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BGC in the Bee:
Bingo! Big jump in players behind major gift to Boys & Girls Club

(July 28, 2016) "Sacramento Consolidated Charities, a fundraising legacy left to Sacramento by Dick and Lynn Gury, gives roughly $1.25 million annually to regional nonprofits, but earlier this week, the organization made what board Chairman Kevin Beers believes is its largest one-time donation: $200,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento." (Read more on Comstock's)


Comstock's Highlight our PG&E Summer Interns


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(July 28, 2016) The first time Margarita Armijo applied for a job, the 16-year-old took one look at the application requirements and said to herself, “What’s a resume?”

But landing her current summer internship went much smoother, thanks to the PG&E Summer Jobs Program, now in its fourth year at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento.

“If you’re given that hand of help, you should take it,” says Armijo, a junior at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento. She is one of two interns assigned to work at a children’s summer camp held at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

For Armijo, the oldest of 12 children, “It’s just in my nature to help out with kids.” (Read more on Comstock's)


The Gap Backpack Campaign


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(July 19, 2016) The Gap Backpack Campaign is back again, just in time for Back to School! This week, customers who make a donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America at Gap Specialty Stores will receive $10.00 off of their purchase and customers who make donations at Gap Factory (Outlet) Stores will receive 10% off their purchase. In 2015, Gap raised over $1M in a week during this promotion and over 5,000 back packs were donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs.


Good Day Sacramento visits our BofA Student Leaders at Teichert

(June 29, 2016) Good Day Sacramento visited Teichert to interview our five Bank of America's Student Leader interns who are earning some cash, giving back to the community and beefing up their leadership skills.


Sacramento Bee Honors Fred Teichert

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(June 27, 2016) Philanthropist and civic leader Fred Teichert didn’t know when he began his quest to bring the Boys & Girls Club to Sacramento that the nonprofit organization had been trying since before the Great Depression to open a site in the only state capital and big city where it had no presence.

“They’d been trying to start what was at the time, Boys Club, since 1927,” Teichert said. “I thought we were just the first ones to have this great idea, but that wasn’t true. What was amazing to me was they had picked a site that was maybe less than a mile from the one on Lemon Hill, where the Teichert Branch is.”

Read more on the Sacramento Bee website.


Congratulations to our Grads!

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(June 24, 2016) We were so happy to host the Taco Bell Graduate for Mas celebration. Taco Bell contributes over $50,000 annually to Sacramento Boys & Girls Clubs for our Graduate for Mas program. The program promotes goal setting, high school graduation, and encouraging Club Members to make a plan for their Great Futures. Our friends at Taco Bell came to the celebration to serve food as well! Congratulations to our graduates, and thank you Taco Bell!


Bank of America Student Leaders

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(June 15, 2016) We are so grateful for the continued support of Bank of America! We're thrilled to partner with them for the third year of the #StudentLeaders program. This summer 5 exceptional young people will spend the summer working at the Club, learning about non-profit agency operations, and getting to know our Club Members and our mission! Later on in the summer, our Student Leaders will spend a week in Washington D.C with other Student Leaders from around the country, gaining leadership skills and learning about public policy and how to make an impact in their communities. Yesterday was the first day on the job for our Student Leaders. Today we are working on a big project- cleaning out and organizing a storage area for our Resource Development Department.


Free Summer Camp Comes to Rancho Cordova

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Brought to you by the City's Community Enhancement Fund

(June 9, 2016) Are you looking for a kid-friendly summer camp? The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento is bringing one to White Rock Elementary School, and it's FREE to you!

We are proud the Boys and Girls Club has selected Rancho Cordova to expand its summer camp program. The summer camp will run from June 20th through July 22nd from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., and is open to kids in the community entering 1st through 6th grades.

Kids will enjoy local field trips, arts and crafts, sports, and exciting adventures. Plus, daily lunch is provided!

Adreana Rubio, Coordinator at Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento, moved to Rancho Cordova six months ago and is currently heading up the summer camp program. Her goal is to create a welcoming space for students to express themselves.

