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

Reno ArchThe 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).

“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

For more information about Hot August Nights please visit 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.

Preventing Summer Learning Loss

ReadingSummer learning loss refers to the amount of knowledge youth “lose” during the summer months.  Bigger losses mean more review at the beginning of the school year, and losses have even been shown to accumulate year after year and put youth at a disadvantage as they enter middle and high school. At the same time, summer learning loss is highly preventable, and the Boys & Girls Club will be there this summer to fight summer learning loss at its core.

Educational specialty camps offer week-long intensive studies with titles like Robotics Camp, Rocket Build, Sherlock Holmes Detective Camp and Club Kids’ College. In June, the Club launches its STEM Room where members will conduct earth and physical science experiments, explore new uses for technology, and learn about engineering. Plus, with high-yield learning activities integrated into all Club programming, members will have constant opportunities to exercise their brains, whether it’s keeping score in a basketball game, reading the rules to a new board game or using measurements in an art project. Together, all of these activities and programs will help ensure that Club members head back to school this fall on track to learn, grow and succeed in school.

For more information about the Club’s Summer Camp Programs visit 2014 Summer Camp Program or call (775) 331-KIDS (5437).


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