2017 Youth of the Year Winners

On Wednesday, December 1st, six high school and seven middle school Club members competed for the titles of 2017 Youth of the Year and Junior Youth of the Year.  This annual competition awards more than $10,000 in college scholarships to the top  candidates. The Youth of the Year program recognizes teens for outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. Special thanks to the incredible volunteer mentors from UFCU and HomeAway, who coached candidates with their speech writing and delivery. Thanks to our judges, The Honorable Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Judge; Erin Cargile, Anchor/Investigative Reporter for KXAN; Denise & Jerry Conway, Austin Sonic; Chief Tom Dodds, Austin Fire Department; Dr. Gloria Williams, AISD; BGCAA VP of Marketing (board), American Bank; and Norma Cabaza, Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation board member. And a big shout out to Hilton Austin for supporting our YOY program in numerous ways, including sponsoring our celebratory banquet!

Congratulations to all of these outstanding Club members. Please take a moment to read their stories.

Wendy Rodriguez, 2017 North Texas Youth of the Year

Wendy’s dream is to become Mayor of Austin and that she wants to make both her Club family and her biological family proud of her. She is a senior at the Ann Richards School of Young Women Leaders and a member of “Girls Club.” She says that she never gives up on anything that she starts, she has won trustee’s awards, Latino Achievement awards, was a student body president at Ann Richards, and she volunteers regularly at J.J. Pickle Elementary School and her church. Wendy advanced from the local Youth of the Year to North Texas Youth of the Year, qualifying her to compete for Texas Youth of the Year in March. Click here to read the full press release.

Christian Brown, 2017 Junior Youth of the Year

Christian sets high goals for himself because throughout his leadership experiences as House Leader of his school, a tutor, on junior staff, and hopefully soon to be president of student council, he said he has learned that “he leads of the people, by the people, to the people, and with the people.” Additionally, he has had the highest GPA in his class for 2 years now and will not accept below a 90 on any of his work.

Amani McDonald, Youth of the Year Runner-Up
Amani was Jr. Youth of the Year in 2015, challenges himself with AP or Pre-AP courses, and is Vice President of Chalmers’ Keystone Club. He currently speaks on behalf of BGCAA and has completed over 100 hours of volunteering because he feels that no one should feel alone.

 

 

Keyera Lane, Junior Youth of the Year Runner-Up
Keyera says that she wants to represent the Boys & Girls Club as a Jr. YOY because she will show others what this organization is, much like she did when she won the Purple Star for embodying her school honor code and creed. Additionally, she would like to show the world that someone so small can make a difference and would like to graduate high school with an Associate Degree in hand.

Robby Joseph, Youth of the Year Finalist 
Robby has been a member for 9 years and is President of Significant Leaders in Male Education, is a team leader in Fire Academy, and volunteers with XY – Zone. He says that it would be an honor to be able to spread the word of Boys & Girls Clubs because of the impacts that it has on people’s lives.

Lester Parnell, Youth of the Year Finalist
Lester is a Keystone officer, point guard of his school and Club team, has been awarded in sciences and orchestra for playing the violin and has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs being around him. He says his goal is to encourage others to run for National Youth of the Year, raise attendance at the Clubs, and to leave a big impact on his high school and Club communities.

Ashley Macedo, Youth of the Year Finalist
Ashley has a long-term goal of becoming a neurologist and she is already taking college courses to enter college classified as a junior. She works hard, is in Torch Club, AVID, and participates in volunteer opportunities in her Club and with AVID.

Caley Fuller, Youth of the Year Finalist 
Caley believes that everyone has the ability to be GREAT and she is committed to making a difference in youth by volunteering every Sunday morning with her church, volunteering with Mission Possible, and by being involved in her Club. She is also in AP US World History, National Honor Society, and she is president of Keystone at her Club.

Marcelus Milligan, Junior Youth of the Year Finalist
When Marcelus is not building rockets in his Technology Career class, he is chasing his dreams, not only by winning leadership medals, but also by running for an elected position in his Torch Club. He advocates to his peers to “Say No to Drugs,” and he was awarded for displaying respect, listening skills, completing all his work, and being an attentive participant in everything he does.

Esperanza Olvera, Junior Youth of the Year Finalist
Despite Esperanza having to help her single father out around the house, she still represents herself as a positive role model at her Club, because she always makes time every day to visit, help, and have a positive attitude. Additionally, she inspires others because she is in enrolled in all Pre-AP courses, was commended on STAAR testing, and volunteers on a regular basis with her Girl Scout Troop.

Orlin Mugomoka, Junior Youth of the Year Finalist
Orlin says that he is kind to others and very focused on academics, which explains why he has a dream to be Valedictorian. He also dreams to make his high school football team and to get scholarships to Texas A&M University. He participated in Art and Club Tech at his Club, is in chess club, made honor roll, and is in the science Olympiad.

Juliette Najera, Junior Youth of the Year Finalist
Juliette says that she is respectful of the people around her and that she has an aspiration to attend college. She constantly challenges herself with her course work, helps avidly at her Club, and is always willing to help others study during power hour.

 

Alicia Rideau, Junior Youth of the Year Finalist
Alicia would like to be a social worker and to get out of her neighborhood because in her book anything is possible when you put your mind to it. Additionally, she has completed over 100 hours of volunteering, participates in AVID, is treasurer of her Torch Club, and Historian of Keystone.

 

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Special Announcement: New Bus for the East Club

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East Club member Sergio and Brooke Wood of Tacala, LLC.

Special Announcement! Thanks to more than 240 individual and business supporters pulling together just over $80,000 – our brand new bus arrived at the East Club this week! Our old 44-passenger bus that was destroyed in a fire on December 18 has been replaced with this 70-passenger bus! Thanks to Rush Truck Centers for selling us the bus at cost, and to numerous businesses who made large contributions to make this happen!
Thanks to our bus campaign sponsors: American Campus CommunitiesTacala, LLC (local franchise owner of all Austin Taco Bell locations), UFCURush Truck CentersSportClips HaircutsBoys & Girls Clubs of America, EZCorp, MasTec, Conway & Associates/Austin Sonic, IBTNational Instruments, Diamond Financial Services and so many individuals that gave gifts from $10.00 to $2,000!
Also thanks to local media outlets KXAN NewsCBS AustinKVUE and Austin American-Statesman, who helped cover the story and raise awareness of the urgent need.

