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To enable all young people, especially those
who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive,
caring, responsible citizens.
Rodriquez-Paredes selected as 2014 Youth of the Year
Noemi Rodriquez-Paredes, a senior at Edison High School and a
member of the Zimmerman Club has been selected as the Fresno
County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year for 2014. Noemi was
chosen out of a field of eight finalists at an event held in
January. Noemi comes from a low income family that migrated to
the U.S. when she was five years old. During the summer of 2013
she worked in the office of City Council Member Oliver Baines as
part of the PG & E Summer Jobs program. Noemi describes her
experience at the Club this way: "I have realized that the Boys
& Girls Club is a place that works hard to help its youth. The
amazing staff connects with the youth and understands them,
making them feel comfortable enough to continue going back to
the Club and encouraging them to participate in it. I believe
the Club keeps the youth out of trouble and offers programs
where they can learn to help and better themselves." Rodriguez-Paredes
will represent the Clubs at official functions and events
throughout the year and will also compete at the regional level
with the hope to move on to the National Youth of the Year
event. Our thanks to Me-N-Ed's pizzerias for sponsoring the
Youth of the Year event.
With funding from Golden 1, the Clubs will offer the highly
successful Be Great: Educate program to students at four Clubs
to support school success for elementary and middle school
students. Staff at the East, El Dorado, Fink-White and Oakhurst
Clubs will mentor students, assisting with homework and
monitoring grades and attendance. Along with parental
involvement and support, these youth will have the tools they
need to achieve good grades and succeed in developing life
skills. Since literacy is a national need for children and
youth, this program will be an important part of shaping the
future of our community.
Cowell Foundation Grants help Fund Sanger Youth Center Club
The Cowell Foundation of San Francisco has continued to provide
funding toward the operation of the Sanger Youth Center Club.
That funding contributes toward helping youth stay in school,
earn passing grades, and be promoted to the next grade level or
graduate from high school. This year 100% of Club members
achieved those goals. In addition, the funding provides the
Leadership Resiliency Program as well as recreation an conflict
resolution programs. These programs teach communication skills,
positive self-esteem and self-confidence.
Zimmerman Foundation provides "Food For Thought"
The Wm. Zimmerman Foundation provides fresh, organically-grown
fruit for several of our Clubs through their "Food for Thought"
program. Every week two boxes of fresh fruit are delivered to
the Clubs. Club staff report that the Club members are eager to
receive this fruit. Most of our Club kids qualify for free or
reduced school lunch programs, and the fruit is a welcome
addition to their diets.
Boys and Girls Nights Out Announced
The Annual Boys Night Out and Girls Night Out have been
announced for 2014. These nights out pair one adult volunteer
with one Club member for an evening of games and fun at the
Zimmerman Club. In addition, each night out features an
inspirational speaker who talks about the importance of making
good choices in life. Boys Night Out has been announced for
March 28th with President Joseph Castro of Fresno State
University as the speaker. Girls Night Out will be April 4th
and the speaker is being confirmed. Volunteers
are needed for each of these nights. If you would like to
connect with one young person for an evening, please contact
Sandy Chaney at
Clovis Gala set for May 10th
The annual Clovis are fundraising gala is set for Saturday, May
10th, at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building. Mark this date
on your calendar and plan to attend. The event will feature a
fabulous dinner, silent and live auction items, and stories from
Club youth. Further information will be forthcoming. Plan to
Be Great Graduate Program
Girls Clubs of Fresno County is in need of motivational items
for the middle school students enrolled in Be Great: Graduate
(intentional mentorship program). We want to reward them for
attending mentoring sessions, raising their grades, improving
attendance or behavior. There are 60 students currently enrolled
in the program. If you are able to donate any of the following
items, please contact
Nancy Fraleigh at 559-266-3117:
are 5th thru 8th graders Suggested items:
Posters of music or sports figures
Book store gift certificate
$5.00 Gift cards
Coupons for mini-golf or bowling
It Just Takes One campaign is that it just takes one caring
adult to make a life-long impact on the character of a child.
The dollars raised from the One Campaign provide the youth of
Fresno County with a safe place to learn and grow, away from the
negative influences that many are confronted with today.