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 April Teen Member of the Month
Logan L!

We are excited to introduce you to our teen of the month, Logan!  Logan is a seventh grader with lots of joy and personality.  He walks into the Club every day with a beaming smile and positive attitude.  He is always making those around her laugh and feel right at home as he stays true to himself and is not afraid to show off his fun, kind hearted personality.  Lastly, Logan is a great role model to other members as he consistently show respect to member and staff.  Thank you Logan for all you do to make the Club a great place for all members!

Thanks for being awesome, Logan!
Meet the April Youth Member of the Month
Sariah M!

Our newest rising star is Sariah M.  Sariah just started coming to the Club a few months ago and is quickly becoming a role model to many of our members.  Sariah's beaming smile and positive attitude shifts the mood of any room.  She is very inclusive and encourages all members to try new things.  Sariah loves coming to the Club because there is a lot to do, she can get help on her homework and she gets to hang out with and make new friends.

Way to go, Sariah!

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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