Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

Phoenix Suns Invest $1 Million in Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Expansion Initiatives

Phoenix Suns Invest $1 Million in Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Expansion Initiatives

(Phoenix, AZ) October 10, 2019 --  The Phoenix Suns have been one of the Valley’s most involved donors for youth, and today, they have given Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix a big assist. The NBA team has committed $1 million to the Clubs to support their plans for expansion into school-based sites in districts in need, starting with Phoenix’s Cartwright District.

Since 1993, the Suns have invested dollars, given volunteer time and made capital improvements in BGCMP’s 16 Valley Clubs.

“We’ve been long-time supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix because the organization has impacted our city’s youth in such a meaningful way,” said Phoenix Suns President and CEO Jason Rowley.  “Today’s investment will bring the Club opportunities to serve thousands more youth throughout the Valley and helps parents ensure their kids have quality after school programs in a place they know and trust.”

Because of the need for quality, affordable out-of-school-time programs, BGCMP is working to expand its programs into school-based sites, a model used across the country.  The organization recently opened two new Clubs in Maryvale.  “With this commitment from the Suns, we will help to transform the lives of students and parents in the Cartwright School District.  This Title I district now offers Boys & Girls Clubs programming on campus at the historic Cartwright Elementary School and Palm Lane where members can stay on campus after school, participate in proven enrichment programs and sports and rec, and enjoy a hot, nutritious dinner,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s CEO Marcia Mintz.

The Suns’ investment will support school-based site expansions in the Cartwright District, as well as other school districts around the Valley.  This collaborative school-based site model leverages the use of existing school buildings and eliminates the transportation barrier that some schools face in getting students to Clubs at the end of school.

Boys & Girls Clubs employs a Formula for Impact for how the organization can change the life of a child. The Phoenix Suns have been longtime supporters and investors in all four of these Priority Outcomes: Healthy Choices; Academic Success; Be Great, Do Good; and Fun With a Purpose.

Healthy Choices:   Over the years, the Phoenix Suns and Suns Charities have renovated and upgraded more than 10 of the 15 basketball courts in Clubs. Thanks to their investment, youth and teens are able to play sports and enjoy fitness programs every day in Clubs.

Academic Success:  NBA Math Hoops, a competitive math game played by members ages 10-14, helps students gain fundamental math skills through statistics about their favorite NBA and WNBA players.  The team element of the program also improves interpersonal and collaboration skills.  This past year, one BGCMP student, Delanie, was selected for the national Math Hoops competition and travelled to San Francisco to compete against other students from the around the country.

Be Good, Do Great:  Suns and Mercury players routinely visit Clubs to talk with kids about staying in school and staying fit. In addition, the Suns often host Club members for Suns and Mercury games, one of the most popular field trips BGCMP offers to its members.

Fun with a Purpose: Thanks to the Suns Jr program, Clubs also offer competitive basketball leagues for students of all ages and skills that allow youth to play basketball, be a part of a team and learn positive sportsmanship.  Last year, Suns Charities supported the renovation and upgrade of the Teen Center at the I.G. Homes branch, creating a unique technology and recording studio space for members.

Recognizing the greater impact that can be achieved through teamwork, the Suns have launched the “Rise Together” campaign with the goal of uniting and lifting the community to help make the Valley and Arizona a better place to live.  As part of the “Rise Together” campaign, the Suns are funding and collaborating with vested community partners in education, social services, special needs, hunger-relief, housing, healthcare, elderly care, and public safety to address needs, engender positive change and elevate the quality of life in our community.  In January, the Suns committed to providing $10 million in community benefits to local non-profits and city programs as part of their partnership with the City of Phoenix.  The Suns have previously announced a $2.6 million donation to support the City of Phoenix’s Head Start program and have already awarded funding to non-profits like the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Helping Hands for Single Moms, Back to School Clothing Drive and the HeroZona Foundation.

Since its inception in 1988, Phoenix Suns Charities has been focused on making our community a better place through its mission of supporting children and family services throughout Arizona and has distributed more than $21 million to local non-profits and organizations in need.  The entire Suns organization has embedded itself locally by supporting community efforts through hundreds of player appearances and thousands of volunteer hours by Suns players and staff.


