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National Boys & Girls Club Week!

During National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 22 – March 28, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows joins thousands of other Clubs across the nation to show how Print‘Great Futures’ begin at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Click here to download the Boys & Girls Club Week activity schedule

Boys & Girls Nite Out, Wednesday, March 25, is an opportunity for volunteers to come into the Club and spend some quality time with Club members. Volunteers and members are matched and join in on a fun-filled evening with carnival games, snacks, activities, and awesome circus acts from Circus Circus Reno.

This is a great opportunity for corporate and community groups looking for a fun way to give back to the community. Volunteering can be an enjoyable way to engage coworkers and employees in team building as well as bonding outside of the workplace. If you, or anyone you know, would like to be a part of this fun evening, please contact Nichelle Hull, Volunteer Coordinator at (775) 360-2449 or email.

Click here to download Boys & Girls Nite Out Flyer

35th Annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed and Auction – PHOTOS

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows held their 35th Annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed and Auction, February 28, 2015. The sold-out event with approximately 1,650 attendees featured hundreds of silent, mobile and live auction items. The event raises nearly 15 percent of the Club’s annual operating budget.

BGCTM Photos by Calvert PhotographyBGCTM_cioppino_00041

BGCTM Facebook Photo Album 

BGCTM Flickr Album (non-Facebook users)

Reno Gazette-Journal – Photo Album

 

 

“It’s all about the kids” for YLC

By Jeff Conner, Young Leaders Committee Chair

Young Leaders Committee “It’s all about the kids” is a mantra frequently heard around the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows (BGCTM). If you have seen the effort the Board of Directors and BGCTM staff put into making the Club run the way it does, you know there is a lot of truth to that statement. Individually and collectively, they make it their mission to make the Truckee Meadows a stronger community by providing a safe place where every child in our community has an opportunity to learn, grow, thrive, and excel. But, a recent change around the BGCTM has added a significant, new element to how the Club is helping build a stronger Truckee Meadows.

About five years ago, the Board of Directors and BGCTM staff recognized a need to encourage more young professionals in our community to become engaged in philanthropy. So, the BGCTM partnered with the Young Professionals Network to create what is now called the Young Leaders Committee (YLC). For a lack of better terminology, the YLC is a junior board of directors for the BGCTM and has quickly become a training ground that exposes young professionals to the world of philanthropy.

The members of the YLC are extremely thankful to the Board of Directors and the BGCTM staff for their willingness to take us in and give us our own opportunity to learn, grow, thrive, and excel. And, we can only hope that the contributions the YLC makes to the BGCTM’s mission of making the Truckee Meadows a stronger community are comparable to the valuable experience the members of the YLC are gaining by serving as members of the BGCTM family.

Nikita Cleveland claims Youth of the Year title

BGCTM_awardsBanquet_111314_00808The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is proud to announce the 2015 Youth of the Year: Nikita Cleveland! Nikita first joined the Boys & Girls Club when she was six years old. Her bubbly personality and endearing smile helped her connect with friends and staff quickly, and it wasn’t long before she was one of the Club regulars.

Nikita was raised primarily by her single dad, and she credits the Club with helping her in areas where her dad couldn’t. Programs like SMART Girls and Girls Circle were particularly special to Nikita growing up. “I loved to be able to open up about what was going on in my life and have staff and my friends there who understood and could help me,” she said.

She also identifies the Club as the start of responsibility in her life. “In Torch Club, we would do different service projects around the Club. I didn’t have a lot of responsibility back then, and Torch Club was the beginning of that. I liked having a job to do and felt important knowing that my Club needed me.”

Today, Nikita attends the Teen Center site at Hug High School. She still comes to the Club almost every day, not only to find support, but to give it as a leader and mentor among her peers. Nikita will graduate from Hug High with an advanced diploma in June, and this fall she will attend college where she plans to become a dental hygienist.

As Youth of the Year, Nikita will head to the Nevada State Youth of the Year competition on February 11 where she will compete against youth from four other Nevada Boys & Girls Clubs. The winner of the State competition will go on to the Pacific Region competition in Southern California, and then to the National competition in Washington, DC.

Nikita is very excited at the possibilities ahead. “Being Youth of the Year is the highest accomplishment I have received in my life so far. I’m thankful for this chance and am thankful that I came this far.”