectsolution@bgctm.org
Meal times: Breakfast – 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.; Lunch – Noon – 1 p.m.

Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write or call immediately:  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 202250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows including the Summer Food Service Program or the Summer Camp Program please call (775) 331-KIDS (5437).

Maureena Jacinto named Cyber Safe Futures Ambassador

Maureena JacintoMaureena Jacinto, Club member and Leader in Training program participant at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility was recently named by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) as a Cyber Safe Futures (CSF) Ambassador, funded by Sprint. Maureena will receive an honorarium of $500 for serving as the youth voice for cyber safety-related topics like cyberbullying, social networking, online privacy and mobile safety. Maureena will serve as a CSF Ambassador through August 31, 2015.

In her role as a CSF Ambassador Maureena will develop cyber safety content for myclubmylife.com (BGCA’s website for Club teens) and for CyberSafeFutures.org (BGCA’s public-facing safety resource website). The content may include questions for cyber safety teen polls, messaging for media safety video messages for teens, and answering cyber safety questions from parents during the month of June.

Way to go Maureena!