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BGCMP enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

With 12 Clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley, our Dental Clinic and youth outreach services, BGCMP positively impacts more than 30,000 youth and teens every year through four key areas: Fun With a Purpose, Academic Success, Healthy Choices, and Be Great, Do Good.

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Honors 11 Teens at Annual Gala
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    CLICK HERE FOR PDF 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 […]
  • Free After School Care Provided to Government Employees Affected by the Shutdown
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  • BGCMP announced its sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program
    In News, Press
    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, […]
  • Beyoncé and JAY-Z Surprise One BGCMP Club Kid with a $100,000 College Scholarship at their Phoenix On the Run II Tour Concert
    In News, Press
    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 […]
  • The Future of Technology
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    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 […]
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  • Boys & Girls Clubs Of Metro Phoenix Announces Renee LaBelle Parsons Girls Leadership Award
    In News, Press
    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 […]
  • 12News spent the early morning hours today at the Teen Tech Center with our kids
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  • ABC15 Previewing the Grand Opening Teen Tech Center
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  • Fox10 Previewed the Opening of Best Buy Teen Tech Center
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  • Community Leaders Pair with Students to Provide 80 Kids with School Supplies
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  • Water safety camp teaching 120 Phoenix children how to swim
    In Channel 12 /KPNX, Media, Press
     Read the story here! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 17, 2018 Media Relations Contacts: The ZAC Foundation – Joe Hunter, (435) 901-2254 jhunter@agenda-global.com  Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix – Cassidy Campana, (602) 770-6014, ccampana@bgcmp.org The ZAC Foundation Brings Water Safety Camp to Phoenix National Water Safety Advocates Partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun YMCA to Host ZAC Camp for Parents and Kids July 17, 2018, Phoenix, AZ — The ZAC Foundation will join with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix to host a four-day water safety camp July 23-26 for Phoenix area children and families. Founded in 2008 by Karen and Brian Cohn, the ZAC Foundation joins with local organizations each year to sponsor ZAC Camps in cities all across the nation. The award-winning ZAC Camp brings life-saving water safety skills to local five to nine-year-olds. Nearly 15,000 kids all across the country have participated in the camps in […]
  • BGC YMCA Swim Class
    In Media, News
    What a better way to start the week in sunny Phoenix than with a dip in the pool? Or in this case, a splash. Valley of the Sun United Way’s partnership with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix has fostered the environment to provide academic success programs for children that keep their minds growing. […]
  • Bank of America gives grants to 27 nonprofits serving Arizona children in poverty
    In Media, Phoenix Business Journal
    Check out this article in the Phoenix Business Journal. Click here. Bank of America gives grants to 27 nonprofits serving Arizona children in poverty – Phoenix Business Journal https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2018/06/30/bank-of-america-gives-grants-to-27-nonprofits.html?s=print 1/2 A representative for Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Bank of America are with teens accepting grant awards. (Photo by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix) From the Phoenix Business Journal: https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2018/06/30/bank-of-americagives-grants-to-27-nonprofits.html Bank of America gives grants to 27 nonprofits serving Arizona children in poverty Jun 30, 2018, 12:49pm MST Bank of America again dipped into nonprofit giving this year, offering up $750,000 in grants to 27 local nonprofits, many of which deal with shelter, food and children’s services. “These grants that we provide are geared toward wrap-around services to help remove these […]
  • Don Pearson, Wells Fargo’s area President, and his commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs and the local community
    In Media, Phoenix Business Journal
    Check out this article in the Phoenix Business Journal. Click here. Executive Inc.: Don Pearson puts banking and volunteering at the top of his list (Video) – Phoenix Business Journal https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2018/06/29/executive-inc-banking-and-volunteering-topwells.html Executive Inc.: Banking and volunteering top Wells Fargo market president’s list(Video) Coming up on his first anniversary as regional banking president for Wells Fargo’s Desert Mountain Region, Don Pearson said he and his family have settled in rather quickly. “It feels good,” Pearson said. “It feels like home.” Pearson said he remembers when he first got the offer from Wells Fargo to move to Arizona. He had three days to think about it. His wife, Beverly, has family in Arizona. She didn’t think twice, and encouraged him to take the job. He’s been with Wells Fargo for 16 years and has worked all over the country, from San Diego to Iowa. “When I think back about it, I went from San Diego, […]
  • D-backs and Safelite present Colangelo Club kids with new bikes and helmets!
