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
2019 Youth of the Year Representative -
Avianna (Lee & Mary Markquart Center)

Avianna has been a Club member since 2012 and credits the Club with helping develop her passion for music, leadership, confidence, and academic success. According to Avianna, staff at the Mary Markquart Center have continued to support her and helped her to be confident in every challenge that she encounters. “Because of the Boys & Girls Club, I know who I am, they gave me hope when I felt I had nothing left. They made me who I am today and I can now take actions with my future and give back to the community and the Club.”

Avianna’s vision for youth is to have resources available to teens to have the skill sets needed to be successful in their adult lives. Avianna’s leadership and hard work allowed her to create a club within her school to ensure teens in her school could have access to structured programming and resources the Boys & Girls Club could offer. She wants to ensure that others will have the same guidance and opportunities that she was able to get to succeed in the future.

Through programs such as Healthy Habits, Career Launch, Keystone, and Junior Staff, Avianna is able to learn skills to help kids like her to succeed in school, at home, and in the community. “The Club is the best place to gain skills to becoming a successful adult, I wanted more teens to be aware of these opportunities. Without these skills, it would be very difficult to make a difference in the world, the Club has made these opportunities available to create security in our future.”

Avianna would like to go to school for Psychology and become a psychiatrist to help others grow and succeed as well as give back to the community.


Meet the February Youth Member of the Month
Madison W!
We are thrilled to introduce you to our February Youth Member of the Month.  Madison is always willing to help out with special tasks around the club such as helping in the kitchen and cleaning up program areas after they are used.  She also works hard everyday to complete her homework at the club.  Madison is eager to learn and takes extra time if need be to complete her homework, even if it means missing out on a fun and exciting program.  Our favorite thing about Madison is her welcoming and friendly attitude to new members.  She jumps at the chance to show them around and make them feel safe.
Thanks for being awesome, Madison!
Meet the February Teen Member of the Month
Elizabeth S!
We are overjoyed to introduce you to our February Teen of the Month.  Elizabeth is a newer member, having only attended our after school program since the beginning of the year.  However, she has quickly shown that she is a role model member.
Elizabeth is always a big help.  When staff need assistance she is always right there to step in and take care of whatever task is at hand.  She also puts 110% into programming.  She is willing to try something new or step out of her comfort zone.  Her positive attitude and beaming smile makes everyone around her light up each and every day.
Way to go, Elizabeth!

Join us for the school year! Transportation is available from all ECASD schools!  Please call the Club or email the center at lee.marymarkquartcenter@cvclubs.org for more information on transportation!

Membership is only $15.00 per calendar year per child or $30.00 per household per calendar year.  The Club accepts children aged 8-18 or in grades 3rd-12th! 

If your child is not already a member or if your child needs to be renewed for 2019 as a Boys & Girls Club member, click here.


Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley - Lee & Mary Markquart Center Awarded Grant By Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation

Boys & Girls Club - Lee & Mary Markquart Center received a new grant to improve the health and well-being of Eau Claire area kids, thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. The Club provides kids and teens with critical programming during out-of-school time that creates positive environment and supports a healthy, active lifestyle. This grant is one of over 100 distributed across the country by the Anthem Foundation to support Triple Play programming, which focuses on being healthy through the mind, body and soul.



Wish List items for ages 8-18

• Clothing – socks, pants, sweatshirts, jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, boots

• Games – board games of any kind for ages 8-18

• Art – craft, paint, yarn, string, etc.

• Books – any kind for ages 8-18

• Sports equipment – basketball, soccer ball, water bottles, etc.

• Hygiene – shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.

• Stuffed animals

• Blankets

• Pencils


Unfortunately the Club cannot accept the following items at this time

• Old electronics – tube TVs, computers, VHS, etc.

• Pianos

• Foosball tables

• Broken items

The Boys & Girls Club is very grateful for the generous
and continued support of the Chippewa Valley community.

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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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