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Feb
28
2012
Thunderbirds Branch - Guadalupe Teen Wins East Valley Youth of the Year Competition
For Immediate Release
Media Contact – Colleen Sparks
480.820.3688, 480-550-1196 (cell)
colleens@clubzona.org





BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE EAST VALLEY ANNOUNCES 2012 YOUTH OF THE YEAR

TEMPE, Ariz. – February 28, 2012 – An energetic, civic-minded Ahwatukee Foothills teen has been named the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s 2012 Youth of the Year.

Adrianna Henderson learned she has earned this prestigious honor at the Clubs’ awards banquet Monday night (Feb. 27) at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa in front of a crowd of influential business leaders, dedicated donors, Clubs employees and family members and friends.

A senior at Horizon Honors High School in Ahwatukee, Adrianna is a popular Junior Staff member at the Clubs’ Thunderbirds Branch – Guadalupe. She and seven other outstanding teen members of the East Valley Clubs sought the title.

“It was overwhelming and I was shocked,” Adrianna, 18, said. “It means that the judges got my story that the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley can help anyone regardless of their background.”

The Victoria Lund Foundation will provide Adrianna with a scholarship of $20,000. She and the seven East Valley YOY candidates, who won their Branch Youth of the Year competitions, will also each receive $1,500 in scholarship funds courtesy of The Victoria Lund Foundation, the Hoag Family Trust and Sun Lakes Charities.

In addition the Maricopa Community College District is also generously providing scholarships of $1,000 each to Adrianna and the seven East Valley YOY candidates.

Adrianna will go on to compete for the coveted 2012 Arizona Youth of the Year title and learn if she is the winner at the 2012 Youth of the Year Legislative Breakfast at US Airways Center in Phoenix on April 17. The ultimate goal is to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Youth of the Year in Washington, D.C. The 2010 East Valley Youth of the Year Mona Dixon was honored with the National Youth of the Year award and received $130,000 in scholarship money.

In the meantime, Adrianna, a Club member for three years, is thrilled to represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley after going through a rigorous competition that began when Club members vied for Branch level Youth of the Year honors in the fall of 2011. The optimistic cheerleader spreads her positive energy teaching Club kids dance moves and supervising many activities around the Club as a Junior Staff member.

Adrianna lives by the motto “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and is quick to help anyone in need. She is active in the community, where she has volunteered as a lifeguard at a pool and enjoys doing many volunteer projects through the Club and the National Honor Society including helping participants in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

East Valley Youth of the Year candidates had to write essays on their leadership and service to their Clubs, communities, schools and families, as well as explain in detail their educational goals to apply for the title. They also were evaluated on speeches they delivered in front of distinguished business and community leaders, as well as Clubs’ administrators and staff and their fellow candidates.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) recognizes local Youth of the Year winners at Clubs around the nation based on their strong character, excellent leadership skills, service to their Club and the community and their academic grades.

The following sponsors make this program possible: The Victoria Lund Foundation, Chandler Compadres, Hoag Family Trust, Cox Charities, Intel, Coronado West, Western Refining, Wild Horse Pass Development Authority, Toyota Financial Services, Sun Lakes Charities, Gila River Telecommunications, Chasse Building Team, Maricopa Community College District, GAP, Credit Control Corporation, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre.

The 2012 East Valley Youth of the Year candidates, who are the Youth of the Year winners for their branches, are:

• Anastasia Howard, Apache Junction Branch: A conscientious leader, she was honored for her volunteer work with Keystone Club, a Club teen leadership group.

• Ashley Delgado, Compadre Branch - Chandler: She’s a natural leader who helped the Club serve Thanksgiving dinners to nearly 1,000 community residents in 2011.

• Lydia DeAnda, Gila River Branch - Komatke: She has been instrumental in helping the Club’s Keystone Club teen leadership group plan and carry out numerous events in the Gila River Indian Community.

• Sache Foster, Gila River Branch – Sacaton: Sache has been involved in basketball, cheerleading, flag football and other programs at the Club, earning several awards.

