Wells Fargo gives $100,000 to Arizona Boys & Girls Clubs to help with operations during teacher walkout

Wells Fargo presented the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs a check for $100,000 last Friday to help support Clubs around the state during the teacher walkout.

“We are making good on our promise to the families and youth we serve: When school is out, we are in,” said Dr. Lisa Hurst, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “Wells Fargo’s thoughtfulness and support for children and families, recognizing and addressing the immediate need, is so greatly appreciated and needed.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has and will continue to provide full-day services from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the duration of the AZ Teacher Strike.

“On behalf of our 15,500 team members statewide, Wells Fargo is pleased to present $100,000 to the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs to help provide services and programming when our children need it the most,” said Don Pearson, Wells Fargo’s Lead Regional President of the Desert Mountain Region. “Boys & Girls Clubs all over Arizona have opened to support thousands of families in 61 Club sites so that youth have a safe place to learn and play during the historic walkout. This check will enable the Clubs to stay open, giving parents piece of mind during these challenging times.”

Wells Fargo is a longtime supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs around the state, and this gift recognized the unique situation families faced with schools closed. Families rely on schools for education and ensuring the safety of their kids and for many students. Boys & Girls Clubs are offering a fun, educational day-time program throughout these days. Clubs will resume regular after-school operations following the end of the walkout.

Donations to help fund programming at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale may be made online at www.bgcs.org/give.

Organizational Statement RE: Continued Teacher’s Strike

Dear BGCS Families, Supporters & Friends,

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is aware that the Arizona Teachers Strike could continue into next Monday, April 30 and beyond. BGCS will continue to provide full-day services for our families during this time. All Branches across our organization will continue to remain OPEN from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the duration of the AZ Teachers Strike.

All active ASP (After-School Program) participants will not be charged any additional fees; however, non-ASP participants will be charged $35 per day.

Similar to this week, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale will not be able to provide transportation during any continuing strike days. Parents will be responsible for all transportation (pick-up and drop-off), as well as providing a both a lunch and snack for their children.

Enrollment will be closely monitored, so please contact your local Branch for more information.

We appreciate the overwhelming amount of positive feedback from our families and we are proud of our staff for working hard and being available during this time. Thank you for choosing Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

 

Curt McReynolds
Chief Operating Officer

Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch
2311 N. Miller Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 947-6331

Lehi Branch
1231 E. Oak St.
Mesa, AZ 85203
(480) 850-4453

Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch
14605 N. Del Cambre Ave.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(480) 344-5400

Peach Springs Branch
479 Diamond Creek Rd.
Peach Springs, AZ 86434
(928) 769-1801

Red Mountain Branch
in the Way of Life Facility
11725 E. Indian School Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 947-1798

Scottsdale Charros Branch
6535 E. Osborn Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 344-5595

Thunderbirds Branch
20199 N. 78th Pl.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 538-9547

Vestar Branch
3975 E. Lockwood Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 585-0170

Virginia G. Piper Branch
10515 E. Lakeview Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 860-1601

Thrift Shop
2626 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 949-5787

Organizational Statement RE: Arizona Teacher’s Strike

Dear BGCS Families, Supporters & Friends,

We are aware of the potential Arizona Teachers Strike and the impact it might have on our families.  In an effort to uphold our mission to serve and assist our families, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale will OPEN our doors during an Arizona Teachers Strike.

Each of our Branches across the organization will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., to provide services for families whi are in need of assistance.  Current Club members (active members) will not be charged any additional fees, however non-members will be charged a daily rate of $35 per day.

Unfortunately, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale will not be able to provide transportation during any potential strike days.  Parents will be responsible for all transportation (pick-up and drop-off), as well as providing a both a lunch and snack for their children.

Spacing will be limited, so please contact your local Branch for more information (see list below).

Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you, our families, during this turbulent time.

