Dustyn, our new Center Director in Menomonie shares, we have had a wait list since the beginning of the school year due to filling our staff positions. Each day, the youth on the waitlist comes up to the desk at River Heights Elementary Boys & Girls Club, wondering if/when they will be able to join. […]Read More
Safe Spaces + Kindness = New Friendships
Ashley our Black River Falls Lunda Center Director shares how the Club is a safe space, and the difference that makes, one child at a time! Recently, while I was welcoming kids into the building, a new member of the club as well as a new student in our school district was crying. I asked […]Read More
Countdown to joining the Club! Why we need to expand.
As the school year starts, we have a huge influx of new kids wanting to join the Club. We have had many new incoming members that were super excited to be part of the Club. One of our parents shared with us that their child, Stella, had a countdown for days when she could start […]Read More
Each month, the Club host a Youth Late Night. It is a special night for our members to celebrate their kind, caring, and respectful behaviors and have one themed night where they can be at the Club until 7:30pm. During our last youth late night, our theme was mystery night. Club members tested their thinking […]Read More
The Power of a Stretch
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. He […]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