Back to School News/Updates/ Reminders

Welcome back to the new school and club year! Clubs are still enrolling members into after-school programming, however, spaces are limited. For more information, please contact your Club’s Site Director. 

Registration is online at portal.theclubs.org. For appointments, assistance with registration or to apply for financial aid, please contact your Club’s Site Director. 

Reminder: You must first register for a current Membership 2017-18 in order to access other Club programs. 

The Orange Park Clubhouse Middle School Program is currently at maximum capacity. To be added to our “Priority Contact” list, please contact Mary Ann Cordova, Teen Program Director, at mcordova@theclubs.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs Succeed with Longtime Kaiser Permanente Support

South San Francisco, CA   August 10, 2017  Submitted by Joe Fragola, Kaiser Permanente

It’s an important part of Kaiser Permanente’s mission to connect with and be involved in local organizations that directly improve the health of the communities we serve. And there’s no better example of such a relationship than the longstanding partnership between Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco and the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County, also known as “the Clubs.”

“This is a special relationship that goes much deeper than fundraising and community outreach,” says Martha Gilmore, medical group administrator, South San Francisco Medical Center, who recently stepped down after serving almost 10 years on the organization’s board. “One nurse told me, `I grew up at these Clubs.’ Many members of the board want to give back because they benefited from the Clubs themselves.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County operates after school and weekend programs at five different sites, serving kids and families in a local, grassroots way that’s made them both effective and extremely popular, says Jim Illig, manager, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit. “The programs are the choice for parents who want their children to have more than just a place to go, but engagement and healthy development.”

Over the years, the South San Francisco Medical Center has supported the Club in a wide variety of ways, from grants and donations, to serving on the board, to direct in-kind services says Gilmore. “Our health educators give healthy eating classes and our therapists have been a resource to the program staff, so we’ve been able to fill multiple needs for this wonderful organization.” For example, Ken Shigematsu, director, KP SSF Psychiatry Department, has given generously of his time and service to support the organization, noted Gilmore.

By offering healthy snacks and plenty of opportunities for sports and physical activities, the Clubs are in sync with Kaiser Permanente’s goals of supporting healthy lifestyle choices. “When it comes to teaching kids about healthy eating and active living, a big focus is trying to counter behavior like sitting in front of screens for hours at a time and eating unhealthy snacks,” says Illig. “These clubs are the antitheses of that.”

This year, the Clubs are initiating a new effort to document program attempts to improve kids’ eating habits and physical activity with a Community Benefit grant from Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco. Using the Triple Play curriculum developed nationally by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the grant will follow 100 Club members in third through fifth grades who attend programs at the Sunshine Gardens Elementary School Clubhouse in South San Francisco and the Yosemite Drive Clubhouse in Pacifica.

Through nutrition education, cooking lessons, and participation in the Clubhouse Garden Program, the kids will develop healthier eating habits, including eating more fruits and vegetables. Club members will also join a Mileage Club with daily challenges in the form of physical fitness-related exercises and games. The goal: at least 75 percent of the kids followed will report that they’ve increased their physical activity, including walking at least 125 miles through Mileage Club.

“Kaiser Permanente is one of the major employers in South San Francisco and the Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County is the largest after-school enrichment program for the children and teenagers for our city,” says Gilmore. “So it has made a tremendous amount of sense for us to have this ongoing relationship and help provide this safety net for our children and teenagers.”

The Club welcomes Stephanie N. Rivers as their new Director of Development.

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County is pleased to announce the addition of Stephanie N. Rivers as their new Director of Development.  Stephanie brings an impressive mix of marketing and resource development skills, expertise, passion, and persistence to the role.  Stephanie is new to the bay area, but not new to fundraising, and to the Boys & Girls Club Movement.  Stephanie comes to the Clubs after serving as the Director of Development with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, where she increased revenues for the Club’s three major events and worked with the team on the Club’s second major comprehensive campaign.  Stephanie is poised to hit the ground running.  We encourage you to visit with Stephanie at the Clubs.  Your insight will contribute to Stephanie getting familiar with our vibrant local community.  This is also a terrific opportunity for your business/company and businesses that you know of to partner with the Clubs in service to the incredible club kids and teens.

“Stephanie is a proven resource development professional.  Stephanie’s track record of successfully developing systems, people, and relationships is just what the Club needs to take our resource development efforts to the next level.  I am so pleased that Stephanie will be joining us and contributing her valuable talents to our leadership team of talented professionals.  I know that you will join me in welcoming Stephanie, and in my excitement about the value that she will add to the Clubs.”  -Aubrey Merriman, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County

Stephanie received her BA from the University of Oklahoma in Communications. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is currently working on obtaining CFRE credentials and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Illinois.