Curt McReynolds
Chief Operating Officer

Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch
2311 N. Miller Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 947-6331

Lehi Branch
1231 E. Oak St.
Mesa, AZ 85203
(480) 850-4453

Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch
14605 N. Del Cambre Ave.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(480) 344-5400

Peach Springs Branch
479 Diamond Creek Rd.
Peach Springs, AZ 86434
(928) 769-1801

Red Mountain Branch
in the Way of Life Facility
11725 E. Indian School Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 947-1798

Scottsdale Charros Branch
6535 E. Osborn Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 344-5595

Thunderbirds Branch
20199 N. 78th Pl.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 538-9547

Vestar Branch
3975 E. Lockwood Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 585-0170

Virginia G. Piper Branch
10515 E. Lakeview Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 860-1601

Thrift Shop
2626 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(480) 949-5787

Dr. Lisa Hurst selected to join Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s regional leadership team

Dr. Lisa Hurst, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BCGS) has been named Vice President, Organizational Development Southeast Field Operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Hurst has served as President & CEO of BGCS since October 2015. “Lisa brought something very special and irreplaceable to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale,” said Allen Thompson, BGCS Board Chair. “Although we will miss her tremendously, we are proud of her and know that she will continue to spread her amazing influence to even more youth on a national level. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is extremely lucky to have her.”

By the end of May 2018, Hurst will be in Atlanta, GA, at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s headquarters fulltime. In her new role she will be responsible for providing direction in support of the assessment of organizational needs, the design, implementation and evaluation of services that facilitate organizational development and sustained progress of local Boys & Girls Clubs.

In her time with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale the organization has seen marked growth and success. Board engagement, Club membership and youths served are all at their highest points in years. In 2017, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale served more than 20,000 young people at their nine locations.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Hurst. “This organization has some of the most incredible board members, community members, staff and kids that I’ve seen in my time with Clubs. I am sad to leave Scottsdale, but immensely proud of the achievements we have made for local youth. Whoever has the privilege to sit in this chair next, has a great ship to sail.”

Hurst grew up as a Club kid and has worked for Boys & Girls Clubs in some capacity for more than 30 years. For the five years before she came to Scottsdale, she was President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.

“We are so grateful to Lisa for her leadership and friendship over the past two and a half years. She will always be family to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, even on the other side of the country,” said Thompson.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is now conducting a national search to fill the position of President & CEO.

State and Military Youth of the Years announced at the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs annual breakfast event in Phoenix

Marena Sever and Dylan Bradley Voy were awarded state Youth of the Year honors at the annual Breakfast organized by the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and presented by Fiesta Bowl Charities on Tuesday, March 27 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix.

Sever, from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, was named the 2018 Arizona State Youth of the Year. Voy, from Luke AFB Youth Program, received the 2018 Arizona State Military Youth of the Year top honors.

Selected from a field of 10 candidates from Clubs around the state, Sever and Voy each were awarded $5,000 in scholarships and will go on to compete at the regional level in their respective categories. Regional winners will go on to Washington, D.C., with the chance of being named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year.

“At the Club, I was able to leave my problems at the door,” said Sever, speaking of her 10 years as a member. “Without the Club, I wouldn’t have had the stability I needed, I wouldn’t have my love for the arts, and I wouldn’t have any of the close friendships I have developed there.”

Voy thanked his parents for the role they played in his life, rescuing him from birth parents with a drug addiction. He added, “I thank (Club staff) for their everlasting contributions to my character as a person. This has proved to me that if you want it with all your heart, no matter what position you may be in, it will come in a nice form of newfound hope and all you have to do is grab it.”

Also at the Breakfast, Attorney General Mark Brnovich praised the work and impact of Boys & Girls Clubs in the state. “Whatever the issues are, I believe that we have an obligation to create an environment where kids‑-the next generation‑-can be safe and productive,” said Brnovich. “Arizona Boys & Girls Clubs provide a truly great environment for tomorrow’s leaders to be successful.”

