Each year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley selects an outstanding young person to receive its local Youth of the Year Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs. This award recognizes commendable character, academic achievement and outstanding volunteer service to a member’s Club and community.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley - Lunda Center
2018 Youth of the Year Winner - Rochelle

Rochelle has been a Club member since 2008. The ever so quiet girl who walked through our doors 10 years ago, has grown into a remarkable young woman. In her teen years, she volunteered many hours at the Club as a member and was also a summer kitchen staff in 2017. Perseverance is what she stands for and her Club story emulates that to her core. “Most days I didn’t feel safe until I entered the doors of the Club each day. I never felt judged and could always be myself,” Rochelle said when asked about her Club experience. We are very proud to have her represent the Club as our 2018 Youth of the Year. 

Rochelle’s personal brand is perseverance. She has overcome many tough obstacles throughout her childhood doing just that. Rochelle was bullied in middle school, had severe health issues, and has had to find ways to cope from tragic experiences in her life. She was abducted by someone she thought she knew well, and from that brought on a wave of depression she never thought she would come out of. By coming to the Club, Rochelle got the reassurance she needed. Though she had quite the load she was carrying, Rochelle pushed and pushed. She pushed past the depression and the negative thoughts, and she realized she had more to work for. 

Rochelle’s vision for today’s youth is safety. Specifically, online safety and being able to stand up to bullies. Rochelle had many experiences with bullying at school. She used the Club as a safe place for her to go after school and knew there was always someone there to help her in times of need. She wants to help youth become more knowledgeable about what to do when someone bullies others in hopes to help make school a safer place for kids to be. Rochelle also wants to help others understand the importance of being aware and knowing who you are really talking to. Online, there are people who aren’t always who they seem. By sharing her experiences, Rochelle is hoping to reach her goal and help others. 

Rochelle’s future will fulfill that goal as she will be going to school to be a paramedic. She will start out working with the volunteer fire department in her community to begin training for the Emergency Medical System. From there she would like to be a first responder and continue school to become a paramedic. These goals are possible for her because of the support she had from the Club and the people in her life.


Meet our Member of the Month
Eva G!

Eva G., age 9, has been a member of the Club since 2018. She has been selected as our Member of the Month because she is always positive, respectful, and encouraging to others. She is also very helpful with picking up after programs, without needing to be asked. Eva comes to the Club because she likes to visit with her friends and she always has a lot of fun. One of Eva's favorite programs is Stride, because she gets to do math problems and she likes that it challenges her. The Club has helped Eva with making new friends and making sure that her homework is done on time. One of the things Eva likes most about the Club is that she gets to participate in a lot of different programs and she can learn new things.  

Congratulations Eva!

2018-2019 After School Program Registration is now available at the Club!  For a $15.00 annual fee your child can enjoy after school programming a healthy snack and meal. The after school program starts September 4th, 2018 through June 7th, 2019. Applications are available at Club; 405 Suite A State Highway 54, Black River Falls or accessible below. If your child has already registered in 2019 a renewal application is not necessary until January 2020.

For the Membership Application form please click here.  

Completed forms may also be emailed to abjerke@cvclubs.org

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley is the umbrella organization which oversees the Mary Markquart Center in Eau Claire, the Lunda Center in Black River Falls,  the Chippewa Falls Center in Chippewa Falls, and the Menomonie Center in Menomonie, WI.

The Lunda Center serves youth grades 3rd-12th or ages 8-18 years old with free homework help, quality programming and activities as well as healthy snacks and a meal after school.

The Club is open for members Monday-Friday 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. during the school year and Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 6:00 p.m. during the summer as well as any scheduled school breaks. 

For more information about the Lunda Center, please feel free to call us at (715) 284-4005 or visit us at: 405 State Highway 54, Black River Falls, WI 54615.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Chippewa Valley - Menomonie  in partnership with the School District of Menomonie Area intend to submit an application to the Wisconsin Department of Education for a 21st CCLC grant. The grant will support an academic-focused after school program for students at River Heights Elementary.  If you have any comments on the proposed program, please contact Roxie Schmidt at rschmidt@cvclubs.org or 715-233-2540.  A copy of the application will be available for public review after submittal at River Heights Elementary.



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