"I feel having a program where kids can truly express who they are is important," said Adreana. "After-school programs give kids that liberty and help them discover their talents. I think that's the magic of the Boys and Girls Club."

The program will be supported by 15 interns from Cordova High School, ranging from freshman to seniors. The goal is to teach students career techniques that will serve them during and after high school.

"This is a first-time job for the students so they will learn how to be on time, function in a professional atmosphere, and work well with others," said Adreana.

One part of the internship is for the students to work together to develop an end- of-summer celebration for the summer camp program.

The program is supported by a $200,000 grant from the City's Community Enhancement Fund.

For more information and to sign up, contact Adreana at (916) 281-8567 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Download the camp flyer in English or en Espanol .


Laylana: Youth of the Month from Kemble Site

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(June 1, 2016) Shout Out to Edward Kemble Elementary Club Member Laylana! She was chosen to be youth of the month because of her great participation and dedication to all club activities. She always has a great attitude when at the club and always follows all expectations during program. She is always willing to help members and staff when ask to do so. She is a role model in her classroom and has never had any issues while at our Club. Great work Laylana!


Juvenile Hall Club Site Academic Decathlon

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(May 25, 2016) Did you Know? Academic Success is one of our priority outcomes at Boys & Girls Club, and we try to find ways to make learning and education fun!

At our Club located in the Juvenile Hall, our staff recently put on a decathlon for each unit and had the members compete in seven academic subjects for a prize. The units were split up into two teams and had to choose which teammate would participate in each subject. The subjects included: Math, Science, English, art, geography, a panel interview, and a one paragraph writing assignment.


Thank You AT&T Volunteers

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(May 25, 2016) Thank you to AT&T for providing volunteers for the PG&E Summer Jobs Program on Interview Day. Preparing our Sacramento youth for jobs is making Great Futures start now!


PG&E Summer Jobs Interview Day

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(May 24, 2016) Phase One of our PG&E Summer Jobs Program recently ended with an Interview Day. High-profile representatives from several local businesses gave 110 students the opportunity to practice their newly-learned interview skills. We wish our candidates the best of luck as they continue their journey in this program and making Great Futures happen.


Ms. Turner Engineering Club

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(April 22, 2016) Check out the amazing Eiffel Tower our Hillsdale Club Members built out of newspapers and masking tape! Future Engineers in the making!


City of Sacramento's Gang Prevention Task Force
help Club Kids Earn & Learn

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(April 18, 2016) Through a grant from the City of Sacramento's Gang Prevention Task Force our Teichert Branch has expanded our intramural athletics league to include job training for teens! Participating teens have attended job readiness workshops and have learned how to professionally officiate athletics competitions from Mr. Jeff and Club staff. The kids in the program receive a stipend for completing various components of the program. This week, they received their first stipend check!.


PG&E's Game of Life

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(April 18, 2016) Life is full of surprises – and so, too, is the Game of Life. Our Club Teens learned this when they took part in an interactive Game of Life activity at our Raley Teen Center on Thursday, April 7. The event, which was done in preparation for this year’s PG&E Summer Jobs Program provided a startling reality check. Teens rotated through stations and had to arrange personal budgets. They had to make decisions on renting a house or apartment, discount store purchases versus mall shopping and whether or not they could buy a new car. Since 2013 we have trained more than 600 teens and placed 184 teen in six-week paid internships through the PG&E Summer Youth Jobs Program with the PG&E grant funding covering student paychecks. View the Club kids in their Digital Flipbook or visit our Facebook photos page.


Staff Members Jon and Heather Nominated for Achievements

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(April 13, 2016) Club Staff Heather H. and Jon R. were nominated for “The N Factor Community Awards." This is an annual event that recognizes individuals and businesses in Natomas hosted by Sacramento District 1 Councilwoman Angelique Ashby. The ceremony will be Saturday, April 30th from 6pm-8pm. Jon and Heather were both nominated for the “Couldn’t Have Done It Without You” award and Jon for the “Distinguished Service To Natomas” award. We are proud of the achievements of our staff to help our youth make great futures happen!


