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.”


Local Restaurant Hosts Sports Equipment Drive to Help Area Children In-Need


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Local Restaurant Hosts Sports Equipment Drive to Help Area Children In-Need

Twin Peaks Restaurants Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix  

PHOENIX – Twin Peaks, the ultimate sports lodge has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) for a summer sports equipment drive.

From June 14 through August 2, all three Valley Twin Peaks locations will support the need for sports equipment for local youth. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix hosts summer camps at all 13 BGCMP locations throughout the Valley. These camps provide kids with the opportunity to have fun, meet new friends, discover new interests and create lasting memories.

Basketballs, soccer balls, jump ropes, footballs – any new sports equipment for kids ages 6 to 18 is appreciated and can be donated at any Twin Peaks location. For guests who donate equipment, Twin Peaks will honor them with a $5 dollar gift card that can be used in the future.

“Giving back to the community and being able to help kids is truly rewarding as a local business owner,” said Carolyn Vangelos, co-owner from Twin Peaks. “We are so excited to help provide new equipment with the hope that these kids will have the best time at camp.”

As a nonprofit, BGCMP heavily relies on the support of the community to run their programs. Twin Peaks is invested in just that.

“We are thrilled to partner with Twin Peaks for this drive,” said Jill Johnson Director of Strategic Partnerships at BGCMP. “The generosity of donors is truly what makes our programs possible. Having Twin Peaks and their customers step up this summer is going to make a huge impact.”

In addition to its sports enthusiasm, Twin Peaks prides itself on friendly service, doling out hearty comfort food made fresh daily, the famous 29 degrees, teeth-chattering draft beer and craft cocktails, all set in a welcoming dining room.

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About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix provides premier after-school, summer programs and outreach to nearly 20,000+ young people in grades K-12. At thirteen clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley, BGCMP provides award-winning programs designed to change the lives of young people in four key areas: Fun with a Purpose, Academic Success, Be Great, Do Good, and Healthy Choices. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix empowers young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community.


Amazon Surprises Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix with $10,000 STEM donation

Earlier today, Amazon surprised teens and staff from Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix with a $10,000 donation to support STEM education. Following the donation, the group had the opportunity to see technology come to life during a behind-the-scenes tour of the 1.2 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Phoenix.

"We are inspired by the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix to empower young people to reach their full potential and want to make sure youth in our community continue to get hands-on educational experiences that encourage critical thinking and problem solving skills," said Matthew High, General Manager, Amazon Fulfillment.

The donation will support STEM education, which is integrated into the summer and after-school programs at all Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Metro Phoenix.

"Global economic studies tell us that many of the careers of tomorrow don’t even exist today. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix is working to help youth succeed the workplace of the future by encouraging them develop technical skills, but more importantly we are working to build their soft skills. Boys & Girls Clubs offers proven programs to develop confidence, creativity, and trust," said Marcia Mintz, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. "Thanks to partners like Amazon, we are also able to offer leading edge STEAM programs where they can interact with technology and strengthen their creative thinking skills. Their investment in today’s youth will help BGCMP build a strong, ready workforce for the tomorrow."

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.!