Leading-edge tech now in the hands of children at the Bob & Renee Parsons Branch

Leading-edge tech now in the hands of children at the Bob & Renee Parsons Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

The newest Cox Innovation Lab provides robotics, virtual reality, gaming and computers

(PHOENIX, Ariz., October 10, 2019)  Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) has just unveiled the latest Cox Innovation Lab at its largest club, the Bob & Renee Parsons branch in Phoenix. Several Cox Arizona employees were on hand to cut the ribbon and start the technology flowing.

Funded through a generous grant from Cox Communications, the technology center provides members with a robotics table, a virtual reality station, an interactive gaming projector with motion sensors and new computers.

The 38th Arizona innovation lab donated by Cox, will continue an ongoing effort by the company to bridge the digital divide, for children who have no access to a computer or an internet connection.

“We know that digital literacy begins with access,” said Susan Anable, Cox Southwest Region Vice President of Public Affairs. “And, as we step into the future, it’s about engaging children with technology tools that rely on the internet like virtual reality and robotics.”

The Parsons Club, the largest in the BGCMP portfolio, serves more than 2,000 youth members annually.  More than 50 percent of the members live under the federal poverty level and many of the members’ families do not have access to the internet at home.

Cox and BGCMP have had a partnership for many years. Both are committed to supporting youth and to their academic success. BGCMP also shared in the $570,000 grants that were distributed in Arizona by Cox Charities last week.

In addition to this new Cox Innovation Lab, the company is also refreshing the Tech Center in the Tri-City West Club to add additional leading edge technology and improve the overall space.





Boys & Girls Clubs of America Announces “Agenda for America’s Youth”

Boys & Girls Clubs of America Announces “Agenda for America’s Youth”
Out of School time provider champions solutions impacting the nation’s youth

Phoenix, AZ – September 25, 2019 — Boys & Girls Clubs of America launched their “Agenda for America’s Youth” advocacy platform, focusing on the top issues and solutions impacting the nation’s young people. The organization also released the “Agenda for America’s Youth Policy Guide,” which outlines the current needs of young people while proposing policies and solutions to address them. The guide serves as a framework for local Boys & Girls Clubs to utilize in addressing the issues and challenges of their own community’s young people.

“Every day, 60+ Boys & Girls Clubs around the State open their doors to thousands of youth, giving them a safe place to play, learn, and explore. Affordable out-of-school-time care helps families ensure their students can be in a place with caring adults, who are focused on their educational, social and emotional development,” said Marcia Mintz, CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.

Supporting America’s youth has never been more urgent in our nation's history. Currently, 11.3 million school-age children are home alone afterschool, without adult supervision, one out of six students fails to graduate on time and nearly half of youth don’t believe the American dream is possible. But it doesn't have to be this way. Clubs make a difference in the lives of kids and teens every day: 97% of Club teens expect to graduate from high school, and 83% of members believe they can make a difference in their community.

Out-of-school time is at the forefront of our agenda because we believe it is the critical vehicle for accomplishing these solutions for kids and teens, including ensuring Safer Childhoods so every child feels safe physically and emotionally, not just in Clubs, but everywhere. Clubs not only make kids’ childhoods safer, they build the resiliency that will last young people a lifetime. We will champion issues that support youth in making positive decisions and embracing Healthy Lifestyles & Wellness. We prepare youth for life after the Club with Education, Leadership opportunities and Workforce Readiness, equipping them with the skills they need for success in the workforce while fostering partnership that create access to real-life experiences to explore career options. When every young person has access to quality out-of-school time opportunities, when they’re safe emotionally and physically, when they are healthy and when they have the leadership skills for great futures — that is how we ensure equity and inclusion for all young people

Clubs are trusted voices in communities across the country — located in nearly every Congressional district, with over 4,600 sites serving more than 4.7 million youth annually, Clubs are in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in Boys & Girls Clubs of America-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs are open every day after school and, as data indicates, provide programming that give young people access to skills, opportunities and valuable mentors that give them the opportunity to succeed.

Marcia Mintz concluded, “As one of the largest youth serving organizations in the State, Boys & Girls Clubs takes seriously their responsibility to advocate on behalf of not only the 112,000 youth we serve, but all of Arizona’s youth. Our Agenda for America’s Youth will bring into specific focus those areas where we can support their development, and help them realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community.”