Madison Site's Community Fun

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(March 1, 2016) At our Madison Elementary Club Site, we started to incorporate a Weekly Rally Wrap Up. It gives Club Staff a chance to highlight any students that have been exceptional during the week while reinforcing our Club community. We typically have two games for the kids to play and they really get into cheering for their classmates! A recent favorite was “The Marshmallow Unicorn”. Kids competed by being the first to stack marshmallows on their forehead in a unicorn horn style and holding them balanced for 30 seconds. Fostering community and friendly competition is one of the benefits of being a Club member. ‪GreatFutures‬ start here!


Mad Science Club at Kemble

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(February 23, 2016) Mr. Alfredo started his Mad Science Club at our Edward Kemble Elementary Site! So far, Club Members have experienced making magic milk and slime. The kids really enjoyed getting their hands dirty and having their experiments come to life while following the instructions for their gooey concoctions. They felt excited to display their finished slime especially to their friends and parents. We know how important STEM education is at the Club!


Career Readiness at SCOE Gerber Site

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(February 17, 2016) Over the last few months at our Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Gerber Site, Mr. Andy and Mr. Michael continued their series of Career Readiness activities to help our Club youth prepare for level entry jobs and to build customized resumes. Club Member Michael V. is among our youth that has taken advantage of attending our program activities on a weekly basis. He learned how to successfully follow up with his job applications and physically called each store location. Mr. Michael coached him through the process of speaking formally and how to maintain a positive attitude.

In addition, Mr. Michael formed a study group to help current seniors participating in the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) to pass and receive their high school diploma. Each session, Mr. Michael goes over the practice questions and answers with the seniors. As a result, the seniors are learning valuable test taking and critical thinking skills. ‪Great futures‬ truly start here!


Our Youth Detention Facility Site

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(February 16, 2016) Did you know that we have a Club located within the Sacramento County Youth Detention Facility (YDF)?

Youth earn the opportunity to attend the Club on a weekly basis if they have shown good behavior during the week. We have a wonderful partnership with the Sacramento Probation Department and have enjoyed developing the program there. One fun program at our YDF Club is our fitness competitions to encourage healthy lifestyles. Male and females are in their own categories and both have these exercises: push-up, sit-up, plank, 6 inch leg hold, burpee and supine pull-up. At the end of each week the people who are on the board earn 5 behavior points that go on their YDF total under fitness participation. At the end of the month the top scores are awarded commissary. It has been fun for our Club staff to see the youth working on their fitness goals and improving each month!


Sac County Probation Hosts Tournament

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(February 12, 2016) Thank you to our community partners at Sacramento County Probation for hosting the basketball tournament held Wednesday at our Raley Teen Center downtown. In all, six teams participated – four from all our Sacramento County of Education (SCOE) sites and two from our Raley Teen Center – and the games kept us all on the edge of our seats.

We'd like give special recognition to all the Club staff who provided their enthusiastic support to Sac Probation during the tournament. We also hope to have these tournaments more often as our Club continues to build upon the strong partnership. In addition to providing AWESOME awards and a delicious Subway meal to each of our tournament winners and participants, Sac Probation encouraged our Club Kids to practice the art of sportsmanship. Congrats to Team Hickey and Coach Flores who won the tournament...woo hoo!!!


Congratulations to our Ford Essay Contest Winners

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(February 10, 2016) Big kudos to our Club Kids who participated in the Ford Essay Writing Contest! And the winners are:

1st Place: Trinity Joseph – Raleys: $300 and an ipad!
2nd Place: Destinie Thomas – Raley’s: $200 and an ipad!
3rd Place: Arjennay Dinkins-Williams – Raley’s: $100 and an ipad!
(all Smythe Academy students!)

 

Honorable Mention
Araceli Robles: Teichert
Daejah Dandrich: Hillsdale
Lyola Tonyokwe: Floyd
Jay Vang: Teichert
David Doan: Teichert

We owe our gratitude to our Club site leaders Gina, Jesus, Kenneth and Heather for coaching their Club Kids to participate! Also, thank you to CEO Kimberly Key and our Board members Julianne, Debbie, Maggy and Sam for reading and judging. Of course, thank you to the Ford Motors Company for supporting our work with the youth.


