Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

Buddhist Churches of America supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s efforts to promote literacy with its members.

Earlier this month, Phoenix was fortunate to host the 2019 National Conference of the Buddhist Churches of America. As a demonstration of how diverse communities are interconnected in making society a better place for all, teenagers from the Junior Young Buddhist Association (JYBA) –  representing temples across the U.S. – decided to conduct a book drive to benefit the members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.

The drive netted well over 600 books that will greatly help BGCMP extend its efforts to promote literacy with our members. Special efforts were made to ensure that the books collected would appeal to a wide age-range of youth, including teens. This was especially important to Emi Matsumoto, First Vice-President of the Southern District JYBA. Addressing the trend of book drives usually focusing on younger children she noted that, “It was cool to donate to the Boys & Girls Clubs [and] help teens when others won’t.”

The youth of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix are excited to receive and read their new books – all due to the generosity and compassion of teens from across the U.S.!

Steven Quintero

MLB All-Star Arizona Diamondbacks Branch:
A Kieckefer Family Legacy

Steven Quintero

South Pointe High School Class of 2020

“God always opens a door for you, don’t ever give up.”

  • Joined the Club 3 years ago
  • Enjoys playing basketball and flag football at the Club
  • Excelled in the Poetry Program and performs spoken word poetry
  • Team Captain for the D-backs Flag Football Championship team
  • Hopes to attend Arizona State University to study engineering

Tania Castillo

Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch

Tania Castillo

Desert Edge High School Class of 2020

“Don’t let others control you, instead take the wheel and go your own direction.”

  • Club member for 12 years
  • Cross-country runner for her school, qualifying for the State Meet in her freshman year
  • Plays on her school’s soccer team & at BGCMP
  • Keystone Club member
  • Editor of the Yearbook for her senior year
  • Hopes to attend Grand Canyon University to study veterinary medicine

Mikayla Lowry

Desert Edge High School Class of 2020

Mikayla Lowry

Trevor Browne High School Class of 2019

“Whenever I lack motivation and feel like giving up, I remind myself that it will all be worth it.”

  • Club member for 9 years
  • Won an award in a national photography competition with Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Currently also enrolled in Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Student in AVID and earns nearly a perfect GPA
  • Winner of a scholarship from the Beyoncé & JAY-Z (BeyGOOD Initiative and Shawn Carter Foundation)
  • Career goal is to become a Marine Biologist or Forensic Scientist

Rachel Ann Howard

Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch

Rachel Ann Howard

Deer Valley High School Class of 2019

“No matter how terrible a situation may be, I know how to focus on the now, prepare for the future, and learn from the past.”

  • Club member for 10 years
  • Active in several sports through the Club
  • Keystone Club member and in the Leaders in Training program
  • An exceptional student with a 4.27 GPA
  • Currently enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program at West-MEC
  • Plans to attend college to earn her bachelor’s degree to become a Pediatric Nurse