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The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Invests $120,000 In Boys & Girls Club Scholarship Recipients By Funding A New Staff Position To Support Students Across Phoenix And Scottsdale Clubs

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PHOENIX (June 24, 2019) Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) has been awarded a $120,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to establish a full-time College Access and Success Manager. The new position will benefit both Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) by managing the multiple scholarships available to Club youth and providing direct support to scholarship recipients throughout their college career.

“Education plays a key role in shaping a person’s future,” said businessman Bob Parsons. “This collaborative position will help the Boys & Girls Clubs provide scholarship students with the structure and support they need to be successful in their pursuit of higher education.”

Over the past few years, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation – and a number of other organizations and individuals – have provided scholarship funding for Club members. Many of the scholarship recipients come from families living at or below the poverty level, and a large majority of them are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Students in these situations often lack the support system to help them navigate the college experience and too often scholarships go unused because the student is overwhelmed or doesn’t know where to turn for help.

“Attending college or getting post-secondary training is one of the best ways for teens to break the cycle of familial poverty, but these students encounter challenges at home and at school that their counterparts may not face,” said Marcia Mintz, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. “Our students worked very hard in high school to graduate and earn a scholarship. Thanks to the grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, we will now be able to continue to support our scholarship students as they navigate the world of higher education.”

The Success Manager will support nearly two dozen clubs across Phoenix and Greater Scottsdale, teaching scholarship recipients how to prepare for college, set up a bank account, manage their financial aid and scholarship funds, and fulfill their academic scholarship requirements. Because the vast majority of the youth in this program will be first-generation college students, the Success Manager also will serve as their support system to answer questions and provide ongoing encouragement and reassurance as they work toward a degree.

“Having someone in their corner who can help navigate both the financial and academic challenges of college will give Boys & Girls Club youth a much greater chance at success,” said businesswoman Renee Parsons. “The results will benefit not only the scholarship recipient but their entire family by helping first-generation and lower-income students accomplish lasting success.”

Longtime advocates for the Boys & Girls Club, this recent grant brings The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation’s total support – across both Metro Phoenix and Greater Scottsdale clubs – to more than $9 million, including many Youth of the Year scholarships

“Teens like Kyla Silas, our 2017 Youth of the Year and first-generation college student, often feel like their dreams are not possible as they begin to explore the cost of higher education,” said Robyn Julien, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “Because of the support from donors like the Parsons, and with guidance through the scholarship funding process, our youth realize that they are capable of achieving their dreams, even with all the changes and added responsibilities that go along with attending college.”

Research has shown that the more time youth spend at a Boys & Girls Club, the more connection they feel to school and the greater their post-secondary aspirations become. Thousands of youth walk through the door of a Boys & Girls Club every day, where they are prepared to become 21st century leaders, globally competitive graduates, innovative dream makers and healthy game changers. To learn more visit: https://www.bgca.org/.

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

 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) serves thousands of youth at nine Clubs located within the communities of Scottsdale, North Phoenix, Fountain Hills, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Hualapai Nation. Youth development professionals and mentors provide guidance, support and encouragement in an enriching and safe environment. BGCS’s outcome-based programming assures that success is in reach for all of its members, no matter their circumstances.

About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers support to nonprofit organizations successfully working to empower, educate, nurture and nourish people during what is often the darkest time of their lives. Founded in 2012 by philanthropists and business leaders Bob and Renee Parsons to provide hope and life-changing assistance to the country’s most vulnerable populations, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation offers critical funding at critical times to those in need. The Foundation’s giving is driven by the core belief that all people – regardless of race, religion, roots, economic status, sexual orientation or gender identity – deserve access to quality healthcare, education and a safe place to call home. Follow @WeDealInHope on social media or visit TBRPF.org, to learn more about partner organizations and the important work being done in the community.

 

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Media Contact: Cassidy Campana | ccampana@bgcmp.org | 602-770-6014

Surf’s Up! Big Surf Offers Special Ticket Deal to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

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KMLE and Live 101.5 team up to support BGCMP with Big Surf Days in the Park

Tempe, Arizona (June 21, 2019) — Big Surf Waterpark is offering its best ticket deal of the summer for four days to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix.  On June 20, 26, 27 and July 3rd, visitors can buy tickets online and $7 of each ticket sold will be donated back to support the 13 Clubs around the Valley.  Those discounted tickets are only $17 per person, the best deal of the summer.

KMLE Country 107.9 and LIVE 101.05 will also be out supporting the promotion during those days to help educate and entertain guests at the Park. In addition to the Waikiki Wave Pool, there are slides, tornado slides, and a Kook Kids Zone in Bora Bora Bay.

This year marks Big Surf’s 50th anniversary season.  The popular destination has continued to transform and add attractions for young people and adults to enjoy.  They have been a longtime community partner and this summer, more than 100 Club kids will have the opportunity to visit Big Surf on a field trip, thanks to the generosity of Big Surf.

Tickets for the promotional days can be purchased online only at www.bigsurffun.com using the drop-down menu on the ticket page.

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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