August
YOUTH CONNECTIONS

2018
Dear Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Supporter:
http://givebgc.org/
We can't believe summer is almost over! In just three short weeks, our members will be done with summer vacation and headed back to school. The Boys & Girls Club plays a crucial role in youths' lives, as 1 in 5 children will leave school every day with no place to go, leaving them unsupervised and at risk. By providing youth with a positive outlet after school, they are less likely to engage in criminal activity and more likely to graduate on time. After school hours is a crucial time frame where staff members of the Boys & Girls Club playing the part of mentor and guardian during the hours of 2:00 and 7:00pm. If you would like to become involved in keeping our youth supervised, engaged, and empowered, please consider joining the 504 Club. This is our monthly giving society that covers the true cost of a child's membership to the Club. As a 504 sponsor of one youth, it cost less than $10 a week. Our membership fee to the Club is only $30 a year per child, and no child is ever turned away due to the inability to pay. If you have any questions or would like to become involved, please contact our office at (707) 441-1030. 
Sincerely, Monica Rose, Executive Director


Board of Directors

Anita Beers 
Jason Chaind
Nancy Kay   
Chris Miller 
Lance Morton
Dylan Sacco 
Dr. Keith Snow-Flamer   
Rod Strom
Ryan Sundberg 
Betsy Totten
Mark Wetzel 


President: Phillip Nicklas

In This Issue

Save the Date! 

Cruz'n Eureka
September 6th-8th, 2018

Day for Kids
September 15th, 2018

Bids for Kids Dinner & Auction
October 13th, 2018



MemorableMoments

Global Youth Ties at the Clubhouse

Our Clubhouse members had some amazing visitors this month- all the way from China! Members of Global Youth Tie joined the Clubhouse members on July 30th, to play games and activities, and to learn more about other cultures and other people. Members of Global Youth Tie also left our members with some very special gifts! Thank you for joining us!

Happy T.R.A.I.L.S!

Klamath members have been hitting the road- and the trails with their hiking club this summer! T.R.A.I.L Club, standing for Together Raising Awareness for Indian Life, is a program dedicated to hiking and diabetes prevention in native youth. So far, the members have hiked the Yurok Loop Trail, the Coastal Trail, Fern Canyon, Hidden Beach Trail, the Ah-Pah Interpretive Trail, and have also done beach hikes in the mouth of the Klamath River. 
Block Party Bash!

Our McKinleyville Teen Center members have been hard at work in the kitchen, making fresh ice cream cookie sandwiches for the Pierson Park Summer Block Parties. Every Thursday in July and August, McKinleyville Chamber of Commerce and McKineyville Community Services District host a Summer Block Party, which includes live music, food trucks, lawn games, and tons of fun. Our McKinleyville teens have been participating in the block parties by making refreshing treats in their kitchen. 

 
Eureka Teen Center Car Wash

Working at the car wash! The Eureka Teen Center members kicked off their summer on July 14th with a special fundraiser that featured homemade treats, lemonade, and a car wash! Members raised money for special field trips and activities throughout the summer, like heading to Patrick's Point, Strawberry Rock, and tie-dying t-shirts. In total, the car wash yielded over $200 and saw an incredible amount of community support. Thank you to everyone that stopped by!
 
Teen Court's New Student Attorneys

Teen Court is full steam ahead for this coming school year! Currently, Teen Court is training new Student Attorneys to get involved with the youth court process. Teen Court is  an innovative diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders. It is a real court that is run entirely by teen volunteers. Student attorneys earn community service hours, learn about the justice system, and receive assistance and mentorship from real attorneys in the community. If you would like to know more about the Teen Court program, contact Director Sacha Marini at (707) 444-0153.
 
 
Camp Odyssey's A Wrap!

We have come to the end of Camp Odyssey and we miss it already! Camp Odyssey is a 4-week summer program for girls and boys ages 9-12 in Arcata. This program provides an enriching experience for children that otherwise may not have access to summer programs, which positively impact their learning development during out-of-school time. Youth are able to participate in field trips that fuel their curiosity of nature, STEM, and ecology with trips to Humboldt State University, local parks, and to Mad River, just to name a few. A special Thank You to Lucy Salazar for all of her time and efforts she put into this program!

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Thankful Thursdays: Implementing The Attitude of Gratitude

 
"I am thankful that we can play and have fun and that I got an ice cream sandwich before I came here", is just one of the many things that are written down on the Thankfulness Wall of the Clubhouse. Expressing gratitude can be an effort, especially when so often, the every day conveniences of life are taken for granted, like running water, clean clothes, or a snack in the afternoon. The Clubhouse is looking to change that attitude, by engaging in "Thankful Thursdays". So far, members have gone around the neighborhood to clean up trash, made thank you cards for the people that help maintain the Clubhouse facility, and covered an entire wall with what they are thankful for, with answers ranging from food to parents to video games to "having a roof over my head". If you would like to know more about our program, or would like to take a tour of the Clubhouse, please feel free to give our office a call at (707) 441-1030. 
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Help Us Fill Backpacks!

Every year, the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Clubhouse helps our members go back to school set up for success, with backpacks filled with all the school supplies they need for the year. Almost 99% of our members are on free/reduced lunch and almost 20% of our members are homeless or in foster care. Help us set up our youth for a year of success by donating school supplies! We still need:
  • New backpacks
  • Wet glue
  • Colored pencils
  • Markers
  • Rulers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil cases
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Wide-ruled notebooks
  • Child size scissors
  • Loose leaf paper

 If you would like to make a donation, please contact our Business Manager, Amber Larson, at office@bgcredwoods.org or (707)-441-1030.
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Eureka Teen Center Youth of the Month
Teisy Keller

The Eureka Teen Center Youth of the Month is Teisy Keller .  She has set a great example for the other members by actively participating in multiple programs including SMART Girls, Power Hour, Cooking Club, Gardening and Keystone. She also shows great ambition with anything she participates in, whether it's winning Thursday night trivia, or helping her fellow members during Power Hour. Great job Taz!
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Nadine Starritt
Eureka Teen Center Program Director
CalFresh Coordinator

Nadine was born and raised in Humboldt County, which she is very grateful for because she loves the community around here. Right now, she is a student at College of the Redwoods trying to tackle her degree, while also taking time to appreciate some of her favorite things to do around the North Coast including hiking, exploring the redwoods, and kayaking. Nadine's goal at the Boys & Girls Club is to be a positive influence to each person and to help them feel encouraged to be whatever it is they want to be. 
ThankYou

Thank you to PPG Paint, Take Back Eureka, Rotary Volunteers, New Life Services and everyone that came out to get the Eureka Teen Center painted in one day!
 



Thank you to the Rose Perenin Foundation for their continued support of our Summer Brain Gain Program!


Thank you to John McBeth for leading our Eureka Teen Center building renovation project and to MAPLEService, Eureka Ready Mix, and Robinson Concrete for donating their time, energy and skills.


WhatWeStandFor

Vision  
We envision healthy, empowered and engaged youth who appreciate and respect  themselves, each other, their families, the community and the environment.

 
Mission 
We empower youth to reach their full potential as responsible, caring and productive citizens through professionally led programs and activities that are fun, positive, and relevant in a safe, supportive, and healthy environment. 
 
Visit Us Online At
www.BGCRedwoods.org