“Youth of the Year showcases what our Clubs are all about and it reminds each of us just how incredible the young people are when given the opportunity and the ability to reach for their dreams,” said Bruce Suppes, Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Board President. “The goal of the Alliance is to bring to the forefront the issues facing kids today and how the Clubs are an integral part of the solution.”

Dr. Christine Wilkinson, Senior Vice President and Secretary of Arizona State University, provided the keynote address encouraging all youth to pursue higher education. “The investment of your time and effort will and does pay off,” said Dr. Wilkinson. “A college degree is the single most important determining factor in improving socioeconomic mobility.”

All of the candidates previously competed at local levels to represent their home Club and then their Boys & Girls Club organization before moving on to the state competition. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year Program is a premier youth development recognition experience celebrating academic success, examples of leadership and overall Club involvement. Teens prepared three essays, participated in multiple rounds of interviews with panels of judges and delivered a three-minute speech highlighting their Club experience.

Youth of the Year judges included Maria Brink, Toyota; Peggy Eyanson, Fiesta Bowl; Trisha Smith, Topgolf and Christopher Wright, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

The 10 Arizona State Youth of the Year candidates and the Clubs they represent are:

ANDREW J. ASHBECK, Davis-Monthan AFB Youth Program

KYMANI BLEDSOE, Boys & Girls Clubs of Casa Grande Valley

NATHAN GAUTHIER, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sierra Vista

LEANDRIA P. GENE, Boys & Girls Clubs of Flagstaff

BAHATI JACKSON, Boys & Girls of Tucson

CYRUS MARTINEZ, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

PRINCESSA ORONA, Boys & Girls Clubs of Aha Macav

TYLER RUOF, Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley

MARENA SEVER, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

DYLAN BRADLEY VOY, Luke AFB Youth Program

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation awards $180,000 in educational scholarships to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year finalists

During Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s (BGCS) annual Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball gala, Bob and Renee Parsons surprised the audience by awarding educational scholarships to all eight Youth of the Year finalists. Youth of the Year is a national program run by Boys & Girls Clubs of America that honors leadership, exceptional academic performance and service in the community.

“Education can play a crucial role in changing a life,” said American entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons.  “Renee and I believe that everyone deserves the chance to pursue higher education, and we’re happy to open that door for these outstanding Youth of the Year finalists.”

During the event, Marena Sever from the Thunderbirds Branch was awarded the top honor and named the 2018 BGCS Youth of the Year.  Celebrating her achievement, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation granted Marena a $40,000 scholarship. All remaining finalists were also awarded $20,000 scholarships from the Parsons Foundation, some of whom were not sure how they would pay for a college education.

“I am overwhelmed and so thankful for this entire experience,” said Sever. “The generosity of the Parsons will make it possible for me to attend my dream school and study political science.”

Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball is the signature fundraiser for the youth development organization, which includes silent and live auctions, paddle raisers and various raffles. Throughout the evening, Youth of the Year finalists from eight of the BGCS branch locations presented their stories of triumph and transformation to the more than 700 in attendance. The 2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year will go on to compete at the state level with the potential to move onto regional and national competitions.

“The scholarships are about giving students the opportunity to follow their dreams,” said businesswomen and philanthropist Renee Parsons. “It was inspiring to watch the presentations from the Youth of the Year finalists, and we wish them luck as they take the next step in their journey to a better future.”

This is the second year in a row that the Parsons have made impromptu scholarship gifts to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Youth of the Year finalists.  In addition to $180,000 in scholarship funds this year, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation also gave $200,000 through live auction items and other donations.

“We are so grateful for the continued support of Bob and Renee Parsons,” said Dr. Lisa Hurst, BGCS President & CEO. “All of our youth have tremendous potential, and we know that children who attend a Boys & Girls Club are more inclined to pursue higher education. These scholarships will be life changing for our teens.”

Research has shown that the more time youth spend at a Boys & Girls Club, the more connected 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: www.bgcs.org.

