GREAT FUTURES START HERE.
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1005 Oxford Ave Eau Claire, WI 54703
GREAT FU Our Mission
To inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
FUTURES START HERE.
GREAT FUTURES START HERE.
LETT E R FRO M T H E 2 0 1 9 BO AR D PR ESIDENT
Dear friends, As you read this report, you’ll see there’s a lot worth celebrating. We’re now reaching more youth than ever — nearly 300 kids and teens enter the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley each day. Thanks to your generosity, that means more youth are finding what they need at the Boys & Girls Clubs: safe, inviting spaces staffed with caring youth development professionals; innovative programming in areas that empower young people’s creativity and support their success in school; and opportunities to grow as leaders and citizens. From 1,251 kids getting help with their homework to serving 99,525 healthy meals and snacks, 2018 has reinforced just how important the Boys & Girls Clubs are to the kids and teens in our community — and how much we rely on you, our community members to make their dreams a reality. By uniting and joining forces, we’re able to create far more impact than we ever have before. That’s a testament to the commitment and compassion of you — our partners, our financial supporters, our volunteers and our staff. We’ve asked more from our supporters than ever. But the result of all that effort is undeniable. Our vision is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures every young person who enters our doors, to be on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. It’s time to move from merely filling the gap to addressing the need. We know that vision is attainable — if we work together. Are you with us? To you — our advocates, partners, grantees, and friends, thank you for all your hard work, support and perseverance! I look forward to 2019 being our best year yet! Paul Swartos 2019 Board of Directors President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley
Avianna 2018/2019 Youth of the Year Club member for six years, Avianna, shares with us what the club has done for her. “OCD dug me a deep hole that swallowed me into a depression. The Club was the only place to take a step closer and recognize how much I was struggling. The Club reminded me that mental illness doesn’t define who I am. I define who I am. Confident, influential, caring, passionate, and driven all describe who I am. This all comes from one place and many members; the Boys & Girls Club. They are a home without a house. A family without a mother or father. The Club has been somewhere I could reflect on my past but also grow, challenge myself, and voice my own ideas.” —Avianna T., Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley 2018 Youth of the Year Avianna’s vision for youth is to have resources available for teens to have the skill sets needed to be successful in their adult lives. Avianna’s leadership and hard work allowed her to create a club within her school to ensure teens in her school could have access to these tools through structured programming and resources the Boys & Girls Club offers. She wants to ensure that others will have the same guidance and opportunities that she was able to get to succeed in the future. Join us in congratulating Avianna T. as our Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley Youth of the Year!
2019 YOUTH O F TH E YEA R
B Y T HE N U M B E RS
9,943 Youth served in 2018
through membership & community outreach
Homework help hours
of our members attending two or more days per week improved their reading and math test scores
Summer School hours taught by certified teachers
Total healthy meals and snacks
Members engaged in community service
Qualify for free or reduced lunch
Live in a single family household
Physically active 60+ mins five or more days a week
Good Character & Citizenship
of members attending two or more days a week did not have any interactions with law enforcement
Report having at least one friend who really cares about them
83% Youth 8-12
Teens ages 13-18
MInority races or ethnicities
Chippewa Falls Center
Lee & Mary Markquart Center
In 2018 the Chippewa Falls Center focused on providing members with real world experiences and giving back to the community that supports us. From cleaning up at local parks, working with the city on the annual catch basin project, to volunteering at the Center, our members are learning just how important community service is. One of the members favorite projects was volunteering at Feed My People, helping to pack weekend meals for the families in need.
The Club has continued to grow and serve more kids in the Eau Claire community. Thanks to the support of the community, in 2018, the Junior Staff has been able to bring the incentive program to life. Our incentive program focuses on reinforcing kind, caring and respectful behavior. Through our Incentive Store, staff can provide positive reinforcement to all members. The Junior Staff program promotes leadership development and career preparation.
We also have a great partnership with the Scouting Program. They provide monthly career speakers to educate our members on the variety of careers offered in the Chippewa Valley. This helps to prepare our youth for success in their first jobs and develop a plan to achieve their chosen careers in the future.
“My favorite part of the Club is the Incentive Store. I get to see the members faces light up when they finally earn something they worked hard to get through good behavior. I also enjoy working at the store because it helps me learn leadership skills.” —Ella, age 14
During the summer of 2018, the Menomonie Center partnered with United Way, Rotary, and Xcel Energy to rebuild and repair bicycles. In this one-day program, club members worked with volunteers to fix a total of sixty bikes of all sizes and styles. Each bike was washed, tires pumped or replaced, chains greased, brakes repaired, and younger members used colorful duct tape to mend holes in the seats. Mayo Clinic also donated helmets and taught members about the importance of safety while riding bikes.
At the Center in Black River Falls, to recognize more members for their outstanding behaviors and positive attitudes, we have created four youth of the week categories.
At the end of the day, members and families were able to take home their refurbished bicycles. For some, this was their first personal bike while for others it was a great time to get a bike the next size up. Many were excited by the idea of getting to take something home that they had spent the day working hard on. “Instead of getting a new bike I brought mine to the club, and they helped me clean and fix it up! It was great because my seat didn’t wiggle anymore!” —Bailan V, age 11
Picasso of the Week relates to our art program, where a member is recognized for helping others, having a positive, can-do attitude, and willing to try new things. Good Sport of the week, correlates with our Healthy Lifestyles program. Members are recognized for having great sportsmanship and encouraging their peers in a positive way. Gamer of the week goes hand in hand with our Tech programs including, Stride Academy. They are recognized by being respectful, responsible, and safe with technology, and helping their peers. Lastly, Optimist of the Week gives recognition to members who are showing above and beyond positive attitudes, using their manners and being respectful to others. Weekly, members receive recognition in these areas. Since initiating, we have more members excited to participate in activities and be the best version of themselves while at Club.
PA R EN T S P E R S P E C T I V E
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018
A Great Asset to the Community “Our experience with Boys & Girls Club - Menomonie Center has been wonderful. Lainey started the program two years ago and has loved going since day one. The activities, field trips and programs she has experienced are fun, educational and memories she will always have. These activities have been made possible by the incredible staff and volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club. When I pick her up from Club and hear about how fun or helpful a staff member was, it’s reassuring to know that she is in an environment where she feels safe and comfortable — where she can then learn and take part in the programs offered. The Boys & Girls Club is such a great asset to the community; I only wish it was offered to all ages!” —Kirstia, Member Parent of the Boys & Girls Club – Menomonie Center
OFFICERS Trevor Bohland President
Paul Swartos President Elect
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Becky Seelen Lauren Evans MaryAnn Hardebeck Vicki Hoehn
VP of Programming Outcomes
Tim MacLaughlin-Barck Jeff Engedal Jill Hoeft Dianna Fiergola Dennis Pischer
Chris Plaisance FISCAL YEAR JANUARY 1, 2018 - DECEMBER 31, 2018
2. Grants.........................................26% 3. Special Events.............................15%
4. In-kind (non-cash) contributions....14%
5. Program Services.........................12% TOTAL REVENUE..................$1,855,953
EXPENSES 1. Programming................................83%
2. Administration...............................9% 3. Fundraising....................................8% TOTAL EXPENSES.................$2,043,041
Thank you DONORS
Thank you for another incredible year! It is because of your generosity that the youth at the Boys & Girls Club are given opportunities they never dreamed possible!