As many of you have heard, last week one of our vans that we use to transport kids every day after school, was stolen. The van was found on Tuesday, April 29th, in Del Mar with a broken window. Because it had been started illegally, there was also damage to the ignition panel. We would like to thank our community and local news for helping us find the van, but we still need your help to nurse our trusty buddy back to health. Donate now.
CHARACTER & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Del Mar Branch | From a Wounded Butterfly to an Upcoming Rummage Sale
The kids at the Del Mar Branch researched and nursed a wounded butterfly from their garden back to health. Find out how! Also, the Del Mar Branch will be hosting a rummage sale as their monthly fundraiser and will be accepting donations from the community ranging from clothing to electronics to furniture. MAY 10th!
Allred Branch Learns Fire Saftey
Staff and members welcomed the Carmel Valley Fire Department on Wednesday, April 16th to learn about fire safety. Firefighter Doug, and his team that includes one paramedic, visited the branch and acted out a live demonstration of a fire scenario. Firefighter Doug also asked for volunteers to demonstrate the proper way to stop, drop, and roll.
Daisy Aguilar, our 2013 Overall Youth-of-the-Year, was just awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship funded by the Bill & Linda Gates Foundation. This prestigious scholarship will pay for her education up to 10 years, through her PhD, and any study abroad costs!
Local teens gain work experience through mentor program at Crush restaurant in Solana Beach
“I never had a job before,” said Meliza, who has been a member of the La Colonia Branch for five years. She plans to attend MiraCosta College after high school. “I was interested in this program because it gives me a step forward if I want to apply for a job at a restaurant. Thanks to this program, I’ll have experience.”
Hundreds of Teens Gather to Discuss Issues Facing Young People at Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 46th National Keystone Conference in Atlanta
Five of our teen keystoners participated in the 47th annual keystone national conference."The Conference inspired me and gave me a stronger drive to try and change my community for the better. The Conference was amazing!"- Julia Rodriguez, Teen Keystoner
SPORTS, FITNESS, RECREATION & HEALTH
It's Time For Some Snuffy Basketball!
Snuffy is an excellent way to learn and practice the fundamentals of basketball and have fun with your friends! Your team will play against teams from Solana Beach, Carmel Valley, and Encinitas. Sign up early to guarantee a spot!
Bring-it-on-athon Was a HUGE Success!
On Wednesday, April 30th, the Rancho San Dieguito Swim Team held its annual lap-athon called the Bring-it-On-Athon. RSD swimmers swam for an hour straight with the goal to raise money for training equipment, coaches continued education, travel and meet fees, as well as scholarships for swimmers. RSD swimmers rose to the challenge with over 200 swimmers participating in the event.
Jared & Jason Zimmerman started taking Chris Conner's Rock Band class at the Youth Arts Academy in September. It was off to a rocky start when a couple of the band members decided that they didn't want to participate after a few rehearsals, so it became a band of two identical twin brothers.
Design a Deck Contest to Meet Elliot Sloan, Professional Skateboarder
The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito hosted a contest between FIVE local Boys & Girls Clubs. To enter, the kids had to design a skateboard deck based around why they like attending the Boys & Girls Club. Winners watched the pros skate!
Register Now for Uncorked for a Cause presented by Retirement Benefits Group Saturday, May 10th • 6PM
TEAM WINE TASTING // LIVE MUSIC // FOOD TRUCKS // CHARITY // DOWNTOWN // Only $25 and only 4 days away! Get your tickets now!
Charity Golf Classic!
Monday, May 19th • Noon
Enjoy a great day of golfing for a great cause! All golfers have access to full practice facility, unlimited range balls, prizes, raffle, auction, closest to the pin contest & longest drive contest.