Click here to see more photos and share our post!

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Letter from a Grandparent

The letter below is from the grandparent of three Club members at our East Club. This is one example out of thousands that shows why Boys & Girls Clubs is the mbgc_2016-124ost vital investment in our community.

Click here to make an end-of-year gift and invest in youth and families like Gennell Shuler’s.

Letter from a Grandparent:

When I got custody of my grandchildren, I prayed that the Lord would allow them to have the finer things in life. I enrolled them in a school near my job, which had a great after-school program. The program was quite expensive, but it did not matter. I wanted what I thought was the best. After CPS cut off my child care benefits because my youngest was now in the first grade, and would not pay for after care. To my surprise, the cost for three kids to attend was more than my rent. I thought to myself, “I cannot afford this…what I’m I going to do?” I needed to find free or inexpensive after school care for my kids, and, quick.

I called around to a few places and all spots were full. I finally found one place that had openings in East Austin – the Boys & Girls Clubs. My initial thought was that this place was for hooligans and gangsters. Knowing that it is in the middle of the projects, I went back on my knees and talked to the Lord. In the back of my mind, I kept saying I wanted the best of everything for my grandkids.

With no other option, I went to check out the Club and completed paperwork. I was impressed and immediately liked the staff. Mr. Arthur and his staff are very professional, and polite. The kids were able to start and after being there a bit, the kids enjoy going to the Club.

As the weeks go by, I continue to see the impact the Club has on my grandkids. Every day, volunteers from AmeriCorps help them with their homework. A hot dinner is served each evening at 5:30, which means a lot to me. The center also taught the kids about gardening, how to fix bikes, and gave each child a new bike. There are times the kids come home with tickets for special events around town. Typically, kids spend a lot of time on electronic devices after school. But, not at the Club. The kids do a variety of activities, and they keep the kids moving.

One evening, I had a problem with my car and was late getting to the Club. They assured me everything was okay. They even told me to take my time. I really felt bad. When I finally arrived, I learned that we were named ‘family of the month.’

Later that evening, I thought God answered my prayer, just not the way I wanted it answered. God is the creator of everything and his creations are good. There is a trustworthy, respectable, and good center in the middle of the projects in East Austin – the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Gennell Shuler

Click here to make an end-of-year gift and invest in youth and families like Gennell Shuler’s.

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Building the Path to Great Futures

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L-R: Jewels Watson (pro bono Acquisition and Entitlement team with the Drenner Group), Misti S. Potter (Executive Vice President of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area), Marcus Walls (2015 Youth of the Year, a Sophomore at UT, and Jack Tisdale (President of STG Design, architecture for the complex).

We are proud to announce that we are the proud new owners of land in Northeast Austin for our future Legacy Club! After almost a year long process of site selection, and petitioning the City of Austin’s Planning and Zoning board for a zoning change, 10.63 acres of property located behind H-E-B at 183 and Manor Road now officially belongs to BGCAA.

The Legacy Club will be a two-story, 35,000 square foot structure that will include a comprehensive state of the art Learning Center focused in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) based programming, as well as a Fabrication Lab allowing for tailored, hands-on learning opportunities. The Learning Center will further comprise a music and recording studio, a performing arts studio, a fine arts studio, as well as a library.

Additionally, the facility will include: a high school size gym, serving kitchen, outdoor eating area, game room, and teen center. The second floor will host the office space of the corporation’s 40 employees, including conference and storage area. The site’s amenities will showcase: soccer/football fields, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, a picnic area, on-site parking, as well as a full-size playground. This will be BGCAA’s very first purpose-built, stand-alone Club. In total, the project will allow the Boys & Girls Clubs to transform the lives of an additional 250 children and teens each day, and more than 1,000 annually.

Click here to view the full press release. For more information on how you can help with the Legacy Club, contact Misti.Potter@bgcaustin.org.

 

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Chalmers Court Club Robot Challenge

Having trouble with your Rubik’s cube? Call our Chalmers Courts Club Robotics Team and they can put their robot to work!

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Congratulations, Terrell Gates – The BIG Giver!

Terrell_Gates_BIG_GiverEach year I Live Here I Give Here selects one BIG Giver, who has given their time, talent, expertise, and funds to one of our partner organizations. A BIG Giver is an advocate for their chosen organization who has created a long-lasting and personal impact on the community. This year, our very own Board President and long-time volunteer Terrell Gates was chosen from a group of seven finalists in several rounds of voting. The other six finalists were Sibby Barrett of PAWS Shelter of Central Texas, Rosalie Boldin of Armstrong Community School, Carly Christopher of Creative Action, Janie Cook of My Healing Place, Edward Flores of Austin Dog Rescue, and Sharon Schindler of Service Dogs.

We nominated Terrell for his work on behalf of the 12,000 youth that we serve in the Greater Austin area. Over the past three years, Terrell has been dedicated to our mission volunteering over 300 hours to various projects in addition to guiding our capital campaign.

“I Live Here, I Give Here works to inspire the people of Austin and their neighbors to make a difference in their community. Terrell Gates embodies that mission by inspiring everyone around him to get involved in improving the lives of our community’s most vulnerable kids. We are very excited to have the opportunity to honor him and his dedication to this important cause at this year’s BIG Give,” said Celeste Flores, Executive Director of I Live Here, I Give Here.

Terrell will be honored at The BIG Give, presented by Mercedes-Benz of Austin on Friday September 9th at 6:30pm at Textile.

Learn more about The BIG Give here!

Bespoke cocktails by Tito’sTequila 512, & Texas Ranger Whiskey
Local beer selection by Craft Beer Austin & wine by Barefoot Wine
Passed food truck inspired plates
Dessert by Elizabeth Street Cafe & Love Puppies
Austin’s original vintage VW photobooth Vannagram & Co

ILHIGH will also honor one Austin nonprofit organization that excels in engaging their donors with the RetailMeNot Nonprofit Award.