    In Media, Press
    Check out the kids of our Colangelo Branch receiving brand new bikes, thanks to Arizona Diamondbacks, Safelite Auto Glass, Phoenix’s Fire Department and Police Department. The kids jumped on their brand new bikes, presented by D-backs players Ketel Marte and Fernando Salas, and helmets fitted by these public safety heroes! https://www.facebook.com/Dbacks/videos/10160348942605005/  Click here for media release […]
  • Summer child care costs strain Arizona families
    In CBS 5, Media
    Summer child care costs strain Arizona families BGCMP offers affordable, safe and FUN camps at 12 Clubs Arizona ranks among the least affordable states in the nation in terms of summer child care costs, according to a recent report. It comes from the left-leaning Center for American Progress, listing Arizona as the third least-affordable state. According to the report, which uses data from the Afterschool Alliances “After 3 PM” survey, a typical Arizona family of four spends $4,382 on summer child care. That’s 33 percent of the income earned during the summer by average Arizona families of four. All 12 Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix have space available for kids ages 6-12 in their all-day summer camp.  For just $60 per week, kids can enjoy a safe place to play, learn and grow during the summer.  All camps include breakfast and lunch and Clubs are open all day from 7am – 6pm to help parents. […]
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  • Wells Fargo Invests $100,000 in Arizona Boys & Girls Clubs to Support Youth Through Walkout
    In Channel 12 /KPNX, Media, Press
    Media Contact: Cassidy Campana ccampana@bgcmp.org 602.770.6014 Wells Fargo Invests $100,000 in Arizona Boys & Girls Clubs to Support Youth Through Walkout (PHOENIX) April 28, 2018 – Marcia Mintz, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, today accepted a $100,000 check from Wells Fargo to support operations during Arizona’s school walkout.  Don Pearson, Wells Fargo’s Lead Regional President of the Desert Mountain Region, was joined by colleagues and Wells Fargo volunteers manning a community phone bank at Channel 12 /KPNX, to present the check to support the operations of Clubs around the state of Arizona through the teacher walkout. Boys & Girls Clubs all over Arizona have opened to support thousands of families in 61 Club sites to help ensure that youth have a safe place to learn, play, and enjoy a healthy lunch and snack during the historic walkout. “On behalf of our 15,500 team members statewide, Wells Fargo is pleased to present $100,000 to the Boys […]
  • Potential Teacher Strike
    In News, Press
    Dear BGCMP Families:  We are actively monitoring the planned walkout of educators starting on April 26, 2018.  We have developed a plan for how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix will support the kids and families we serve across the Valley.  Every school district is working on their response plan and we are collaborating with each of the schools and districts that we serve.  Beginning on Thursday, our Clubs will be open from 8am – 6pm, our normal school break hours, for families who need care for their students during the school day.  Space in each Club is limited.  Current Club members will have priority, and there will be no additional fees for members. Our Clubs will also be open to non-members for $20 per day, based on available space.  Every Club will serve lunches and snacks.  We will not be serving breakfast.   Parents/caregivers will need to make arrangements for the drop-off and pick-up of their children at the Clubs.  Please contact your local Club for additional […]
  • The Big Event 2018
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    Media Contact: Sabrina Leon Sabrina@serendipitconsulting.com 623.695.9411 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX HOSTS “THE BIG EVENT” TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR PHOENIX YOUTH BGCMP’s Connect Volunteer Group Invites Community to Attend Ninth Annual Fundraising Gala PHOENIX (APRIL 12, 2018) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s (BGCMP) Connect board invites the public to join its 9th annual charity celebration, “The Big Event.” Taking place on Saturday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Camelback Esplanade, the event will feature a buzzing social scene, delicious local dining from TEN & Dieci, live entertainment from Jay Allan & the Uncommon Good, Bruce St. James as master of ceremonies, auctions, and more. Guests will come together to raise awareness and funds that will directly benefit the deserving children of BGCMP. The Connect board is a group of emerging professional leaders who commit their time, talents and resources to benefit the thousands […]
