February 2021
A Message from Debbie Wagner, CEO
Dear Friends of the Clubs,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this last official newsletter message as the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson. I wanted to thank you for your generous support over the past five years. It’s been an honor to serve our special young people and this wonderful organization. 
 
I am proud of the work we have accomplished together to successfully grow our youth impact, Clubhouse resources, funding and outreach.  
 
Especially rewarding has been our critical work over the past year, under the most challenging of conditions, to fulfill our mission to serve kids and families that need us most. This past year we proved the power, courage and ingenuity of not only our BGCT family but our community.
 
Thank you to the amazing BGCT Board and remarkable staff for their tireless work and support and our donors, partners, sponsors and community collaborators for your commitment to our mission.  
 
I look forward to continuing to serve our community as the General Manager of the Arizona Lotus Corp Tucson radio stations (94.9 Mix, KLPX, KFMA, ESPN, La Caliente, La Buena) and supporting our young people as a Senior Board Member of the BGCT Board of Directors. 
 
The impact we have made as an organization to improve the quality of life for so many young people and their families would not have been possible without your support. I am looking forward to seeing BGCT continue to grow and expand in the years ahead.
 
 
All my best,
Debbie Wagner, CEO
A Message From BGCT Board Chair
 
On behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Board of Directors, I would like to thank Debbie for her leadership and commitment to our BGCT young people over the past five years. Debbie has done a phenomenal job in growing our organization as a whole and has been an extrodianry leader that has taken BGCT to a higher level than ever before. I am confident in the excellent team she has put in place and that we will move forward to even greater heights in serving the many young people who depend on us.
 
A search committee was formed to help identify a new BGCT CEO and the position is posted at https://jobs.bgctucson.org/chief-executive-officer/job/15487533.
 
I am pleased to share that Debbie will remain on the BGCT Board as a Senior Board Member and will support the successful transition to a new leader.
 
Once again, a huge thank you to Debbie and wishes for her continued successes. 
 
With gratitude to you all,
Julie Butcher, Board President
CEO Debbie Wagner's legacy will live on at BGCT. She has been a constant champion of our youth. See her pictured here, celebrating our 2018 Youth of the Year local winners. (Photo taken prior to COVID-19.)
CEO Debbie Wagner and Club members recently accepting generous gift from Ian Brannon of Focus on Community Giving, NOVA Home Loans.
In the News
Angel Charity for Children
Names Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Small Grant Beneficiary to Increase Educational and Emotional Health Support for Youth Impacted by Pandemic
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson (BGCT) is so honored to announce being named one of Angel Charity for Children's small grant beneficiaries. The grant's purpose is to increase educational and emotional health support for youth impacted by the pandemic.

With this impactful gift, BGCT plans to use the funding to create the Angel Charity for Children, Inc.’s “Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids” initiative. This initiative will blend the needs for academic and mental health support for Tucson's youth, as well as a fund a new full-time staff position that will be dedicated to working one on-one with families across all six Clubhouses. This "Academic Support Specialist" will be responsible for conducting academic assessments and identifying what each child is struggling with the most. The specialist will create an individualized profile for each child and a targeted plan for academic and mental health support needs. From there, they will identify resources in the community and connect youth and families to those resources.

Many thanks to all those who worked to make this opportunity possible. Our community will now be better equipped to navigate the challenges our youth and families are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Grant Award to Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson through
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson (BGCT) is excited to announce that is has been awarded a generous grant through United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona to help offset expenses incurred by the organization in response to providing services to the community during COVID-19.

Since the pandemic struck in March 2020, we have kept the doors open at all six of our local Clubhouses to provide all day (8am - 6pm) distance learning support. BGCT was identified as an essential service in our community and has been able to continue to provide services and a safe place for Tucson's youth. All of our Clubs are following mask use, physical distancing and other CDC recommended guidelines such as small groups of 1 adult to 8 children. The Clubs are also providing members with daily access to breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. In addition, the Clubs installed touch-less water systems, increased janitorial service, purchased additional cleaning and sanitizing supplies, enhanced internet service and related electrical updates to support expanded technology needs.

Thank you United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona for your support of the Clubs as we continue to serve the community during these challenging times!
Pictures of Hope Connects Club Members with
National Photography Program
Collage of 2020 Pictures of Hope Exhibition - View Gallery Here
For the second year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson (BGCT) is excited to connect fifteen (15) of its Club members, who have navigated adversity and struggles in their young lives, with the national program Pictures of Hope, made possible through a generous grant from the W.K Kellogg foundation. A picture can be worth more than a thousand words, a picture can spark hope.
 