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Congratulations, Melanie!

Monday night, nearly 900 guests gathered in Dallas Texas for the Southwest Youth of the Year Celebration. Congratulations to our very own BGCAA Club member Melanie (Mah-Lah-Nee) W. who was named the 2016-2017 Southwest Youth of the Year!
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So far, Melanie has received multiple scholarships in conjunction with this great honor. Her awards include: $5K from the Austin Boys and Girls Club Foundation; $5K from an anonymous BGCAA donor; $5K from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her Texas win; and $10K from BGCA renewable each year for up to $40K.

This fall, Melanie will travel to Washington D.C. to vie for the National Youth of the Year title, which comes with an additional $100,000 scholarship, a potential visit with the President of the United States and the opportunity to serve as a spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America representing four million Club kids and teens.

“As National Youth of the Year, I would hope to spark a legacy of hope and giving in the hearts of teens everywhere,” Webster said. “To inspire them and show that no matter who you are, or where you come from, you can do anything you want in life.”


It was a truly exciting night. Click here to leave a comment for Melanie on the Youth of the Year blog.

To view the full press release, click here.

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First Annual Performing Arts Presentation – March 23

Performing Arts FB BannerJoin us on March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. to watch our talented youth dance, sing, play, and act their way across the Salvage Vanguard Theater stage in the first annual Performing Arts Presentation. The presentation is a culmination of the programs offered in our 25 area Clubs through partnerships with Grounded In MusicAustin Independent School District, and the New School Of Music, Austin. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area serve more than 12,000 youth ages 6-18 each year. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Click here to secure your ticket for the event at the Salvage Vanguard Theater.

 

 

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Melanie Webster Talks Boys & Girls Clubs with Studio 512

Melanie_Webster_2Click here to see Melanie Webster, 2016 Youth of the Year of Austin and of North Texas, talk with KXAN’s Studio 512’s Amanda Tatom, about what the Boys & Girls Clubs has meant to her.

Read more at BGC Austin Youth of the Year

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CEO Mark Kiester, Ethics in Business & Community Finalist

Congratulations to our Chief Executive Officer, Mark Kiester! He is a finalist for Recognize Good’s Ethics in Business & Community Award! We will find out if he places as a winner in May. Stay tuned!

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Join Our Team as a Youth Development Professioanal

Are you looking to be an inspiration to our youth through sports?

Are you  energetic, sports oriented and looking for an exciting organization driven to change the lives of the youth in our community, come work with us!

If this sounds like you, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin would be the perfect fit for you!

We have positions open for the following:

  • Youth Development Professional
  • Youth Development Professional- Internship Program

PRIMARY FUNCTION:

Plans, implements, supervise activities provided within a specific program area, such as Education, Special Education, Social Recreation, Arts & Crafts, and Physical Education. 

Part time hours (12-20 hours a week) during the school year: 2:30pm to 8:00pm; Mon-Fri.  Out of school times (i.e. summer, winter break, spring break) will vary.

All employees working at a Club Location based in a school are expected to follow the calendar year of Austin Independent School District. Therefore, when the school is not in operation you will not have work unless specified by your supervisor.

KEY ROLES (Essential Job Responsibilities): 

  • Create an environment that facilitates the achievement of Youth Development Outcomes.
  • Promote and stimulate program participation.
  • Provide guidance and role modeling to members.
  • Effectively implement and administer programs, services and activities for members and visitors.
  • Monitor and evaluate programs, services and activities to ensure safety of the members, quality in programs and appearance of the club at all times.
  • Prepare periodic activity reports.
  • Ensure a productive work environment by participating in meetings as assigned.
  • Prepare, create, research and write unit and lesson plans as directed by supervisor and as schedule allows.

Click here to view the job description.

Please send your resume to patricia.drake@bgcaustin.org.

 

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Join our team as a Boys & Girls Club Director for Del Valle High School!

 

Are you looking to inspire and make a positive change in today’s youth?

 We are currently seeking a Full time director to be located at Del Valle High School. 

The club director will;

  • Direct and manage overall daily operations of the designated Club.
  • Meet all grant requirements, quality program implementation, service delivery, supervision and training of staff, school relationship, facilities management, budget management, community relations and membership administration for the specified club.
  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate overall Club programs, services and activities to ensure they meet stated objectives and member needs and interests.
  • Compile regular reports reflecting all activities, attendance, and participation in each program.

This is a grant funded position, 4 Year college degree required.

Spanish speaking is a plus.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to leo.santana@bgcaustin.org

Click here to learn more about the position.

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Join Our Team as a Youth Sports Referee

Are you looking to be an inspiration to our youth through sports?

Are you  energetic, sports oriented and looking for an exciting organization driven to change the lives of the youth in our community, come work with us!

If this sounds like you, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin would be the perfect fit for you!

The Youth Sports Referee will be responsible for:

Refereeing games for Elementary, Middle and/or High School Club members; set up and break down field or court before and after games; sub at various Clubs as needed.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

Referee or coaching experience preferred; knowledge of soccer, flag football and basketball; must have reliable transportation to and from games and training.

Hours:

  • Part time (10-15 hours per week) – Afterschool hours vary for each site, but are anywhere between the hours of 3:00-7:00pm
  • Monday-Friday with an occasional Saturday for games or training.
  • Pay Rate: $9-10/hr

To view the job description for the Youth Sports Referee Click here.

Please email your resumes to jennifer.knight@bgcaustin.org.

 

 

 

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Join Our Team as a Club Director for Walnut Creek Elementary

Are you looking to inspire and make a positive change in our youth?

We are currently seeking a Full Time Club Director to be located at Walnut Creek Elementary.

The Club Director will;

  • Direct and manage overall daily operations of the designated Club.
  • Meet all grant requirements, quality program implementation, service delivery, supervision and training of staff, school relationship, facilities management, budget management, community relations and membership administration for the specified Club.
  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate overall Club programs, services and activities to ensure they meet stated objectives and member needs and interests.
  • Compile regular reports reflecting all activities, attendance and participation in each program.

This is a grant position, 4 year college degree required.

