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Corporate Spotlights

Taco Bell Foundation for Teens supports Universal Orlando Foundation members

 Taco Bell Foundation for Teens

More than $16,000 was awarded to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) and the Universal Orlando Foundation Branch by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. The funds will support career and college preparation programming intended to enable and inspire teens to graduate high school and reach their full potential.

Teens from the local Branch will have opportunities to go on college tours, hear from knowledgeable guest speakers and experience valuable career workshops. Thank you to the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens for their tremendous support and for helping create bright futures for our Club members. CLICK HERE to read the press release.

Ross Stores helps Club members succeed with Power Hour homework help program

Power Hour

Through a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Ross Stores, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) was selected as a recipient of a $20,000 grant to help facilitate and improve the Power Hour program at our Downtown Branch, Walt Disney World Clubhouse and West Sanford Branch during the 2013-2014 school year.

Designed to help young people develop academic, behavioral and social skills through homework completion, high-yield learning activities and tutoring, the Power Hour program is strives to make homework and other learning activities enjoyable and academically beneficial.

Homework completion is a critical component of young people’s academic success, and Power Hour focuses efforts to combat high school dropout rates head on by implementing one-on-one or small-group tutoring for youth who need additional help in specific areas. With the extra help from Ross Stores, the climate of academic success has been enhanced and 100% of high school seniors at our Downtown Branch, Walt Disney World Clubhouse and West Sanford Branch graduated from high school in the 2012-2013 school year. 

It is through Ross Stores’ dedication to supporting our youth that we are able to provide better programs in our Clubs. Thank you! CLICK HERE to read the press release.

 

Gary C. Sain Movement to Inspire Check Presentation

A huge thank you to Paul Tang and Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress for supporting the “Gary C. Sain Movement to Inspire” with a generous check presentation at our Service Center. This Movement will benefit Club members throughout Central Florida and was founded by our friend Pam Sain to honor the memory & legacy of her beloved husband, Gary Sain. To learn more or to get involved with the Movement CLICK HERE.

Hyatt Check Presentation

School Supply Drive: Staples, Boys & Girls Clubs of America team up to help youth in need

BE GREAT Logo

This summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Staples are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin for the 6th annual Staples for Students national school supply drive to help kids get the tools they need to be successful in school and achieve great futures. The program encourages parents and teens to lend a hand and help make a difference in their communities by making sure students have the essential supplies they need to succeed.  

Through Staples’ national partnership with BGCA, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has been selected to participate in this program and receive donations – but we need your help!  Support Club youth who need us most by donating $1 or more at your local Staples store, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting our Clubs. These five local Staples stores are accepting donations:

  • 8421 S. John Young Pkwy
  • 867 Good Homes Rd
  • 2774 E. Colonial Dr
  • 638 N. Alafya Trail
  • 7157 Narcoossee Rd

Find out more about the program and how you can support BGCA at StaplesforStudents.org.  Together, we can supply young people with the tools they need to realize academic success and ensure that students start the year off right in the classroom.

Bank of America ‘Student Leaders’ Working at Our Clubs

BOA Student Leaders

This summer, our Bank of America Student Leaders, (pictured above from left to right) Ismael Vazquez, Sequoyah Driscoll, Denise Nguyenphu, Kimberly Meza and Krishnan Sethumadhavan, provided much needed support to several Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida Branches. As part of an initiative to boost summer employment for teens, Bank of America funds the eight-week Student Leader internships.

All five Student Leaders graduated from Central Florida High Schools earlier this year and are headed to different colleges and universities starting this fall. The students lead arts and technology programs this summer at our Walt Disney World Clubhouse and East Altamonte, Tupperware Brands, and West Sanford Branches

We were lucky to have these energetic and exceptionally talented young men and women working with us as Program Assistants as well as acting as positive role models to our Club members. We’re pleased to help connect young people to the value and importance of serving community needs and look forward to working with more Bank of America Student Leaders next summer!

AT&T Awards $25,000 Grant to BGCCF

AT&T Check Presentation

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) welcomed Troy McNichols, regional director at AT&T, to the Tupperware Brands Branch in Kissimmee, FL, this July for the presentation of a $25,000 grant check to support access to STEM programming and college tours. This grant will also provide our teens at the local Branch with the chance to graduate from high school with plans for a bright future.

With the help of AT&T, our Tupperware Brands Branch will be able to open the eyes of approximately 30 disadvantaged youth to the importance of STEM in our world and how they can use this knowledge to achieve great things.

Our Tupperware Brands Branch plans to use Robotics Design Kits as its primary instructional platform. These kits include everything needed to design, build, power, and operate robots. A curriculum that combines industry-leading Autodesk design tools is included with kits that will be used during the grant year–the VEX Robotics Design System.

JPMorgan Chase Foundation Grants BGCCF $65,000 for Programs at Walt Disney World Clubhouse 

JPMorgan Chase Check Presentation

JPMorgan Chase Bank district vice president & BGCCF board member Mike Dosal presenting BGCCF president/CPO, Gary Cain 

JPMC logo

We were honored to receive a $65,000 grant check from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation this July! The funds from this grant will enable our Walt Disney World Clubhouse to continue providing 75 of Pine Hills’ highest risk 9th-12th graders with positive youth development programs designed to address risk factors that contribute to youth dropping out, including the CareerLaunch program.

Our Walt Disney World Clubhouse will begin a comprehensive CareerLaunch career exploration & job readiness program, working with high school and college partners to help teens connect their education choices to jobs, job skills, and careers of the future.

