In This Issue
Message from the President
Mount Airy Club
Youth of the Year
Great Futures
East Side Soccer Stars
Associate Board
Upcoming Events


About Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities


Administrative Center
690 Jackson Street
St. Paul, MN 55130
Tel. 651-726-CLUB (2582)
Fax 651-200-4100
US Bank Skyway Open
 February 24-25
Kids in the City
April 24
Knicker Open
June 11


Winter is a time of new resolutions and new opportunities. The Club is moving forward on goals to increase the frequency of contact with kids and improving the quality of programs. Dedicated and compassionate Club professionals continue to work hard each day to further the organization's commitment to helping kids succeed.


The Boys & Girls Clubs Formula For Impact provides specific strategies to build great futures for youth. At our eight Club locations, we engage kids in activities that are fun and supports achieving academic success, adopting a healthy lifestyles, and modeling good character and citizenship. We are implementing quality programs that are linked to the national priority outcomes.


Academic success begins by building a strong foundation. We developed and implemented the Striving To Achieve Reading Success (STARS) program that targets youth in kindergarten through 2nd grade. The goal of the STARS program is to improve children's academic success in literacy, promote self-esteem, and encourage positive social development.  We already have over 200 Club members participating at five Clubs each day.


Thanks to Pawn America, Kids Feeding Kids has continued to grow. We now have five commercial kitchens serving more than 500 meals a night. The number of kids living in poverty continues to grow with one in five kids in the United States going to bed without adequate nutrition each night. The Kids Feeding Kids program ensures our kids receive a balanced meal to support positive youth development.


Thank you for your continued support of the Clubs!


President & CEO



 We are very excited to announce that the new Mount Airy Club is up and running and seeing a surge in excitement from kids, staff and community members. The Club opened its doors to kids January 9th with a full contingent of staff, a brand new kitchen and a little extra elbow room. For the past few months, the Club has been programming out of the Mt. Airy Community Center where it shared space with St. Paul Public Housing, Headstart and multiple other community groups.


Demetrius Shaw, Mt. Airy's new Program Assistant, said that when the doors opened the first day it reminded him of "Extreme Home Makeover". The kids came in full of energy and were amazed by all of the new gear that surrounded them. They rushed from pool tables to foosball tables to the air hockey table trying to take it all in. Mr. Shaw said that the excitement came from the kids knowing that this was all theirs; that this was their new Club.


Programming has been ramping up and fine tuned in the three weeks the new Club has been opened because of the opportunity dedicated staffing and room assignments provides. Core Boys & Girls Club programs like Money Matters, Girl Talk and Passport to Manhood are teaching our kids to think critically about their decisions and how they affect their future. Branch Director Diana Adamson and Program Director Pat Koch form the nucleus of the program direction of the site and both bring to the table much experience and dedication in delivering innovative approaches to reaching youth.


That passion is already paying off. Mt. Airy is attracting new members, as evidenced by the family of four who was waiting outside of the Club its opening day, and bringing back lapsed members. Word is spreading throughout the neighborhood that the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club is the place to be. Let's keep it rolling!

 Mt. Airy kids


 On January 19, 2012, six talented and extraordinary young people demonstrated that Great Futures do start at the Club! The Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year program recognizes one young person at each Club that stands as a shining example of outstanding character. Six finalists from the Twin Cities Clubs participated in a local competition to identify the young person to represent the organization as the 2012 Youth of the Year.


Three very dedicated judges, Paul Berg (US Bank), Rob Loftus (United Properties), and Tim Floyd (Microsoft) reviewed individual packets, conducted interviews, and listened as each youth gave a speech during the January 19th Board of Directors meeting. In the end, Mai Tong Vang from the Mt. Airy Club was named the 2012 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities Youth of the Year.


Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title celebrates outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 60 years ago and continues today through the generosity of the Tupperware Brands Corporation.


Mai Tong moved to the United States from Thailand when she was two years old. She is completely devoted to helping her family and has many times supported her parents financially as they struggle to make ends meet. At seven years old, she entered the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club for the first time. The energetic and eager to learn first grader has emerged as a leader amongst her peers.


The Mt. Airy Club gave Mai Tong a sense of hope and opportunity. She is an accomplished and gifted spokesperson for the Club and her community. She serves as the president of the Mt. Airy Keystone Club, a teen leadership group that focuses on service through community projects and learning.


Mai Tong plans to attend a four-year college and major in international relations. The Club supports her belief that "going to college will enhance my knowledge and understanding of the world and guide me closer to my dream of bridging various cultures together".


When asked how she felt about her Club experience, Mai Tong stated, "The Boys & Girls Club truly is my second home. They help develop and nurture my goals and dreams. In particular, they encouraged me to apply for a scholarship to study abroad in South Korea and I won a full scholarship. The Boys & Girls Club is the foundation to dream bigger and better things. At the Boys & Girls Club we like to say, 'Nothing is Impossible and Futures Start Here'. Just a few words that has made a huge difference in my life".


