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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale announces new board

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is pleased to announce the newest members to the non-profit’s Board of Governors:

  • Lee Nickloy – APS
  • Prescott Pohl – Snell & Wilmer
  • Kathleen Preston – Cox Communications
  • Ryan Rayburn – Lincoln Financial Advisors
  • Tom Traylor – Wells Fargo

“We are very thankful to have this great group of individuals serve on our board,” said Steve Davidson, President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “These dedicated community leaders generously give their time and professional expertise in effort to make sure that the needs of our local youth are being met.”

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, celebrating its 60th Anniversary throughout 2014, empowers 17,800 youth of all ages and backgrounds to develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential as productive, responsible citizens. The Club provides a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship and athletics, and high-impact youth development programs during critical non-school hours. Clubs are located in cities and on Native American lands in the greater Scottsdale area and promote academic success, positive character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. For more information, visit www.bgcs.org.

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Boys & Girls Clubs honor local teens

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is pleased to announce its 2014 Branch Youths of the Year, each of whom will be honored at Celebrate Youth on Saturday, March 22 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort.
They are:

Melissa Ervin, a junior at Fountain Hills High School and 12-year member of the Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch in Fountain Hills, who has been active in the Leader in Training Program, My Club My Life Teen Reporters, Keystone Club and Career Preparation Programs at her branch.

Dani Haboush, a junior at Cactus Shadows High School and nine-year member of the Vestar Branch in Desert Ridge, who has been active in the Leader in Training Program, What’s Hip and Keystone Club at her branch.

Alexa Jenouri, a senior at Cactus Shadows High School and eight-year member of the Thunderbirds Branch in north Scottsdale, who has been active in the Leader in Training Program, Keystone Club, Europe Excursion Program and Money Matters Program at her branch.

Dalia Jimenez, a senior at Coronado High School and 11-year member of the Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch in Arcadia, who has been active in the Keystone Club, SMART Girls, What’s Hip and Europe Excursion Program at her branch.

Alaza Loring, a senior at Salt River High School and 11-year member of the Lehi Branch on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, who has been active in the Leader in Training Program and SMART Girls, Torch Club and SMART Moves at her branch.

Marissa Masters, a senior at Saguaro High School and 10-year member of the Rose Lane Branch in Scottsdale, who is active in the Keystone Club, Europe Excursion Program, What’s Hip and Leader in Training Program at her branch.

Leonel Reyes, a junior at Arcadia High School and 11-year member of Outreach Services in Scottsdale, who has been active with the Leader in Training Program, Passport to Manhood, Torch Club and Keystone Club at his branch.

Ashley Thompson, a junior at Desert Mountain High School and seven-year member of the Virginia G. Piper Branch in north Scottsdale, who has been active in Leader in Training Program, What’s Hip, Money Matters and Keystone Club at her branch.

Kristofferson Walker, a senior at Seligman High School and seven-year member of the Peach Springs Branch on the Hualapai Indian Community, who has been active in Leader in Training Program, SMART Moves, Money Matters and Keystone Club the at his branch.

Lane Yazzie, a junior at Salt River High School and four-year member of the Red Mountain Branch on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, who has been active in the Passport to Manhood, Money Matters and Keystone Club at his branch.

Presented by Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, more than 600 civic and community leaders are expected at Celebrate Youth, which also includes a silent and live auction, dinner and live entertainment and performances from the Club youth. At the close of the evening, one of the 10 branch Youths of the Year will be named as the overall Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year, taking home a $5,000 scholarship, and all others will earn a $1,000 scholarship. Some other corporate sponsors joining Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title are General Dynamics C4 Systems, Go Daddy, Republic Services, UMB Bank, Chasse Building Team, First Bank and First Western Trust.

“The Youth of the Year program is a premier character and leadership initiative which has been in existence for more than 60 years,” said Janet Caldarelli, co-chair of Celebrate Youth. “Recipients of the award are chosen based on each finalist’s demonstration of moral character, life goals, leadership, poise, public speaking ability and service to the Club, community and family.”

The overall 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year will continue on to the state-level competition with other organizations from across Arizona. The winner of the state competition advances to the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition held later this year, with the opportunity to continue to the national event.

Tickets for Celebrate Youth start at $175/per person. Tables and event sponsorships are available at www.celebrateyouthgala.org or by calling 480-344-5682.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides a positive, safe and fun environment to help 17,500 youth of all ages and backgrounds develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential. The Club offers more than 100 youth development programs emphasizing five core areas including: the arts; character and leadership development; education and career development; health & life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation. The organization’s nine branches and multiple outreach sites are located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. For more information, visit www.bgcs.org.

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Parsons Foundation Donates $75,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has been given a $75,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. The grant will support the Fine Arts program set to take place throughout the year at the organization’s nine Clubs and multiple outreach sites.

“Fine Art programming is crucial to youth development for many reasons,” says Steve Davidson, President and CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “These competencies instill a sense of pride and appreciation for the arts, and regular opportunities for youth to express themselves in new, thoughtful and positive ways.”

The Fine Arts program is provided throughout the year with approximately 450 youth and teens, ages 6-18, participating each week. The Program is led by experienced Club professionals with arts education backgrounds. Members are exposed to a broad range of competencies and mediums and are continually encouraged to develop new skills and talents, express themselves, and expand individual creativity. Fine Art projects can range from the more simple, to longer term and more complex endeavors using mediums such as monochromatic drawing, watercolor, mixed media, sculpture and more.

“Art has the ability to transform how children think and learn,” says Renee Parsons, co-founder of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. “The Fine Arts program helps build self-esteem and self-confidence and foster creative expression, all critical life and social skills. We are delighted for the opportunity to be involved.”

In addition to the Fine Arts program, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also a major sponsor at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s fall taste event – Live & Local. The event will not only celebrate the best in Arizona food, music and live entertainment but also kick-off the Club’s Fine Art Exhibit which is set to travel to various Valley locations during the fall and holiday season. Locations to be released soon. For more information about the event please visit www.liveandlocal.bgcs.org.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides a positive, safe and fun environment to help 17,500 youth of all ages and backgrounds develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential. The Club offers more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and multiple outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. For more information, visit www.bgcs.org.

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Nelson Appointed to Boys & Girls Clubs' board

The law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. announced that attorney and shareholder Kevin P. Nelson was appointed as a Member of the Board of Governors to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.  Board members serve a minimum of one term (three years) and are responsible for serving on standing and special event committees, fiduciary oversight and providing resources to fulfill the mission of the organization. The non-profit organization provides 17,700 Valley children and teenagers with a positive, supervised and fun environment to help reach their full potential. The Clubs offer more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. Their programs help promote healthy lifestyles, good character and academic success.

Michael Tiffany, Managing Partner and Shareholder of Tiffany & Bosco stated, “We are thankful that Kevin is such an active member in an organization that works with children to benefit our entire community. Kevin is a dedicated lawyer and committed to serving our community and his clients.”

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Nelson Appointed to Boys & Girls Clubs’ board

The law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. announced that attorney and shareholder Kevin P. Nelson was appointed as a Member of the Board of Governors to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.  Board members serve a minimum of one term (three years) and are responsible for serving on standing and special event committees, fiduciary oversight and providing resources to fulfill the mission of the organization. The non-profit organization provides 17,700 Valley children and teenagers with a positive, supervised and fun environment to help reach their full potential. The Clubs offer more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. Their programs help promote healthy lifestyles, good character and academic success.