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, Mesa, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the Hualapai Nation. Research shows that the more time youth spend at a Boys & Girls Club, the more likely they are to feel more connected to school and have greater post-secondary aspirations. The door to our kids’ futures is often crowded by temptation and misdirection making it difficult for them to reach their full potential. Inside our doors, youth development professionals and mentors provide guidance, support and encouragement in an enriching and safe environment. Our outcome-based programming assures that success is in reach for all kids and teens who enter our doors, 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 times 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, roots or economic status – 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.

Eight local teens compete to earn Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s highest honor

On February 23 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) will name their Youth of the Year at the 2018 Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball. Eight of the organization’s nine Clubs have a candidate in the running.

The 2018 Youth of the Year finalists are— Winnie Chen, 18, from the Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch; Carli Drufey, 16, from the Virginia G. Piper Branch; Jhosevetd Gutierrez-Rodriguez, 17, from the Scottsdale Charros Branch; Nelson Martinez, 17, from the Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch; Jessica Meneses, 17, from the Red Mountain Branch; Madeline Nowaczyk,18, from the Vestar Branch; Marena Sever, 17, from the Thunderbirds Branch; and Adora Wesley-Howard, 16, from the Lehi Branch.

Youth of the Year is a national program run by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. It honors leadership, exceptional academic performance and service in the community. This process began last September with more than 30 BGCS teens competing for the Clubs’ highest honor and scholarship awards provided by Voya Financial.

Candidates have been preparing for six months, writing multiple essays and participating in two rounds of one-on-one and panel interviews with local community leaders. They will each present their final speeches to more than 800 audience members at the gala. Their speeches highlight how being a Club kid has contributed to their personal growth and transformation.

Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball is Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s signature fundraising event, presented by Tiffany & Bosco, P.A., Great American Title Agency, Inc. and Meritage Homes. Held annually, the evening’s program ends with the announcement of the BGCS Youth of the Year. Proceeds generated from ticket sales, auction items and paddle-raiser purchases go directly to enhance Club programming.

“Every year, it seems that the competition is heightened,” said Dr. Lisa Hurst, BGCS President and CEO. “We are so proud of each candidate and humbled to play a role in their successes. Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball puts the epitome of our work on display. I am honored to be part of an organization that produces such talented, well-rounded and respectable young people,” said Dr. Hurst.

The 2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year will go on to compete at the state level in March with the potential to move onto regional and national competitions.

Meet the candidates.

12 News Reporter Charly Edsitty to present as part of Boys & Girls Clubs teen SMART Girls program

Charly Edsitty, 12 News Reporter and accomplished Native American journalist, will meet with teen girls at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Lehi Branch on Tuesday, Jan. 16 as part of the Club’s confidence-building SMART Girls program. The Lehi Branch is located within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Edsitty, a multi-media journalist, is a graduate of the Gannett Talent Development Program and Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute and is a member of the Native American Journalists Association. She has completed internships with CBS News in New York City, The White House and the Farmington Daily Times.

“Charly is an ideal guest speaker for our SMART Girls teen program, especially with her current role at 12 News specializing in Native American populations, including identity issues, tribal politics and sports mascot controversies,” said Tamara Littlesalt, BGCS Vice president of Native American & Community Services.

SMART Girls is a 10-week health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program for girls. The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles enabling adolescent/teen girls to develop their full potential. SMART Girls incorporates learning experiences with mentors, guest speakers, hands-on activities and field trips.

“We are committed to developing our country’s future generations of productive, caring, responsible citizens—what we call 21st Century Leaders” said Littlesalt. “Programs like SMART Girls are centered around community service, advocacy and activism designed to foster young people’s integrity and good character, their ability to make positive life choices, their belief that they can bring about positive change, and compassion and willingness to serve others”

For more information about the SMART Girls presentation on Jan. 16, please contact the BGCS Lehi Branch at 480-850-4453.

