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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Honors 11 Teens at Annual Gala

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Honors 11 Teens at Annual Gala

Metro Arts Institute Senior Iyana Jameson named BGCMP “Youth of the Year” 

(PHOENIX, March 19, 2019) – Eleven teens who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) were honored at one of the top fundraising galas in Phoenix. One of these teens was named the “Youth of the Year” at the annual Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars event.

Iyana Jameson from the I.G. Homes Branch was selected as the Youth of the Year 2019 for BGCMP.   

Iyana, a Senior at Metro Arts Institute, has been a Club member since she was 9 years-old. She credits the Club with providing her a safe and caring environment when she needed it most.  Iyana served as her school’s Student Body President last year and coaches volleyball and soccer at the I.G. Homes branch.  She is very active with her school’s theater program and stays very involved in performing arts.

Iyana’s Youth of the Year platform focuses on addressing the issues of mental health and removing the stigma of these challenges.  She has bravely opened up about her own challenges with mental health and how she’s stronger and healthier now.

After high school, Iyana plans to spend time abroad teaching English, and then plans to attend Arizona State University to double major in fine arts and linguistics.

The journey culminated with the Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars event where the teens shared their stories of inspiration. In addition to crowning the 2019 “Youth of the Year” for BGCMP, the evening honored Bob Bove’ of Jiffy Lube and his many years of service back to our community.  All proceeds raised support programming for the 10,000+ kids who are members of the 13 Clubs across metro Phoenix and the West Valley.

This year’s Youth of the Year for each Club are:

Isabel Morales

Ed Robson Family Branch

Phoenix, AZ

Eli Fuentes

Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig Branch

Phoenix, AZ

Maria Higuera
Warner & Shirley Gabel Branch

Phoenix, AZ

Tania Castillo

Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch

Avondale, AZ

Iyana Jameson

I.G. Homes Branch
Phoenix, AZ

Rolando Aucca Valenzuela

Jerry Colangelo Branch

Phoenix, AZ

Mikayla Lowry

Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch

Phoenix, AZ

Rachel Ann Howard

Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch

Glendale, AZ

Tyler Ebbat

Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch

Peoria, AZ

Joshua Robinson

Bob & Renee Parsons Branch
Phoenix, AZ

Steven Quintero
MLB All-Star/Arizona Diamondbacks Branch: A Kieckhefer Family Legacy

Phoenix, AZ

Individual photos for this year’s Youth of the Year are available by request.

 

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 13 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.

 

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Free After School Care Provided to Government Employees Affected by the Shutdown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Free After
School Care Provided to Government Employees Affected by the Shutdown

Provided by All 24 Branches of Boys & Girls
Clubs of the East Valley and Metro Phoenix

January 17, 2019: Mesa, AZ – Boys & Girls Clubs of the East
Valley (BGCEV) and Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) are offering government employees
affected by the shutdown to free after school care for their children during
the government shutdown. All 24 branches are allowing children of government
workers with proof of employment and a paid yearly membership the opportunity
to receive free after school care without the weekly/monthly cost. Fees will be
waived through the end of January and for the entire month of February.

Each club has its own unique
programs, field trips, sports leagues and activities designed and conducted by
our professionally trained staff. The East Valley and Metro Phoenix’s young
people deserve nothing less than our constant focus on their safety and our
firm commitment to protect every child who is entrusted to our care. Providing
a great Club Experience means we meet youth where they are, and understand what
they need to grow and succeed.

Marcia Mintz, CEO of Metro
Phoenix Clubs and Connie Perez, CEO of East Valley Clubs, jointly state, “It is
our pleasure to help the families in our community effected by the government
shutdown. We want the community to know Boys & Girls Clubs are committed
to assisting in times of need. Parents should be confident their children have
a safe place to go without worrying about cost.”

For Club locations and hours,
please visit East Valley at clubzona.org and Metro Phoenix at bgcmp.org.

Media Contacts:

Lisa Ellis–East Valley
480.820.3688

Colltey Sheldon–East Valley
623.680.6683

Cassidy Campana–Metro Phoenix
602.770.6014

About Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley

For over 55
years Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (BGCEV) has served annually
more than 35,000 youth and teens with educational, fun and healthy programs and
opportunities at our 11 branches in Chandler, Tempe, Queen Creek, Mesa,
Guadalupe, Gilbert, Laveen, Sacaton and the Mesa Arts Academy. BGCEV offers
Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health
and Life Skills, The Arts, STEM, Sports, Fitness and Recreation programs for
youth and teens ages 5-18. The three priority outcomes are: Academic Success,
Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. To learn more about
BGCEV, please visit our website at clubzona.org or call 480.820.3688.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
offers affordable after-school and summer programs for 27,000+ 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. Boys &
Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix empowers young people to reach their full
potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community. For more
information: visit bgcmp.org |@BGCMP on social channels

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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.

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Metro Phoenix Announces Renee LaBelle Parsons Girls Leadership Award

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 6, 2018) – During its “Fueling our Future” community breakfast, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) unveiled the new Renee LaBelle Parsons Girls Leadership Award and scholarship. Spearheaded by businesswoman and philanthropist, Renee Parsons, the award honors girls who have exhibited three key leadership qualities – collaboration, assertiveness and empathy – and provides the recipient with a new laptop and four years of scholarship funding up to $20,000 a year. See full article here