Dear Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Supporter:
Summer is in full swing here at the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods, and we couldn't be more excited for the great weather and for all of our summer programs! Did you know that students can lose up to two months worth of learning from the school year, and that income-based reading gaps appear over the summer time, meaning that middle class-students tend to show improvement, while low-income students tend to experience learning loss? For many of our members, the struggle with summer learning loss is one that is all too real, and a challenge that we, at all of our sites, are trying to help our members conquer. Thanks to the Rose Perenin Foundation, we are able to provide our members with a quality summer experience that aids in preventing summer learning loss. Members are able to participate in Summer Brain Gain, which you can read about as our Featured Program this month, which allows them to engage in games and activities that are academically based, but just feel like games.We are also able to run Camp Odyssey in Arcata, which is a four week, all day summer camp that is geared towards STEM and art activities.  If you would like to become involved in our programs, whether it is through a donation or volunteering your time, please feel free to give our office a call at (707) 441-1030 to learn more. 

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

Bids for Kids Dinner & Auction
October 13th, 2018


Neighborhood Graffiti Clean Up

Members of the Clubhouse Boy and Girl Scout Troupes have taken on an ambitious project; cleaning up all the graffiti in the neighborhood.  The idea was born out of members seeing graffiti on their playgrounds, fences, and houses, and wanting to pitch in the work to help. Members were able to learn from the Eureka Police Department how graffiti was cleaned from a variety of surfaces, and were given their own clean up items. 

Klamath Teens Kick Butts!

Klamath members received a special presentation about the effects of tobacco use from the Tobaccos Use Prevention Program. The members discussed the health effects of tobacco use in teens and young adults, and also how the use of tobacco has affected their community, and the world at large. Members were able to talk about how second hand smoke impacts their own lives and potential solutions to make sure that all youth are tobacco free. 
All About That Treble and Bass

Our McKinleyville Teen Center members have recently harnessed the power of the internet for a somewhat surprising use; learning how to play piano. Members, on their own volition, have been using apps and YouTube videos on their phones to learn how to play the piano in the Teen Center's music room. With the helping hand of staff encouragement and self determination, members have even been able to learn entire songs! Way to go!

Teen Court Summit

Teen Court was able to take a fantastic trip to Sonoma State University for their annual California Youth Court Summit. This three day summit, put on through the California Association of Youth Courts, allows for the over 70 youth courts in California to convene and discuss topics that hit close to their communities, and critical youth justice issues. This year's theme was Uniting Together To Lead Tomorrow and featured a keynote address from former District Attorney of Suffolk County in Massachusetts, Adam Foss. 
Teen Center Kicks Off Summer!

Congratulations to our 2018 graduates, and now Club Alumni! After a long school year, it's time to unwind for the summer! The Eureka Teen Center kicked off their summer with a day full of water games, including a water balloon fight, water balloon toss, and a water balloon balancing walk. In the first week of summer, the Eureka Teen Center also held their first Family Dinner Night of the summer, where they cooked spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread thanks to funding by CalFresh. If you have questions about our summer programs or would like to sign up, visit our website at www.bgcredwoods.org.

Summer Brain Gain: Combating Summer Learning Loss

In the midst of talking about the state of education across the country, there's one problem that is frequently left of the table; summer learning loss. On average, students can lose up to two months of learning from the previous school year, and it can take teachers up to six weeks at the beginning of the school year reteaching material. To help teachers and students combat that summer learning loss, Boys & Girls Clubs of America developed Summer Brain Gain, a six week, Common Core aligned program that engages members with theme based activities. Lessons are focused on math, literacy, and 21st century skills, and can be supplemented with modules specifically focused on STEM or reading. At our sites, members take on projects in engineering clay and Popsicle stick bridges, taking about creative uses for recycling, the importance of diversity and inclusion, and college preparedness. This program is implemented organization wide, with all sites running modules that fit best with our members. If you would like to see this program in action, or would like to know more about any of our programs, please feel free to call our office at (707) 441-1030, or visit our website at bgcredwoods.org.

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.

Clubhouse Youth of the Month
Sergio Calderon

Our Clubhouse Youth of the Month is Sergio! Sergio just finishes the fourth grade and is always down to have fun. When he's at the Clubhouse, he likes to play tag and football, as well as wall-ball, and is usually found telling a joke to the staff. When he is not at the Club, he enjoys taking care of his little sister, and hanging out with his family, as well as playing his X-Box. When he grows up, Sergio wants to become a police officer. Way to go Sergio!


Thank you to Ayres Family Cremation for their generous donation!

Thank you to all of our sponsors for the II Annual Philly Cheese Steak Shoppe Golf Tournament!




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