  • Greater Phoenix Chamber Announces 2018 IMPACT Awards Recipients
    In Greater Phoenix Chamber, Media, News, Press
    MEDIA CONTACT: Janelle Tassart (O): 602.495.6480 (C): 480.215.2149 jtassart@phoenixchamber.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2018 GREATER PHOENIX CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 2018 IMPACT AWARDS RECIPIENTS Two to be chosen as 2018 Businesses of the Year at IMPACT Awards Luncheon on May 24 The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) has selected eight local companies as recipients of its 31st Annual IMPACT Awards. The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large Valley businesses and the positive influence they have on the community and economy. The 2018 IMPACT Award recipients are: Large Business Category (More than 250 employees): 2018 Arizona Advocate –Arizona Public Service (APS) 2018 Community Champion – Salt River Project (SRP) 2018 Economic Driver – Phoenix Suns 2018 Exceptional Innovator – Phoenix Children’s Hospital Small to Medium Business Category (250 employees or fewer): 2018 Arizona Advocate – ISM Raceway 2018 Community Champion – Delta Dental of Arizona 2018 […]
  • Cyrus Martinez Named Youth of the Year
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    CYRUS MARTINEZ NAMED YOUTH OF THE YEAR BY BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX Desert Valley High School senior set to receive college scholarship and vie for state title PHOENIX (March 18, 2018) Selected among 13 outstanding youth, Cyrus Martinez has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. Cyrus joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Sands Branch in Glendale three years ago after his family moved here from California.  His high school years were challenging, and Cyrus shared with the judges his struggles with mental health.  He was treated for a variety of mental health issues […]
  • City of Tolleson Plans to Close Tolleson Branch of the Boys & Girls Club at the End of the 2017-18 School Year
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    Haga clic aquí para español After serving the youth and families of the Tolleson community for 30 years, the City of Tolleson has decided to close the Woodrow C. Scoutten/Tolleson Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Phoenix. This news came as both a surprise and disappointment to us. We were not included in their decision process and we were formally told of their plans on February 8th in a meeting with the City Manager and Assistant City Manager that we requested. The City plans to repurpose the Boys & Girls Club facility we have been leasing into a multigenerational recreation center that will be run by the City. Over the past few days, our team has worked quickly to develop plans to continue supporting the hundreds of families we currently serve with as little disruption as possible. We have requested that the City of Tolleson allow us to continue operating your Club until the end of this school year. We know you rely on the stability of the affordable after-school […]
  • Oct. 22: Dish It Out at High Street
    In Arizona Foothills, Media
    Sixty-plus Valley restaurants are scheduled to dole out dishes at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s (BGCMP) annual Dish It Out event Oct. 22 at High Street at 5 p.m. In addition to eats from Citizen Public House, The Gladly, The Vig and more, event-goers can sip craft beer, cocktail and wine (from Ballast Point, Lagunitas, San Tan, Belvedere Vodka, Gentleman Jack, Dalmore Scotch, Red Bull Mocktails and many more). Plus, guests can feast their ears on live music from some of the best local acts, like The Walkens and The Rich Berra Band. General admission tickets are $75 per person, and VIP tickets are $500 per person. (A VIP ticket includes exclusive access to additional restaurants, a private bar, a whiskey and cigar lounge and more.) Proceeds from the 21-and-over event help the organization provide much-needed meals and programs to children in need. BGCMP serves more than 11,000 K through 12 youth across the Valley in their premier out-of-school-time programs in 13 clubs. […]
  • Character Counts: Rachel Howard
    In FOX Sports, Media
    Rachel Howard is the Boys and Girls Club Character Counts Kid of the Month for September. […]
  • Youth of The Year, Leonel “Leo” Cano Leon and Dish It Out!