Michael Tiffany, Managing Partner and Shareholder of Tiffany & Bosco stated, “We are thankful that Kevin is such an active member in an organization that works with children to benefit our entire community. Kevin is a dedicated lawyer and committed to serving our community and his clients.”

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Local Youth Honored at Digikids Film Festival

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale recently partnered with the Microsoft Store located at Scottsdale Fashion Square to showcase young Club members’ excellence in the area of multimedia art as part of the Digikids Film Festival. The program encourages Club members to learn and practice in digital arts, including movie making, music making, and graphic design.

The young honorees and the public got the chance to view their movies on the big screen, courtesy of the Harkins Theatre at Scottsdale Fashion Square. After the movie screenings, the festival moved to the Microsoft Store where a red carpet and awards presentation took place.

Award Winners
Pinnacle High School students Parker Bradshaw and Harrison Mosbaugh, members of the Club’s Vestar Branch in Desert Ridge, both took home “Best Actor” honors during the event for the exceptional work in their branch’s film “Living the Dream.”

Pueblo Elementary student Nhi Tran, a member of the Rose Lane Branch in Scottsdale, was named “Best Actress” for her work in her branch’s film, “Evil Dentist.”

Desert Mountain students Jake Davis and Aaron Fugelberg, members of the Virginia G. Piper Branch in North Scottsdale, earned the “Best Music Video” crown for their “White and Nerdy” musical short.

Rounding out the North Valley-area honorees were Copper Ridge Elementary students Jillian Miller and Samara Hamideh, members of the Thunderbirds Branch in North Scottsdale, won in the category of “Best Stop Motion” for their “Koala Cake” short.

Taking home “Best Movie” honors for their “Prison Break” movie submission during the event was none other than the team from Arcadia’s own Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch, including:
* Christa Palacio, 9, of Pima Elementary School
* Diego Davila, 9, of Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center
* Adyson Anaya, 9, of Pima Elementary School
* Iliana Morales, 10, of Pima Elementary School
* Kimberly Sierra, 9, of Tonalea Elementary School

In addition, children from the Club’s Paiute Outreach Center in Arcadia were also honored with the “Best Scary Movie” award for their “A Pauite Haunting” short film submission. These honorees are:
* Jasmine Silva, 9, of Tavan Elementary School
* Jhosevetd Gutierrez, 13, of Ingleside Middle School
* Maria Gutierrez, 13, of Ingleside Middle School
* Melonie Alvarez, 9, of Tonalea Elementary School
* Jonothan Garcia, 7, of Tavan Elementary School
* Annay Lopez, 11, of Tonalea Elementary School

Taking home “Best Action Sequence” honors during the event was none other than the team from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa’s own Lehi Branch, including:
* Thalisie Paukgana, 11, of Kerr Elementary School
* Anthony Shippley, 11, of Kerr Elementary School
* Alex Miranda, 11, of Lehi Elementary School

In addition, taking home “Best Sound Effects” honors during the event was the team from the Club’s Red Mountain Branch, also on the reservation, including:
* Victoria Maynard, 10, of Whittier Elementary School
* Mekkhi Chiago, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Vincent Chiago, 10, of Whittier Elementary School
* Nate Wood, 12, of Whitman Elementary School
* Jared Wood, 11, of Whitman Elementary School
* Gregorio Martinez, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Alacia Carlisle, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Georgia Carlisle, 10, of Whittier Elementary School
* Hastiin Reina, 11, of Whittier Elementary School
* Elisette Hayes, 10, of Salt River Elementary School
* Amber Dorchester, 10, of Salt River Elementary School
* Arianna Flores, 11, of Salt River Elementary School

Taking home “Best Harlem Shake” honors, a new award based on the popular viral videos popping up online each day, during the event was none other than the team from Fountain Hills’ own Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch. Dozens of youth members helped plan the “shake” and participated in the video.

Each team of winners will now be entered into the national competition where it will be up against regional winners in all 50 states. National winners will be announced later this summer.
In addition to seeing their work on the big screen, the kids were honored at the event with a Microsoft Store goody bag filled with over $75 worth of items including a lunch pail, sunglasses, store discount cards, games and more.

Club members worked all year to master the skills of digital art through the program. The arts, which develops creativity and cultural awareness through all different types of mediums, is just one of five core areas focused on at the Boys & Girls Clubs. The non-profit organization also promotes leadership development, education, life skills and sports, fitness and recreation through their 100 youth development programs.

“We fully support creativity through technology, and we’re excited to deepen our commitment to the Scottsdale communities by providing technology and resources to the Boys & Girls Clubs,” says Melissa Brewer, Community Development Specialist at the Microsoft Store. “We were so impressed by the grasp youth have today on software tools and technology.”

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Tech Girls Rock at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women make up 58 percent of the U.S. professional workforce, but only 25 percent of the computing workforce.

The Boys & Girls Clubs are out to change that.

In March, Tech Girls Rocked the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. For the first time ever, the Clubs partnered with CA Technologies to offer more than 100 tween and teen girls a full-day workshop developed to encourage the kids to discover and cultivate an interest in information technology (IT) and ultimately, in tech-related educational opportunities and careers.

The event, which took place at the Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch in Scottsdale, included career exploration panels, interactive discussions on key IT trends and topics, and plenty of technology-focused challenges to provide a hands-on experience for all. CA Technologies employees volunteered their time staffing the workshops as well as working with kids one on one throughout the day.

Click here to see FOX 10 live from the event.

“We hope workshops like this at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale help young women who normally wouldn’t venture into a career in IT get excited and encouraged to explore the field,” says Lisa Brighton, community relations analyst for CA Technologies. “With this most recent event, we’ve reached 800 girls total nationwide.”

Tech Girls Rock Tweens - Courtesy of BGCGSBrighton notes the goal is to reach 1,000 girls and cultivate an interest in technology, tech-related educational opportunities and careers.

Before coming to Scottsdale, workshops began in 2012 with events in Boston; Chicago; New York; Plano, Texas; and San Francisco. As part of its commitment, CA Technologies will host additional Tech Girls Rock workshops through July 2013 in additional cities, with the goal to reach more 1,000 young women. This initiative evolved from a long-standing partnership between CA Technologies and Boys & Girls Clubs of America and incorporates two core philanthropic focus areas for CA Technologies: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and the Advancement of Women in IT.

“All of our Clubs are always looking for innovative and inspiring learning opportunities for our members,” said Lauren Stratton, branch director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch. “Tech Girls Rock provides a fun, interactive way to empower girls to explore a potential future in technology. The exposure to IT professionals, who can offer their perspective on the role of technology, and guidance for those considering a career in the field, is an invaluable learning opportunity for these young women.”

In addition to Tech Girls Rock, the greater-Scottsdale Clubs have ensured a long-time focus on providing tech-related opportunities to both male and female members through several other programs, including, but not limited to:

  • Skill Tech I and II
  • Web Design
  • Movie Making
  • Design Tech
  • ImageMakers National Photography Exhibit
  • Music Making

The Clubs also offer monthly field trips to the Scottsdale Microsoft store to enhance technology skills of Club members with the latest software.