Spanish speaking preferred.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to kelley.carmon@bgcaustin.org.

Click here for the full job description.

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Join Our Team as an Education Director

Job Opening: Education Director
Full time exempt
Pay: 30,000.00 per year/12 month position Monday through Friday and able to work occasional weekends.
Locations: Walnut Creek Elementary or Barbara Jordan Elementary

The Education Director is responsible for overseeing the delivery of a broad range of programs within Education & Career Development and Health & Life Skills. Responsible for creating program and lesson plans for program facilitation for elementary school (grades 1st-5th) on a daily basis. Responsible for coordinating with local school or community organizations in order to increase individual member academic success and school attendance. Responsible for assisting the Club Director or Director of Program Services in creating and maintaining positive relationships within the community (parents, schools, other community organizations, etc.). Case Management for 30 students, lead the club when the club director is out, facilitate Brainstormers class; support and train staff; provide leadership when the Club director is out.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree.

Spanish speaking preferred.

This is a grant funded position.

Read the full job description here.
Please forward your resume and cover letter to kelley.carmon@bgcaustin.org by Aug 3rd.

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Join Our Team – Volunteer Coordinator Needed

We are currently hiring to fill our Volunteer Coordinator position. The Volunteer Coordinator organizes, coordinates and manages the recruitment of volunteers for the Clubs, special events, programs and various departments including Program Services and Resource Development. The primary objective is focused on meeting the volunteer needs of the organization’s Culture of Philanthropy by training of volunteers, volunteer management, and other duties as assigned.

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to emily.brake@bgcaustin.org by June 29th.

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A New Love for Tennis

Thanks to the NatiPro_Feet_Tennis_Clinic_Kidsonal Sporting Goods Association and Pro Feet, Inc. for treating our kids to a special field trip to learn all about tennis. Oscar, 9, and his brother Joel, 11, were faced with the difficult choice of the tennis trip or church, where they had been chosen to greet people and assist during the service for the first time. Oscar made his decision. “I’m going to choose the tennis field trip because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I can serve at church next week,” he said. Once they arrived at the tennis venue, the kids became increasingly excited by their new surroundings, and were especially thrilled when upon their arrival they each received a new tennis racket! The kids did great following instructions and the coaches who taught basic skills were fun and patient with these beginners. The kids were intensely focused on learning and were dedicated to improving their form. A big hit was collecting the balls at the end of the session. The kids loved taking turns with the basket to retrieve the balls. Of course, balancing as many as possible on the racket was also a fun challenge. Overall the kids had a blast and a new energy about a sport many of them had never tried before.

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Join Our Team as a Technology Tutor

Do you have a passion for technology and helping kids? Join our team as a Tech Tutor!

The Technology Tutor is responsible for overseeing, implementing, and monitoring evaluation of technology skills through STEM programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area sites.

The primary concern in focused on implementing programs at sites by promoting program participation, effectively administering programs through provided curriculum, and providing guidance and role modeling to members while sharing a love of learning and teaching members creative problem-solving skills.

Technology Tutors will also monitor and evaluate programs in tandem with the STEM Director. This will require candidates to have strong interpersonal and communication skills (both verbal and written). Programs include robotics, coding, stop-motion animation, basic computer skills, web design, digital photography, etc. Training provided. While background knowledge of these areas is preferred, ability to learn new skills in order to teach them to students is required.

This position is part-time at 20 hours/week and year round following AISD school schedule. Experience working with students in Title 1 schools preferred.

Please submit letter of interest and resume to jennifer.himstedt@bgcaustin.org by 6/19/2015.

 

 

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Taco Bell “Graduate for MAS” Celebration – May 26

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For two decades, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with Taco Bell Foundation to make teen empowerment a national priority. As a leader in youth development during out-of-school time, BGCA is “redefining the opportunity equation” by leveraging the power of after-school and summer programs, and its partnership with Taco Bell Foundation to inspire and empower more youth toward success.

On Tuesday, May 26, join us for a special graduation celebration event at Lanier H.S.
Students from Lanier H.S. and Burnet M.S. will celebrate the conclusion of the “Graduate for Mas” program, and two Lanier seniors will receive $5,000 college scholarships from the Taco Bell Foundation. The program will include a keynote speech by Ann Teich, Austin ISD Board Trustee for District 3 and former Lanier H.S. student.

Press Release – BGCAustin and Taco Bell Foundation Graduation

For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs and Taco Bell Foundation’s partnership, click here.

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Round Rock Express – Discounted Tickets for April 23

 Join us on April 23 as the Round Rock Express takes on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. We will be recognized as the Chasco Community Partner for the evening. Follow these simple steps to receive a special discount on tickets. Feel free to share the code with friends!

Click here to get your tickets.

Enter the code: bgcaustin. Click “Submit”

Choose “Boys and Girls Club IR” to receive your discount

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Join Our Team as a STEM Director

Are you passionate about youth development and the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? Lead our STEM team as STEM Director! This position focuses on lesson planning, service delivery, supervision and training of staff, budget management, community relations and membership administration for the specified Club.

Click here to see the full position description and requirements.

For more information or to apply, contact Kierstin Hettler, Curriculum Specialist, at Kierstin.Hettler@bgcaustin.org. Applications accepted through 5:00 p.m. on April 27. (No phone calls, please.)

 

 

 

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National Boys & Girls Clubs Week: March 23 – March 27

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March 23 through March 27 is National Boys & Girls Clubs Week! What does that mean? Clubs around the country will tell stories to deepen understanding of what happens in Clubs and share the impact Clubs have in communities.

We invite you to Open the Door, and Take the Tour this week at Clubs around Austin. We look forward to seeing you at the Club!

