Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

BGCMP announced its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program

CONTACT: Cassidy Campana

ccampana@bgcmp.org

602.770.6014

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix announced its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Arizona Department of Education, Community Nutrition Programs

(Phoenix, September 26, 2018) Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix announced its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Arizona Department of Education, Community Nutrition Programs. Meals will be made available to enrolled participants at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below:

Jerry Colangelo Branch

1755 N. 34th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85009

(602) 424-0410

Warner A. Gabel Branch

1330 North 15th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85006

(602) 252-7968

I.G. Homes Branch

1601 W. Sherman St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85007

(602) 254-5814

Diamondbacks Branch – A Kieckhefer Legacy

548 W. Southern Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85041

(602) 268-3486

Littleton Branch

1600 South 107th Avenue,
Avondale, AZ 85323

(623) 478-5600

Bob & Renee Parsons Branch

4309 E. Belleview St., Building 14
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(602) 343-1270

Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch

11820 N. 81st Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345

(623) 979-3559

Ed Robson Family Club

15815 N. 29th St., Phoenix, AZ 85032

(602) 449-2850

Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig Branch

2242 W. Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015

(602) 249-1338

Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch

4730 W. Grovers Ave.,
Glendale , AZ 85308

(602) 375-0400

Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch

6629 W. Clarendon Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85033

(623) 848-1022

Swift Kids Branch

6420 W. Maryland Ave,
Glendale, AZ 85301

(623) 828-6952

Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch

301 East Western Ave,
Avondale, AZ 85323

(623) 932-1154

Beyoncé and JAY-Z Surprise One BGCMP Club Kid with a $100,000 College Scholarship at their Phoenix On the Run II Tour Concert

Beyoncé and JAY-Z Surprise One BGCMP Club Kid with a $100,000 College Scholarship at their Phoenix On the Run II Tour Concert

(Phoenix, September 19, 2018) –  The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix  is thrilled to announce that Club member Mikayla Lowry was awarded a $100,000 college scholarship by Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s foundations, BeyGOOD Initiative and The Shawn Carter Foundation, during last night’s On the Run II Tour concert last night at the State Farm Stadium.

Nineteen Boys & Girls Clubs teens, including all 12 Youth of the Year honorees, were invited to attend the sold-out concert by the artists.  DJ Khaled came on stage before the start of the show to share the news with the crowd and surprise Mikayla, a senior at Trevor Browne High School.

Video footage thanks to Shawn Carter Foundation and BeyGOOD

The Shawn Carter Foundation and the BeyGOOD Initiative partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on this scholarship program. Beyoncé and Jay Z are planning to award $100,000 in each of the One the Run II Tour cities.  The scholarship must be awarded to an exceptional student with financial needs.  Across 11 cities, the pair plan to award a total of $1.1 million in scholarships.

The winner had no idea they have been nominated for this life changing award. 

Fast facts about the winner, Mikayla Lowry:

  • Mikayla is a senior at Trevor Browne High School
  • This student has excellent grades and a 4-year college should be in the future, but tuition likely would have put this out of reach for her family.
  • She’s currently dual-enrolled at Estrella Mountain Community College and will graduate this year with her completed Associates degree.
  • She hopes to pursue a degree in Marine Biology or Forensics at GCU or Northern Arizona University.
  • She is the first in her family to attend college. 

Mikayla’s History with BGCMP:

  • She has been a Club kid for more than 10 years – since age 6 – at the Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch in Phoenix.
  • Mikayla has volunteered many hours with BGCMP’s Better to Give program where she serves in soup kitchens and in shelters. She was the Torch Club President and Keystone Vice President. (These are Boys & Girls Clubs service clubs.)
  • She was named the Youth of the Year for the Stewart Branch – 2018 and will compete in this year’s Youth of the Year program.

The Future of Technology

The future of technology was introduced at Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix as the brand new Best Buy Teen Tech Center opened on August 22nd. This tech center is the first club-based Teen Tech Center in Arizona.

“Underserved communities must have the same access to tech and education workforce programs to ensure our young people are entering the workforce with the skills necessary to be successful.”

In this space, teens will have chance to discover technology that’s a career. They can learn code, web programming, music production, 3D design, photo editing, video creation and more thanks to a grant from Best Buy.

More than half of the kids that attend the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix live at or below the federal poverty line. We partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix because they provide afterschool and summer programs in some of the Valley’s most deserving neighborhoods.

Without a program like this, access to technology can be limited causing an opportunity gap. Kids have access to this with their $15 annual membership, as well as the other amenities the branch offers until 8 p.m. each night. We know this program is having an impact on teen’s lives as technology careers are becoming more and more prominent.

“This is really gonna help, especially with all the STEM jobs coming out, the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, they’re gonna have it all right in front of them.”
– Rodrigo Limon, Youth of the Year 2017, Colangelo Branch

It is an encouraging look into the future of technology, to see kids begin to learn and grow alongside the equipment they have a passion for. Thank you for being a game-changer for youth in our community. Your donations make this a reality for local students. If you haven’t already, it’s never too late to join the fight.

Join the fight!