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Support Local on Arizona Gives Day

Every single resident in Scottsdale and beyond (this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing today – give.

Why?

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Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

“On March 20, all Arizonans will be asked to participate in the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, who helped to develop the initiative in partnership with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and a team of statewide leaders.

Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at www.AZGives.org to support a local nonprofit in their community, or pledge their financial support to one of the hundreds of participating nonprofits across the state. A day dedicated to communities that care, Arizona Gives Day, presented by First Bank, will focus on giving back to the organizations whose invaluable efforts have helped empower communities and provide services, products and more to those in need.

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Anne Rita Monahan Foundation

The Gives Day movement began in Minnesota four years ago as a way to increase individual giving and help nonprofits raise awareness about their cause. Each year since, these initiatives have seen increased success and have helped countless organizations continue to provide the services and programs their communities need.

Today, Gives Days are becoming increasingly more popular, leading many other states like Colorado, Georgia, Alabama and now Arizona to expand the “flash-mob type” movement into their own states. Organizers of the Arizona Gives Day hope to see the same successful response during the 24-hour statewide online giving initiative on March 20.

“For as little as $10, nonprofits in Arizona can and do make a difference,” said McWhortor. “Together, we hope to raise more than $2 million on this single day.”

Nonprofit Participation

Among the nearly 850 nonprofits participating in this event are several from around the Scottsdale and surrounding area, including:

Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Desert Foothills Library, Foothills Food Bank, HopeKids, Wild At Heart, Yes You Have A Choice/Sofia’s House, Project Linus, Bucket List Foundation, Go Green Now Foundation, Inc., Anne Rita Monahan Foundation, Arizona Helping Hands, Inc., Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., Childhelp, Cortney’s Place, Devereux Arizona, Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, Feeding Matters, Foothills Animal Rescue, Four Seasons Orchestra, Musical Instrument Museum, Greater Arizona Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Hope Village, ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids), McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, New Way Academy, notMYkid, Oasis Sanctuary Foundation LTD, Partners In Action, Phoenix Herpetological Society, Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool, Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc, Reigning Grace Ranch, Scottsdale, Preparatory Academy, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services, Singleton Moms, Square One Inc., The Berceli Foundation, The New Foundation, The Purple Society, The Welcome to America Project, Tourette Syndrome Association of Arizona, Inc., Tumbleweed, Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, Waste Not, Inc., Safe Haven for Animals

How to Participate

Businesses, schools and communities are encouraged to rally friends, family, classmates and co-workers leading up to the big day. Donors can learn more about the nonprofits participating in their community by logging on to the www.AZGives.org. Then help spread the word by joining the movement on Facebook and Twitter.

Giving is as easy is 1-2-3!

1. On March 20, visit www.AZGives.org

2. Click on “Donate”

3. Choose your nonprofit of choice and give away

Whether you give a little or give a lot, every donation will help the more than 20,000 deserving organizations statewide!

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Boys & Girls Clubs board appoints Bosco

The law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. announced that attorney and shareholder Mark S. Bosco was appointed as a Member of the Board of Governors to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Board members serve a minimum of one term (three years) and are responsible for serving on standing and special event committees, fiduciary oversight and providing resources to fulfill the mission of the organization.

The non-profit organization provides 17,700 Valley children and teenagers with a positive, supervised and fun environment to help reach their full potential. The Clubs offer more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. Their programs help promote healthy lifestyles, good character and academic success.

Steve Davidson, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale stated, “We are thrilled to have Mark join our team.  We know that his passion, commitment, and comprehension of the work done by our organization will help us grow and continue to serve more youth in our communities.  He is an outstanding addition to our organization.”

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Boys & Girls Clubs board appoints Bosco

The law firm of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. announced that attorney and shareholder Mark S. Bosco was appointed as a Member of the Board of Governors to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Board members serve a minimum of one term (three years) and are responsible for serving on standing and special event committees, fiduciary oversight and providing resources to fulfill the mission of the organization.

The non-profit organization provides 17,700 Valley children and teenagers with a positive, supervised and fun environment to help reach their full potential. The Clubs offer more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. Their programs help promote healthy lifestyles, good character and academic success.

Steve Davidson, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale stated, “We are thrilled to have Mark join our team.  We know that his passion, commitment, and comprehension of the work done by our organization will help us grow and continue to serve more youth in our communities.  He is an outstanding addition to our organization.”

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER SCOTTSDALE ANNOUNCES 2013 YOUTH OF THE YEAR

Arcadia High School junior Jessica DuBois has been selected as the 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year.

DuBois, 16, is a member of the Hartley & Ruth Baker Branch, which is located in south Scottsdale. She has been involved in a variety of educational and community service programs since joining the Club more than five years ago and is an active community volunteer, logging more than 90 hours of service in recent months.

Jessica - 2013 YOYAt the Club, she is a dedicated member of several programs, including:

  • Smart Girls, which is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem program for girls ages eight to 17 designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential. She also serves as a mentor to younger girls entering the program.
  • What’s Hip, which is an eight-week program for high school girls covering issues such as relationships, drug and alcohol use, self-esteem, and fashion, among others. The program culminates with a fashion show at the Rose Lane Branch.
  • eCrew, which is a program developed in partnership with Arizona State University, C4 Systems, where General Dynamics’ engineers mentor Club members and provide them with the tools and knowledge needed to potentially become engineers and business leaders.

The Youth of the Year program has been an integral part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 60 years and is the highest honor given to members of the organization. This annual program begins in January when each of the Scottsdale Clubs’ nine area branches, which are located in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities and other Northeast Valley neighborhoods, crown their own Youth of the Year honoree. Each of these members are chosen based on their dedication to the Club, community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, leadership, poise and public speaking ability.

From there, each of the nine branch Youths of the Year undergo a two-month judging process, which culminates with the kids being honored and then giving a speech during the Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction, the non-profits biggest fundraising event of the year.

Presented by Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, the annual gala, which took place on March 9 at Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona, included a dinner, silent and live auctions, paddle raiser, and live entertainment by Club members.

Katie 1During the gala, DuBois shared her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse one day – a dream much closer thanks to her Youth of the Year prizes, which included a $5,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems, a laptop from NPCE Technology Solutions and a Young Leadership Training scholarship from U & Improved.

Her eight fellow branch Youths of the Year were also rewarded during the gala, each receiving a $1,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and Google tablets from NPCE Technology Solutions. They included: Ariana Alvez, Samantha Elder, Amari Gonzales, Dani Haboush, Alexa Jenouri, Marissa Masters, Kristofferson Walker and Lane Yazzie.

2013 Gala Title sponsors were Tiffany & Bosco and Great American Title, with other major sponsors including General Dynamics C4 Systems, Republic Services, Go Daddy, Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona.

This event caps off a whirlwind 12 months for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, which also included:

  • The Clubs’ Lehi Branch, which serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, finishing construction and hosting the grand opening of its new $50,000 Teen Center, which includes a performance stage, upgraded fitness equipment, a computer lab, décor improvements and a painted mural representing the Native American culture.
  • The Club’s Red Mountain Branch, which also serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, being honored with a National Award of Merit for Program Excellence in Health & Life Skills from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
  • The Club’s Vestar Branch, which serves youth from the Desert Ridge and North Phoenix areas, being named the top branch in the nation by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
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Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Scottsdale: 16,000 Happily Served and Counting

Each day, the staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale gets asked two questions – one by parents and one by kids.

