Spend Your Summer at the Boys & Girls Club!
Summer Programming at the Lunda Center runs from June 13th thru August 24th. Serving grades 3rd thru 12th, the summer includes full-day programming, Monday-Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm (pick-ups from 5:30-6:00pm)
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.
We would like to introduce you to, Catie, our Advisory Council Member of the Month. Catie is a Special Education Teacher at Black River Falls High School and since 2012 she has been on the Northwest Connections Mobile Crisis Team for Jackson County. Catie has been a member of the Advisory Council since 2013. Both of Catie's daughters attended the Club, and she thought joining the council would be a great opportunity to become more involved.
Catie's favorite event is Lemonade Day. She said, "Lemonade Day is my absolute favorite. I love watching the kids run the show. They all have their own gifts and I love watching them cooperate with one another and the public."
We asked Catie to share her favorite memory or story of the Club and she wanted to share her first tour of the Club.
"The first tour I was given of Club was by the children while Club was still downtown. The kids were so excited to show me everything in the whole space, and they were so proud of themselves. I remember meeting a young girl who was chosen as the Youth of the Year for the Club. She is now finishing up her degree and becoming a teacher. I love that it was because of her involvement at the Club that she could experience new opportunities and chose her pathway to success. The greatest thing about Club for me is watching these young community members learn about their power in the world."
When Catie is not working or volunteering at the Club, she enjoys traveling with her family and spending unscheduled time in her classroom. She loves to be productive as long as it benefits the youth!
Thank you, Catie, for your many years of giving back. Your generosity has given so many youth in our community the opportunity to experience new things they never dreamed possible.
2017-2018 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 1st, 2017 through June 7th, 2018. Applications are available at Club; 405 Suite A State Highway 54, Black River Falls or accessible below. If your child has already registered in 2017 a renewal application is not necessary until January 2018.
For the Membership Application form please click here.
Completed forms may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.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.