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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.”

Winter Break Program offered at the Club

Winter Break Program The Washoe County School District Winter break is December 23, 2013 through January 10, 2014. The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows hosts a Winter Break full-day youth program at the Donald W. Reynolds, Neil Road and Lemmon Valley Club sites. Activities include indoor and outdoor games, sports, art and field trips (additional field trip fees apply) to Bowling, Pump it Up, Roller Kingdom, swimming at Alf Sorenson and more. Cost for Winter Break Week #1 and #2 is $32 and Week #3 is $40. Participants must be a Boys & Girls Club member prior to the start of Winter Break Camp Week including completion of membership orientation. For more details please contact the membership office at (775) 331-5437 (KIDS) ext. 100.

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows in Fernley is also running a Winter Break Program. Additionally, the Donald W. Reynolds, Larry D. Johnson and Sun Valley Teen Centers are open during Winter Break.

Click here for Winter Break Program registration


Early Bird registration begins April 3 for traditional and specialty Summer Camps

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows begins Early Bird registration April 3 for exciting summer programs, field trips, specialty camps and more at sites throughout northern Nevada. Early Bird Summer Camp registration and member orientation dates are April 3, April 17, April 22 and April 24 at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility only. Early registration is recommended as space is limited for summer camp programs. Summer camp enrollees get all-day fun, breakfast and lunch included, and supervision by adults who make it a priority to keep the activities rolling for nine weeks from June 10- August 9.

Youth summer camp sites include: the Donald W. Reynolds Facility (9th Street), Neil Road Youth Site, Joe Mitchell Community Center in Lemmon Valley, Billinghurst Middle School, Cold Springs Community Center, Fernley Intermediate School, and catering to those 5-years and under, the Early Learning Program at the E.L. Wiegand Youth Center across from Reno High School. Reno Youth site summer camp hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fernley hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.).

Teen Center summer sites include: the Donald W. Reynolds Facility, Sun Valley Teen Center, Larry D. Johnson Teen Center and Fernley Teen Center at Fernley Intermediate School (hours vary at Teen Center sites).

All summer Club members take part in organized activities ranging from sports, art and singing to dance and computers. Frequent field trips allow kids to visit places such as the Nevada Discovery Museum, Wild Island Family Adventure Park, movies, Coconut Bowl and more. And throughout the summer, the Club also features specialty summer camp programs focusing on diverse activities such as robotics, dance, equestrian, science, extreme sports and more. Fees for traditional summer camp as low as $40 per week with financial assistance available.

For more information about summer programming, summer camps or enrollment, please call the Boys & Girls Club membership office at 775-331-3605 ext. 100 or visit

Download 2013 Summer Program Guide


Felix Cox set to receive college scholarship and vie for regional title this summer

Selected among seven outstanding youth, Felix Cox, Boys & Girls of Truckee Meadows has been named the Nevada Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for his 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, he will receive a $2,000 college scholarship via a private contribution from U.S. Senator Dean Heller and an additional $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:
Felix Cox, Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows
Felix, 18, is a senior at Hug High School and is the captain of the varsity basketball team. Felix struggled to find his identity as a child; that is, until he was introduced to basketball at the Boys & Girls Club in sixth grade. Since then Felix became a leader at the Club and is currently the Keystone Club president and participates in several community service projects.  Felix’s future goals include becoming the first in his immediate family to graduate from college and attending law school to become a sports agent.

“Felix 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, Cox will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members within the Pacific Region. If named regional winner, he will be awarded an additional $10,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance toWashington,D.C., in September 2013, 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 theUnited Statesin 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