Earn Your Tax Credit!
New data shows that nearly a quarter of Arizonans are living below the Federal Poverty Level – surviving on just $22,400 per year for family of four. Sadly, scarcity and poverty are a reality for many of our youth. At our Clubs, a staggering 49% are living below the Poverty Level and many more Working Poor families are struggling to cover basics like food, utilities and housing.
Your gift can help change lives. Donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix qualify for the State of Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.
What it means for you: You receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on your Az state taxes. You can also participate in the public and private school tax credits in addition to the Charitable Tax Credit.
What it means for kids & families in need: Kids from Working Poor families have a safe place to go, nutritious daily meals, positive programs and caring adult mentors who help them succeed.
Click Here to Earn your Tax Credit Now!
University of Phoenix Supports BGCMP Staff and Alumni
Over the past three years the University of Phoenix has supported the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix staff and Club alumni through offering over scholarships for continuing education.
We are so grateful to have such a wonderful partnership with University of Phoenix and appreciate the over 50 scholarships they have awarded staff and Alumni over the past three years.
Arizona Cardinals and Cigna "Kick for Kids"
The Arizona Cardinals and CIGNA Healthcare of Arizona have teamed up during the 2010-2011 NFL season to feature a new program, “Kick for Kids”. For each successful field goal, CIGNA donates money to the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix. The generous donation will be presented during the Cardinal’s last home game on Christmas day versus the Dallas Cowboys.
Thank you Cigna and the Arizona Cardinals for supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix! Go Cards!
| STARS EVENT
Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Stars 2011
The stars are aligning for a magical night as we approach the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix's "Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Stars," an event proudly sponsored by Universal Technical Institute.
When: Saturday, February 26, 2011 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please call:
(602) 954-8182 or visit www.stars2011.org
2011 Stars Honorary Chairman - Mr. Roger Penske
Roger Penske sets the pace for success—both on and off the track. A racing legend and the driving force behind one of the most successful teams in the history of sports—Penske Racing—he knows what it takes to reach the finish line ahead of the field. As the Chairman of Penske Corporation, Mr. Penske manages multi-billion dollar international businesses that continually set industry standards for excellence and innovation.
His commitment to providing educational opportunities for young people has changed thousands of lives around the world, inspiring so many to dream big and redefine what is possible in their lives.
We are proud to honor Mr. Penske as the 2011 “Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Stars” honorary Chairman.
2011 Youth of the Year
Who are the Youths of the Year being honored at "Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Stars?" Twelve outstanding Valley teens have been selected based on their contributions to their schools, communities, families, and their Boys & Girls Clubs. The 2011 Youths of the Year are:
Laura Castorena attends the Jerry Colangelo Branch and is a freshman in high school.
Jocylen Salgado from the Warner A. Gabel Branch is a sophomore in high school and plans to become a Veternarian.
Ruben Volanos is a member of the I. G. Homes Branch and is a junior in high school, he dreams of becoming a Forensic Scientist.
Taylor Sturges attends the Herbert Kieckhefer Branch and is a junior at Cesar Chavez High School, she aspires to become a Psycologist.
Trasina Thomas will be representing the Jerry & Helen Wisotsky/Peoria Branch and is a junior in high school. She would someday like to become a Sports Agent.
Diana Montano is a member of the Ed Robson Family Branch and is currently a senior in high school. After high school Diana plans to attend Cosmetology school.
Branden Stiles attends the Harry & Sandy Rosenzweig Branch and is a senior in high school. He plans to someday become a Sports Newscaster.
Hayden Wescott from the Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch is currently a senior in high school and dreams of one day becoming a Doctor.
Anahi Gonzalez is a member of the Spencer D. & Mary Jane Stewart Branch. She is currently a junior at Independence High School.
Evelyn Espinoza will represent the Swift Kids Branch. She is currently a senior in high school and plans to attend law school after graduating college.
Alexis Valencia attends the Woodrow C. Scoutten/Tolleson Branch and is a senior in high school. After school she has plans to become a Bio Med Engineer.
Sandra Garcia attends the Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch and is a senior in high school. She dreams of someday becoming the CEO of a major company.
The Holidays are typically at time for cheer and joy, but for some it is just another day of making ends meet. On December 4th, nearly 80 kids went on a holiday shopping spree at Walmart with an Executive Council member. Thanks to our friends at Walmart, the kids received a delicious breakfast and lunch as well as steep discounts on their purchases. The day was filled with holiday cheer!
Wanted! Basketball Coaches for '10-'11 Season
Basketball Coaches are needed forBGCMP basketball League December – January. Time commitment needed: 2 hours/week (Monday – Friday) 5 pm – 8 pm. Practice times and game times vary by location. No prior coaching experience needed.
· 2 Divisions: Rookies 7 -10 years & Cadets 10 – 12 years
· All coaches must pass required background check.
· Mandatory coaches training provided in December and January.
Contact Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-954-8182 to volunteer
Additional Volunteer Openings:
· Study Buddies provide homework help ages 5 – 12
· Ready Readers coach reading all ages
· Artisans & craftsmen
“Helping Hands” recognizes local businesses, corporate volunteer teams, community groups and other BGCMP partners who generously gave hours of their time, talent and energy.
Day for Kids volunteers include: Audubon Society, Apollo Group/University of Phoenix, ATA Martial Arts & Karate School, Bank of America, BGCMP MetrOrg Board, Inventure Group, Kohls, L-3 Communications Corp ACSSD, Ross Stores, Society for Creative Anachronism, UPS, US Airways Do Crew, Valley of the Sun United Way Generation United, and Wells Fargo Bank
Halloween Celebrations volunteers include: Apollo Group/
Employee Team Building & Days of Service Projects volunteers include: Apollo Group/University of Phoenix, Champion Schools, Cox Communications, Microsoft Corp., and StaplesDonating is a popular way to show appreciation during the holiday season, but not everyone has the funds to donate. In lieu of making a financial donation, a gift of time and service is just as valuable. We would like to take a moment to thank the numerous volunteers from organizations all across the Valley who have donated their time to making this Holiday Season brighter for our Club’s kids: Assembly of God Lighthouse Church, BGCMP MetrOrg Board, Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, Kohls, and the Peoria High School Honor Society.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
Meet this month’s Fox Sports Arizona Character Counts Kid of the Month, 8 year-old, Shyloh. For two years Shyloh has attended the Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch there he has found a love for football and has learned leadership skills and good sportsmanship. Click here to watch Shyloh in action!
Congratulations Shyloh for being named the Fox Sports Arizona Character Counts Kid of the Month!
Pedal Power Bike Give-A-Way
On December 11th, the Pedal Power Foundation will distribute 150 bicycles to Club members at our 12 Clubs in Phoenix and the West Valley.
Thank you Pedal Power Foundation for bringing smiles to hundreds of children this Holiday Season!
To Adopt-A-Family, or for more information email email@example.com or call 602-954-8182.
Holiday Toy Drives
If you're interested in collecting toys for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix please contact us at 602-954-8182.