Dear Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Supporter:
Of all the amazing things that happened in April, the shinning moment this month was holding our annual Youth of the Year dinner, honoring outstanding youth in our community. Congratulations to Tajae for being selected our 2016-2017 Youth of the Year, and thank you to North Coast News' Nazy Javid for putting together a great video to share the Youth of the Year story.

Board of Directors
Anita Beers 
Nancy Kay 
Wendy Kerr  
Chris Kerrigan 
Chris Miller 
Phillip Nicklas 
Dylan Sacco 
Dr. Lyn Scott de Carvahlo
Dr. Keith Snow-Flamer 
Ryan Sundberg 
Mark Wetzel 

President: Rodney Strom
Save the Date!
Teen Court
Second Chances Art Show
May 6 6pm-9pm
The Eureka Theater 

McDonald's Grub for the Club Fundraiser May 11
Broadway, Eureka

6 Rivers Pints for Non-Profits May 11

Eureka Teen Center Career & Job Fair - May 25 


National Fitness Competition    
Members at the Eureka Clubhouse participated in the semi-annual National Fitness Competition. Through a national relationship with Nestle, members complete a variety of activities to improve their overall fitness. They then set goals for what they want to achieve for the fall, when they will be tested again. 
McKinleyville Hosts Marble Hunt  
McKinleyville hosted community families for an Easter egg hunt of a different variety. Local artists donated beautiful marbles, in addition to 100 "decoys" for children and teens to hunt for around the Teen & Community Center. In addition to the hunt, there was a cake walk and face painting for kids. 
Jane Doe in Wonderland
Eureka Teen Center hosted a private performance of Jane Doe in Wonderland - theater against sex-trafficking for Teen Center members. The play follows the story of Alice, a Humboldt County girl who is lured into sex-trafficking, and is told through the lens of Alice in Wonderland. After the performance, teens had a discussion with cast members and the writers behind the show, including the woman who's real-life story the play is based upon. 
McKinleyville Middle Visits The Club
Over 100 students from McKinleyville Middle School were treated to a visit to The Club this month. With the majority of teens who regularly attend coming from the middle school, this 'Open House' style event gave an opportunity to their peers to see what the buzz has been all about. Since their visit, many students have returned to become members, and we're welcoming more every day!   

Leticia Palmer-Swenson, Clubhouse
Leila Moss, Teen Court
Congrats Clubhouse Youth of the Month Leticia Palmer-Swenson! Leticia is really outgoing and engaged with many programs including: Smart Girls, Project Learn, Power Hour, SMART Moves, & Nutrition Club. When she grows up she wants to work for the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods as a Staff leader.

Congrats Teen Court Youth of the Month Leila Moss! Leila is a steady volunteer with Teen Court, and has an incredible future ahead of her. We're excited we get to be a part of her amazing journey!


For nearly 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation's most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America's premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.

Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation's young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids' lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.

Don't Miss Teen Court Art Show!  
The Humboldt County Teen Court program hosts their annual Teen Court Art Show on Saturday, May 6th from 6pm-9pm at The Eureka Theater.

The Second Chances photo art show features youth addressing critical youth justice issues. Teen Court shares the evening with DHHS Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaborative as they screen their Directing Change videos.

The Art Show is the only annual fundraiser for the Teen Court program. Support them by purchasing raffle tickets online, need not be present to win!

Questions? Call Teen Court at 707-444-0153. 

GrubfortheClubGrub for the Club with McDonald's    
Thursday, May 11th from 5-8pm, the Eureka McDonald's on Broadway will be donating 20% of sales to Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods. For owner Jesse Klair, it's about more than money, "It's important to me and my team that we give back to the community and to the customers we serve every day. Just a little help can make a huge difference in someone's life. Hopefully doing something like this can inspire other small businesses to get involved with the Club."

Want to host a Grub for the Club or other fundraiser with your business? Contact Chris at 
Career Fair Returns May 25th    
The Eureka Teen Center hosts the 2nd annual Career and Job Fair May 25th from 4pm to 6pm. They are still in need of businesses to participate. No matter if you're looking to hire, or inspire, share information about your business with teens. You never know when one instance of sharing your knowledge with a young person can change their entire direction in life. Be a part of the next generation of our community work force! For more information or to get involved, contact the Eureka Teen Center at 707-444-0184.
Support Camp Odyssey
Camp Odyssey returns to Arcata this summer offering unique experiences for 9-12 year old youth. Members participate in a variety of STEM and environmental activities. Assistance is needed from the community to provide scholarships for youth to participate in this program. Click here to support Camp Odyssey this summer!
Davy Jones' Locker Escape Room at Pony Express Days
SAVE THE DATE - JUNE 3 - The McKinleyville Teen and Community Center hosts Lost Coast Escape Rooms during Pony Express Days for an escape room experience like no other! Click here to learn more, and reserve your time! Funds raised benefit Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods!


Red Nose Day is May 25  
Red Nose Day is about having fun and making a difference by raising money and awareness to help end child poverty. Funds raised support programs that keep children in need safe, healthy and educated, both in America and abroad.
People across the country can support the cause by wearing their official Red Noses, which will be available exclusively at Walgreens locations nationwide, fundraising for the cause, and tuning in to NBC on May 25 for a special night celebrating Red Nose Day.
With the support of millions of generous Americans, major partners and hundreds of celebrities, Red Nose Day has raised more than $60 million since launching in the U.S. in 2015, including over $36 million in 2016, of which we received $1.5 million!  We hope it will be an ever bigger year this year! 

Thank you Kohl's for your continued support of Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods through your Associates in Action program. Since 2011, our Eureka store has given many hours in volunteer service, and over $13,000 in grant funds to support Club programs! Their employees are not only dedicated to the community they live, but are always joyful and enthusiastic when they come out to support our kids! 
Thank you Humboldt Sponsors for funding our programs again in 2017. This year Humboldt Sponsors is supporting our spring T-Ball program, Humboldt County Teen Court, and our fall Day for Kids event. The support of Humboldt Sponsors allows us to provide unique opportunities for youth that we otherwise would not be able to do. Thank you Humboldt Sponsors for your amazing work across our community! 

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