Parents: Will my child benefit from being a part of the Club?
Kids: Am I going to have fun?

The short answer to both questions is a resounding, “YES!”

But, given these questions are asked so often, below is a snapshot of the true positive impact our local Club truly has on the community.

What is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale?

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides a positive, safe and fun environment to help Valley youth of all ages and backgrounds reach the power of their potential.

The nonprofit organization offers more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities.

What are the Club’s Values?

  • Accountability
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Respect
  • Teamwork

In addition, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale believes these values need to be evident with our volunteers and community partners.

What are some of the programs kids love best?

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale offers more than 100 quality youth development programs designed to develop character and life-enhancing skills.

Programs are built around five core areas: the arts; character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation.

Some of our members’ favorite programs include:

  • National Fine Arts Exhibit:
    • This competition, which encourages creativity through a variety of media, is made up of local, regional and national exhibits.
    • Young people are encouraged to create artwork in any of the following categories: monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastels, water color, oil or acrylic, print making, mixed media, collage and sculpture.
    • The program culminates in an organization-wide exhibit with winners advancing to the regional, and then possibly, nationally to the annual Boys & Girls Clubs of America national conference held in the spring.
  • Leaders in Training (L.I.T.): The L.I.T. program is designed to enhance the professional development of Club members ages 13 to 17 by giving them opportunities to learn leadership skills and responsibility. The mission of the program is to provide Club members an understanding of the Boys & Girls Club movement, work ethics, personal skills and community responsibility.
  • America Reads/America Counts: Through a partnership with Arizona State University, the Club provides the America Reads/America Counts education program at three of our locations: Hartley & Ruth Barker Branch, Lehi Branch and the Paiute Neighborhood Center (part of our Outreach Services).
  • SMART Girls: The SMART Girls Program addresses social and development needs of girls ages 8 to 15. The goal of the program is to develop healthy attitudes and lifestyles at this critical stage of their development. SMART Girls aims to provide knowledge, skills, self-esteem and peer support to help young girls avoid the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; learn the importance of healthy eating and fitness habits; develop an understanding and appreciation of their bodies and the physical, emotional and social changes they are experiencing; and to postpone sexual activity.
  • Passport to Manhood: The Passport to Manhood program is aimed at making the transition from boyhood to manhood a positive and healthy one. It helps young adolescent males understand and manage such things as physical changes in their bodies; relationships with authority, friends and members of the opposite sex; greater freedom and responsibility for personal decisions; and increase peer pressure. The program consists of 14 sessions, each of which concentrates on a specific aspect of manhood through highly interactive activities.
  • Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul: Triple Play is a dynamic wellness program currently being offered at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the Triple Play program is to improve Club members’ knowledge of healthy habits, increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in positive relationships. Program components include healthy habits nutrition curriculum, daily challenges, sports clubs, triple play games and social recreation.

The Club also offers an amazing array of sports programs, clinics, movie-making and Web design classes and much more.

What is the Club’s Impact?

Youth who attend a Club more than 75 percent of the time have an average GPA of 3.19.
Fifty-seven percent of elementary age youth say the Clubs help them like school better.

Because of the Clubs, 63 percent of middle school youth say they exercise and eat healthy.
Eighty-eight percent of high school youth say the Clubs help influence them to better the community.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Scottsdale, visit bgcs.org.

Sapporo Scottsdale

Sapporo's For The Holidays: 'Pink' Menu, Wine Wednesdays And More

October is a busy month for Valley chefs!

Many of us are unveiling our fall menus while conceptualizing potential winter recipes as well as spending most of our evenings and weekends speaking about and sampling our newest creations and all of the amazing taste events leading up to the holidays. In between, we are also working with our mixology teams in creating new cocktails and testing innovative seasonal wine pairings then hooking up with our GMs and event teams to prep for holiday party season.

It’s an organized – and delicious – chaos.

And, I am so pleased to announce that this year the chaos has paid off like never before. All in the same week, we’ve been able to launch our fall menu as well as an October-only pink menu in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and kick-off a new wine option in-house. As such, I wanted to take some time to give details on each, as well as ask that if any other community organizations have great ideas for ways we can improve our menus or get involved with their special events or fundraisers, we are all ears.

Breast of Scottsdale October Menu

Throughout October, guests can eat for a cause via our “Breast of Scottsdale” menu, which includes pink-themed food and drink options with a portion of the proceeds from all items benefiting the Arizona Institute for Breast Health and its critical mission to offer Arizona women diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on their treatment options, completely free of charge.

The Breast of Scottsdale menu, available through October 31, includes:

  • The Flirtini – Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, cranberry juice, lime juice
  • The Pink Geisha – Belvedere Vodka, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, black raspberry liqueur, fresh strawberries, basil leaves, cranberry juice
  • Hollywood Cocktail – Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, fresh grapefruit juice, grenadine, egg white
  • Pink Panang Chicken Skewers
  • Pink-fin Ahi Tuna Poke
  • Pink Velvet Cake Pops

New Wednesday Wine Offering

Come wind down with us each Wednesday through the end of the year! During our new, all-day “Wine Down Wednesdays,” we are offering  guests half off ALL bottles of wine with no strings attached.

“What’s better than celebrating the half-way point to the weekend than uncorking a half-off bottle of wine on our world-famous patio?” asks Mike Hanley, beverage manager at Sapporo. “Just like that, Wednesdays will go from ‘hump days’ to ‘happy days’.”

We currently carry more than 40 wine selections, ranging from $24 to $400 per bottle, and includes varietals from Australia, California, France and Washington. Among the notable wineries represented at the restaurant are Caymus, Dominus, Duckhord, Jordan, La Crema, Plumjack, Silkwood, Stag’s Leap and many more.

Community Happenings

To be a leader in the community, one must serve the community.

We are taking this to heart. As such, in addition to our partnership with the Arizona Institute for Breast Health, we are also taking an active role in fundraising and social events for organizations, including:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
  • The Auxiliary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
  • Junior League of Phoenix
  • National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter
  • Pat Tillman Foundation
  • Phoenix Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America

Have an idea for a unique partnership or interested in having us sample at one of your fundraising events? Simply email our team at abailin@hmapr.com, and we will see how we can help.

For more information about Sapporo, visit sapporoscottsdale.com.

Weekend Jetaway

Events That Give Back: Olive & Ivy Pink Light, Weekend Jetaway And More

Don’t believe the hype — good girls aren’t that into bad boys.

Given the choice, in fact, most women would choose George Clooney over Charlie Sheen any day of the week. Not to mention that all-time good guys Tom Hanks, Larry Fitzgerald and Phil Mickelson all look a lot happier than Nicolas Cage, Jesse James and Tiger Woods do these days.

So, why not show that special lady in your life just how good you can be by whisking her off to one of the many fabulous fall events focused on helping the local community?

Judging from these events, being a good boy has never looked so sexy.


Olive & Ivy Pink Light District — October 1 to 31

Pink Light District 2012Real men think — and drink — pink.

This October, as we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Olive & Ivy is giving men throughout Scottsdale the chance to show their pinker side to the ladies in their lives with the addition of a “Pink Light District Menu” all month long.