2018 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year Candidates Announced

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (Nov. 17, 2017) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) held its Annual Youth of the Year Dinner last night at the Virginia G. Piper Branch to name the teens chosen to represent their individual Clubs in the competition for the 2018 BGCS Youth of the Year title—the highest honor awarded to a Club member.

The 2017-18 BGCS Youth of the Year candidates are as follows:

NELSON MARTINEZ from the Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch
JHOSEVETD GUTIERREZ-RODRIQUEZ from the Scottsdale Charros Branch
ADORA WESLEY-HOWARD from the Lehi Branch
WINNIE CHEN from the Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch
CARLI DURFEY from the Virginia G. Piper Branch
MARENA SEVER from the Thunderbirds Branch
MADDIE NOWACZYK from the Vestar Branch

A field of 19 youth from throughout the organization presented speeches and participated in one-on-one and panel interviews with judges the prior week. Participants honed their writing, speaking and presenting skills for more than 10 weeks to prepare for this first round of judging.

“Everyone in the room last night experienced the magic of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. Watching our youth transform throughout this program fills me with joy and is the reason we as staff come to work every day,” said Dr. Lisa Hurst, BGCS president and CEO.

The 2018 BGCS Youth of the Year will be named at the Celebrate Youth at Blue Door Ball gala to be held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge on February 23, 2018. The BGCS Youth of the Year will represent the Clubs throughout the year, is awarded a $5,000 scholarship and will go on to compete for the state title. Across the country, state finalists move on to regional competitions. The regional winners then become the candidates eligible to be named the 2018-19 National Youth of the Year.

Thousands of youth walk through our blue doors every day where programs prepare them to become 21st Century Leaders, Globally Competitive Graduates, Innovative Dream-Makers and Healthy Game-Changers. To learn more about the life-changing impact that Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has on local youth, visit bgcs.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and Hoop Code Basketball Academy partner to bring high-quality basketball clinics and leagues to local youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) announces a new partnership with Hoop Code Basketball Academy for the launch of its 2017-18 winter basketball season. Hoop Code will coach within the existing BCGS winter, spring, summer and fall leagues and offer multiple local and travel tournaments year-round. In addition, they offer many clinic opportunities.

“This partnership will allow us to offer our youth athletes high quality, purposeful training by certified professional basketball coaches,” said Curt McReynolds, Chief Operating Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “These guys have played basketball at the highest levels.”

Hoop Code comes to Scottsdale with past success partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs in the San Francisco, CA area. They focus on athletes’ minds, bodies and skill sets, in order to maximize players’ full growth and potential.

The winter season will begin with practices on Nov. 27 and will include 12 co-ed youth teams ranging from ages eight to 14. Playoffs will begin February 16, 2018.

Winter practices and games will be held at the BGCS Vestar Branch in Desert Ridge, the Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch in Fountain Hills and the Virginia G. Piper Branch in Scottsdale Ranch. The Thunderbirds Branch located in Grayhawk will join the lineup with their newly-constructed gymnasium starting in the spring.

“Hoop Code Basketball Academy is excited about our new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale,” said Sean Greene, CEO/Founder Hoop Code. “Here at Hoop Code we believe using basketball simply as a vessel to instill character, hard work, discipline, integrity and togetherness. In doing so, we will increase the development of our youth within our community and maximize their full potential on and off the basketball court.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale delivers diverse programming to equip members with skills that place them at an advantage over their peers. No matter their circumstances, kids are provided opportunities to become their best selves.

“This partnership will provide an awesome opportunity to engage, excite and enhance our kids’ experience at the Clubs.” said Dr. Lisa Hurst, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “Hoop Code is an impressive organization that shares our objectives of developing potential and perseverance in our next generation of leaders. We look forward to working alongside Sean and his team in order to best serve our youth.”

Winter season tryouts are as follows: October 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Virginia G. Piper Branch, 10515 E Lakeview Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85258 and October 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Vestar Branch, 3975 E. Lockwood Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85050. For age group tryout times or to register, please visit https://www.hoopcode.com/tryouts.