Archive for the ‘Teens’ Category

Maureena Jacinto named Cyber Safe Futures Ambassador

Maureena JacintoMaureena Jacinto, Club member and Leader in Training program participant at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility was recently named by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) as a Cyber Safe Futures (CSF) Ambassador, funded by Sprint. Maureena will receive an honorarium of $500 for serving as the youth voice for cyber safety-related topics like cyberbullying, social networking, online privacy and mobile safety. Maureena will serve as a CSF Ambassador through August 31, 2015.

In her role as a CSF Ambassador Maureena will develop cyber safety content for myclubmylife.com (BGCA’s website for Club teens) and for CyberSafeFutures.org (BGCA’s public-facing safety resource website). The content may include questions for cyber safety teen polls, messaging for media safety video messages for teens, and answering cyber safety questions from parents during the month of June.

Way to go Maureena!

Eric Cruz named National Money Matters: Make it Count Ambassador

Eric CruzBoys & Girls Club member, and 2014 Male Youth of the Year, Eric Cruz has been named the National Money Matters: Make It Count Ambassador for 2015-2016 by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Charles Schwab Foundation.

This honor allows Eric to travel and be the national spokesperson for this Club program, and he will also receive a $5,000 college scholarship. Eric’s first ambassador duty included a trip to Washington DC to attend the Annual Jump$tart Dinner and meet with Congressional delegation.

In addition, the Money Matters Ambassador will serve on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America teen advisory board and work with the Money Matters management team closely to promote financial literacy to Club members.

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