“We have partnered with Belvedere Vodka and Chandon to create one of the most extravagant pink-themed menus in the Valley,” says Anita Walker of Fox Restaurant Concepts.

A portion of the proceeds from this menu throughout the entire month, including both fabulous food and delectable drink items, will be donated to the Arizona Institute for Breast Health’s Pink Light District, which glows just outside the restaurant patio each year starting on October 4.

“Throughout October, members of the Scottsdale community and beyond are invited to join the cause through this amazing menu, and can also sponsor their own pink light in honor of or in memory of a loved one touched by cancer as part of our annual Pink Light District too,” says Dr. Coral Quiet, co-founder of Arizona Institute for Breast Health, a local nonprofit organization headquartered in Scottsdale whose mission is to provide women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on treatment options completely free of charge.

Dinner under this pink glow of hope will soften any girl’s heart.

For more information about Olive & Ivy Pink Light District: aibh.org


The Weekend Jetaway — November 9

Weekend JetawayPrivate jet? Check!
Couture cocktails? Check!
Vegas vibe? Check!

This fall, set in a top-secret private jet hangar at the Scottsdale Airpark, is the first-ever Weekend Jetaway. The event will feature live music and gourmet food provided by some of Scottsdale’s top restaurants as well as cocktails, wine, beer and much more. During the glamorous evening, all guests will have the opportunity to try their luck with Vegas-style games of chance with one lucky group of winners earning the grand prize — an all-inclusive getaway on a private jet.

“Our aim was to model this after successful fly-away events being held across the nation,” says Dillan Micus, executive vice president of AXA Advisors, LLC – Southwest, title sponsor of the event. “And if you aren’t one of our lucky ‘jetaway’ winners, we’re also cooking up expansive silent and live auctions for everyone to leave feeling like a winner.”

The biggest winner of the evening, however, will be the Pat Tillman Foundation and other nonprofit beneficiaries of the event.

The second-biggest winner? You. At least, in your lady’s eyes.

For more information about the Weekend Jetaway: weekendjetaway.org


Play — November 10

Play at Salt River FieldsPlan now to Play all night with one of the Valley’s newest music and taste events. Set to kick off just after sunset at Salt River Fields, Play will feature a concert headlined by “Take Me Home Tonight” singer Eddie Money and will kick off with a sky full of fireworks. Plus, ultimate VIP tickets, which include access to an ultra-private post-event bonus concert, are also available. Hello, romance!

Restaurant and spirit vendors from all over the Valley will also offer a variety of gourmet foods and the opportunity to sample new wines from Butterfly Kiss, Rose’N’Blum and Stark Raving as well as premium spirits from Ketel One and Bulleit, among others. All event proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

“Through events like this, our Clubs are able to raise critical funds needed to offer more than 100 youth development programs emphasizing five core areas: the arts; character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation,” says Steve Davidson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.”

For more information about Play: bgcs.org

Taking Advantage of Tax Credits

Taking Advantage Of Tax Credits: Donating To Local Charities

Did you know that Arizona law allows taxpayers to receive a tax credit by simply making a donation to a local charity organization?

It’s true!

Through the Working Poor Tax Credit by the state of Arizona, joint filers can receive a credit of up to $400, while individuals are eligible for up to $200 — but time is running out as donations must be received by your nonprofit of choice by the end of the year.

But how?

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get this time of year regarding the tax credit as well as resources for additional assistance.

Q: What is the tax credit?

A: The tax credit, called the Working Poor Tax Credit by the state of Arizona, is a dollar-for-dollar charitable contribution you can give to 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. With the credit, you can receive a dollar -for-dollar tax credit, up to $400, on your state income taxes while helping our community’s youth — at no additional cost to you. You can either pay the State or you can pay the nonprofit organization directly.

Q: How do I qualify for Charitable Tax Credits?

A: If you itemize deductions on your Arizona state tax return, you may qualify for the tax credit. Donations can be made by cash, check or credit card.

Q: What is the maximum I can give?

A: We appreciate any donation you are willing to give, but the maximum tax credit for filling as a married couple is $400 and $200 if filing single.

Q: When is the deadline to contribute for 2012?

A: Any organization must receive your tax credit contribution by Monday, December 31, 2012.

Q: I currently use the Public Education Tax Credit. Can I do this tax credit as well?

A: Yes. Each tax credit is independent. Therefore, you can take advantage of both the Public Education and Working Poor Tax Credits.

Q: How do you nonprofits utilize these tax credit dollars?

A: General to provide critical services. For us, all tax credit dollars will be used by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale to provide more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and 12 outreach sites, including sports, fitness and recreational programming; field trips and summer camp programs; and healthy meals and dental services, to name a few.

Q: How do I know the organization I support qualifies for the credit under this program?

A: Click here. Or, to request a list or to see if an organization appears on the list, call the Department of Revenue in Phoenix at (800) 342-4090.

Q: Can a business make a contribution and claim the tax credit?

A: No. Only individual taxpayers may claim this tax credit.

Q: Can I make contributions to more than one qualifying charitable organization?

A: Yes, but the total Arizona Assistance to the Working Poor Tax Credit allowed is still
$200 per individual or $400 for married couples filing jointly, regardless of the number of organizations you support.

Q: Does the tax credit also apply to my federal income tax returns?

A: No. The Charitable Tax Credit applies only on your Arizona State income tax. However, you may be able to claim a federal tax deduction for the amount donated.

Should you have questions, please consult your tax advisor.

Taste, Sip and Give Back: 3 Must-Attend Fall Events

Taste, Sip And Give Back: 3 Must-Attend Fall Events

Whether indulging on a selection of small bites or sampling some of Arizona’s finest wines, giving back has never tasted so good. As the weather cools, delicious giving opportunities designed to benefit some of the Valley’s most impacting nonprofit organizations will be hot, hot, hot!

With so many great, upcoming fall events, we had to narrow it down. Here’s some of the tastiest bites:

A Bite for Kids

Taste, sip and socialize with Arizona’s best chefs and restaurateurs for the 8th annual Phoenix Cooks celebration at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. This special event, taking place all day on September 1, 2012, will include everything from chef demonstrations and cooking classes to raffles and celebrity cooking challenges, with all proceeds benefiting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Not hungry? Take a sip from 30 wine sampling booths, or try some beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company. A best bet for fun — my personal cooking workshop at 2 p.m., which will focus on simple sushi recipes you can make at home. You can purchase your tickets here.

Breast of Scottsdale

A Bite for Breasts

It is the pinkest party Scottsdale has ever seen! On Wednesday, September 12, Sapporo is pleased to be partnering with Belvedere Vodka to host the first-ever Breast of Scottsdale, benefiting the Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH). During this special event, the community is invited to dress in their pink best and sip and sample sumptuous pink-themed food and drink menu items while enjoying great music, interactive photography and other surprises. A portion of the proceeds from these items, which will be officially available throughout October at Sapporo Scottsdale, will benefit Arizona Institute for Breast Health and its critical mission to offer Arizona women diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on their treatment options, completely free of charge. All proceeds from this event will benefit the organization’s Pink Light District. Pink attire is requested, and there will be prizes for the most fabulous, creative and innovative pink fashions of the night. The cost to attend is a $25 donation to the organization, which can be made by visiting AIBH’s website.

