Alumni & Friends: Come Back to YOUR Club!

When was the last time you visited the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena? Did you know that this is our 80th Anniversary? Or that we have more than 2,000 members?

Join your fellow alumni at the Alumni Breakfast on July 20, 2017. The breakfast is a free opportunity to connect with your Club and learn about what is happening today! All alumni and their friends are invited.

Register here to join us for this free breakfast. Coffee begins at 7:30!

Club Kids Give Dogs a New Leash on Life

Thanks to a unique partnership between the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena and the K9 Youth Alliance, our teen members were given the opportunity to learn compassion and responsibility while teaching some shelter dogs new tricks. The three-week course took place at the Pasadena Humane Society where each day for two hours, five of our teens put five pooches through their paces with the goal of finding them their fur-ever homes following “graduation.” During that time our members taught their canine charges basic obedience, agility, and a few tricks, while setting goals for themselves.

The program was created by the K9 Youth Alliance and will continue several more times this year with new groups of Club kids each time. As many of our members love animals but come from families who can’t afford a pet or live in places that don’t allow pets, this program already has a waiting list for the next session.

Annual Music Recitals Set for April 18 and 25

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Music lovers are invited to attend our annual Student Music Recitals on Monday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m., and on Monday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. Music Director Hope Kikuchi will lead her students, ages 5-17, in performances on piano, flute, saxophone, guitar, bass, and drums. The first recital will feature students who have participated in the program for several years, while the second will feature our first-time performers. Both concerts will take place at our Performing Arts Center at 3301 Thorndale Road, Pasadena, CA 91107 (located behind our Slavik Branch at 3230 E. Del Mar Blvd.) Parking is available in the Willard School lot. Admission is free…hope to see you there!

We’re Painting the Town Blue!

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Join the Boys & Girls Club on Saturday, March 26 as we head to Pasadena’s South Lake Avenue shopping district to Paint the Town Blue!  A portion of sales at participating stores and restaurants that day will be donated to the Club. So when you shop or dine you will be helping create great futures for at-risk youth in our community.

Proceeds from this event will directly support our programs and services for kids ages 6-18, including leadership training, homework assistance and tutoring, technology and science labs, visual and performing arts, creative writing, aquatics and water sports, and much, much more!

Be sure to mention the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena when you visit the following supporters of Paint the Town Blue:

Banc of California
Bistro 45
Custom Comfort Mattress
French Hand Laundry
Jamba Juice
Noda Sushi
Macy’s
Pie n’ Burger
Ross Dress for Less
Ten Thousand Villages
The Bee Cottage
The Sterling Group
Tip Top Cleaners
Yogurtland

Contest is a Snap for Our ImageMakers

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Board members, staff, parents, and special guests cast their ballots for their favorite photographs at our 5th Annual Photography Exhibit and Contest on February 17 at the Huntington Library. The event was part of our ImageMakers photography program, which encourages our members’ creativity and artistic skills while promoting cultural enrichment. Under the direction of Technology Directors Daniel Gamboa and Teana Jenkins, our members took photos at the Club and on field trips in three different categories: Culture & Tradition, Surroundings, and Portraits. The winning photos will compete with those from other clubs in the Pacific Region at an upcoming event this spring. Winners from that event will move on to the National Competition in Atlanta.

This year’s winners are: Alonso Solorio (8), Portraits, 6 to 9 year-old; Milan Walker (9), Culture & Tradition and Nature & Surroundings, 6 to 9 year-old; Makenna Walker (10), Portraits, 10 to 12 year-old; Cyra Goodwin (11), Culture & Tradition, 10 to 12 year-old; Kasey O’Sullivan (11), Nature & Surroundings, 10 to 12 year-old; Gio Fittipaldi (15), Portraits and Nature & Surroundings, 13 to 15 year-old; Michael Patton (15), Culture & Tradition, 13 to 15 year-old; Niyah Paxton (13), Who Am I?, 13 to 15 year-old.

Exploring the Big World of Nanotechnology

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Thanks to Omninano, a nonprofit organization that develops nanotechnology curriculum for high school students, our members had the chance to dive into this science during workshops at each of our branches. Nanotechnology is the study and manipulation of matter on a subatomic scale and employs principles from chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, and computer science among other disciplines. More than 40 of our members listened raptly to a lecture on nanotechnology, delivered by Dr. Marco Curreli, the co-founder and director of Omninano, before experiencing some hands-on fun with several experiments using this science.

Club Member Recognized for Winning Photo

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Slavik member Milan Walker, 9, was awarded a special certificate and a gift card for her winning photograph in the Boys & Girls Clubs of America annual ImageMakers competition. Her color photo, “Mexican Guitars” won at the regional level in the Culture and Tradition category. Milan, who is in the fourth grade at nearby Willard School, likes to experiment by taking photos from different angles and from different distances. She said she is inspired by her aunt, who is a photographer.

The Image Makers Photography Program teaches our members about black-and-white, color, digital, and alternative process photography. Milan’s photo was created using a Sony Cyber Shot. Congratulations Milan!

Torch Club and Keystone Team Up for Kiwanis

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Members of BGCP’s Torch Club and Keystone leadership programs got in some community service by volunteering at a Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast. The breakfast, which took place at the Salvation Army in Pasadena, served as both a fundraiser for Kiwanis and a disaster preparedness event. After talking with vendors at the event, enjoying a delicious meal, and hobnobbing with the likes of Pasadena Mayor Terry Torneck, our kids rolled up their sleeves and helped Kiwanis members clean up tables, stow chairs, and vacuum—leaving everything spic and span. Good job!

Harlem Globetrotters Visit Club

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Corey “Thunder” Law and Chris “Smooth” Staples, part of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, stopped by the Club o show off some center court b-ball tricks and to share a bullying prevention message with our six to 12-year-olds. Corey and Chris, along with other team members, travel year-round to schools and youth serving organizations across the country to teach kids about the ABCs of bullying—Action, Bravery, Compassion. The team shows boys and girls how they can use these ABCs to reduce bullying, about what it means to be part of a team and how kids can offer support to one another to help stop bullying. The entire Globetrotters squad will be back in town in February for a series of shows at Staples Center.

Calling All Alumni and Friends of Alumni!

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The Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena has served as a positive leader in our community since 1937 to address the needs of kids.  Even today, we touch the lives of over 3000 kids annually who need us most.  The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The crisis facing America’s kids remains paramount. In the U.S., 11 million kids and teens leave school unsupervised and unsafe, with no place to go every afternoon.  Join us and other Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide–along with celebrity spokesperson, Shaquille O’Neal–by becoming a member for life of the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni & Friends Club. By joining, you and our friends, partners and advocates across the globe will come together to support America’s kids who need us most. For every new member who joins the Alumni & Friends Club in September, a Boys & Girls Club membership will be donated for a kid in need (up to $50,000)!

As a Club Alumni and current Club Youth Development Professional, I have witnessed the impact the Clubs have on youth and believe in the positive difference one person can make–let alone the difference the 16 million Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni can make!  If you attended a Boys & Girls Club–or if you’re a friend of the Club–join me in becoming a registered Alumni & Friends Club member at www.BGCalum.org.

Together we can open doors to great futures for the millions of kids and teens in America that still need the guidance, mentoring, and programs the Clubs offer. See you there!

Minh Q. Luu
VP of External Affairs and Pasadena Club Alum
Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena and Boys & Girls Clubs’ – Alumni & Friends Club Member