Every year, nearly four million young people are served by Boys & Girls Clubs. To celebrate these extraordinary efforts, Ross Stores, Inc. announced that it is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a four-week program called, “Help Local Kids Learn.” (more…)
Corvallis, OR – The Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis will host a competition in which one teen will be named Corvallis’ Youth of the Year. Thanks to the generosity of the Bob and Billie Holcomb Family, our 2017 Youth of the Year will receive a $5,000 scholarship toward tuition at the school of their choice. The runner-up receives a $2,500 college scholarship from the Pastega Family Foundation. Our 3rd place contestant will receive a $1,500 college scholarship from the Corvallis Elks Club. All three finalists also receive a laptop computer, underwritten by Wells Fargo – Schupp, Plemmons, & Cook Wealth Management Group. (more…)
During this season of gifting from the heart and receiving with gratitude and joy, we want to share an inspiring story that you make possible for all of our youth, especially those who needs us most.
Members are given limitless opportunities to bring their passion and creativity to “own their Clubhouse” and experience how to be the change they want to see in their community. Such was the case with our 6th grade member Madison, who was frustrated when the Club had to eliminate access to the Duerksen Digital Design lab (D3) for middle school members. (more…)
This fall, the Club concluded its 3rd annual NFL Flag Football season. The program model offers a safer alternative to tackle football, where boys and girls alike can learn and enjoy the sport in a safe and fun environment. This year there was a 50 percent increase in flag football registration, for a total of 17 teams! (more…)
Training Teens for Tomorrow – T3 – is an intentional approach to delivering on the Club’s vision to ensure that all of our members graduate from high school, are work and college ready with skills that enable them to be self-sufficient and have a clear plan for their future.
Over the last three summers, 38 teens have completed their first summer paid employment experience. and 100% of those teens secured their next job on their own. The seniors who went through the program are now either enrolled full-time in school, working, or managing a combination of the two. Benton Community Foundation’s Guthrie-Milsap funds are used to pay the salary in exchange for on the job training over a 10 week assignment. (more…)
This September the Boys & Girls Club hosted its Inaugural SMART Ladies Golf tournament at the Corvallis Country Club. The 9-hole scramble discouraged golfers from keeping score and encouraged a more light hearted atmosphere with fun themed holes, goodie bags and raffle prizes that ensured even the most inexperienced golfers had a good time. (more…)
We completed our 31st year of teaching incoming kindergarten youth important safety skills in preparation for the first day of School. Over 100 students went on field trips to the fire station and park and learned about water safety, how to safely greet a dog and what to say to a stranger. Safety Towner’s also practiced their driving and pedestrian skills on our miniature cityscape.
We’re proud to be in the 2nd year of supporting the educational needs for students to retain and expand learning opportunities over the summer. The Brain Gain Program at the Club provides 10 weeks of curriculum that focuses on both the social and educational needs of youth to feel confident in their skills before returning to school in the fall. (more…)
Through activities like Zumba, Dance Party and Individual Challenges, the Club quadrupled participation in physical activity and created a culture of movement. The program, funded through a grant from The Reser Family Foundation, is part of the Club’s core youth development model that includes Healthy Lifestyles, Academic Success and Good Character & Citizenship. (more…)
Thanks to our local healthcare and education partners, the Club hosted a health fair at our summer barbecue Celebration in June. Benton County Health Department, Linus Pauling Institute’s Healthy Youth Program, OSU’s School of Pharmacy and Trillium Family Services used games, interactive displays, and questionnaires to share information and teach our members about nutrition and managing chronic conditions such as childhood diabetes and asthma. (more…)
Even though the Club only charges $25 a year to be a member, it actually costs $1,500 per year per child to deliver the academic and enrichment programs that families rely on and kids enjoy. The Club makes up the gap through fundraising in a variety of ways year-round including our latest effort— coin boxes. (more…)
Through an innovative partnership with Old Mill Center for Children and Families, the Club has integrated positive behavioral health into all aspects of our youth development programs. Two Old Mill behavioral health staff members have been embedded in the Club for the last two years, providing on-site training for staff and help during behavioral interventions. (more…)
In November 2015, the Club completed construction on a long-awaited dream—a cooking kitchen! Thanks to the Lynne Ruffin-Smith Foundation, our middle school youth baked pumpkin pies to break-in the new ovens and celebrate the opening. (more…)
Connect is a central component of our middle school program, Be Great by 8th. Connect builds social emotional learning for youth ages 10-14. These skills help youth overcome challenges and thrive in all areas of their lives.
Youth begin Connect by exploring their identity and innate personal skills with personality assessments. They learn to use their skills to navigate adolescent friendships and academic challenges. Through sequenced activities, youth learn to flex and build emotional “muscles” and skills. They work on emotion management, empathy, self-regulation, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, and problem solving. Identifying and developing these skills helps young teens create positive change and select environments and friends that are beneficial.
Be Great by 8th and program components like Connect, the Club helps youth survive the challenging adolescent years and prepares them for high school and beyond.