Wednesday, March 25

Open the Door to the Chalmers Courts Club: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Wear your favorite team shirt or jersey and participate in an Iron Chef Challenge and obstacle course 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Map to Chalmers

Open the Door to the Ann Richards Club: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Join for an afternoon in celebration of and recognition of outstanding Club members’ academic achievements. Bulletin Board will feature Girls Club’s Youth of the Years, BGC history, and hall of fame alumni. Club members will read bios of celebrity BGC alum during announcements
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 Open the Door to the Walnut Creek Elementary Club: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Help Club members create care packages filled with letters, personal care items and snacks that many of us take for granted on a daily basis – to be sent as a thank you to our troops overseas. Map to Walnut Creek

Thursday, March 26

Open the Door to the Cook Elementary Club: 4:00 – 6;00 p.m. Join the Club’s Junior Staff for a School Clean Up and creation of a Diversity Mural Map to Cook

Open the Door to the Wooldridge Elementary Club: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. It’s Alien Attacks Day! Participate in fun STEM activities geared around planets, the stars and NASA and experience the Mobile Planetarium! Map to Wooldridge

Open the Door to Chalmers Courts Club: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. It’s Superhero Day! Dress up as a superhero. A surprise guest will show up to help decorate capes and masks. Map to Chalmers

Friday, March 27

Open the Door to the Cook Elementary Club: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to this Confectionary Party: “The Sweet Things We Do at Club!” Map to Cook

Open the Door to the Wooldridge Club: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. It’s Rock star and Diva Day! Watch the Club’s talent show. Club members and staff will get on stage and perform to the latest hits as well as original pieces. Map to Wooldridge

Open the Door to the Garcia Club: “DIY 2.0”, a Time Warner Cable supported STEM program will come to a close. Club members will display the products of their hard work over the past 10 weeks. A formal program will begin at 4:00 p.m. Map to Garcia

Open the Door to the Chalmers Courts Club: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. It’s a Great Futures Boys & Girls Clubs Party! Join the fun and get to know some of our great kids.
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Youth of the Year Dennis Vera Visits Studio 512

Hear from Youth of the Year DenDennis_Studio512nis Vera why the Boys & Girls Clubs is so important to her and her peers. Thanks to Studio 512 and Amanda Tatom for having us on the show. Click the image to watch the interview.

 

 

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AMPLIFY GREAT FUTURES – March 5th and 6th

Are you as pumped about Amplify Austin as we are?! On March 5th and 6th, we will celebrate as Austin comes together to raise 7 million dollars for worthy causes that make our city a better place to work and live.

Please join us as we Amplify Great Futures. On March 5-6, our friends at St. David’s Foundation will amplify every dollar donated – the more we collect, the more they match.

Just click here to schedule your donation.

Get Up and Give Boost Hour: Help us raise an Amplify “Bass Booster” prize of $1,000 by donating between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on March 6th.

The Amplify Great Futures Watch Party: Root us on to the finish! Join us at Departure Lounge on Friday, March 6th from 3pm to 6pm as we watch the leader boards in real time over snacks and beverages. Click here to RSVP.

 

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ACTION REQUESTED: Stop Senate Bill HR 5

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has drafted and put forth a bill that eliminates and repurposes 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) Funding across the country – which currently provides afterschool and summer learning programs for 1.6 million students.

What does Bill HR 5 mean for the Boys & Girls Clubs?
If passed, then HALF OF THE KIDS WE SERVE IN AUSTIN WILL BE LEFT WITH NOWHERE TO GO AFTER SCHOOL.

Considering that Club members have better school attendance, better grades, and get into trouble less often, this would be devastating to the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs – to inspire and enable all kids, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Further, 57% of Boys & Girls Clubs alumni say “the Club saved my life,” This is, quite literally, a life and death decision for thousands of kids in Austin and millions of children nationwide.

Please make your voice heard on behalf of children who cannot speak for themselves. Tell your representatives and tell your friends that cutting 21st Century funding will result in a national tragedy. Here’s how:

  1. Send a message to the House and Senate today. Use the convenient template provided by the Afterschool Alliance.

    Use the sample text below, the text provided on the template, or create your own. There will be a place for you to insert your own closing

    Sample Text:
    On behalf of more than 6,000 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area 21st CCLC members, thank you for your support of approving funding for afterschool and summer learning programs in previous years. It has been undeniably proven that after school and summer programs provide critical support for children’s learning and safety and for working families across the country. By eliminating funding for 21st Century programs, thousands of Austin area children and millions of at-risk and disadvantaged children will fall between the cracks of society; and will continue to perpetuate the cycle of poverty and despair throughout America. Please continue to serve as an Ambassador of the great state of Texas, and as an advocate for our children and tomorrow’s leaders by insuring that no bill is passed without providing the continuation of 21st Century Learning Center funding included.

  1. Enlist others to help. Email your friends the link to this post and ask them to take action, and post to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Facebook/LinkedIn post:

Friends, please help. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) put forth Senate Bill HR 5, which would eliminate and repurpose 21st Century Community Learning Center funding, providing afterschool and summer programs for 1.6 million students nationwide, including half of @Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area Club members.

Please take just a few moments to speak up for kids who cannot speak for themselves. http://bit.ly/1EkSRwH

Tweet this:

Take action! Stop Senate Bill HR5. Save #afterschool & summer programs for 1.6mm students & 6K @BGCAustin Club kids! http://bit.ly/1EkSRwH

  1. Stay involved. We will keep you up to date and possibly ask for you to take action again. We simply cannot let this bill pass and fail our children.

Additional Information

What is 21st Century Funding?

21st Century funding is awarded to Title I Schools to help reduce and eliminate the educational gap for children living in impoverished, and at-risk communities. A school receives the Title I designation when 40% or more of its students fall below the level of poverty and receive free or reduced meals.

What does living in poverty mean?

As defined by the Federal Government, living below the level of poverty means that a family of 4 makes collectively less than $23,000 per year; and that a family of up to 8 earn wages of $40,000 or less.

Why get involved?

With the introduction of Bill HR 5, thousands of Austin area children and over 1.6 million kids nationwide living in poverty, attending Title I schools, will lose their after-school and summer program. Clubs will close, programs will end and children will be the victims of this reckless decision. They will leave school every day unguided, unsupervised and unsafe, instead of attending a safe, fun and engaging Boys & Girls Club.

Use this chance to speak for Austin kids, as well as millions of other children throughout our country. Reach out to Senators Cornyn and Cruz, and specifically Senator Alexander, and let them know you care for kids, you vote, and that the Draft ESEA Reauthorization and support of eliminating 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding is unacceptable. They must insist and assure that these dollars are available to continue to fund critical after school programs for at-risk children. Please take action today.

