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“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.”

New Year brings new opportunity . . .

Message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm 

ND5A2876After all the excitement in 2014, we cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Following a highly successful summer, the new Pennington Facility is operating at a high rate. Staff has not missed a beat as the afterschool program has been experiencing similar record-breaking success. The success continued into the winter as 71 youth basketball teams came together on Saturday, January 17, 2015 and officially christened the gym on Foster Drive by kicking off our annual Winter Basketball League. It was a milestone of sorts since for 50 years; youth basketball had been synonymous with this property. After a nearly 10 year hiatus, we are honored to be part of the effort to bring this component back to life!

While the success at Foster Drive has been astounding, it brings light to the fact that there is still so much unmet need in our community. Going into this project, we had hoped to build a facility that would allow us to work with around 300 kids a day. It surprised even us when we met those numbers after one week and by the end of summer were serving, on some days, nearly 600 youth.

What is so ironic is being surprised by the numbers really shouldn’t be surprising at all. If I have not learned anything after 20 years with the organization, I have learned each New Year brings another opportunity for new successes and new growth. Since the beginning of the Boys & Girls Club in 1976, we have seen many accomplishments. Every time we open a new site or reach into a new part of our community, we meet one need only to discover another need exists. The best analogy I could make is one of a mountain climber who works so hard to get to the top of the mountain. When they finally reach the summit, they look out over a valley full of more, larger peaks. Similarly, we have reached a summit of sorts with the opening of the Pennington Facility and while we are excited, we are anxious to move on to the next mountain!!

Our mission remains to “serve the kids who need us most,” and there are still kids in our region who need the programs and activities the Club has to offer. While we are working on new opportunities as we speak, I want to assure you with each of these opportunities, sustainability is always top of mind. We have to make sure any new project we decide to pursue can be maintained for the long haul.

Together, we can provide access to life-changing programs after school and during the summer that enable kids to be successful in school and in adulthood, to be healthy and active, and to develop the strong character skills needed to become Nevada’s future leaders. Together, we can transform individual lives as well as the future of our community.

Please take a few minutes to read the stories inside the Club Chronicle. As usual, there are lots of tremendous activities and events happening at our Club sites. We look forward to seeing you all at the 35th Annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed and Auction. Thank you for your continued support of the Club and kids throughout northern Nevada!

Club Celebrates 35th Annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed and Auction, Feb. 28

Tickets are available to the public Jan. 19 Cioppino-35TH-Logo_Web

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows celebrates 35 years of Cioppino at the Annual Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed and Auction, Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the silent and mobile bidding auction followed by dinner and live auction at 6:30 p.m.

The Cioppino Feed remains the Club’s signature fundraiser, bringing in almost 15 percent of the annual operating budget and impacting the lives of thousands of local children. The star of the evening is the cioppino, which is still made from scratch by Bud Sorensen, Bob Capurro and a talented team of Italian cooks. The silent and live auctions feature more than 500 unique items and experiences that you can’t find anywhere else. The event is one of the most widely attended and celebrated fundraisers in the community, gathering 1,600 of northern Nevada’s top business and civic leaders to support the kids at the Boys & Girls Club.

“It’s very exciting to celebrate 35 years of this tradition-rich event with all the attendees, volunteers and staff,” said Mike Wurm, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. “Cioppino is a one-of-a-kind event and experience, that currently helps us serve more than 13,000 Club members at 20 sites in Reno, Sparks and Fernley.

Tickets for the event are $200 per person or $1,600 for a table of eight. Tickets are available to the public Monday, January 19. Pre-event auction registration and auction item donation submissions are currently available online. For more information or to reserve your tickets for Cioppino please contact Allyson Bolton, Special Events Director at abolton@bgctm.org or call 775-360-2448.

For more details on the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows including volunteer, donation and program opportunities, please call 775-331-KIDS (5437).