Commotion by the Ocean | 6th annual Saturday, June 14 • 1PM
ROCK SHOW & FOOD TRUCKS // YOUTH ARTS ACADEMY ANNUAL CONCERT FUNDRAISER This 6th annual rock and roll picnic concert is family and community friendly and will feature eleven of Youth Arts Academy’s student created bands. The rock bands that will be performing consist of talentedteenagers who have a passion for music.
Register Now for Summer Camps 2014
Who's ready for their BEST SUMMER YET?! I know we are. There's something for everyone this summer, from Adventure Camps, Cooking Camps, Swim Lessons, Dance Classes, Music Classes, Sports Camps, Specialty Camps, Day Camps, and Teen Camps.
Pool Heaters Installed at the Pardee Aquatics Center
Very exciting times for BGC San Dieguito and the Aquatics Program! This past month, contractors initiated work on replacing the pool heaters at the Pardee Aquatics Center of the BGC San Dieguito.
$20,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grant for Pool Equipment
County Supervisor Dave Roberts stopped by the Club this month to deliver a check for a grant from The County of San Diego, Neighborhood Reinvestment Program for $20,000 to BGC San Dieguito The grant will be used to purchase a tarp pool cover and three tarp winders for the Pardee Aquatics Center. Thank you County of San Diego for your support!
Money Matters Featured in The Wall Street Journal
An article was published last month in The Wall Street Journal highlighting the Money Matters program, a program that multiple of our branches participate in, and partnership with Charles Schwab Foundation. The article, "Teaching Financial Literacy, Starting With Teens," spotlights the success we've seen through the Money Matters program over the past 10 years and recognizes a rigorous yearlong study we conducted measuring the effectiveness of the program in our Clubs. The piece also ran in nearly 70 local newspapers, including The Denver Post, Arizona Daily Star, San Diego Union-Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Sacramento Bee and The Tampa Tribune. This nationwide program enables more than 500,000 teens to gain the financial skills and knowledge for a great future.
Today is giveBIG San Diego! Tuesday, May 6h
Participate in a nationwide 24-hour day of online giving! Donate any amount to your favorite charity! And, hey, why not ours?
Family Fun Luau Night at the Polster Branch
Friday, May 30th • 6PM
Dress Hawaiian and come have some family fun! Join us for family oriented games, arts & crafts, facepainting and photos in our homemade photo booth! At 8:00pm, Lilo and Stitch will start….outside, under the stars, so bring your blankets, pillows, low seated chairs. Popcorn will be provided. Dinner will not be included but food trucks will be there!
FEEDING A HABIT, FUNDING A FUTURE
Purchase a bag of the best coffee around, LION Coffee, from us and a portion goes back to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito!
FACE OF THE FUTURE
Siblings of the Month - Faith, 10 and Mika Okamoto, 9 Polster Branch
Faith and Mika have been involved in many programs that we offer at the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. From attending After School Program to music lessons and rhythmic gymnastics, these girls are active, bright, and are set to achieve greatness in the future. Faith and Mika have been working hard to become active participants in the programs that we provide at the BGC and together they are a great contribution!
MEET WHO'S LEADING OUR FUTURE
Elizabeth Bradley, Homework Help Program Leader Allred Branch, employee since 2012
Elizabeth, or Ms. Liz as she is known at the club, is one of our dedicated staff that works at the Allred Branch. She demonstrates at contagious passion for working with children and has set a personal goal for making a positive change in their lives. Ms Liz, has taken Teaching Math from Kindergarten through Fourth grade classes at Mira Costa College. She has implemented new techniques to make Homework Help at the club a more positive and productive time. Ms. Liz has become a perfect fit for Allred branch staff team. She has demonstrated professionalism, initiative and true desire to work at this branch.
FROM THE CEO'S DESK
David H. Crean, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito
One of the key goals of our strategic plan for the next few years is to raise the awareness of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and better educate the community with our vision. Clubs exist for children, especially those who need us most, and allow them to grow up and develop key characteristics without feeling unsafe, afraid, alone and helpless. We are the “Gateway to Great Futures” and offer programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.