Award-winning photojournalist and author, Linda Solomon, brings her nationally acclaimed program “Pictures of Hope” back to Tucson. Club members will be connected with virtual instruction and photography lessons and will then be asked to write their hopes and dreams. The students will be surprised with their own digital camera donated by Walgreens and immediately following their lesson with Linda, will go off on their first photo assignment. 
 
"I am so very grateful to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for giving “Pictures of Hope” the opportunity to help MORE youth in Arizona,” said Linda Solomon. “Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson youth will have opportunity to open their hearts and share their poignant hopes and dreams captured in photographs. Their Pictures of Hope will build their self-esteem and show each youth how much their dreams MATTER!" 
 
The heartfelt photographs captured by Club members will be on exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art opening on April 8 through July 4.
In the Clubs
Membership and Distance Learning February - March 2021
The Clubs will continue to serve our community Monday through Friday with extended hours of 8:00am until 6:00pm. Every Club is staffed with amazing Youth Development Professionals who are ready to support youth with virtual learning linked to their schools. After our members complete their school day, the Clubs will engage them in recreation, art and other enrichment activities focused on their development.
Clubhouse Spotlight
Alpha GENTS bring Mentoring Program to Clubhouses
Roy Drachman Clubhouse teen boys learning about the harmful effects of smoking on your body
as part of the Alpha GENTS mentoring program.
The Alpha GENTS mentoring program was created to help young men of color between the ages 13-18 develop the skills needed to become productive, responsible and successful members of society. A core curriculum set to target key development areas for our teen Club members and mentoring helps to transmit these needed skills and also serves to form a bond of responsibility and accountability between the young men and their mentors. Instruction and mentoring is based on the following pillars:

  1. Leadership Development
  2. Mental/Physical Health
  3. Financial Empowerment
  4. Communication Skills
  5. Career & Professional Development
  6. Social Responsibility

Alpha Gents programming is currently available to teens at four of our Clubhouse locations: Holmes Tuttle, Jim & Vicki Click, Roy Drachman and the Steve Daru Clubhouse. Meetings are held virtually and in person - adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures.

For more information, please contact: Julie Trujillo at jtrujillo@bgctucson.org.
Gratitude and Appreciation
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank those in the community that have stepped up and supported us in serving our mission with emergency COVID-19 relief funds, programmatic grants and special gifts over the last month. We can't do it without you!
  • Angel Charity for Children, Inc.
  • Cardinals Charities
  • Chef Kyle Nottingham, Commoner & Co.
  • Costco (Grant Rd.)
  • Eliot Spalding Foundation
  • Fiesta Bowl Charities
  • MW Morrissey – Cindy & Kevin Morrissey
  • Team Cholla Foundation
  • United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
We'd also like to welcome two new community partners to our Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson family - Southern New Hampshire University and Pima Medical Institute! Partner Spotlights to appear in March newsletter, stay tuned...
Event & Promotions
Youth of the Year Celebration
Saturday, April 10th at 6:30pm
KOLD Channel 13 - Televised Broadcast
Mark you calendars for this impactful event which will recognize our outstanding youth of the year!

The Youth of the Year Celebration honors the remarkable lives and accomplishments of 12 Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson (BGCT) youth Club members. On this special evening, each of Tucson's six Clubhouses recognizes its own Clubhouses Youth of the Year and runner-up. The Clubhouse Youth of the Year candidates are selected based on their tenure as a Club member, strong academic standing, strength of character, community involvement and perseverance.
 
As Clubhouse Youth of the Year, all honorees will be recognized and awarded scholarships for their dedication, persistence and resilience. Every one of these young people has overcome adversity. While members of BGCT, they all maximized the opportunities and programs shared to support them and are committed to achieving their dreams and great futures. This virtual event is an opportunity to hear their inspiring stories and celebrate their accomplishments, as well as the staff and the people who have guided them along the way.
 
Funds raised allows us to continue to provide Tucson's youth with key signature programs and opportunities that help them identify a clear path to reach their full potential and pursue their dreams. Great futures start here!
Thank you to Our 2021 Sponsors (as of 2/27/21)
New York Life Donation Dash - Help us Win $15,000
February 17th - March 3rd
Help Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson win big! Play New York Life Donation Dash on your smart phone or tablet between now and March 3rd.