    In 3TV, Media
    The Boys and Girls club of metro Phoenix helps kids and teen with programs and resources to help them become successful adults One teen is showing just how much the organization can do. Leonel Cano Leo speaks with GMAZ. For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix, call 602-954-8182 or visit bgcmp.org. […]
  • 12 best food, drink events around Valley in October; some for worthy causes
    In AZcentral, Media
    10/22: Dish It Out | Join a well-heeled crowd at this dressy culinary event, which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Participating restaurants include Citizen Public House, Proof, Timo, The Vig, Ocean Prime and The Dhaba. Banfi Vintners, SanTan Brewing Company, Huss Brewing Co. and Tequila Herradura will be among a wide variety of wine, beer and spirits vendors. | Details: 5-8 p.m. (4:15 p.m. admission for VIPs) Sunday, Oct. 22. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix. $75 for general admission, $500 for VIP. 602-343-1204, dishitoutaz.org. Full Article Click Here […]
  • Shut Down Childhood Hunger At Annual Dish It Out Event
    In Arizona Foodie Magazine, Media
    Join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) in their fight against childhood hunger at their annual Dish it Out event on Sunday, October 22 at High Street in North Phoenix. BGCMP serves more than 11,000 K-12 youth across the Valley in their premier out-of-school-time programs in 13 Clubs. Every year, the Clubs serve more than 339,000 healthy meals and 336,000 healthy snacks. Dish It Out helps BGCMP provide these meals and programs to children in need. Dish It Out attendees will enjoy mouthwatering cuisine from more than 60+ top-rated local restaurants such as Citizen Public House/The Gladly, Chino Bandino, The Vig, Wild Thaiger. Adult beverages will be featured including craft brews from Crescent Crown partners including Ballast Point, Lagunitas and San Tan. Breakthru Beverage will be hosting cocktails and wine stations at this year’s event featuring Belvedere Vodka, Gentleman Jack, Dalmore Scotch, Red Bull Mocktails and many more. Additionally, attendees can enjoy live […]
  • Become an XTRONAUT with Arizona “Rock Star” Dr. Dante Lauretta
    In FOX 10, Media
    https://www.facebook.com/BGCMP/videos/10155861169354668/   Dry ice, water, and some soy sauce – let’s build a comet! Check out this video where Dr. Dante Lauretta shares how kids can learn about the chemistry of space rocks. Today is the 1-year anniversary of the launch of OSIRIS-REx Mission. Thanks, FOX10 News! […]
  • Judith Reflects on her Time at the Boys & Girls Club
    In In the Zona, Media
    View on In The Zona Judith recently graduated from her journey as a Club Kid to an Activity Leader staff member, and will soon begin a new expedition at Paradise Valley Community College. A self-proclaimed nurturer, her experience in the Club helped to cultivate her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse—but she will always be a Club Kid at heart. Q. How long have you been a part of the Ed Robson Branch? A. I joined the club when it opened its doors in December 2008. Q. How has the Club changed since it first opened? A. Programming has adjusted to the evolving needs of today’s kids. Other than that, it pretty much stays the same, which is comforting. I know if I come to the Club, it’s the same—it’s like my second home! Q. What activities or programs were you a part of at the Club? A. As a youth, I was a part of the Touch Club and Smart Girls. As a Teen, I was president of Keystone Club and played basketball and volleyball. Q. How has the Club helped you in other aspects of your life – […]
  • Character Counts Kid of the Month: Makayla from the I.G. Homes Branch
    In FOX Sports, Media
    Makayla Young is the Boys and Girls Club Character Counts Kid of the Month for March. […]
  • Learn about our Summer Camps, Xtronaut Program, and Teen Centers
    In Arizona Living, Media
    Arizona Living – Eps 22 Host, Monica Nelson takes Arizona Living to the Swift Kids Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and talks to staff about the role Boys and Girls Clubs play in the lives of over 30 thousand youth and teens. Bob Magnin, Director of Impact and Outreach Programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix explains what the summer programs have to offer. With clubs located in the areas of the city where services are limited for kids during out of school times, the organization serves youth ages 5 to 15. They offer social recreation activities, art projects, and academic success programs, as well as sports and fitness. They work with the whole child to insure the children are healthy and strong and have a strong sense of community and service to the community. They also want the children to have a strong awareness of the arts. The Xtronaunt program is tied to the academic success program and attached to a NASA space mission due to launch in […]
  • Lights, Camera, Teens!
    In Arizona Midday, Media
    Want to be on TV? Find out how to get your kids prepped with this after school program at The Boys and Girls club. […]
  • Character Counts Kid of the Month: Alejandro from the Warner A. Gable Branch
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    Alejandro Terrazas is the Boys & Girls Club Character Counts Kid of the Month for May.   […]
  • Learn about our Summer Camps with Mia
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  • Arianna Williams talks about Lights, Camera, Teens!
