7th Annual Mile of Quarters Almost Here!
Come Change a Child’s Life With Your Change

The Club’s annual Mile of Quarters is almost here! This free event will be held at the Westfield Topanga Mall on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a kick-off ceremony at 12 p.m.

There will be a DJ, face painting, balloon twister, and magic shows for everyone to enjoy! Bring your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, everyone to help lay down quarters throughout the lower level of the mall in the walkway between Sears and Neiman Marcus (in front of Urban Outfitters).

With a donation of $3.25, companies and individuals can lay down one foot of quarters. Help change a child’s life by making a secure, online donation here! Please join the Club and help make this event the biggest success ever!

Please contact President/CEO Jan Sobel, at 818-610-1054, for more information.



Recognizing Our Youths of the Year
Youth of the Year Luncheon - Saturday, April 5

The Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley will be honoring the Club’s Youth of the Year winner, Janelle Downs, and all the other Club members who have been named Youth of the Year at each Club site on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel for a Youth of the Year Luncheon. Tickets are available at $50 each and table sponsorships are $500 (includes four tickets and underwrites honorees and families).

The sponsor of the event is Cooper Communications, Inc.

Youth of the Year is a national Boys & Girls Club program established by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1947. Each year students compete at the local, state, and regional levels with a goal to become the overall National Youth of the Year, and includes financial rewards as well as an opportunity to meet with the President of the United States. Each local Club chooses a Youth of the Year based on leadership, good citizenship, and civic responsibility.

Below are the Youths of the Year from each of the Club’s sites:



For more information or to purchase tickets or table sponsorships, please contact Vice President, Kelsy Maruyama at (818) 610-1054.



77th Annual Student Speaker Contest
West Valley Lions Club Sponsored Club Members to Participate

The West Valley Lions Club sponsored Club members to participate in the annual Lions Club Student Speaker contest held on February 20, 2014. The contest provides an opportunity for competitive public speaking among high school and junior high school students. This year’s topic was Community Service and contestants prepared a speech on what community service means to them and why it matters.

Congratulations to all of the Club’s members who participated in the competition and to Anna Guerrero, the 2013-2014 winner from Canoga Park High School. Anna received a $75 award and an opportunity to compete at the Zone contest, which took place on March 3.

The Club’s runners-up were Cristina Jimenez, grade 12 at Canoga Park High School, Jose Ruiz, grade 12 at Cleveland High School, and Jesse Espino, grade 12 of Cleveland High School.

The Club would like to thank Michael Sirota, President of the Greater West Valley Lions Club, for providing Club members this opportunity to showcase their oratory skills.


Teen Club Members Unite for Midnight Madness
More Than $100 Raised for Mile of Quarters

Every year the Club puts together a fundraising event for all Club teens called Midnight Madness. The Club’s Torch and Keystone programs sponsors this event to help raise money for a selected charity or Club event. Last year’s Midnight Madness raised money for 30 Hour Famine, which raises funds to help the hungry. This years event, held on Friday, February 28, 2014, raised more than one hundred dollars for the Clubs 7th annual Mile of Quarters.

The money was raised by teens paying five dollars each to enter the event, which provided the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities, a dance off, basketball tournament, musical chairs, NBA 2k14 video game battle, and a dance competition.

Midnight Madness was held from 8 p.m. to midnight and was open to all Club teens and non-Club members. Club members were encouraged to bring a friend who currently doesn’t attend the Club to help promote the Club’s Teen Center. Midnight Madness was a night for teens to get together, make new friends, and keep them off the streets. Food and drinks were provided and members from the Club’s new digital program provided music throughout the night. The digital program teaches members how to mix music and use their talents to create a business. DJing at Midnight Madness provided them with experience and practice playing in front of an audience.


Introducing the Club’s NASA’s Best Program
Members Learn About Science, the Universe, and NASA

NASA’s Best is a program held at Reseda Elementary School and teaches members about space, the universe, and how NASA uses its resources to successfully carry out its missions. The program provides activities that are identical to the activities NASA partakes in on a daily basis. Each week, members are provided with a new mission that involves problem solving and obstacles they need to overcome using only recyclable resources.

The purpose of this program is to learn about recycling, use critical thinking skills, and provide members with the opportunity to expand their mind by using their imagination. When members participate in the program’s mission activities, they are reminded that it is important to use recyclable items and keep using them throughout the mission to reduce waste. Some of the recyclable items used include straws, cardboard paper, and stickers.

This program is for all elementary grades and is designed to challenge the way adolescents think and use their critical thinking skills. It’s an enrichment program in which all members are given the opportunity to learn something new.

Special Thanks To
The Club’s Sponsors and Supporters

In February, County Supervisor Michael Antonovich of the 5th District facilitated a donation from the County of Los Angeles to the Club of $125,000. This generous donation will be used for programming for teens, arts, education, and so much more.


Special thanks to Wells Fargo Foundation for the $25,000 grant going towards the College Bound program.

Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley participated in two store grand openings in March for Ross Stores in Northridge and dd’s Discounts in Winnetka. Each store donated $1,000 to be used to support the Club’s programs. Kids and staff pictured are from Blythe Elementary School.


Employee Of The Month
Evan Crayton

Evan Crayton is the Teen Recreation and Van Driver for the Boys & Girls Club of the West Valley and has been working at the Club for more than six years. Evan is 30 years old and received his Associates Degree in Social Behavioral Science from Mission Community College. His interests include coaching, playing basketball and football, and mentoring Club members.


Evan chose to work at the Club because he would like to make a difference in kids’ lives by sharing his life experiences and teaching them to make the right decisions. His goal is to make sure Club members don’t make the same mistakes he made as a kid. Evan’s favorite thing about working at the Club is listening to former Club members’ success stories and learning about how the Club changed their life for the better.

“Former members of the Club still keep in touch with me on a monthly basis. I share my advice to better them on their journey to becoming a successful young adult. The Club is a positive place for kids and I’ll continue to mentor Club members day in and day out as long as I have the ability to.”

 



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