New Mural Featured in the Pacifica Tribune

The new mural at our Pacifica Yosemite Drive Clubhouse is featured in this week’s issue of the Pacifica Tribune. Contributing Editor Horace Hinshaw writes,

Jeffrey Wong has been surfing around the world for over 20 years. An engineer by trade, he is also a mural artist by choice. Combined with his love of surfing and painting, he has beautified the walls of the Pacifica Boys & Girls Club with a design that is familiar to all Pacificans.

As observed by many, the whales have once again returned to our shores. Wong, 45, has surfed close to whales many times over the years. Through an unexpected meeting with Vickie Flores, former Pacifica Chamber of Commerce CEO, last year at the Fog Fest, Wong now shares his love of surfing and whales with the public.

Wong has taken a barren wall at the Club and painted a multi-scenery of whales.

“The mural commemorates the whale sightings in Linda Mar last summer,” said the Hong Kong native. “I basically wanted to show how the whales showed themselves to us.”

The three-segment mural depicts lunch feeding with a whale jumping out of the water with its mouth open; a whale blowing its nose after a lunch feeding; and the third painting is a whale sighting. The painting is on a 70-foot-wide, 8-foot-high wall.

“The mural has an ocean-to-land feeling, as if you were sitting on a surfboard in the water and looking toward Linda Mar Beach, from Pedro Point to the quarry,” said Wong, who volunteered to paint the mural. “Painting is a labor of love.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony of the painted wall was held last Thursday with the Chamber, city officials and Boys & Girls Club officials.

Read more and view photos from the event at the Pacifica Tribune’s website.

The Club Welcomes 3 New Board Members

We’re thrilled to welcome three new members to the Club’s Board of Directors: Gary Simms (retired from Kaiser Permanente), Christina Pels-Martinez (Wells Fargo), and Elinore Robey (Charles Schwab). We’re so excited to have them as part of the Club family!

To learn more about Gary, Christina, Elinore, and our other Board members, check out their bios.

(Left to Right) Gary Simms, Christina Pels-Martinez, and Elinore Robey

SSFUSD Superintendent and Elementary School Principals Visit the Club

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County staff hosted South San Francisco Unified School District’s leadership and elementary school principals at a working lunch to discuss the ways that we can continue to strengthen our partnership. Participants included Dr. Shawnterra Moore, SSFUSD Superintendent; Mr. Michael Krause, SSFUSD Assistant Superintendent; Ms. Kennalyn Celeste, Los Cerritos Elementary School Principal; Ms. Julie Erskine, Ponderosa Elementary School Principal; and Ms. Shelby Biddy, Sunshine Gardens Elementary School. Principal.

The Club is incredibly grateful for the District’s support, and we look forward to deepening our partnership to continue serving the students of South San Francisco!

 

The Club Receives the SSF Mayor’s Award

We’re thrilled to announce that Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County has been honored with the 2016 South San Francisco Mayor’s Award. The award was presented by former Mayor Mark Addiego to Club CEO Aubrey Merriman at the Chamber of Commerce‘s Annual Business Awards Dinner.

In his introduction, the former mayor, now a member of City Council, highlighted Aubrey’s history as a Club kid, years of experience as a nonprofit professional, and passion for youth development. Councilmember Addiego also recounted his own experience on the Club’s Board of Directors, during a period when the organization’s future was precarious and uncertain. Those days, he said, have passed. Aubrey’s leadership and drive to “raise the bar” have contributed to the Club’s growth and ability to meet the deep need that remains in South San Francisco.

Aubrey accepted the award on behalf of the 2,600 kids and families that the Club serves, and recognized the wide network of friends, donors, and partners who have supported the organization since its founding in 1953. To hear Councilmember Addiego’s introduction, and Aubrey’s remarks, watch the video below.

Middle Schoolers Learn About Food Science with Torani

It’s always a delight when Torani visits the Club, and their most recent visit was no exception. Our middle schoolers had the opportunity to meet members of Torani’s Research & Development team, who led a presentation about food science and product development. Members tested a variety of Torani products, including their strawberry syrup and caramel sauce. They also learned more about pursuing careers in the food science industry, including the company’s high school internship program.

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Club STEM Program Featured on KTVU

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County is incredibly lucky to be part of Google Code Corps, a partnership between Google, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and AmeriCorps VISTA designed to transform the lives of young people through computer science education. This summer, three volunteers with the AmeriCorps VISTA program taught Club members to use Scratch, a programming language created at MIT, with Google’s CS First platform.

Our Google Code Corps program was recently featured on KTVU Fox News. Check out the interview with Preston, one of our VISTA volunteers, and Reggie, a 7th grader in the program, and check out the accompanying story on the KTVU site.

