Your Feel Good Roundup – July 2022

Fun and inspiring Boys & Girls Club highlights to start your month on a high note! Got an uplifting Club-related story to share? Send it to communications@bgca.org!

In April, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in Wisconsin celebrated College Signing Day, during which 130 seniors signed letters of intent for colleges across the nation. On top of that, the students have earned more than $21 million in college scholarships! The Clubs’ Graduation Plus Program annually serves close to 800 students leading up to and through college.

On June 4, Boys & Girls Clubs of West San Gabriel Valley & Eastside hosted the 2nd annual San Gabriel Valley Pride March in Monterey Park, California. More than 400 Boys & Girls Club youth, staff and community members joined in the festivities to celebrate inclusive environments and show support for LGBTQ+ youth and community members.

Boys & Girls Club of Pharr – San Juan in Texas hosted a Career Fair in May, which concluded a Spring 2022 Job Ready program for teens in partnership with United Way of South Texas. The Career Fair was open to the community and enabled teens to apply knowledge learned through the Job Ready sessions while engaging with local businesses and college representatives about potential job opportunities.

In 2019, Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnered with Undies For Everyone to provide underwear to Club members and communities impacted by the fires in California. The two organizations have made the perfect pair; to date in 2022, the partnership has distributed 105,392 pairs of underwear at local Clubs. Each youth or teen receives seven pairs.

To wrap up our Roundup, here is a first-person account from Diego Leon, former Club member and current program director at Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma-Marin in California:

In middle school, my home was deemed unsafe. My parents were in a heated divorce, and I was in the eye of the storm. I began failing all my classes and became a regular in the principal’s office. One day after a school visit, CPS placed me in a children’s home to await a custody hearing. I was at the mercy of a system I didn’t understand as I waited for strangers to determine MY future.

Thankfully, I had Club. I knew I could count on Club for a safe space away from the chaos. And at Club, they knew me as Diego Leon, the Lion. Not just a court number.

Because of Club support, I am reaching for my great future ahead. Last month, I graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College with a 3.9 GPA and will continue my education at San Diego State in the fall. The best part of the story is that I am now a program director at the Boys & Girls Club where I can help little lions like me ignite their passion, unlock their potential and inspire their great future.

Note: After sharing his story at a Club event, Diego received an offer from a donor to pay his full tuition at San Diego State University! Diego will be going to school debt-free this fall.