How to Play and Earn Points for the Clubs:
  • From your Smart Phone or Tablet, visit:  newyorklife.com/donationdash.
  • Select PAC 12 Image - Web AR Game (as pictured above).
  • Register - Select ARIZONA as your team.
  • Start Playing!
Celebrate Jersey Mike's 11th Annual Month of Giving in March
100 Percent of Sales fund Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
on March 31 "Day of Giving"
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson (BGCT) is joining forces with 12 Jersey Mike's Subs in the Tucson area for the 11th Annual March "Month of Giving" campaign to fund local charities. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to BGCT at participating Jersey Mike's restaurants.

The campaign will culminate with Jersey Mike's "Day of Giving" on Wednesday, March 31st, when local Jersey Mike's restaurants will give 100 percent of the day's sales - not just profit - to Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson!

On Day of Giving, local Jersey Mike’s owners and operators throughout the country will donate their resources and every single dollar that comes in to more than 200 different charities including hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and more. 

This March, Jersey Mike’s hopes to raise a record-breaking $8 million for local charities striving to fulfill their missions and make a difference.

“This March, we celebrate our Month of Giving with a renewed sense of determination to do all we can to raise as much as we can for important local causes,” said Peter Cancro, Jersey Mike’s founder and CEO. “I invite you to come in this month and make a difference in someone’s life.”

Throughout March, customers can make donations through the Jersey Mike’s mobile app or onsite. On Day of Giving, Jersey Mike’s will offer free delivery through the Jersey Mike’s app.

Since Month of Giving began in 2011, Jersey Mike’s has raised more than $32 million for local charities.

For a list of participating restaurants in your area and for more information on our charity partners, please visit our charity listing by state

About Jersey Mike’s
Jersey Mike’s Subs, with more than 2,500 locations open and under development nationwide, serves authentic fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs on in-store freshly baked bread — the same recipe it started with in 1956. Passion for giving in Jersey Mike’s local communities is reflected in its mission statement “Giving…making a difference in someone’s life.” For more information, please visit jerseymikes.com or follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/jerseymikes), Instagram (instagram.com/jerseymikes), and Twitter (twitter.com/jerseymikes.com). Join the conversation at #JerseyMikesGives.
Shop for a Cause
Athleta Store Located at La Encantada
March 5th, 11:00am - 2:00pm

Athleta is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson to give back to the community!

Join us to help out kids of Tucson. Between 11:00am - 2:00pm, 10% of sales will be donated to Boys & Girls Club of Tucson. 
Other Ways to Support the Clubs
Life is difficult..helping kids is simple.
Be their HERO today!

There is still time to take advantage of the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.

Your investment in Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson will help us continue to fulfill our mission - allowing us to keep our doors open and providing access to a safe, reliable place where Tucson's youth have one-on-one academic support during this time of remote learning, as well as access to our traditional life-enhancing programs. 

Your support will bridge gaps, provide safe spaces, and empower kids to imagine and achieve their goals.  

DID YOU KNOW? Donations of up to $400 for individuals or $800 for joint filers qualify for a dollar-for-dollar AZ state tax credit! You can make your 2020 tax credit donation anytime before you file your 2020 taxes (the Arizona filing due date is April 15) (QCO Code 20282). Consult your tax professional for advice on maximizing your benefits.
Help Tucson’s Youth and Accrue Tax Benefits
Double Your Donation - Will Your Employer Match Your Gift
Many companies have a matching gift program - you make a donation directly to Boys & GIrls Clubs of Tucson or through your workplace giving program, and your employer will donate the same. CLICK HERE to find out if your employer will match your gift!
Blue Tile Campaign
Photos above were taken prior to COVID-19.
The Clubs' Blue Tiles Campaign is an opportunity to make an investment in our community’s youth and to leave a legacy for future generations.

The support and commitment of the entire community is needed for this project to succeed to support the transformational growth of the organization. This growth will include capital improvements at each club, scholarship funds for more youth, an increase in STEAM activities, Workforce Development Programs, and sports.

Blue tiles will hang on front of the Harold Ashton Resource Center at 3155 East Grant Road. Each tile will be engraved with your personal message or tribute. Please consider securing a lasting tribute by purchasing your own blue tile today. To learn more, click the link below or contact Jill Long at 520.730.3369 or jlong@bgctucson.org
Thank You To Our Partners