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  • Inspirational Stars Gala Nets $2.1M for Youth
    In AZ Insider, Media
    WRITTEN BY KATHY SHAYNA SHOCKET Kathy Shayna Shocket has the stories on the people who make a difference. The kids who inspire… and the bidding war for the top auction items. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix has made such a difference in so many kids’ lives! Many of the their exceptional stories are shared at the annual Stars gala. It’s quite an emotionally inspiring evening and a chance for supporters to embrace the results of monies raised. The Chairman of the Stars event and  BGCMP Board Member Kevin McHollandand BGCMP Board Chair Ralph Marchetta.are pictured above with the Youth of the Year candidtates, left to right: Enrique Olague-Fierro, Dymond Bradley, Isabel Castillo, Ariana Williams, Kylee Lucero, Arianna Escarzaga, Abbass Bah, Londyn McGinty,  Gabrielle Johnson, Brianna Inda, Judith Rochin, Ashley-Rodriguez-Flores, and Calvin Fort.  […] […]
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Receives Visit from Out-of-this-World Guests
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    View PDF Contact: Erica May | emay@bgcmp.org | 602.343.1203 (Phoenix, AZ – April 20, 2016) –Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) are ready to launch into space with the visit of a Dr. Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona. The principal investigator of an asteroid mission will be joined by an astronomer for a night of space exploration at the Swift Kids Branch. For months, Club members have participated in the Xtronaut program, created by Dr. Lauretta and sponsored by Cox Communications. The curriculum is based off a real space mission called Osiris Rex that is set to launch in September and travel to the Bennu asteroid. Osiris Rex will collect samples from the asteroid and bring them back to Earth. Dr. Lauretta grew up spending his summers at the Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig Branch and is excited to share his story about his journey from BGCMP to Bennu with aspiring astronauts. “We are excited to bring the Xtronaut program into the Clubs and provide […]
  • Season for Sharing: Thank You Thursday
    In AZcentral, Media
    Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix was awarded $32,000 through Season for Sharing on March 17, 2016. | “With funding from Season for Sharing, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix will provide the educational resources to ensure that our Club kids can and will graduate high school; that they are prepared for college and the workforce; and that they are inspired to succeed academically. […]
  • Samuel exemplifies a model Club member
    In In the Zona, Media
    Samuel Watkins is a fifth grader at Brunson-Lee Elementary and also a member of the Bob & Renee Parsons Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Samuel is known around the Club for being a model club member and is funny, outgoing and respectful. He participates in many activities like football and is friends with everyone. Here is what he had to say: Q: How long have you been coming to the Club? A: I have been coming to the Club since October. […] […]
  • Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars Nets $2.1M for BGCMP
    In AZ Redbook, Media
     16th annual fundraising gala celebrates 13 Club Youth of the Year and honors Renee and Bob Parsons. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix held its 16th annual Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars gala at the Arizona Biltmore on March 19. The event was presented by Universal Technical Institute, Inc. Attendees raised approximately $2.1 million in net proceeds to support after-school and summer programs for 30,000-plus young people in grades K-12 at 13 clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley. Thirteen live auction packages were sold, including two Adele concert ticket packages with Gauthier jewelry for $32,500 each, as well as a Breitling Limited Edition Navitimer 01 Honor Flight watch and gift certificates to Molina Fine Jewelers and Saks Fifth Avenue for $20,000. In addition Buzz Sands, owner of Sands Chevrolet, who has donated a new car every year since the event started 16 years ago, offered the highest bidder the choice of a 2017 Chevy Tahoe or Corvette. The package sold for $70,000. […]
  • W.V. Teens vie for Youth of the Year
    In Media, West Valley View
    Boys & Girls Clubs members in running for honor Two teenagers who are members of Boys & Girls Clubs in the West Valley are sharing their stories as they seek the Youth of the Year title for the Metro Phoenix clubs. The winner, chosen from among 13 candidates representing each of the clubs, will be named March 19 at the annual Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars gala. Those competing include Isabel Castillo of Avondale’s Tri-City Thornwood branch and Brianna Inda of Tolleson’s Woodrow C. Scoutten club. The youths involved in the after-school program were selected by club staffers and members before undergoing a 16-week training course involving team building and presentation skills. Each will have three minutes at the gala to impress the judges with their story of success despite adversity. Isabel, 16, of Avondale said she will talk about how she’s worked to build her confidence and self-worth after overcoming depression and bullying. She said she became involved in the Boys & […]
  • Shoot for the Stars
    In Media, Uptown Magazine