Thank you, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, for helping us to empower teens with skills needed to make healthy lifestyle choices that lead to academic success, on-time promotion, and high school graduation with future plans. We appreciate your generosity and dedication to helping our youth create GREAT FUTURES at BGCCF!

Local dd’s Discount Stores Celebrate Grand Openings with Gifts to BGCCF

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This June, four dd’s Discounts stores opened throughout Orange County and invited members from four of our Clubs–the Downtown, Taft, Universal Orlando Foundation Branches and the Walt Disney World Clubhouse–to attend the grand opening at each location.

Each participating Club was awarded $1,000, for a total gift of $4,000. We are grateful to dd’s Discounts for inviting our Club members to participate in this special occasion and value their continued partnership with BGCCF. Thank you! 

Ross Stores Provides Funding for Power Hour homework help Program

Ross Power Hour

Through a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Ross Stores, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) was selected as a recipient of a $19,800 grant to help facilitate and improve the Power Hour program at our Parramore Teen Center, Walt Disney World Clubhouse and West Sanford Branch during the 2012-2013 school year.

Designed to help young people develop academic, behavioral and social skills through homework completion, high-yield learning activities and tutoring, the Power Hour program is implemented at each of our Clubs and strives to make homework and other learning activities enjoyable and academically beneficial.

Homework completion is a critical component of young people’s academic success, and Power Hour focuses efforts to combat high school dropout rates head on by implementing one-on-one or small-group tutoring for youth who need additional help in specific areas. With the extra help from Ross Stores, the climate of academic success has been enhanced and 100% of high school seniors at our Parramore Teen Center, Walt Disney World Clubhouse and West Sanford Branch graduated from high school in both the 2012 and 2013 school years. 

It is through Ross Stores’ dedication to supporting our youth pursue a great future that we are able to provide better programs in our Clubs. Thank you! 

PNC Foundation grant helps West Sanford Branch Club members thrive

West Sanford Club members

Club members complete their homework at the West Sanford Branch earlier this year.

PNC Foundation Logo

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida strives to ensure the academic progress of all members and thanks in part to a $8,925 grant from the PNC Foundation during the 2012-2013 school year, Club members at our West Sanford Branch are doing just that.

As this school year wraps up this month, we are proud to share that 62% of Club members at our West Sanford Branch earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher!

The PNC Foundation grant supports the Every Member, Every Year strategy, which aims to ensure that every Club member is promoted to the next grade level every year through academic enrichment, targeted dropout prevention and intensive intervention for young people with multiple risk factors.  

We are thankful to PNC Foundation for their support that helps our members stay on track academically. Thank you!

BGCCF Participates in AT&T’s It Can Wait® Campaign

It Can Wait

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) has recommitted to safety in a big way by partnering with AT&T to show our commitment to their It Can Wait® Campaign to end texting and driving.

The initiative focuses on educating people-especially teens-about the dangers of texting and driving. The message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, it can wait. BGCCF will take a stand and encourage all Staff and Club members who drive to make A No Texting and Driving Pledge with the campaign in which they will promise to never text and drive.

As part of BGCCF’s ongoing efforts to help new teen drivers learn about safety on the road, Club members participate in the UPS Road Code Program, where they practice safe driving techniques on driving simulators in their Clubs. The program teaches new and future drivers safe driving techniques and methods, including not texting and driving.

There will be a special focus on the campaign throughout the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day-known as the 100 Deadliest Days on the road for teen drivers, and will culminate on September 19 when supporters will be encouraged to advocate for their communities to join in the movement.

To learn more about the It Can Wait Campaign, CLICK HERE.

Orlando Magic Youth Fund awards $100,000 grant to Downtown & Parramore Branches

OMYF MFF Grant 2013

Earlier this year, the Orlando Magic, through their Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF)–a McCormick Foundation Fund, awarded BGCCF a $100,000 grant to support our Downtown and Parramore Branches.

The Orlando Magic has been supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida with grants, contributions and volunteers for the past nine years. We are humbled to be one of only four organizations selected for this highest honor, and only one of 17 organizations throughout all of Central Florida that the Magic elected to support this year.

The funds will be used to support a portion of the direct service costs of program delivery at our Downtown and Parramore Branches, including staff salaries and benefits, program supplies, transportation, and field trips.

We are thankful for this partnership and know that this grant will continue to empower our Downtown and Parramore Club members to reach for success as they did in 2012, when 100% of these Clubs’ high school seniors graduate on time with future plans.

TD Charitable Foundation grants BGCCF $5,000 

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Bobby Roehrig, Assistant Vice President for TD Bank Orlando (center) with BGCCF’s
Alicia Hodge, Regional Development Director for Brevard County, (left) and Gary Cain, President & CPO (right).

TD Charitable Foundation

This January, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida (BGCCF) received a $5,000 grant through the TD Charitable Foundation. The funds will be used to support the Teen Coordinator position at our Temple Terrace Branch in Brevard County. Because of the TD Charitable Foundation’s support, our Temple Terrace Branch will be able to strengthen its teen programming and help reduce high school dropout rates among the at-risk youth in Melbourne’s public housing development.

The Temple Terrace Teen Club, or T3C Program at the Temple Terrace Branch, is a safe place where teens can go outside of school hours and learn how to make positive choices for their futures by participating in the wide range of teen programs now offered there, covering topics such as character and leadership development, financial literacy, goal-setting, career exploration, job-seeking skills, computer skills and more. The Teen Coordinator makes it possible for our Temple Terrace Branch to implement these programs and assists with homework help, ACT/SAT preparation, career guidance and culinary instruction.

Thank you to TD Charitable Foundation for their generosity and dedication to our Club members, and specifically to the many teens across Brevard County whose lives will be enriched as a result of your support.

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