• Nick Groth, Gilbert Branch: Nick is the youngest of five siblings but he’s a role model to his older siblings and fellow members of the Club.

• Alex Espinoza, Grant Woods Branch - Mesa: Alex, a Club member since 2010, is someone you can count on during tough times.

• Chantinique Dancy, Ladmo Branch - Tempe: Chantinique uses singing and service to the community to spread a positive message at the Club and in the community.

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About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (www.clubzona.org) serves more than 43,000 children and teens annually, and continues to grow to meet the needs of today’s youth, providing a positive place for them. Serving members in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek, and the Gila River Indian Community, programs are offered after school and during the summer and provide youth and teens, ages 5 to 18, with fun and educational activities, supervised by professional staff.  The organization also runs Mesa Arts Academy, a K-8 charter school.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s annual membership fee is only $20 dollars a year and financial assistance is available.  No child is ever turned away if they are unable to pay the fee.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s tagline is “Great Futures Start Here.”

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Feb
16
2012
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s New President/CEO Is Visiting East Valley Club
For Immediate Release
Media Contact – Colleen Sparks
480.820.3688, 480-550-1196 (cell)
colleens@clubzona.org


BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA’S NEW PRESIDENT/CEO TO VISIT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE EAST VALLEY

TEMPE, Ariz. – February 16, 2012 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley is honored that the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA’s) new President and CEO Jim Clark will be visiting our Gila River Branch ¬- Komatke tomorrow, February 17.

Around the United States 200 Boys & Girls Clubs are on Native American land and our Clubs’ Komatke Branch was the first Boys & Girls Club in Arizona to serve a Native American community in 1996. BGCA began serving children and teens on Native American land in 1996. Our Sacaton Club opened in 1997.

Mr. Clark joined BGCA as its eleventh president earlier this year, after serving as the president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, one of the largest BGCA affiliates, for eight years. It is one of the largest BGCA affiliates. 

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About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (www.clubzona.org) serves more than 43,000 children and teens annually, and continues to grow to meet the needs of today’s youth, providing a positive place for them. Serving members in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek, and the Gila River Indian Community, programs are offered after school and during the summer and provide youth and teens, ages 5 to 18, with fun and educational activities, supervised by professional staff.  The organization also runs Mesa Arts Academy, a K-8 charter school.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s annual membership fee is only $20 dollars a year and financial assistance is available.  No child is ever turned away if they are unable to pay the fee.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s tagline is “Great Futures Start Here.”

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Jan
31
2012
Mentors Motivate Children, Teens At Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
For Immediate Release
Media Contact – Colleen Sparks
480.820.3688, 480.550.1196 (cell)
colleens@clubzona.org


BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE EAST VALLEY’S MENTORING PROGRAMS INSPIRE CHILDREN AND TEENS

Tempe, Ariz. – Jan. 31, 2012 – Anyone who made a promise to volunteer in 2012 can find plenty of ways to make a difference at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley.
Volunteers are always needed to help the non-profit organization offer safe, positive, educational and fun programs to more than 43,000 children and teens a year. Adults can mentor children and teens in the ten Clubs, one satellite site and at the organization’s Mesa Arts Academy, as well as serve on a Branch Board for a Club or help plan one of the exciting organizational events.

Teens in the Clubs’ Thunderbirds Branch – Guadalupe are getting fired up about college and other post-high school educational opportunities after a Diplomas 2 Degrees program event in late January. Volunteers who work for the Clubs’ longtime supporter, Toyota Financial Services, have been mentoring several Guadalupe Club members who are ages 13 to 18 since 2011. It’s all thanks to a $10,000 mentoring grant from BGCA passed through Toyota Financial Services.

The mentors are getting acquainted with their mentees and have met with them in small groups since the fall to talk to them about goal-setting and the importance of getting good grades. They will meet more one-on-one with the Club members to inspire the teens to pursue and succeed in college, the military or other educational endeavors after graduating high school.

Nearly 20 children who are members of the Clubs’ Ladmo Branch – Tempe are meeting weekly with mentors who are US Airways employees, to learn about aviation, technology and science through a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) program. US Airways provides the grant to pay for this motivational program where youths learn about careers in these challenging fields. The children, who attend Scales Technology Academy, are bonding with the positive adult role models.