Mai Tong will compete March 20-21 for the title of State Youth of the Year. Special Acknowledgement to the Twin Cities 2012 Youth of the Year nominees:

Bradley Wittman - East Side Club

Jose Ayala - Al Lenzmeier West Side Club

Keith Daniels - Southside Village Club

Janella Lee - Jerry Gamble Club

Donald Chang - Patrick Henry Beacon Club


Great Futures Start Here - Boys & Girls Clubs of America PSA
Great Futures Start Here - Boys & Girls Clubs of America PSA


Great Futures Start Here...At the Boys & Girls Clubs 


The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities is dedicated to ensuring that every young person has a bright future. We are committed to raising the awareness about the critical issues putting our kids and our nation's future at risk. Consider the following statistics:

  • 3 in 10 students will not graduate on time
  • 3 in 10 kids are obese or overweight
  • Juvenile crime escalates during the hours of 3 - 7 pm
  • 1 in 5 children live in poverty

The Club's Formula for Impact defines specific strategies to increase quality programming for three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. In the Twin Cities, we are finding great success in strengthening the quality of our programs and increasing the frequency of Club member's daily attendance.


We can do this together...please consider making a donation to help build a Great Future!

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Out of ninety players from the Westham International Academy Elite Camp, four East Side Club sports super-stars were recently chosen to participate in the national tryouts. The four young men traveled to Rome, Georgia to compete for an opportunity to play soccer March 17 -25th in London England. The middle school aged boys, Michael Vang, Sabin Thao, Phillip Thao, and Brian Vang stood out as exceptional athletes amongst hundreds of high potential players from across the country. Being chosen as a member of an elite group soccer players is an incredibly opportunity.


The four boys will travel to London to participate in a rigorous training program with internationally known top soccer coaches. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for local Club kids to play competitive soccer amongst some of the best players in the world.


The East Side Club soccer program continues to grow and develop youth soccer players. Michael, Sabin, Phillip, and Brian are at the Club each week playing soccer and showing other kids that determination and hard work can help you reach your goals. The kids were featured on a Hmong television program and on Hmong Today, a Hmong newspaper ( 

St. Paul United Soccer -Hmong Kids Going Abroad to Play Soccer _HBCTV
St. Paul United Soccer -Hmong Kids Going Abroad to Play Soccer _HBCTV

Boys & Girls Club staff are supporting the St. Paul United coaches (soccer partnership program)and parents in raising the funds needed for airfare and other expenses associated with sending the four boys to the soccer event in London, England.


The parents are hosting an eggroll sale this week (February 13 - 24).

If you would more information, please email Koreena Moua at




The Associate Board, formerly the Be Great Crew, has recently formalized its structure and leadership. The Executive Committee of the Associate Board has elected Carrie Dahl president and Melissa Johnson vice president. Ranosha Coffelt, Will Hale, Kyle Sanford and Katie Dougherty also serve on the Executive Committee and are working with Carrie and Melissa in recruiting new members to the board as well as identifying fundraising and volunteer opportunities that the Associate Board will coordinate and own throughout the year.


The Associate Board is very excited to expand their role in generating awareness and excitement for the Clubs. The Board's aim is to attract a younger demographic to the Clubs that will serve as a compliment to the Board of Directors in fundraising, marketing and execution of many of the existing BGCTC initiatives. We hope that the enthusiastic outreach of the Associate Board will create new partnerships throughout the community as well as develop a new generation of passionate leaders who know and believe in the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs.


The Associate Board is once again playing a pivotal role in the planning and implementation of this year's Skyway Open. Last year, the Associate Board was solely responsible for the Skyway Open and raised over $20,000 for the Clubs. This year, the Skyway Open will be held Feb. 24th and 25th through the skyway system of downtown Minneapolis and is being run in coordination with the Downtown Network. If you are interested in registering to golf either Friday evening or Saturday morning, please visit to sign up. The 19th hole party will be held Friday night, 7PM to Midnight, in Accenture Tower and will feature drinks, food, entertainment and prizes for golfers and hole designers.


If you know of anyone interested in joining the Associate Board or would like more information, please contact Tim Schober at 651-200-4108 or


U.S. Bank Skyway Open Golf Tournament-February 24 & 25

Grab your putters and hit the Skyways! The Downtown Network is pleased to bring the 6th Annual U.S. Bank Skyway Golf Tournament back to Downtown Minneapolis. The event, featuring 19 one-of-a-kind miniature golf holes, benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. Golfers are invited out to the two-day event, held on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th, 2012.


This year the U.S. Bank Skyway Open is expected to bring over 1000 golfers to the downtown skyway system, and is designed to draw all ages - from downtown professionals to families looking for children-friendly activities. Friday's participation includes access to the course and to the Accenture Tower 19th Hole Celebration. Saturday will provide golfers with access to the course, children's activities, and free parking.


Join the fun and register at


  In order to make this event as fun and fabulous as possible we also need the best volunteers in Minnesota to assist with registration, supervision, and golfer assistance. All volunteers will be provided with complimentary parking and admission to the 19th Hole party at Accenture Tower on Friday, February 24th.


Check out volunteer positions and register at