Shared from the BGCA website… Ways to Start a Conversation with your child. Talking about mental health is easier than you may expect. It’s as simple as asking questions that help your child open up about their life, knowing what the warning signs are, and getting support when it’s needed. Below is some helpful discussion […]Read More
Anthony has been coming to the Club for a year and is full of energy and life. He loves to interact with the staff and other members, but when Anthony first started attending it was clear that he was behind his other classmates in school, especially when it came to reading. We connected with his teacher and family […]Read More
Little things can make a BIG difference
Recently during our Power Hour program, a club member began to struggle to participate. He was shutting down mentally and physically in an obvious way by climbing under his desk and forming himself into a closed-off ball. The Youth Development Staff, Abigail, noticed what was happening and went over to try to talk to him. […]Read More
Success Stories: Sam
Club kids come from various backgrounds, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. Fifth-grade member, Sam, was struggling to read at his grade level. With help from the school district partners and very supportive parents, the Club staff developed a plan to give Sam extra support, time, incentives, and encouragement to get him back […]Read More
Success Stories: Aubrie M.
When Aubrie first attended the Boys & Girls Club, she struggled to do her homework and complete tasks. The staff would spend hours each day getting her back on track by answering questions, helping her with her homework, holding her accountable for missing assignments, and ensuring that she could turn her work in on time. […]Read More
Success Stories: Mason C.
Sometimes it’s the small things that make a big difference. One day, a staff member noticed that a third-grade member was acting “off.” She went over to talk to him, and he shared that he was simply having a bad day and needed some time to himself. Although this doesn’t feel like much, having a […]Read More
Disney Encourages Kids and Families to Rekindle Their Love for Reading
Disney Publishing announced a new initiative to encourage kids and their families to spark or rekindle their love of reading. The company donated one million books to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley received over 13,000 books to distribute to our four clubs. Kids could […]Read More
Pablo Foundation Funding Supports Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley have received a $24,000 grant from Pablo Foundation to advance its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative at the Lee & Mary Markquart Center in Eau Claire. In June 2020, leadership within Boys & Girls Clubs began an intentional effort to evaluate and build upon the values […]Read More
Focused Homework Program Develops Good Habits and Builds Character
When kids arrive at the Club in the afternoons, their first program is a focused homework program called Power Hour. This allows kids to decompress from school and complete their homework before moving on to more “fun” activities and programs. The focused time will enable students who need it to get one-on-one help from staff, […]Read More