A Bite for Pat

On Friday, November 9, we at Sapporo are so proud to sponsor the Weekend Jetaway! This event, focused on raising funds for the Pat Tillman Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, respectively, will feature live music, culinary creations from leading Valley chefs (ahem!), cocktails and casino games in a private jet hangar within the Scottsdale Airpark.

In addition to sampling special treats from our and other leading chef’s fall menus, during the event guests will have the chance to win several fabulous prizes, including the grand prize — a luxurious all-inclusive, first-class trip on a private jet.

“It is through the generosity of our donors that we are able to directly impact the lives of Tillman Military Scholars by providing the financial and educational resources needed to prevent undeserved debt, increase economic stability and establish a foundation for greater career opportunities,” said Marie Tillman.

To purchase tickets, please visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s website.

Other events to chew on in coming months include: Taste of Hope, Corks & Chords, Dine Out with the Chefs, Play All Night, Russo and Steele, and AZ Wine & Dine.

BGCGS

BGCGS's Red Mountain Branch Nationally Recognized For Program Excellence

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s (BGCGS) Red Mountain Branch recently received the prestigious Merit Award for Program Excellence in Health & Life Skills from Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The award was presented during Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 106th National Conference in San Diego, Calif.

Merit Awards for Program Excellence, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, are presented annually for outstanding programs developed and implemented in Boys & Girls Clubs across the country to lead youth to a great future.

The Red Mountain Branch received the award based on the Club’s programming held with the Salt River Department of Corrections.  Yes, Department of Corrections.

In 2005, the Salt River Department of Corrections in conjunction with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale decided to buck the status quo and no longer settle for mediocrity. These two entities teamed up and put into place a rehabilitative model that not only places the emphasis on education, life skills and socialization, but also a model that allows officers to be officers, teachers to be teachers and all parties involved to do the job that they are trained and qualified to do.

According to James Short, Department of Corrections supervisor, the Salt River Department of Corrections Boys & Girls Club Program is the first full-time Boys & Girls Club site located inside a correctional facility in Indian Country. This program was created to complement and enhance the overall rehabilitation process in the juvenile corrections facility.

“The program runs in conjunction with the correctional education rotation and offers a number of health, recreation and life-skill classes that will allow the juvenile detainees to acquire the tools that are necessary for a successful transition from the institution back to the community,” Short says. “This program is not only providing the youth with solid, proven Boys & Girls Club curriculum but it is also helping with academic credit recovery.”

With the help of the Salt River Department of Education, the juveniles that participate in the Salt River Department of Corrections Boys & Girls Club programs will receive high school elective credit.

“The long-term goal of this program is to significantly decrease the community’s juvenile recidivism rate by helping these youth, once released from custody, transition into our community clubs and programs or transition to a job or post-secondary education,” says Brian Yazzie, director of Native American services at the BGCGS.

The recognition comes with a $2,000 award. Red Mountain was chosen from hundreds of submissions from the more than 4,000 branches nationwide.

“Receiving this award is a wonderful moment and milestone for our Red Mountain Branch, club staff and our wonderful community partners who work very hard making this program a success for our youth,” Yazzie says.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Native American communities working together to serve youth. Today, more than 200 Clubs are on Native American lands.

In addition to the Red Mountain, the BGCGS also have a Lehi Branch, which is on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Reservation along with Red Mountain, and the Peach Springs Branch, which is on the Hualapai Reservation.

For more information about the BGCGS, visit bgcs.org.

Photo: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

More Than 100 BGCGS Youth Take Part In Kohl's Back-To-School Spree

On Saturday, August 4, more than 100 youth in need from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale gathered at the Kohl’s North Scottsdale location on the Loop 101 and Raintree Drive to shop for back-to-school items as part of the annual Kohl’s Back to School Shopping Spree.

During the event, each child was gifted with a $100 gift card to select clothing and other items in the store, due to the financial and volunteer support of Kohl’s, Valley of the Sun Active 20-30 Club, Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club, GE Capital Solutions, Salt River Community Children’s Foundation and Scottsdale Insurance.

“This event allows community organizations and businesses to engage directly with youth who may otherwise return to school without the basic essentials like clothes, shoes and backpacks,” said Rick Baker, chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, who noted that many of the organizations involved have been taking part in this critical event for more than 10 years.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, please visit bgcs.org.

summer camp

Summer Camp Provides More than Boredom Busters

Growing up, most of my summertime memories revolved around summer camp. Like many kids, I attended day camp at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. I credit a lot to those summers, most of which I spent on the basketball court or baseball field, but not for making me a professional athlete — because I’m not. I credit those summers for providing me with experiences that helped shaped the person I am today.

Today, that person is the director of club services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCGS). It has been more than 15 years since I was a BGCGS camper, and now I get the pleasure of helping create these experiences for the next generation. And while the major appeal of summer camp – freedom, fun and friends — remains the same, the world has changed a lot since I was a camper, making this adolescent rite of passage more than just a way to spend time between grades. Now that the summer is reaching its end, I am again reminded of the important role summer camps plays during childhood.

At the BGCGS, we design summers to provide the most benefit to our campers through programs and activities that will keep kids engaged. Each activity our campers participate in help to develop important life skills as we strive to provide a program that allows kids a variety of experiences.

The goal of BGCGS’s summer camps is to provide:

Confidence and socialization

Summer camps provide kids time with their peers in structured, yet relaxed social environments. Unlike typical grade schools, cliques are not as developed in camps, allowing barriers to come down and social skills to grow. Without the normal pressures of social expectations, kids are more likely to try new experiences. I have seen campers begin their summers shy and reserved, only to take center stage later during the camp talent show. Developing their confidence will help them in all aspects of their lives.

Physical activity

Club sports are one of the BGCGS’s most recognized programs. While these programs run year-round and summer camp offers a variety of sports for campers to participate in, not all children are drawn to athletics. To keep kids excited about exercise, we set up obstacle courses, have “water battle” days and take field trips to swimming pools.

Creativity and the arts

With art programs often the first cut from a school’s budget, many children are not exposed to the creative outlets they so desperately need. Our arts and crafts are among the most enjoyed activities the kids partake in, but we take it beyond construction paper. From set-building to pirate ship construction, we challenge creative minds to think outside the box.

Education and technology

Kids today are the most tech savvy of any generation, but summer months can mean hours in front of video games or online. We get our campers to unplug from video games and plug into technology. We offer classes in digital photography, graphic design and music production, teaching our children that computers can be useful and fun outside the gaming world.

Parents a piece of mind

While school-aged children get three months of freedom in the summer, most parents do not. With many parents working full-time, the BGCGS ensure those parents know their children are not only safe, but also somewhere their children enjoy. Keeping kids engaged while out of school lowers their risk of getting into trouble — something often associated with boredom.

To a child and the majority of the outside world, summer camp is little more than a fun way to fill time. But, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale campers, parents and staff, it is so much more.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s summer camp, visit bgcs.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Scottsdale Scores No. 1 Status

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Vestar Branch has been chosen from nearly 4,000 chartered clubs as the top branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The award was recently given to the Vestar Branch at the nonprofit’s national conference held in San Diego earlier this summer.

“This award is a tremendous honor,” says Caitlin Sageng, Vestar branch director. “It is also a direct reflection of how hard our staff works every day to make sure our youth receive the programming they need to reach their full potential.”