“Love Your Club” Day Revitalizes Pacifica Clubhouse

The Club would like to put out a great big thank you to the entire Pacifica community for coming together to help us beautify the Pacifica Yosemite Dr. Clubhouse. With 40 volunteers and 6 hours of work, these amazing volunteers helped bring life back to the Clubhouse. With the hard work of these families and their children, drought resistance succulents and flowers were planted, a sod lawn and gravel were added, and mulch now covers a large area in the front and backyard.

Over the last few years, due to the California drought, the grounds of the Pacifica Yosemite Dr. Clubhouse have declined. Recognizing the importance of a welcoming and beautiful outdoor environment, our Clubhouse families and staff pulled together and created a beautiful and inviting outdoor space. The staff and kids have already put together a daily and weekly plan to sustain this new landscape.

Every day, the kids will have the opportunity to engage in the upkeep of this new landscape. By engaging in the gardening and maintenance of the grounds, the children have pride in our outdoor space. With the addition of sod to the backyard, the kids have a new place to interact and play. We also plan on using this area to host a community movie night.

These events and opportunities could not have been possible without the help of Club parent Jaymi Wessell and her family. With her support and dedication, she helped organize this Beautification Day. Besides organizing the volunteers, she also arranged for donors. These improvements were made possible by our big-hearted donors. Home Depot donated 70 plants, 2 pallets of sod grass, 100 bags of mulch, and the use of a professional roto-tiller. Starbucks provided coffee and refreshments and lunch was provided by Safeway. We would also like to thank State Farm Insurance (Jaymi Wessell) and Karma Launch for their generous donation of t-shirts for the event.

Again, thank you to the entire Pacifica community for making this project possible!

Wonder Workshop Supports STEM Education at the Club

logo_full-blackClub kids have a new way to engage in STEM education through our new partnership with Wonder Workshop, the creators of the Dash and Dot robots. Dash and Dot are exciting, hands on learning tools that teach creative problem solving and computational thinking. Through Wonder Workshop’s apps, kids learn to use coding to bring their robots to life, building their knowledge of fundamental 21st century skills.

Our members are having a blast using Dash and Dot during Summer Camp workshops, and we’re looking forward to integrating them into the Afterschool Program curriculum once the school year begins.

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SSFUSD Superintendent and Middle School Principals Visit the Club

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County staff had a wonderful opportunity to meet with South San Francisco Unified School District’s leadership and middle school principals to discuss the Club’s growing middle school programs. Participants included Dr. Shawnterra Moore, SSFUSD Superintendent; Dr. Leticia Bhatia, SSFUSD Interim Assistant Superintendent; Mr. Lou Delorio, Alta Loma Middle School Principal; Ms. Barbara Bowler, Westborough Middle School Interim Principal; and Mr. Marco Lopez, Parkway Heights Middle School Principal.

The Club is incredibly grateful for the District’s support, and we look forward to deepening our partnership to continue serving the students of South San Francisco!

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The Club Welcomes our New CEO, Aubrey Merriman!

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County is very pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Aubrey Merriman as their new Chief Executive Officer. Aubrey is a proven leader who is known for his compassion, vision and significant accomplishments. Aubrey brings to the Club a wealth of skills and expertise gained over the course of an exemplary career in nonprofit management, as well as demonstrated passion for the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement, borne out of his upbringing as a Club kid and former Youth of the Year.

“Aubrey embodies many of the qualities that will help take the Club to the next level– he’s collaborative and listens well, he can mentor, inspire, and he’s well-respected. We are confident that Aubrey will be an excellent spokesman and relationship-builder for the Club–a great ‘face’ for the organization in the community.” — Bruce Wright, Board Chair, Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County

Before his appointment of Chief Executive Officer, Aubrey was the Executive Director of Summer Search Silicon Valley from 2013-2015. Prior to this role, Aubrey spent over twelve years with Special Olympics Northern California. Aubrey was one of 15 researchers from throughout the country selected to attend the prestigious Community Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Aubrey later moved to the Bay Area and accepted the Executive Director’s position with Camp Fire in 1999. In 2001, Aubrey accepted the position as the Silicon Valley Regional Vice President for Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada. Aubrey worked his way up to Chief Development Officer managing local vision, field offices, resource development programs and initiatives throughout Northern California and Nevada.

Aubrey graduated summa cum laude from Hawaii Pacific University with a BA in psychology and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii with an MSW.

Motivated by a deep commitment to the transformation that happens in the lives of young people through the Boys & Girls Club experience, Aubrey has built his career around helping others. Aubrey’s role in leading the Club is grounded in the belief that everyone has unique potential, and our call is to help one another find it. Aubrey appreciates that this work of inspiring and igniting young people to step into their most full potential is best served by challenging himself and the staff to do the same.

“My passion for supporting young people to reach their highest potential is informed by my personal experience with the Boys & Girls Clubs’ youth development programs that transformed my own adolescence. It is a privilege and a pleasure to return to the Club.” — Aubrey Merriman