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Holiday Events at Local Branches

Mt Airy – 690 Jackson St., St. Paul
NOV 16th – Hip Hop Dance Team Showcase
NOV 20th – Family Fall Celebration
DEC 13th – Holiday Party
DEC 18-23 – Kids Can Give

East Side – 1620 Ames Ave., St. Paul
December 4 – Holiday Dinner
December 18-20 – Kids Can Give

Jerry Gamble – 2410 Irving Ave. No., Mpls.
NOV 21st – Thanksgiving Celebration and Volunteer Recognition
DEC 3rd Herman Miller Holiday Party
DEC19th & 20th Kids Can Give Sale

Southside Village – 701 E. 39th St., Mpls.
NOV 22nd – Variety Show
NOV 26th – Annual Thanksgiving Feast
DEC 20th – Christmas Spectacular
DEC 19th & 20th Kids Can Give Sale

Al Lenzmeier West Side Branch – 291 Belvidere St., St. Paul
NOV 26th – Thanksgiving Dinner and Parent Turkey Bingo
DEC 6th – Holiday event ‘Hanging of the Green’
DEC 20th & 23rd – Kids Can Give

For a complete list of Club events, please contact:
Rachel Keener at


For contact information at a specific Club:



Are you looking for a new way to make a difference this holiday season? Do you wish to donate your resources to a program that invokes pride and the true spirit of giving in the hearts of metro-area children and their families? Then we would like to invite you to be a part of the 21st annual Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities
“Kids Can Give” holiday gift drive and sale.

For the past 21 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, New Horizon Academy and many other corporations and families have been collecting donated gifts for the Clubs’ holiday sales. The Boys & Girls Club works very hard to instill the value of giving back with all its members.  Each December, Club members are asked to give a very small $3-$5 donation that supports a youth-driven celebration at each Club.  In return each Club member shops for family gifts in the Kids Can Give stores set up in the Clubs.  It is an incredible experience for all involved to see the excitement in kids as they walk, talk and shop for special gifts for each member of their family.  Gifts are wrapped on site and sent home with the kids just in time for the holidays.

The absolute joy displayed on a young person’s face expresses true gratitude and underscores the basic goal of “Kids Can Give” in creating the opportunity to give.  Please consider donating to the “Kids Can Give” program and help a child fulfill his or her holiday wish!  You can collect gifts at your place of business or make it a family event.  Financial donations are also accepted and will be used to purchase additional gifts and wrapping paper.


Donations can be dropped at any New Horizon locations through December 12th.  They can accept donations M-F, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  To locate a New Horizon Academy near you:


Kids Can Give donations can also be picked up by the BGCTC (e-mail to schedule a date) or delivered to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities Administrative Center: 690 Jackson Street by December 16th.

Thanks so much for supporting the Kids Can Give Sale!  You are making a difference in the lives of many kids and their families during this holiday season.



Guaranteeing that youth have access to updated technology is a huge priority for the Clubs.  We are asking for computer donations that have a Windows 7 operating system or

Computer donation contact:  Jackie West 651-200-4110 or e-mail

Over 70% of Club youth have more skills because of Club Tech programs than they had one year ago. Having daily access to computers ensures that Club kids have an equal opportunity to complete homework, learn new skills, and ultimately compete for jobs in a technology-based employment environment


Motto Boutique and fashion designer, Emma Berg, are pleased to invite you to an evening of sharing and fashion. November 14th will see the unveiling of Berg’s upcoming project, I am Everything, a collection being created around and for 11 teen girls from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. Select images from Berg’s FW2013 lookbook, created by collage artist Jesse Draxler will be shown, and garments from that collection will be available for purchase.

To directly support the Boys and Girls Club and Give to the Max Day, Motto Boutique will be offering gift wrapping and donating a percentage of gift sales to the Boys and Girls Club. We are also pleased to have Sandy’s Grill food truck participating. Sandy’s will also be donating 10% of sales that evening to the B&G Clubs.


Empowering youth to fulfill their potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens lays at the foundation of the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.  The Club strives to provide young people with the tools and experiences to be successful, healthy, and engaged participants in creating a better community and a better world. In 2013, East Side Club and the Mt. Airy Club teens developed and implemented community service projects within their Club locations and neighborhoods as apart of the Keystone Leadership program.

Bremer Bank was extremely excited to hear about the results from the Club member’s commitment to ‘giving back’ to their community.  As a sponsor of the We Day event in St. Paul, Minnesota on September 8, 2013, Bremer invited East Side and Mt. Airy youth to join them for a day of motivation, celebration, and making a new commitment to ‘take a stand’ and create positive change.  We Day is part of a family of organizations, that has a shared goal: to empower a generation to shift the world from ‘me’ to ‘we’—through how we act, how we give, the choices we make on what to buy and what to wear, the media we consume and the experiences with which we choose to engage.

The We Day event equipped the youth with the tools to inspire a generation of caring and compassionate young leaders.  The day provided an incredible, high energy, motivating experience that demonstrated how young people do have a voice and the power to create change, making our world a better place for all people.  The fast paced conference featured many famous guests (Gov. Mark Dayton, Mayor Chris Coleman, Mia Farrow, Jonas Brothers, Carly Rae Jepsen, Barbara Pierce Bush, Martin Luther King III, Spencer West and many more) along with inspirational stories of what and how young people from across the world.  Each speaker expressed their personal belief system and how they create positive change in their community (the fight against child labor, the right for girls to get an education, the fight to stop hunger, clean water).

One young presenter at the conference resonated with the Twin Cities youth.  He stated, “Don’t’ tell me I can’t”. This short statement is extremely powerful in defining a generation of youth who are standing up and expressing a commitment to creating a better future for themselves and the world.  Twin Cities Club youth are faced with a multitude of risk factors, yet through the support of the Club are able to overcome issues and learn to define themselves as someone who can be successful and make a difference.  Hannah, East Side Club summed it up by stating, “I’m really into this.  It’s really inspiring.  I want to make a change and participate in this movement.  I know what it’s like to go to bed hungry.  I don’t want that for anyone else”.  In the coming months, Club members that participated in We Day will develop new projects to ensure their communities are improved and create opportunities for other youth to get involved and take action on important social issues.

We Day is an international charity and educational partner, a social enterprise, a series of youth empowerment events that celebrate active citizenship, and a year-round program that educates and engages young people to take action on social issues.

Q.Cumbers Run Benefits Boys & Girls Clubs!

Join us for the Second Annual Q.Cumbers Fall Harvest 5K/Fun Run on October 13th, 2013! Bring your whole family and enjoy our beautiful fall weather as you make your way around Edina’s Centennial Lakes Park at your own pace in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Q. Cumbers, in naming the Boys & Girls Clubs the beneficiary of their second Fall Harvest run, is doubling down on our mission to teach our kids the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Keeping active and making the right choices in what we eat are two of the most important life-long lessons we can instill in our kids from the earliest of ages.

Support these initiatives by joining us for the Fall Harvest 5K!

Date: Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Cost: Adults-$35  Kids-$25

Location: Centennial Lakes Park, Edina

Time: 8:00am

About the Race: The Fall Harvest 5K course is looped and on a paved path with some shade that runs along the lake in the beautiful Centennial Lakes Park. The course is ideal for all levels of runners. The 5K is tag timed.

Each participant will also receive free brunch at Q. Cumbers restaurant as well as a long sleeved technical shirt.

Register Here!

East Side Youth Share Summer Experience On Video

As our summer truly comes to an end, East Side Club shares an overview of summer through video capturing what kids learned and loved at the Club!