Message from Executive Director, Mike Wurm
Summer is fast approaching, and things are really starting to come together for a great Out of School Time experience for the kids of Northern Nevada. At this time of year, Boys & Girls Clubs in Northern Nevada and North and South Lake Tahoe come together to plan exciting programs, activities and experiences for your children. Over the summer we will apply strategies to support schools in their quest to educate our kids by using Summer GAIN Strategies that help guide children through fun, educational activities that will prepare them to start the new school year in August 2015.
Recently, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows has been seeing nearly 2,500 kids per day between 20 sites stretching from Cold Springs all the way to Fernley. The summer numbers promise to be higher than ever with the William N. Pennington Facility celebrating its one year anniversary in June. A facility you may not have heard as much about, the Project Solution Facility on Bresson Avenue is also approaching a milestone of its own. A year ago this June, the Boys & Girls Club took over day-to-day operations at Project Solution, bringing full service Club programming to a very deserving community. The Club continues to explore opportunities with this facility, and we believe this will lead to even better program and activity opportunities for the kids of Libby Booth Elementary, Veterans Elementary and Vaughn Middle School. Be sure to keep an eye out for more information in the months ahead.
Finally, the biggest change kids and parents may see will occur in the Fall of 2015. When the traditional school year begins in August, the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows will be instituting a weekly fee at our Clubhouses: Donald W. Reynolds, William N. Pennington, Neil Road, Lemmon Valley and Project Solution facilities. Much like the fees currently charged at school sites and the summer program, no child will be turned away from services at any Club because of an inability to pay. In fact, even though we have had summer fees since 1995, we estimate more than 65 percent of the children who use our Clubs today pay no fees or have fees significantly reduced so they can participate in our programs.
Please know we have conducted parent focus groups, had numerous staff discussions and had extensive discussions about the shift to fees with our board of directors all in an effort to make this transition as smooth as possible. Also, please know the fees generated will be used to help continue to improve services to kids by hiring additional program staff and providing even more opportunities for our kids. In addition to afterschool program fees, we also are employing numerous other strategies to continue to increase resources, like growing our board of directors, adding a fundraising community board, increasing existing special events and exploring new grant opportunities. All of these efforts will help us to continue to grow existing Club sites and explore new opportunities in the future.
Please take the time to read through the May E-Newsletter and learn about some new and creative programming such as our Teeny Tots Sports and Junior Giants programs. We appreciate you, and because of your support, we continue to serve those in our community who need it the most… the kids.