Since 1976, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows has helped build great futures for thousands of Northern Nevada youth with everything from before- and after-school programs, to sports leagues, education and healthy meals. The Club operates at 20 locations in northern Nevada.

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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.


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.

Getting back to the basics . . .

A message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm

I hope this letter finds you in a good place this summer. We have started summer with a bang and with only two weeks under our belt, the summer programs look great. Staff has done a wonderful job of preparing an exciting and varied slate of programs and special experiences for our members. The new William N. Pennington Facility opened for business on Monday, June 16, and the response has been nothing short of amazing! Over 300 youth attended the first week of summer camp at the site, and for week two, we have over 400!! Many supporters have wondered whether the new facility would impact participation at other Club locations, but I am happy to report that we are seeing record numbers at most of our traditional summer sites. The Donald W. Reynolds Facility, our original Club and the ‘mothership’ of our organization, continues to be our biggest summer site with over 600 youth attending this past week. This just goes to prove how vital our services are for the youth of Northern Nevada.

In the Boys & Girls Club world we know we have a very tough customer, the kids, and we judge much of our success through their eyes. We often say that ‘kids vote with their feet’. Simply put, if they like what we are doing, they come back, and if they really like what we are doing they come back and bring a friend! By those standards, I would have to say that after two weeks in the new facility, and in our summer programming in general, things are going even better than expected. A special thanks to all those responsible for helping us fund this worthwhile project. If there was ever a doubt that the William N. Pennington Project was necessary, doubt no more!

With the new building up and running and summer off to such a great start, the organization is getting back to the basics. We have spent a lot of time raising funds for the new building, and now the business starts of ensuring our annual fundraising efforts are on track to reach the goals necessary to sustain our ‘new’ normal in operating expenses. In this newsletter and on our website, please explore ways for you to get even more involved in supporting the youth of Northern Nevada. While the William N. Pennington Facility has obviously helped fill the void of services for youth in Southwest Reno, there are still many needs in our community.

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.

Events Calendar

More than 2,500 children and families will gather at the Reno High School Football Field (across from the new Pennington Facility), Sept. 20, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows 13th Annual Day for Kids. Join the festivities for a FREE barbecue lunch, games, bounce houses, face painting, entertainment, FREE T-shirts and prizes, FREE Club memberships and educational vendors offering information and community services – all at no charge to the public. For information on sponsor and vendor opportunities please contact Allyson Bolton, (775) 360-2448 or abolton@bgctm.org.
Barrels & Bites benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is northern Nevada’s premier event for food, wine, beer and spirit connoisseurs. In addition to more than 500 wines from world-renowned vineyards, attendees sample fine beers, spirits, specialty cocktails and fantastic cuisine within themed areas in the venue. A silent and live auction rounds out the event with all proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club. Event presented by Southern Wine and Spirits. For ticket information visit www.barrelsandbites.com.