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) will host their annual gala March 19 at the Arizona Biltmore. Approximately 1,250 guests will gather for an evening in the Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom to recognize 13 extraordinary Club teens who are competing for the title of Youth of the Year within the metro Phoenix area. https://issuu.com/richmanmediagroup/docs/ut-0316/44 […]
  • BGCMP Honors 13 Exemplary Teens at Annual Gala
    In Glendale Star, Media
    View on Glendale Star Three teens from Glendale and Peoria compete for title of ‘Youth of the Year’ Thirteen teens who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) will be honored at one of the top fundraising galas in Phoenix. One of the teens will be named “Youth of the Year” March 19 at the annual Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars event. Ariana Escarzaga of the Swift Kids Branch, Gabrielle Johnson of the Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch and Abbass Bah of the Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch are their clubs’ “Youth of the Year.” From community service to exemplary grades to thriving despite adversity, these teens were selected out of hundreds of club teens across metro Phoenix to vie for the title of “Youth of the Year.” For the past several months, the group embarked on a 16-week Journey of Discovery that included team building, relationship and leadership development, presentation skills and Toastmasters training. The Journey culminates with the “Today’s Kids, […]
  • The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation Announces $750,000 Gift to BGCMP
    In Press
    View PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE THE BOB & RENEE PARSONS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $750,000 GIFT TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX The Bob & Renee Parsons Dental Clinic and Teen Center Expand Access to Opportunities for Children in Need (Phoenix, AZ December 10, 2013) – Valley children in need have something to smile about this holiday season: The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is providing $750,000 to fund a dental clinic and teen center with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Half of uninsured children in Arizona suffer from tooth decay, which is a leading cause of missed school days and malnutrition. The newly-renamed Bob & Renee Parsons Dental Clinic will provide extremely low-cost dental care for thousands of uninsured and low-income children, many of whom have never seen a dentist before. With four operatories and a full-time staff, the Clinic will provide over 8,000 procedures annually. “The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation makes it possible for us […]
  • Buffalo Wild Wings and BGCMP Promote Teamwork Through Cheerleading
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    View PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BUFFALO WILD WINGS AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX PROMOTE TEAMWORK THROUGH CHEERLEADING Funding from Buffalo Wild Wings supports cheerleading program at BGCMP Swift Kids Branch (Phoenix, AZ November 19, 2013) – A group of Glendale Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) members are learning teamwork through cheerleading, thanks to a grant from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Buffalo Wild Wings. The cheer squad began in January 2013, when Swift Kids Branch Program Manager Russ Kazmierczak noticed rifts growing between the members. “Before the squad began, a lot of the girls were very cliquey, and that tended to build some rivalry,” says Kazmierczak. “The Cheer Squad has really united our girls. They’ve built a sense of camaraderie that wasn’t there before, and with each performance they’re developing poise, fitness and self-confidence.” Funding from Buffalo Wild Wings allowed the squad to purchase much-needed team uniforms, […]
  • BGCMP Announces Photography Program for Club Youth
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    View PDF 2013-14 National Photography Program NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT RELEASE NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: David Romako Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix 602.249.1338 dromako@bgcmp.org Annette Filliat Boys & Girls Clubs of America 404.487.5948 afilliat@bgca.org BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX ANNOUNCES PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM FOR CLUB YOUTH Phoenix, AZ November 19, 2013 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix announces the introduction of the National Photography Program, sponsored by Sony Electronics Inc. The Program teaches youth the art and science of photography, and it includes Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s ImageMakers National Photography Contest, which has a rich, 50-plus-year history in Boys & Girls Clubs, and the photography category of the Digital Arts Festivals. Sony also provided photography equipment so youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix have access to high-quality tools to use during the […]
  • UPS Road Code Program