Sacramento Sheriff's Activity League (SAL) Video

(February 9, 2016) We're so proud of our partnership with the Sacramento Sherriff's Department and SAL! Here is a clip to a video the deputies made of all of the great work they are doing in our community. We spy the Teichert Branch Game Room!


Shaq's Got our Club's Back!

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(February 4, 2016) On Monday, our Club Member Michael from our Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Gerber High School Site was able to attend a King’s game and sit courtside in seats donated to The Club by Club Alumni Shaquille O’Neal! Shaq wanted to make sure that the tickets went to a Club Member who has worked hard on academics, and Michael was selected for his hard work. What a treat! Thanks to our buddy Shaq! Michael had a great time!


Aubrie is our Kemble's Site Youth of the Month

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(February 3, 2016) Aubrie W. was selected as Youth of the Month at our Edward Kemble Elementary Club where we help our youth become responsible, caring citizens with leadership skills. In addition to being an outstanding student at school and at the Club, Aubrie is respectful and takes initiative to help others. She is responsible when it comes to her homework and she meets all Club expectations. A big shout out Aubrie! Keep up your awesome attitude!


Our Club is Cooking

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(January 29, 2016) Thank you to the Sacramento Kings and Chef Brett for hosting our Inderkum teens and teaching them how to Eat Like a King! Our Club members had a great time learning about healthy cooking.


Dodgeball Intramural Closes

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(January 26, 2016) Our Dodgeball Intramural Sports season has come to a dramatic end in December, with both Teichert teams taking first place! All members who participated in the league showcased amazing sportsmanship and work ethic. All coaches were present and enthusiastic, cheering on all the players and helping to support the referees. Go Team Teichert!! Coming up next: a jam packed Basketball season!

Our Club provides programs that help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills. ‪#‎GreatFutures‬ start here!


PG&E Summer Jobs Program 2016

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(January 21, 2016) THANK YOU to Pacific Gas and Electric Company for continuing to sponsor our popular Summer Youth Jobs Program for the fourth summer in a row!

If you are between the ages of 15-18, a high school student, and have no work experience, we encourage you to apply to the program. 200 teens will be selected for the program and complete six weeks of our “Career Launch” curriculum this spring where they will be taught how to write a resume and cover letter, how to interview, how to manage finances, how to deal with grievances in the work place, and how to be a stellar employee. All of the teens who complete Career Launch will have the opportunity to interview for one of our 55 PAID Summer Internships.

For more information and to apply, visit our website our PG&E Summer Jobs Program page. Applications are due Friday, March 25th by 5:00 PM. Space is Limited!


Senior Class at Rosemont High School Donates $2500

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(January 20, 2016) Thank you so much to Mr. Watkins 3rd period Senior Class at Rosemont High School for selecting us as a recipient of $2,500 in philanthropy dollars provided by Senator Gary Hart and partners. Your philanthropy dollars will be put to good use!


Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento
Youth of the Year

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(January 15, 2016) Our agency wide Youth of the Year finalist event took place at the Raley Teen Center. We had a panel of three great community members serve as judges. Kendra from our Inderkum High School program, and Nah’Jahae from Teichert Branch were our finalists, and they each did a phenomenal job. The staff who have worked with them and mentored them through the process have done an excellent job. Our panel had a very difficult decision to make, and they ultimately selected Kendra as our agency Youth of the Year. Both Kendra and Nah’Jahae were fantastic representatives of the Club and the impact Club Programs and our staff mentors can have on the youth we serve. We will be recognizing both young ladies at our Youth of the Year recognition event on February 18th. Congratulations to both Kendra and Nah’Jahae for their hard work and accomplishments!


We Got it All Wrapped Up!

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Thank you to Sacramento Region Community Foundation and the family of Max Norris for sponsoring our shuttle bus beautification. Over winter break the bus got “Wrapped” by Palmer Signs in Roseville. What a great way to start off the new year in style! Today when the bus picked up Club Members at school, one of our kids said, “We are legit now."