 

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Meet Our 2015 Youth of the Year Finalists

On Wednesday, December 11, five teen Club members competed for the 2015 Youth of the Year competition.  This annual competition awards a total of $8,000 in college scholarships to the top two candidates. The Youth of the Year program recognizes teens for outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. The three judges had a difficult job yet again this year. Judges included Dr. Gloria Williams, Executive Director with Austin Independent School District, Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton and Rob Tomasino, VP of Operations at A+ Federal Credit Union. Under the leadership of board member Michael Dunn, Dell employees dedicated many hours working with candidates on their presentation, poise and response skills. Special thanks to A+ Federal Credit Union for sponsoring our 2015 Youth of the Year program. Congratulations to all of these outstanding Club members. Please take a moment to read their stories.

DennisDennis, a senior at the Ann Richards Girls Club, recently completed eight college applications.  Her top choices are Harvard and Yale.  Dennis is fervent in her commitment to attend an Ivy League school.  Dennis plans to become a politician, and will major in political science and communications.  Currently, Dennis’s family does not all live under one roof. As Dennis’s mom works to make enough money to provide a living space for her kids, Dennis lives with her sister, a student at the University of Texas.  Dennis is so driven that, for a while, she would wake at 4:00 a.m. to go to McDonalds to do her homework, as her house was without electricity.  Dennis is a dynamic speaker and a talented young lady. She is our 2015 Youth of the Year of Austin, and recipient of a $5,000 scholarship from the Austin Boys & Girls Club Foundation. Congratulations, Dennis, on this well-earned honor!

MarcusMarcus, a senior and Club member at LBJ High School, knows exactly where he is going and how he will get there.  He dreams of becoming a corporate or real estate attorney, as well as giving back to the community.  Marcus is on the national honor roll, president of his choir group and has a part-time job. It seems that Marcus never sleeps! Although Marcus’s mother and father are not actively involved in his life, he is committed to helping his family and others in community.  Marcus was chosen as the recipient of the $3,000 college scholarship from Austin Boys & Girls Club Foundation.

 

DamarisDamaris is 14 years old and attends our Chalmers Courts Club.  As a freshman at Austin High, she is considering college majors. While she is not sure what her major or career will be, she is set on attending Texas A&M. Damaris’s role model is her mom.  As a single parent who works constantly, Damaris’s mom sought out the Club, as she did not want Damaris to spend so much time alone.  Damaris has struggled at times, as English is not her first language. Since joining the Club, Damaris has received one on one help with her homework, and her grades have significantly improved.

 

JazminJazmin, 14, is a freshman and member at the East Austin College Preparatory Club. Jazmin is taking several Advanced Placement courses, a particularly impressive accomplishment, as she has she has been diagnosed with dyslexia.  Jazmin’s goal is to show her siblings, who share the same condition, that a college career and being successful are entirely possible despite having a learning disability.  Jazmin has a passion for theater and recently had her first audition for a full-length film. While she was not selected for the role, Jazmin is committed to a career in broadcast journalism.  As a leader in her Club’s drama program, Jazmin plans to attend Columbia University.

 

 

melaniMelanie, Club member at Lanier High School, is Lieutenant of her dance team, but made a special request to note that she would do whatever it takes to earn Captain next year. Melanie is zealously committed to both dance and to her dream of being a medical doctor. She is torn between becoming a general practitioner or a dermatologist. Whichever direction she chooses, she wants to help low-income patients. Growing up without regular parental support, Melanie feels that the Lanier Boys & Girls Club is her surrogate family, and gives her that human connection she sometimes lacks at home.

 

Want to help great kids like these students? Make a gift for our year-end campaign today. Great futures start here.

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Be Nice and Social: Vote for Boys & Girls Clubs

Would you like to see the Club receive a generous donation and a day of volunteering from local company Spredfast? Simply vote for us on Twitter and Instagram and use #VoteBGC in the post between December 2 and December 17. Multiple votes are allowed, and re-tweets count. Thank you for voting!

Sample post:
I’m using social for good to support @BCGAustin for @Spredfast’s #beniceandsocial  #VoteBGC

 

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Shop Great Deals, Help Great Kids

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When you shop online at retailers like Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and many others, visit Give as You Get first, and a portion of your purchase will go to our kids. It’s one simple click that goes a long way.

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#GivingTuesday is Dec 2nd

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday!

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs will join families, nonprofits, businesses, community centers, and students around the for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Consider giving the gift of a great future as part of this global celebration of a new tradition of generosity. Click here to make your gift today.

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Mark Kiester Named Nonprofit Executive of the Year

Mark Kiester - BGCAAOn Tuesday, November 11th, our Chief Professional Officer, Mark Kiester, was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Greenlights for Nonprofit Success.  Click here to see Mark’s interview.

This award celebrates a nonprofit staff leader whose achievements have resulted in significant community impact. The annual Greenlights awards recognize nonprofits and individuals driving social change to improve our community. The winners were chosen by a committee of local business executives, nonprofit professionals, community leaders and past winners. Greenlights is Austin’s go-to social sector resource and leader, providing nonprofits, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance they need to tackle complex community challenges.

 

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DREAMS Gala After Party Tickets Available

The DREAMS Gala is sold out, but you can still walk the red carpet with Austin Way Magazine to the After Party of Your Dreams. Tickets include open bar, midnight snacks, entertainment by DJ Manny, body paint (if you dare), portraits, giveaways and plenty of dancing! Purchase tickets here.

Friday, November 14, 2014
DREAMS Gala
Four Seasons Hotel – Austin 6:00 p.m. w/After Party of Your Dreams at 9:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Virtus Real Estate Capital

Every future starts with a dream. Join an evening of fun in celebration of our great Club kids and their dreams for a great future. Festivities include a cocktail reception, dinner, exciting silent and live auctions by auctioneer extraordinaire Andrew Bost and live performance by ZACH Performing Arts School’s Pre-Professional Companies.  Stay late for the After Party of Your Dreams, featuring  entertainment by DJ Manny, body paint, portraits, open bar, midnight snacks and more, all in support of 12,000 great kids in Austin.

