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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta!
The Augusta GreenJackets and Sparkle Express Car Wash recently teamed up for an auction of special patriotic GreenJackets Jersey. The auction, which raised over $2000, is another outstanding example of our community getting behind Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta's efforts to ensure GREAT FUTURES for area kids.
Augusta GreenJackets mascot Aggie presenting auction proceeds at SRP Park.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Augusta Board Chair T.J. Barton will join the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Council Committee (NACC) in 2024. The NACC is charged with oversight and setting the direction for BGCA. We are proud and pleased to have one of our own serving in this important position.
T.J. Barton has been named to the BGCA National Area Council Committee.
Former Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta Board Chair Steven Kendrick was recently inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Georgia Hall of Fame. Steven, who has served on the Board for more than 15 years not only served in an administrative role, but has also volunteered his time and talents mentoring adolescent and teenage Club members. Congratulations Steven, it is an honor well-deserved.
Steven Kendrick, a 2023 inductee into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Georgia Hall of Fame.
Club members visited a local Panda Express yesterday to show thanks to Panda Express and the Panda Cares foundation for awarding Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta with the 2022 Project Learn Grant!
Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in our Clubs to create opportunities for high-yield learning activities, including leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement as well as collaboration between Club and school professionals.
Club members smiling with Panda Express employees
Currently serving his 40th year on the Board of Directors for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta, Rick Pinnell has devoted tremendous time & support to the organization’s growth and sustainability.
Rick spent his professional career in the HVAC industry as owner of Pinnell Heating & Air and later president of Gold Mech Services. In 1982, he joined the board of directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta and has served two terms as board chair throughout his tenure, being named Volunteer of the Year twice by Boys & Girls Clubs of Georgia and twice by the United Way.
Rick’s investment in Augusta’s youth started in 1980, when he and his wife Pat began a Secret Santa program providing Christmas dinners and presents to 25-30 families in need on Christmas Eve. He soon partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs to continue this program and it is estimated that more than 1,200 families have been served through this program, and it remains an integral part of the holiday season at Boys & Girls Clubs to this day.
Rick also played a foundational role in the initial tracking and reporting of Club members’ academic performance through his founding of a Club Cookout where Club members would bring their report cards to Club staff in exchange for a hot dog. This was just the beginning of Rick’s involvement in Club events, as he would go on to be instrumental in the logistics and set up of the annual Youth of the Year, Burger Battle, and former Steak & Burger events, always there to lend a helping hand, and often the last person to leave.
It is without a doubt that Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta would not have nearly as great an impact in the Augusta community without the devotion of Rick Pinnell.
Board Member Rick Pinnell & family.
Three Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta Teen Club members & Teen Director Amisha Webb attended the National Keystone Conference in Anaheim, California at the end of July.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America hosts an annual National Keystone Conference for Boys & Girls Club teens that brings together members from all across the globe. Throughout the conference, Keystone members engage and socialize with peers, explore relevant issues, and develop skills to support and enhance efforts in their local Boys & Girls Clubs and communities.
The Keystone Club provides leadership development opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club and community.
Some of the unforgettable experiences included a trip to Disneyland, getting Vans from Vans' founder Steven Van Doren, and meeting GRAMMY-nominated artist SaulPaul.
Club members Aniyah, Antoniyah, Nakayla at Disneyland sporting their Keystone Conference t-shirts.
June 24, 2022, marked the grand opening of our headquarters and support center at the HUB for Community Innovation, located at 624 Chafee Avenue.
Endless thanks to the Augusta National Golf Club, AT&T, Bank of America, Georgia Power, IBM, and all of our other dedicated supporters for seeing the value of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta's work and choosing to help us bring the vision of the HUB to fruition.
The Boys & Girls Club Headquarters & Support Center at the Hub for Community Innovation will be the catalyst to help us extend our reach, increase our impact, and build long-term sustainability. Critical program enhancements include:
Ribbon Cutting at the new HQ & Support Center.
To strengthen our community in Augusta, Bank of America is helping address barriers to basic needs, workforce development, and education by directing grant funding to our program Pathways to Progress.
For many years, Bank of America has worked with nonprofit partners, local organizations and leaders across public and private sectors in Augusta to help drive economic mobility for vulnerable populations.