The Clubs’ Gila River Branch – Komatke is looking for 25 adult volunteers at least age 19 to mentor its members through a new program. To learn more call the Club at 520-550-1113. Complete background checks are done for the safety of our members.
To find out about mentoring opportunities at any other branches of the Clubs or Mesa Arts Academy, a charter school, please call 480-820-3688.

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About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (www.clubzona.org) serves more than 43,000 children and teens annually, and continues to grow to meet the needs of today’s youth, providing a positive place for them. Serving members in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek, and the Gila River Indian Community, programs are offered after school and during the summer and provide youth and teens, ages 5 to 18, with fun and educational activities, supervised by professional staff.  The organization also runs Mesa Arts Academy, a K-8 charter school.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s annual membership fee is only $20 dollars a year and financial assistance is available.  No child is ever turned away if they are unable to pay the fee.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s tagline is “Great Futures Start Here.”
Jan
20
2012
GAP Inc. and Boys & Girls Clubs of America Support Local Youths
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley wants to send a huge "thank you" to GAP Inc. and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for supporting our organization! Anyone who donates $5 while shopping at these local GAP stores January 20 to 22 will get 25% off their whole purchase at the store:
Superstition Springs Center, 6555 East Southern Avenue, Mesa, Arizona
Casa Paloma, 7131 West Ray Road, Chandler, Arizona
Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, Arizona
Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe


The proceeds will go towards our East Valley Youth of the Year program, which recognizes and supports outstanding members of our East Valley Clubs who demonstrate strong character, excellent leadership skills, as well as service to their Club and the community and their academic grades. It's all part of the "GIVE 5 FOR 25" event in GAP Los Angeles region stores and locally.

Dec
09
2011
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE EAST VALLEY GETS HELP FROM MACY’S SHOPPERS
TEMPE, Ariz. – Dec. 1, 2011 – The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley is thrilled to be receiving a gift from Macy’s shoppers this holiday season.

Anyone who has a Macy’s Credit Card may enroll in the Thanks For Sharing rewards program with just a one-time, $25 charge on their credit cards. Once they are enrolled card members accumulate rewards that are worth 10% of most of their Macy’s Card purchases through December 31 of this year. Macy’s will make a donation for every customer signed up for the Thanks For Sharing rewards program.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley is one of the several charitable organizations that will get a boost this holiday season from the program. To learn more about how to support the clubs visit macys.com/thanks.

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About the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (www.clubzona.org) serves more than 43,000 children and teens annually, and continues to grow to meet the needs of today’s youth, providing a positive place for youth. Serving members in Apache Junction, Chandler, Gilbert, Guadalupe, Mesa, Tempe, Queen Creek, and the Gila River Indian Community, programs are offered after school and during the summer and provide youth and teens, ages 5 – 18, with fun and educational activities, supervised by professional staff.  The organization also runs Mesa Arts Academy, a K-8 charter school.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley’s annual membership fee is only $20 dollars a year and financial assistance is available.  No child is ever turned away if they are unable to pay the fee.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s tagline is “Great Futures Start Here.”

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Jun
29
2011
Mesa Arts Academy Receives Top 5 Math Honor in the State
18 small, medium and large school districts and charter schools were honored for their student academic achievement by Arizona Department of Education...
Mar
09
2011
East Valley Youth of the Year 2011: Katelyn Moore
Katelyn Moore has been selected as the 2011 East Valley Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley...
Sep
23
2010
National Youth of the Year Mona Dixon to be Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parad Honorary Grand Marshal
Arizona State University student and 2010 Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year Mona Dixon will serve as the honorary grand marshal for the Fiesta Bowl Parade...
Sep
15
2010
Romonia Dixon wins National Youth of the Year
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced its 64th National Youth of the Year today at a Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill...
Jul
16
2010
Romonia Dixon Heads to Washington, Pacific Region Youth of the Year
Last night Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) named Romonia Dixon, a five-year member of Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, the 2010 Pacific Region Youth of the Year...
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