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UPS ROAD CODE AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO PHOENIX COMMEMORATE NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY WEEK UPS Road Code teaches the importance of safe driving to BGCMP teens (Phoenix, AZ October 18, 2013) – Arizona teen driving deaths are on the rise. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the first six months of 2012 saw nine teens become victims of motor vehicle accidents, compared to two in 2011, and only one in 2010. The UPS Foundation has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) to promote UPS Road Code, a program which teaches safe driving techniques to teens and helps them drive change surrounding this vital issue. National Teen Driver Safety Week runs from October 20-26, and UPS Road Code and BGCMP are doing their part to raise awareness. On Saturday, October 19th, members from UPS Road Code and Boys & Girls Clubs of America accompanied teens from the BGCMP Robson Branch to the […]
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and University of Phoenix Host Celebration Events for Youth on Track to High School Graduation and a Successful Future
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    View PDF Participants of national education initiative honored for success in school (Phoenix, AZ May 23, 2013) – Young people at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix are on the path to a successful future thanks to their participation in BE GREAT: Graduate, a national education initiative sponsored by University of Phoenix Foundation. On May 15 and 17, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix held special celebrations for 19 youth who are on the path to academic success and recognized their volunteer mentors. On May 30, 12 more students will be honored for collectively moving from failing to passing grades. Three of 10 kids in the United States fail to graduate each year; through the BE GREAT: Graduate program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix is ensuring Valley youth are on the right track to graduate high school. The BE GREAT: Graduate program, part of a national partnership between University of Phoenix Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, helps young people […]
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Partner with Ross Stores to Expand Academic Success Program for Valley Children
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    View PDF Power Hour program developed to address Arizona’s critical drop-out rate (Phoenix, AZ March 15, 2013)— Ross Stores, Inc., is underwriting the expansion of the successful Power Hour program at three Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix branches in Phoenix and the West Valley. Power Hour helps young people develop academic, behavioral and social skills through homework completion, high-yield learning activities and tutoring. According to Editorial Products in Education Research Center’s Diploma Counts (6/9/2011), 3 in 10 students will not graduate on time. In the underprivileged and at-risk communities that BGCMP serves, as many as 43% of students will not graduate. Power Hour makes homework completion fun, and creates a climate of academic success at the Clubs. By integrating technology, games and incentives, and working closely with local schools, the extended learning experience improves young people’s academic performance and encourages them to graduate from high school. […]
  • Buck for Kids: Dutch Bros. Coffee Proceeds to Benefit Boys & Girls Club of Phoenix
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    View PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Erin Maue/ 541.291.1653 / erin@dutchbros.com Buck for Kids: Dutch Bros. Coffee Proceeds to Benefit Boys & Girls Club of Phoenix PHOENIX, Ariz. (Dec. 2, 2012) —On Friday, Dec. 6, all 13 Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Arizona will donate 50 cents from every drink sold to the Boys & Girls Club of Phoenix. It’s Dutch Bros. Coffee’s annual Buck for Kids Day, when all 213 locations in seven states donate drink proceeds to youth programs selected by local owner-operators. Last year’s Buck for Kids Day raised $3,443 locally for Boys & Girls Club of Tempe and $139K for children’s causes company-wide. Dutch Bros. Coffee Co-Founder Travis Boersma, a father of four himself, says, “We love kids. Their enthusiasm for life is contagious, and we want to help them enjoy their lives without worry.” Customers can support a good cause at locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert and Peoria. To find the location nearest […]
  • Rookie League Ball Players to Give Clinic to Tee Ball Team of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch
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    (PHOENIX, September 26, 2012) – Batter up! The tee ball team from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s Tri-City West Branch is wrapping up their season in major league fashion. Several Cleveland Indians Rookie League players will visit the Club for a tee ball on September 27 and October 3! They will work with the tee ball team (ages 5-6), offering pointers on base running, hitting and catching, as well as easy techniques for each position. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, sports are never just about the game. They help unlock character, leadership and teamwork skills. In fact, the Sports, Fitness and Recreation program not only promotes physical fitness, but it also plays an important role in teaching young people to develop intrapersonal skills and help foster teamwork. WHO: Rookie League baseball players, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix TriCity West/Thornwood tee ball team WHAT: Tee ball clinic with Rookie League baseball players WHEN: Thursday, […]