Click here to see photos of the 2013 Black & White Gala Meets Broadway.

 

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8th Annual Day for Kids: Join the Fun!

DFK_BG_Club_Logo_Ribbon_BalloonsSaturday, September 20, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
East Club – 901 Thompson St, Austin  78702

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THIS SUPER FUN EVENT? 
Email Emily.Brake@bgcaustin.org or call
512-444-7199.

Make a kid’s day! Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin’s Day for Kids is a day to celebrate our youth and for grown-ups to spend quality time with some amazing kids!  Day for Kids is a nationwide event that takes place on the third Saturday of September, and is a kick off to a  school year of families spending quality time together. Thanks to event sponsor, Seton Health Plan, Boys & Girls Club’s Day for Kids is a FREE Community event filled with fun activities such as a rock wall, petting zoo, inflatables, music, entertainment and more. Join the celebration at our East Club for a day of fun on Saturday, September 2o, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here to view photos of last year’s event.

Thanks to Our Event Sponsor

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Great Futures Campaign Kickoff at the Mall and Online

Join us for an afternoon of fun when we bring the Club to the mall! Barton Creek Mall this Thursday, July 31 at 3:00 p.m. for the launch of our Great Futures Campaign! Club members will lead activities that highlight our key outcome areas of Academic Success; Character and Good Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. Stop by to see the Club in action. We’ll have a free raffle and giveaways by BGCAA and Coke Rewards! Download the official invitation here.

Become a Great Futures Campaign Online Advocate! Opportunities to help:

  • Facebook: Like our page, join the event and invite your friends!
  • Join Bell Heard ‘Round the Web At 3:00 p.m. on July 31, join the online campaign launch and help the Club trend on all the social media sites! Download our social media guide and sample posts here.
  • Profile photo: Spread awareness by changing your profile photo on FB, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In to our logo for the day (or longer!). Get the image here. Please caption the photo with “Open the door to a great future for kids in Austin at www.bgcaustin.org and www.greatfutures.org.

The Great Futures Campaign is an unprecedented initiative to mobilize our country around the issues facing America’s youth, raise awareness about the critical role of the Out-of-School Time, and empower the next generation on their path to a great future. Our Campaign Launch will capture the attention of audiences nationwide through several key components, including issuing an online component. At 3 p.m., the “Bell Heard ‘Round the Web” digital disruptor will engage our celebrity supporters, corporate partners and employees, Clubs and alumni to raise awareness on social media and on websites.

 

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Save these Dates! Brian Jones Golf Classic and Dreams Gala

Save these dates for fun and philanthropy!

Monday, September 8, 2014 
12th Annual Brian Jones Golf Classic
Twin Creeks Country Club 9:00 a.m.
Pre-tournament party will be held the evening of Sept 7 at Top Golf.

Join former UT great, All-American and NFL Linebacker, CBS College Football Analyst and Club Alumnus Brian Jones at the exclusive Twin Creeks Country Club for a round of golf on one of the most stunning golf courses in Texas! Don’t miss the pre-tournament celebration the evening before at Top Golf, including food, drinks, live music, and a live auction of exciting golf and travel packages!  Contact Linda Thompson at
512-444-7199 or Linda.Thompson@bgcaustin.org for information on reserving a foursome, a player spot, or a sponsorship.

Friday, November 14, 2014
Dreams Gala
Four Seasons Hotel – Austin 6:00 p.m. w/After Party of Your Dreams at 9:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Virtus Real Estate Capital

Every future starts with a dream. Join an evening of fun in celebration of our great Club kids and their dreams for a great future. Festivities include a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions and live performance by Zach Performing Arts School’s
“Pre-Professional Companies,” Stay late for the After Party of Your Dreams, featuring  entertainment by DJ Manny, body paint, portraits, open bar, midnight snacks and more, all in support of 12,000 great kids in Austin.

Click here to see event sponsorship opportunities.
Click here to see photos of the 2013 Black & White Gala Meets Broadway.

 

 

 

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Shop for Mom, Help Great Kids

Stop by Diamonds Direct Austin to pick up the perfect gift for Mom, and 10% of your purchase goes to our great kids. Bonus: You will receive a special Mother’s Day card designed by a Club kid to make your gift complete.

 

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Club Volunteer Allison Baker Named RecognizeGood Legend

We are thrilled to announce that our good friend, long-time volunteer and donor Allison Baker has been named a RecognizeGood Legend!  For more than seven years, Allison and her family have volunteered countless hours, primarily filling one of our most important needs: feeding our hungry kiddos. Donating more than 10,000 pounds of beef through her own organization, Cattlemen Care, she and her family have personally cooked and delivered (with her children’s help), more than 15,000 “Goode Meals” . But this is only the first of a long list of contributions from the amazing Baker family. Former BGCAA Staff member Brian Beaulieu nominated Allison and her family for the award. Read the original heartfelt and inspiring nomination here.

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Chief Professional Officer Mark Kiester, The Baker Family, and Austin H.S. Football Coach Mike Rosenthal

From the RecognizeGood Blog:

RecognizeGood is pleased to announce our first Legend award winner of 2014 … Allison Baker!

 Allison is equal parts motivator and go-getter, and both her savvy volunteer coordination and sheer personal effort have contributed to a huge impact on Austin’s underprivileged and homeless. Not only has she recruited and motivated over 700 Austin High and St. Andrew’s High athletes and leadership students to volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin events, but along with the team at her own nonprofit organization Cattlemen Care has donated over 92,000 meals. You read that right! All donated meals donated are known as “Goode Meals“, and are donated in memory of friend and volunteer Jamie Goode. If all of the hamburgers included with each Goode Meal were laid end-to-end, they would stretch over more than 100 football fields! Over half of those meals have fed the kids at Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin, but other organizations benefiting from Allison’s generosity and tenacity include The Settlement Home for Children, Caritas of Austin, Helping Hand Home for Children, Trinity Center Austin, Austin Children’s Shelter, Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), Angel House, Casa Marianella and Posada Esperanza, plus the incredible efforts of fellow Legend award winner Lola Stephens-Bell. 

