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Katie Harrison_2014YOY_WinnerKatie Harrison set to receive college scholarship and vie for regional title this summer

Selected among five outstanding youth, Katie Harrison, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, has been named the Nevada Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As the new teen representative for all Boys & Girls Clubs in Nevada, she will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation.

As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. The recognition program encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. These extraordinary young leaders are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Bio information:

Katie Harrison, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows:

Katie is the ultimate “Club kid.” A member since she was in elementary school, Katie has grown up at the Boys & Girls Club and participated in nearly every program and activity available. From homework time to leadership clubs, health and life skills classes to drama productions, Katie has taken advantage of everything the Club has to offer, and through it all, has emerged as a leader among younger members and her peers. But as a child, the successes Katie sees today didn’t always seem attainable.  Raised by her extended family, Katie was forced to step into an adult role at a very young age, even taking care of those who were supposed to be taking care of her. At times, she seemed destined to fall into the same negative patterns as those around her. Despite the uncertainty and instability she found at home, the Boys & Girls Club was there to provide the support and care she desperately needed. Today, Katie is a senior at Hug High with plans to attend college this fall. She stands as a shining example of endurance and resilience in the face of incredible challenge.

“Katie and all Youth of the Year nominees are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs across the country are fulfilling their mission of inspiring and enabling young people to Be GREAT,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, BGCA.  “We are most appreciative to Tupperware Brands for its long-time support of Boys & Girls Clubs and providing scholarships to help our members attain their goals.”

This summer, Harrison will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the Pacific Region.

If named regional winner, she will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2014, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

“As a long time supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, I am proud of Tupperware’s involvement in the Youth of the Year program,” said Rick Goings, Chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation. “We strongly believe in these future leaders of tomorrow and are proud to support their continuing education.”

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit

Community Flu Vaccine Clinic, Jan. 14

With 25 states reporting widespread levels of influenza activity in the US including Nevada, Washoe County residents are seeking options to get an annual flu vaccine. Immunize Nevada, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and Washoe County Health District are partnering to offer a community flu clinic on Tuesday, January 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, 2680 East 9th Street in Reno. Flu vaccines (both mist and shots) are available on a first come, first serve basis. A $20 donation is requested to cover the cost of the vaccine, however no one will be turned away due to inability to pay. No identification is required for a vaccine, however those with insurance should bring a copy of their cards.

“The influenza cases we’re seeing in Nevada and across the country are very serious,” said Heidi Parker, Immunize Nevada Executive Director. “The single best way to protect yourself from getting the flu this year is by getting a flu vaccine. It’s not too late.”

The CDC has already received several reports of severe flu illness among young and middle-aged adults, many of whom were infected with the 2009 H1N1 virus. Since the start of the season, 2009 H1N1 viruses have been the most common. Some hospitalizations and deaths have been reported.

“All flu vaccines this season are designed to protect against H1N1,” adds Parker. “While it is not possible to predict which influenza viruses will predominate this influenza season, if H1N1 virus continues to circulate widely, illness that affects young and middle-aged adults may occur this season.”

In addition to the clinic next Tuesday, there are still several options for those still seeking a vaccine. Many health plans and healthcare providers, including the Washoe County Health District and local pharmacies still have flu vaccine available. More information, including the “Flu Vaccine Map Finder” is available at

(Blog courtesy of Immunize Nevada)

Macy’s Thanks for Sharing Program Helps Fund Afterschool Education

Macy’s continues to be an important partner for the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and its education programs. Their contribution through the Thanks for Sharing program will help fund the afterschool education programs that benefit more than 1,000 kids every day throughout Reno, Sparks and Fernley.

Thanks for Sharing debuted as a national Macy’s initiative in 2003 – a distinctive effort from which customers benefit during the holiday season and charities benefit throughout the year. Customers join the program for $25, and in return, they receive a Reward Card valued at 10 percent of all their Macy’s credit card net purchases made during the holiday period. Plus, for each Thanks for Sharing customer enrollee, Macy’s donates $10 to great charities like the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Learn more at

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


7,500 rallies nationwide aim to make afterschool programs available to all

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows Afterschool Program will sponsor a Lights On Afterschool rally, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m. The rally will be one of more than 7,500 such events around the nation that day, the 13th annual Lights On Afterschool, organized by the Afterschool Alliance. The event calls for expanding afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one.

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows event showcases after school programming activities including Halloween arts & crafts, Book give-away, bounce houses, face painting and dinner by the Club Café. The event also features a resource fair with community partners including: Boys Scouts of America, Northern Nevada DUI Task Force, WCSD Team Up, ACCEPT, TMCC, Morrison University, The First Tee of Northern Nevada, WCSD Volunteer Services, The Holland Project, The Children’s Cabinet, Washoe County School District, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ken-Ju-Bo-Ai Kenpo Karate, American Lung Association, JTNN, SOS Outreach, Kiwanis and KNPB Channel 5.

This is a FREE event and open to the public (4:30 – 6:30 p.m.). For more information please call 775-331-KIDS (5437).