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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento would like to thank all of the members of LS13 for all of their effort in 'remixing' the Raley Teen Center!

Sarah Barkawi, Uptown Studios
Sunny Buchert, SMUD
Louis Biggers, Intel Corporation
Sean Collins, A. Teichert & Son, Inc.
Adrian Engel, Mark Thomas & Company
Ashley Brand, Dignity Health
Ellen Brown, Kaiser Permanente
Delia Estada, Sutter Health
Johnnise Foster0Downs, Sacramento Metro Chamber
Kimberlie Hiltachk, Hiltachk Marketing Group
Erin Harris, City Year, Inc.
Brett Jones, DST Output
Shannon Heaps, SAFE Credit Union
Jean Kim, Flintco Pacific, Inc. 
Jennifer Hill, Crowe Horwath, LLP
Gerry McIntyre, GMPdigital Corporate Photographer
John McIntyre, Mercy Foundation
Mike Novak, Lionakis
Clay Merrill, Moroch
David Palmer, VSP Global / Eyefinity
Amanda Merz, Junior League of Sacramento
Joan Pederson, PRIDE Industries
Mark Mraule, Rabobank NA
Jeffrey Peek, CohnReznick, LLC
Kelly Pope, Downey Brand LLP
Andrea Rogozinski, Crossroads Diversified Services, Inc.
Anena Quintero, DPR Construction
Talia Shani-Kaufman, WayUp Sacramento
Carolyn Ramirez, UC Davis Health System
Aaron Silva, Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld, LLP
Gina Roberson, The Child Abuse Prevention Center
Dan Stouder, Boutin Jones Inc.
Annie Stuckert, Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Erica Taylor, Five Star Bank
Kelly Bennett-Wofford, Sacramento Covered
Scott Moak, 3fold Communications
Renee von Elton, CVM Law Group, LLP
Gina Stuart, Sacramento Metro Chamber
Marty Willett, Buzz Oates Group of Companies


Support Leadership Sacramento's goal in transforming the downtown Sacramento Raley Center into a Dedicated Teen Club! Join us on November 2nd for Community Day, presented by Sutter Health and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento.

Volunteers remodel Boys and Girls Club in downtown Sacramento

There was paint galore Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club in downtown Sacramento. A crew of 80 white-shirted volunteers descended on the club’s Raley Branch at 1117 G St., painting the walls navy blue and jamming to loud radio music in the background. At one point, Dinger, the Sacramento River Cats mascot, made a special appearance, dancing around and offering high-fives.

The remodeling project was sponsored by Sacramento Metro Chamber’s Leadership Sacramento Class of 2013, in collaboration with the River Cats and Sutter Health. “We wanted to do something that would impact teens. It’s a segment of our society that needs additional resources,” said Clay Merrill, who is part of the leadership class. The Boys and Girls Club was changing the facility into a full-fledged teen center, so taking on this project was a natural fit, Merrill said.

More than $100,000 was raised for the remodeling, along with $30,000 worth of donations. The center isn’t only getting a fresh layer of paint. Volunteers are upgrading the technology room with better computers and creating a new dance room. They will also bring in cardiovascular equipment for an exercise room.

Built in 1999, the Raley Branch serves 80 regular members and is open five days a week. The nonprofit Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento helps 1,200 young people, ages 6 to 18, at its two branches and six school sites throughout the region. “Teens need to go somewhere safe so they won’t get into trouble,” said Erin Chandler, spokeswoman for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento.

Neisha McCall, 16, attends Discovery High School in Natomas and is a regular visitor to the Raley Branch. She hopes the remodeling will draw more teens. “The club has shaped who I am today,” she said. “I didn’t have the best attitude before.” The project is expected to be completed by year’s end. The Raley Branch will remain open during the renovation.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento is beyond thrilled to have been selected by the Metro Chamber’s Leadership Sacramento Class of 2013 as the beneficiary of their class project. The LS13 class will help transform our downtown Raley Branch site into a dedicated Teen Center!

Due to an increase in after-school programs for elementary students, there is less of a need to provide programs serving young children at the downtown site. However, there are few after-school programs dedicated for teens; therefore, there is a significant need to provide more programs to high school-aged students. The Boys & Girls Club’s Downtown Branch, soon-to-be-named The Club, will provide a series of after school activities that will give teens access to resources and professionals to help them develop skills in careers surrounding the fine arts, fashion design, culinary arts and much more.