On March 20, Allison was honored at a ceremony at the South Club, and presented a $1,000.00 pay-it-forward donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin. Click here to see photos. 

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Amplify BGCAA!

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The 2nd Annual Amplify Austin giving event is fast approaching. For 24 hours, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on March 20th, thousands of Central Texans will give to organizations that make our city, state, and world a better place. Consider “Amplifying” Austin’s future by making an investment in our city’s most precious natural resource – our kids.

How You Can Help

1.  Visit our page and schedule your gift today.  No calendar necessary. Simply complete the information, and your gift will process on March 20th after 6pm.

2. Set up your own fundraising page. Become an advocate for kids. Page setup is super easy, and super impactful. Encourage others to invest in Austin’s kids through the Boys & Girls Clubs.

3. Join our Power Hour. Make your gift between 7pm and 8pm on March 20th and help the Club win extra incentives. This one you can mark your calendar for!

$42.50 per month sponsors one Club kid. This monthly investment has the best ROI possible – click here to find out more about our impact.

An investment of any amount will help a great Club kid have a great future!

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ATXMan Golf Classic

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area is looking for a team to be our sponsor for this year’s ATXMAN Golf Classic! What does a sponsorship include?  Your $2500 donation to BGCAA gets you a team in the Golf Classic and the following benefits:

  • Spectacular round of golf on Austin’s most beautiful course (team of four)
  • Invitation for golfers + four guests (total eight to attend gourmet dinner) provided by Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, including cocktails and entertainment
  • Recognition at awards ceremony for your generous participation
  • Great networking opportunity
  • Fantastic auction items
  • That great feeling of knowing you supported 18 local Austin nonprofits at once
  • A direct donation of $2500 to our Club kids!

Interested? Hurry! This offer is first come, first served. Contact Linda Thompson at
512-444-7199 to get your team registered.

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READ IT AND EAT IT BOOK DRIVE

Are you off and looking for something service-oriented to do in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Bring by new or gently used children’s books (ages 0-18) and drop by our South Club today. Eat free food, and for every three books donated, receive a raffle ticket for yummy Austin eateries. National Day of Service Flyer

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Field Day with Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Friends

calripkenfielddayOur kids enjoyed a fun morning of sports and life lessons, thanks to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, and volunteers from St. Edward’s University and Austin. H.S. Thanks to our amazing staff and volunteers for a great event!

View this event on KXAN News

 

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Download Our Latest Newsletter

Click the link below to download our 2013 Winter Newsletter. Enjoy!                                    BGCAA Winter Newsletter

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Happy #GivingTuesday!

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In celebration of today’s national day of giving, we are asking our friends to take a few minutes of Giving Tuesday to invest in a Boys & Girls Club kid. Here are a few ways to help:

INVEST
With 100% of Club seniors graduating, compared to 76% of their peers, there is no better investment than our most precious resource – our great kids! Click here to make an investment of any amount.

VOLUNTEER
Share the spirit of giving by signing up for an upcoming volunteer event like wrapping gifts at Book People or helping create memories with Help Portrait. Contact Emily.Brake@bgcaustin.org  to sign up.

SHARE
Taking a few minutes to connect your personal and business networks with our kids is invaluable for spreading the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Use these hashtags on all social media sites to be a part of the social media movement: #bgcaustin #givingtuesday

Thank you for your efforts to help every kid in Austin have a great future!

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David Yurman – Private Shopping Event

Get ahead on holiday shopping at an evening of private shopping at David Yurman at the Domain. A portion of the evenings proceeds with benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin’s Fine Arts curriculum.

When: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: David Yurman – The Domain Map
Host: Lorrie Garcia

RSVP: rsvpaustin@davidyurman.com 877-998-7626
Click here to download the invitation.

 

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The Black & White Gala Meets Broadway

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The Black & White Gala Meets Broadway
November 8     Four Seasons Hotel – Austin

On November 8, join us at the Four Seasons Hotel for a Broadway style evening of fun in celebration of our great kids.

Festivities include:

Cocktail reception
Dinner
Silent and live auctions
Entertainment by
Zach Performing Arts School Pre-Professional Companies

View last year’s gala photos.

Download sponsor packages.

Download Guest invitation.

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Brian Jones Golf Classic

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Monday, September 9, 2013
Hills of Lakeway
8:00am – 5:00pm

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Join former UT great, All-American and NFL Linebacker and Club Alumnus Brian Jones at The Hills of Lakeway for a round of golf on one of the most stunning golf courses in Texas! Contact Linda Thompson at 512-444-7199 or Linda.Thompson@bgcaustin.org for information on reserving a foursome, a player spot, or a sponsorship.

Special Note for past sponsors and players: This year, we are offering foursomes as opposed to threesomes plus a celebrity. Celebrities will not be a part of the teams for this year’s tournament, but we guarantee just as much fun! >>More info

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“Somebody” Spring Luncheon with John Paul DeJoria May 21st.


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Hilton Austin 
11:00am – 1:30pm

Join us at The Hilton Austin for the largest corporate luncheon in Austin! Hear from one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and philanthropists and Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Famer, John Paul DeJoria. Enjoy performances by Club members, a speech by the Club’s 2012 Youth of the Year, and a delicious lunch with the most important guests of all – our great kids! All proceeds benefit the 1,700 kids we serve every day.

John Paul DeJoria traces both his entrepreneurial drive and passion for environmental activism back to the Variety Boys Club in East Los Angeles. Soon after he joined the Club, John Paul was selling the planters he constructed in the wood shop – his first profit-making endeavor. The Club’s Mount Wilson summer camp provided formative experiences in nature. Co-founder of both Paul Mitchell Systems and The Patron Spirits Company, John Paul has received numerous honors for philanthropy and green business practices. His generous donation is helping to make possible a complete renovation of the Variety Boys & Girls Club’s 65-year-old building.

Table sponsorships start at $2,500. Individual tickets are $275

For more information, contact Linda Thompson at 512-444-7199 or Linda.Thompson@bgcaustin.org

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