The award was given to the Vestar Branch as determined by entries submitted in each of BGCA’s five core program categories: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation.

The Vestar Branch’s main programming objectives are to empower youth to better themselves, their club and the community. Some of the different programs that provide varied and unique opportunities for their members include:

Adopt-a-Family: Supports more than 91 kids and parents in need at the organization.
Primal Fitness program: Reinforces members’ fitness knowledge and nutrition levels.
The Keystone Club: This teen group focuses on community service, including volunteering monthly at a local food bank and assisting with homeless shelters.
Power Hour: An academic program that helps youth reach their educational potential and set goals throughout the school year.
Drama Club: Encourages club members’ self-esteem by performing plays like “Alice in Wonderland” during summer programming.
Center for Telepresence: Through this high-tech center, youth can connect, communicate and learn from experts around the world in a variety of fields.

“We feel the best way to make the Vestar Branch successful in our community is by offering quality programs to youth and maintaining a positive connection between members and staff,” Sageng says. “These relationships transcend through all programs and keep members coming back more and most importantly, allow us to have a lasting impact.”

In July 2007, the Vestar Branch opened in the Desert Ridge community, serving more than 8,300 families in and around the northeast Phoenix area. This 27,000-square-foot facility offers all members ages six to 18 a Phoenix Suns-sponsored gymnasium, a state-of-the-art learning center and Thunderbirds Charities Center for Telepresence program, a fun and innovative science education program. Youth ages 13 to 18 also have access to a 6,000-square-foot Lamb Family Teen Center.

In addition to the award, the Vestar Branch also received a $5,000 award from MetLife Foundation, sponsor of the awards program, which honors local Clubs for innovative, effective programming.

This is also the second time a Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Branch has been given the honor; the organization’s Virginia G. Piper Branch also received the award in 2009. Named after a longtime supporter of youth services in the Scottsdale area, the Virginia G. Piper Branch opened in Scottsdale Ranch in 1991. Today, the Clubhouse is one of the highest-membership facilities operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. In December 2010, construction began to renovate the Piper Branch, which now offers a full-service Teen Center that opened in May 2011. The organization’s administration offices are also located next door.

MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife’s longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Through programs that focus on empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities, MetLife Foundation help increase access and opportunities for people of all ages. Since its founding, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information, visit metlife.org.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, please visit bgcs.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

MLB Goes To Bat For Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Scottsdale

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Lehi Branch, which serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, is pleased to announce renovations to its facility, which includes the construction of a performance stage complete with lighting and sound system, upgraded fitness equipment, a computer lab, décor improvements and a painted mural representing the Native American culture.

These renovations were made possible by a $50,000 donation from State Farm through Major League Baseball’s 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Raquelle Enos, a 15-year-old member of the Club, was paired with New York Yankees All-Star second baseman and 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby Champion Robinson Cano to win her Club the donation.

“I’m glad I was able to hit so many home runs so that these kids get to enjoy this new teen center,” Cano says. “I had a lot of fun that night with Raquelle, and it’s great to see MLB and State Farm give so much back to the community.”

This year is a special one for the Boys & Girls Clubs and their Native American partners at Lehi – it marks the 20th anniversary of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Native American communities working together to serve youth. Today, more than 200 Clubs are on Native American lands. In addition, it marks the 10th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Lehi Branch. The Lehi Branch, a collaborative effort between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and the Lehi Community Center, opened in 2002. It is the second branch to serve Native youth on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

“The teenagers at the Lehi Branch have been excited and highly involved in the re-design of the teen center,” says Steve Davidson, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “The addition of a separate technology area will provide multiple education and visual arts opportunities, and the upgraded fitness equipment will help emphasize our healthy lifestyle programs. The renovation has made the teen center feel more like home while providing additional program opportunities that will support our Club for years to come.”

In addition to the Lehi Branch, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale also have a Red Mountain Branch, which is on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Reservation as is Lehi, and the Peach Springs Branch, which is on the Hualapai Reservation.

The eight participating American and National League hitters in the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby totaled 95 home runs during the competition, 11 of which were hit with Rawlings “Gold Baseballs.” Each Gold Ball generated a donation of $18,000 per ball from State Farm and MLB to various charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). In addition, State Farm donated $3,000 for each non-Gold Ball home run. The home run display generated a donation of $483,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America on behalf of State Farm and MLB.

“As a longstanding supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Major League Baseball shares and supports their commitment to affecting the lives of young people in a positive way,” says Tom Brasuell, vice president of community affairs, Major League Baseball. “We are grateful for State Farm’s generosity through the State Farm Home Run Derby and are proud to work with them to support community programs that have proven to be effective.”

“The power of a home run can be a game changer, just like the power of caring adults who provide a safe and positive environment for young people,” says Pal El, marketing vice president at State Farm. “We are proud to join with Major League Baseball and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help change the game and the future for young people here in the Scottsdale area and throughout the country. After all, a focus on the future and helping our customers and communities get to a better state is at the core of what we do every day at State Farm.”

State Farm also awarded an additional $120,000 to the Greater Phoenix area Boys & Girls Clubs as part of the Home Run Derby Player “Match-up” program. Enos was one of eight members from local Boys & Girls Clubs chapters who were matched with Home Run Derby participants for a chance to win $50,000 for his or her Club. State Farm awarded each of the other seven participants’ Clubs a $10,000 donation.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and its renovations made possible by the MLB, visit bgcs.org.

Alison Bailin Batz and her team at HMA Public Relations in Arcadia volunteer their time with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale on their proactive media relations activities as well as special events.  

 

Youth of the Year: Alyssa Coughenour

Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Scottsdale Announces 2012 Youth Of The Year

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has selected Scottsdale resident and Pinnacle High School senior Alyssa Coughenour as the 2012 Youth of the Year. She was selected from nine finalists, one representing each branch in the nonprofit organization.

Coughenour was honored at the Youth of the Year Celebrate Youth Gala & Auction at Talking Stick Resort, which was attended by more than 600 members of the community and raised more than $235,000 for Scottsdale Clubs.

The following is an excerpt from her award-winning speech, where she reflected on her experiences as a Club member:

Alyssa Coughenour“My facial muscles tense, my forehead wrinkled, I fixated my eyes on the inside of my eyelids. Moments earlier, they had been forced shut by an intruding red blindfold and the hands of someone whom I trusted. She twisted the cloth behind my head to ensure my blindness.

It was two years ago at the PROUD Lock In, a Boys and Girls Club event, and it was the single experience that embodies what I’ve learned about respect.

At a young age, I learned how to respect others. However, it was the PROUD lock-in that taught me why respect was so important.

When I was blinded at the event, it only took me a few minutes to realize how dependent I was on other people. Being blind opened my eyes to circumstances other people have to live with, and I experienced first-hand what it would be like if I was not as fortunate as I am.

To this day, you’ll find the framed PRIDE Award, an award I received at the PROUD Lock-in, on top of the antique rollover desk in my room. It reminds me of the most important lesson I’ve learned in the past 18 years: respect. People who respect others’ unique differences are proud of themselves for appreciating everyone regardless of their color, disabilities or quirks. Thus, pride lies in respect, and respect, thanks to the Thunderbirds Branch, is something I have begun to fully comprehend.”

