March
YOUTH CONNECTIONS

2018
Dear Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Supporter:
http://givebgc.org/
We are flying through the year! We have had such a busy and productive beginning to 2018 and are excited for the rest of the year to come. Currently, all of our sites are getting ready to participate in the National Youth Outcome Initiative (NYOI) to help us measure how our members perceive the Club environment. This survey asks our members questions about emotional safety, physical safety, their sense of belonging, teamwork, leadership, integrity, and goals within the Boys & Girls Club and is invaluable to us as an organization, helping us every year to gain valuable insight into what our members truly believe about their Club experience. Last year's NYOI survey showed us that while our members said they had many opportunities for leadership, plenty of staff recognition, and strong connections with a caring adult, we had room to grow in the areas of conflict resolution and concern for the community. This survey, which we will be starting in the middle of March, provides information for all of the staff to work more effectively with our members, and grow to ensure that all of our members feel safe and respected at the Club. If you would like more information about our programs, or would like to become a part of the Club by volunteering, please feel free to call our office at (707) 441-1030. 
Sincerely, Monica Rose, Executive Director


Board of Directors

Anita Beers 
Jason Chaind
Nancy Kay 
Wendy Kerr  
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! 

Soroptimist International 
Girls Career Fair
March 9th,2018

Boys & Girls Club Week
April 9th-13th, 2018

Youth of the Year Reception
Ingomar Club 
April 12th, 2018

Vines by the Sea
Pierson Park, McKinleyville
April 21st, 2018, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Second Chances Art Show
Ink People 
May 5th, 2018



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Second Chances Art Show

The Teen Court Second Chances Art Show is right around the corner! This annual show is Teen Court's sole fundraiser of the year,  featuring local youth speaking about important issues in their lives. This year, the opening reception will take place during May Arts Alive! at the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka. Proceeds from Second Chances directly support the innovative program that is helping to keep young people out of the traditional juvenile justice system.This year, Teen Court's goal is $15,000 for 17 years of outstanding work in the community. If you have any questions about the Second Chances Art Show, please contact Director Sacha Marini at (707) 444-0153. 



Building Respect in Diversity

McKinleyville has had the unique opportunity to really build their member run Clubs around youth interest; this includes their newest club, Safe Zone, and LGBT focused group that meets weekly. This group, which members formed themselves, tackles important issues facing LGBT youth and their allies. Members work to create a more accepting and inclusive environment by discussing gender identity, attraction, as well as positive and safe relationships with their peers outside of the Club. This group has an incredible impact, especially since it is entirely youth run and formed, and features real teens that aren't afraid to show their true colors. 

Cookies and Brownies and Donuts, Oh My!

Our Eureka Teen Center SMART Girls members took to the kitchen recently to bake up some fundraising goodies. The SMART Girls Group, which the members have nicknamed Girl Space, sold homemade baked goods outside of Ultimate Yogurt in Eureka, and raised almost $100 in a few short hours. All of the proceeds went to the members' first member-assembled, girls only sleepover of the year. All of the planning and baking was done by the Girl Space members, with the assistance of staff members. Way to go girls!
 

Celebrating Friendship this Valentine's Day

Our Clubhouse members were in for a special treat this Valentine's Day, with a myriad of scavenger hunts, snacks, games, and arts & crafts! Members were able to solve riddles to connect two sides of a heart, exchange Valentine's Day cards with each other, and even played dodgeball before being treated to pizza donated by a generous parent. The day ended with some heart shaped cookies, and board games. The entire day was dedicated to showing respect to friendships, and mentorships, by making cards and celebrating all the fantastic and lasting relationships that are made at the Clubhouse. 


Old Fashioned Kid Power 

Our Klamath teens have been doing a fantastic job helping their elders!  Members have been taking weekly field trips to help the elders of the community and assist with tasks like mowing yards, chopping and stacking wood, collecting and throwing away trash and even folding clothes, and whatever else can be done with old fashion man power- or should we say, kid power! These members have been working hard every week to continue their traditions and cultivate the sense of community and we could not be prouder of their efforts! 

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The Big Help: Environmental Impact Through Acts of Service

 
This year, Boys & Girls Club of America has launched The Big Help Service Project, a project through Million Members, Million Hours of Service that aims to provide members with opportunities to engage with environmentally focused service projects and activities that lead up to Earth Day. This year, our leadership groups, Keystone, Torch Club, and Eco Club, have been kicking their acts of service into high gear, participating in community and beach clean ups, trail maintenance, and recycling initiatives. Eco Club, our McKinleyville Teen Center's Keystone Club, has been focusing their energy on recycling and composting, teaching their peers which pieces of their trash are recyclable, while learning the most effective means of composting in order to maintain the community garden. Our Eureka Teen Center has participated in multiple community clean ups, including their most recent project in downtown Eureka. These members, with the help of staff, and even some community members, were able to bag up over six bags of trash in just a few hours. The Clubhouse also has been working hard to reduce littering and beautify the surrounding community. Together, these groups are proving that little actions can lead to big changes, and everyone can do their part to protect the environment. 

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Help Us Fill Our Pantry!

Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods provides life changing Health and Lifestyles programs, like our Nutrition and Gardening Clubs. These clubs are designed to teach members the importance of healthy eating and habits, as well as how to shop and eat on a budget. We currently need help stocking our pantries! We are in need of:
  • Canned goods
  • Granola Bars
  • Fresh produce
  • Pasta
  • Snack items
 If you would like to make a donation, please contact our Administrative Assistant, Amber Larson, at office@bgcredwoods.org or (707)-441-1030.
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Clubhouse Youth of the Month
James Gensaw

James is one of our long time members, having come to the Clubhouse for the past few years. James is in the fifth grade this year, and along with his two siblings, participate in a myriad of Clubhouse programs, including Power Hour, Nutrition Club, and Triple Play. James was chosen as the Youth of the Month for the Clubhouse due to his willingness to help others, and his respect towards staff and peers. Way to go James!
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Staff of the Month
Kenny Williams, 
Eureka Teen Center Unit Director

Kenny Williams, Teen Center Unit Director, hails from Little Rock Arkansas, before he moved to Seattle, Washington to pursue a career in sports. While there, he attended Western Washington University and obtained a degree in Communications. Kenny moved to Eureka after trying out for the NFL, and started on his Boys & Girls Club path, over nine years ago. Since then, Kenny has been able to work his way up to Unit Director, the entire time inspiring teens to reach their full potential. Some of Kenny's hobbies include playing in a men's basketball league, coaching, hanging out with friends, and taking care of his wonderful family. Kenny is an amazing asset at the Boys & Girls Club, and we are incredibly lucky to have him on our team.



ThankYou

Huge Thank You to Ross for their support and dedication to the Ross Cause Campaign this February!





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. 
 
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www.BGCRedwoods.org