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Great Futures Campaign launches

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows recently set-up its 21st area location underneath the iconic Reno Arch during Hot August Nights, the region’s largest special event. This local Great Futures Rally (pop-up Club) was part of the national launch of the Great Futures Campaign for Boys & Girls Club of AmericaGreat Futures Rally

The Great Futures Campaign is an initiative to mobilize the country in support of kids and empower our nation’s youth to achieve success. The 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 go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe.

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 please visit www.GreatFutures.org 

Making out-of-school programs a priority

A message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm

Summer ’14 has been GREAT! When we first proposed to build the new facility on Foster Drive, there were some who questioned the need for another large Boys & Girls Club facility. Those concerned thought the new facility would simply take members away from the current Donald W. Reynolds Facility on East 9th Street. Now that we are nearing the end of summer, I can tell you unequivocally that we did not draw kids away from the existing centers, but instead, have reached new highs at most of our traditional summer sites while far exceeding the expectations for the new building. In fact, as summer comes to an end, we are seeing nearly 1,200 kids a day just between the Donald W. Reynolds Facility and the William N. Pennington Facility, and that does not include our other summer youth sites at Billinghurst, Fernley, Neil Road and Lemmon Valley! It's 3 p.m.

As we look ahead to finishing a great summer and heading into the new school year, our mission remains stronger than ever. The issues our youth face locally mirror many of the concerns kids face nationally. Nearly a quarter of Washoe County high school students are overweight or obese, 23 percent of children under age 18 in Reno/Sparks live in poverty, and while we have made great strides towards improvement, 27 percent of local high school students are not graduating.

How do we reverse the most negative trends facing young people today? One way is by recognizing the importance of out-of-school time. The out-of-school environment—after school and summer—plays an essential, yet often overlooked, role in transforming kids’ lives and Nevada’s future. What happens during the hours between school and home can have a dramatic impact on a child’s future, especially in the areas of education, health and character development. By providing access to positive, productive programs and caring adult mentors after school and during summer, we can help change the future for our youth and our community.

Despite the transformational impact of out-of-school programs, every day there are still kids leaving school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe during these critical afterschool hours. Furthermore, during the summer, there are still children that lack access to expanded learning opportunities, which increases their risk of learning loss and falling behind before the next school year begins. If the next generation and our community are to succeed, it is imperative we redefine the opportunity equation for all kids by elevating the critical role that out-of-school time plays in a child’s future success.

The success of the William N. Pennington Facility certainly helps create a multitude of new opportunities for children, but we continue to ask you to make out-of-school programs a priority and help us empower the next generation to achieve a great future. We will continue to advocate on behalf of kids and work with public, private and nonprofit partners around our goal of ensuring every child and teen has access to a safe, engaging and productive environment during the out-of-school time. 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.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB HOSTS GREAT FUTURES RALLY UNDER ICONIC RENO ARCH DURING HOT AUGUST NIGHTS

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

The 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).Great-Futures-Eblast-FINAL

“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 www.BGCTM.org. Click here to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows.

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

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.