As the 2012 Youth of the Year from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, Coughenour received a $5,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 Systems and $1,000 gift card courtesy of American Express. She hopes to attend Duke University and pursue a career in public relations.

Finalists from the other branches of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale were: Colleen Campbell, Mary Ellen & Robert McKee Branch; Andy Dao, Rose Lane Branch; Jackson Fogerty, Virginia G. Piper Branch; Doniar Mason, Lehi Branch; Claudia Mendoza, Harley & Ruth Barker Branch; Vivian Nguyen, Vestar Branch; Kristofferson Walker, Hualapai Branch in Peach Springs; and Lane Yazzie, Red Mountain Branch.

Each member received $1,000 scholarship from General Dynamics C4 and a $500 American Express gift card.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, the Youth of the Year finalists or the Celebrate Youth Gala and Silent Auction, please visit bgcs.org.

Conquering Concussions

Conquering Concussions Initiative Raises Awareness Of TBI

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is pleased to partner with the CACTIS Foundation, a community-based institution focused on advancing the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, and to support its Conquering Concussions initiative which raises awareness about minimal Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Don’t let the name fool you — “minimal” head injuries like concussions are often ignored or mistreated, especially in young athletes, and can lead to serious medical conditions.

Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for America’s youth. While many of the severe cases are attributed to accidents, it is estimated that sports and recreational activities cause between one and four million new brain injuries each year. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should pull your child from all physical activity and contact sports; however, being able to recognize the signs and symptoms and how to properly monitor and treat a mTBI can prevent serious, but avoidable, complications.

Dr. Hirsch Handmaker, chairman and CEO of The CACTIS Foundation, in collaboration with Barrow Neurological Institute, is developing an age-appropriate e-learning module designed especially for six- to 14-year-olds as part of the Conquering Concussions initiative. The three-component program includes Junior Brainbook, which consists of an interactive website for education, treatment and evaluation of concussions; educational materials for parents, teachers, coaches and guardians and the guidelines regarding the management of a child suspected of suffering from a concussion; and live presentations by well-known professional athletes who have been affected by post-concussion complications. This is an extension of the Brainbook educational project currently in existence for Arizona high school students.

The Junior Brainbook project will be piloted with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale with anticipated subsequent roll-out to 22 organizations and 73 clubs comprising the Arizona Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs and with other teams and clubs nationwide.

“Expanding this project to target younger athletes, those most vulnerable to complications from concussions, will hopefully reduce the number of preventable episodes and sequelae in the future” Dr. Handmaker says. “The Conquering Concussions program aims to bring to light the consequences of repetitive head injury and Second Impact Syndrome (SIS) on a national and grassroots level.”

Helping to kick off the program is Chris Nowinski, former Harvard University football player, professional wrestler and president of the Sports Legacy Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis. He will receive the first-ever Conquering Concussions “Hero” Award from the CACTIS Foundation and act as keynote speaker at an awareness banquet on March 16 at the Hotel Valley Ho. The proceeds from the banquet will directly benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Nowinski is an ardent advocate for concussion education. Forced into retirement after a series of concussions in 2003, Nowinski suffered post-concussion syndrome. His challenging recovery inspired him to write the book “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis” in an effort to educate parents, coaches and children of this growing health epidemic.

Following the banquet on March 17 will be the second “Current Topics in Sports Medicine” symposium, also at the Hotel Valley Ho. Topics include the latest approaches to concussion management; new developments in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in concussion evaluation; how to educate young athletes about concussions as well as addressing other common sports-related injuries, including the increasing prevalence of hip injuries in athletes; shoulder pain in throwing athletes; and the growing interest in Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP). World experts in these topics will once again be presenting their latest information to the audience.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is honored to be a part of this exciting new program. Today, more than 16,000 community youths ages six to 18 are served through nine branches and 12 outreach sites in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Hualapai Indian community and other Northeast Valley neighborhoods.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale is committed to providing athletic programs and promote healthy physical activity in children. With programs, including gymnastics, basketball, karate, football and cheer, it is crucial all members are educated on the latest in healthcare.

For more information about Conquering Concussions and the CACTIS Foundation, visit cactisfoundation.org.

Stephen Schwanz

Busy “Angel,” Stephen Schwanz, Impacts Scottsdale Youth

Busy “Angel,” Stephen Schwanz, Finds Time to Impact Scottsdale Youth

It’s a little-known fact, but in 1995, Scottsdale got itself an angel.

Stephen SchwanzIt was that year that DC Ranch’s own Stephen Y. Schwanz finished his term as president of the Executive Council for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, which is now EC70, and turned his sights to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Eager to impact the more than 16,000 children serviced by the organization, he jumped in with an immediate hole-in-one for the Clubs – literally – developing a celebrity fundraising golf tournament that is today known as the Mark Grace Celebrity Golf Invitational. Over the years, the event has helped to raise more than a million dollars for the Boys & Girls Clubs while exposing the organization’s programs to sports stars from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, San Francisco Giants and many more.

But Schwanz was just getting started.

His next order of business – Vine & Dine, a fundraiser held each year at the Scottsdale Galleria with food and wine samplings. Within a few months, Schwanz re-imagined the event into what is now Uncorked & Unplugged, one of the premiere taste events in the state, offering guests a variety of gourmet foods, three stages of live entertainment, and the opportunity to sample premium wines and spirits as well as domestic and imported beers.

And Schwanz is not done yet.

Today, Schwanz has taken a leadership role as chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s annual giving campaign, “Angels for Kids, Mentors for Life.”

“This campaign provides necessary resources for unique learning experiences while instilling a sense of belonging and impact,” said Schwanz. “The campaign’s theme reflects the strong and valuable mentoring that members receive from our trained staff and dedicated volunteers.”

Due to the generosity of key donors helping to cover the costs of this campaign 100 percent of any donor’s investment in Angels goes directly to the more than 100 Club programs.

Just some of the key programs include:

  • Healthy Habits, which empowers youth to eat right covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion size.
  • MethSMART, which is aimed at the prevention of methamphetamine abuse.
  • Passport to Manhood, which teaches responsibility while reinforcing positive behavior in male Club members ages 11 to 14.
  • SMART Girls, which is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8-12 and 13-17.
  • Money Matters, which teaches financial responsibility and independence among middle and high school Club members by building their basic money management skills.
  • Movie Making, which teaches the movie making production process from screen writing, story board creation, set and costume design to the actual acting, directing, filming, and then editing of the productions.
  • NetSmartz, which is an internet safety program conducted for new members before they use the computers in our technology centers.
  • Torch and Keystone Clubs, which are small group leadership and service clubs for youth ages 11-13 and 14-18, respectively.
  • Leaders In Training, which allows members ages 11-15 to volunteer and learn basic job responsibilities and work habits during our summer months as unpaid staff assistant.
  • Be Great Graduate, which is focused on academic success, on-time grade progression and ultimately high school graduation.

The focus of each program, all made possible with the help of Schwanz and Angels for Kids, is to help kids in Greater Scottsdale develop:

  • Positive self-identities
  • Scholastic, career, social, emotional and cultural competencies
  • Desire to remain involved in their community
  • Health and well-being
  • Moral compass

For more information about how to become a Scottsdale Angel like Schwanz, please visit bgcs.org/get-involved/angels-for-kids.