Through the bank’s grant and partnership, the grant will be used to extend the impact of Pathways to Progress through mentoring, job shadowing, college visits, financial literacy, soft skills training, and career exploration.
Maria Henry, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta | Marissa Smith & Ora Parish, Bank of America
"We are humbled and grateful that philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has made a $3.5 million donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta, one that will bolster our IMPACT 2025 strategic plan which paves the way to transform the lives of Augusta’s youth. This unsolicited gift will allow us to drastically accelerate the expansion of our services and mission by completing much needed renovations to the facilities and grounds at 3 of our 5 Clubhouses, and rapidly growing our transportation services to ensure that tender age youth are able to safely come to the Club after school and return home in the evening...."
Read Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta CEO Kim Evans' full statement here.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta's 2022 Youth of the Year, MaKenzie Watson, had the honor of throwing the first pitch at the inaugural HBCU Baseball Classic at SRP Park on Sunday, March 20.
SRP Park, in partnership with Miracle Nissan of Augusta and North Augusta and Paine College (National Christian Collegiate Athletic Conference), hosted the inaugural HBCU Baseball Classic, featuring Kentucky State University vs. Benedict College Game and Paine College vs. Florida National University as the competing teams.
MaKenzie was excited to be a part of this historic event and continues to be an ambassador for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta throughout her time as Youth of the Year.
Watch MaKenzie throw the first pitch below and learn more about our Youth of the Year Program here.
Youth of the Year MaKenzie Watson pictured with Paine College baseball player.
Watch Youth of the Year MaKenzie Watson Throw First Pitch at Inaugural HBCU Baseball Classic
Augusta University College of Nursing students volunteered at the Hagler Teen Center on March 15 as part of a new community service project focusing on one of Boys & Girls Clubs' core focus areas, workforce and career readiness.
The nursing students surveyed the teens to see what career paths they want to pursue or certain special interests they have that the Club does not currently offer. After spending time with the Club members every two weeks, they will create a career fair event that will introduce them to those careers paths and special interests, and provide them with resources and relationships to make those interests a reality.
Partnerships, as seen through this project, are key to help further Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta's mission of inspiring enabling all young people to reach their full potential as responsible, caring, productive citizens through career exposure and a clear pathway to success for every child served.
Interested in forming a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs? Contact Chief Development Officer
Maria Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Augusta University Nursing Students talking with teen Club members at Hagler Teen Center.
Bank of America will continue its commitment to positively impact the community through support of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Augusta and their partnership with the Augusta National Women's Amateur (ANWA) by providing pathways and visibility for women’s progress through the game of golf.
This female-led golf clinic, held on April 3, 2022, will feature professional golfers and 2022 ANWA players who will share insights and life skills from their personal journeys along with world class golf instruction.
Beyond event day, participants and other Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta members will have access to the First Tee for continued programing and exposure to golf.
First Tee - Augusta
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Augusta (BGCGA) hereby notifies the local community of our intention to apply to the Georgia Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers program grant to support out-of-school time (OST) programming to students and families in need from the following schools:
· Garrett Elementary School
· Lamar-Milledge Elementary School
· Langford Middle School
· Merry Elementary School
· Monte Sano Elementary School
· Tutt Middle School
· Warren Road Elementary School
· W.S. Hornsby Elementary School
· W.S. Hornsby Middle School
BGCGA is also engaged in a consultative process with private schools located in the Richmond County School District to ensure equitable access to services.
BGCGA will submit the application by January 20, 2022. If granted, funds will be used to support learning time and programming at the Hagler Clubhouse located in downtown Augusta. The purpose of the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant is to support additional learning time for students in grades K-12 before and/or after school and during the summer that provides creative and engaging academic enrichment opportunities that will help to meet the challenging State academic standards; address college and workforce readiness and success, in addition to offer students a broad array of additional services, programs and activities such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
More information about the 21st CCLC Program may be obtained by visiting the following webpage on the website of the Georgia Department of Education: https://www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Pages/21st-Century-Community-Learning-Centers.aspx. Questions or public input about the 21st CCLC program and grant proposal may be directed to Dr. Shaniquia Stanley, Director of Academic Success, at email@example.com.
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