Bright Spot

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA GETTING TEENS EXCITED ABOUT READING

$10,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation

Offers Boys & Girls Club of Stanton a “Bright Spot”

Original Press Release

Stanton, California, July – Thanks to a new partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and the Walmart Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanton has received a $10,000 grant to launch a new reading initiative that promotes both educational and leisure reading for adolescents. The Walmart Foundation’s Bright Spot for Reading Initiative for Adolescent Readers will help create a Reading Center, provide training for staff and encourage intercommunity relationships to ensure the success of young members.

Nationally, the Walmart Foundation awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of America with $1.5 million to help establish reading Bright Spots at 100 Clubs throughout the U.S.

Beginning July the Bright Spot Reading Center will feature books geared at youth ages 11 to 15 and will include programming to encourage adolescents to read more and develop a more positive attitude toward reading. Programming will include activities in drama, art and technology; field trips to [insert locations] and service learning projects in order to create reading opportunities in every area of the Club.

The Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Stanton is where the action will be this year with funds from Walmart for a Bright Spot Reading Center. These funds will help us to enhance our reading area for tweens and teens. We plan on reaching 100 tweens and teens this year with great reading for all.

Our first project will be a Children’s Book Drive for our local Library. They have been so good to us that now our members want to do something great for them. During the Month of August we will be holding a Children’s Book Drive. Bring your books to the Club and help us donate 100 books to the Orange County Stanton Branch Library. Helps us to make a Bright Spot for others today.

Our first program will be the Bright Spot Reading Club. Each week tweens and teens will gather in their respective groups to discuss the books, magazines or other reading articles they have read. They will fill out short questioner about what they read. These will be posted for other Club Members to read. .

“The Walmart Foundation’s Bright Spot for Reading Initiative is essential in preparing youth for academic and life success,” continued Pamela Schoonover, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanton, “We are grateful to The Walmart Foundation for the opportunity to create an environment that will encourage and allow our youth to enjoy and develop an affinity for reading.”

In addition to the Club’s new Bright Spot Reading Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s teen web site www.myclubmylife.com will serve as a resource for the Club to promote the reading initiative; highlight age-appropriate books and book reviews; and encourage teens and tweens to read more and share their reading experiences with others. Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanton will also strengthen existing and develop new relationships with local libraries to enhance its programs and services.

Located at 11050 Cedar Street, Stanton California 90680, Boys & Girls Club of Stanton provides program opportunities for 1,000 boys and girls each year. Youngsters interested in joining the Club, learning more about The Walmart Foundation Bright Spot for Reading Initiative or other youth programs can contact Tim Schoonover, Teen Director at Boys & Girls Club of Stanton, 714.891.0740 or visit www.boysandgirlsclubofstanton.com

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has enabled young people, especially those who need Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 4.2 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

About The Walmart Foundation

The Walmart Foundation utilizes financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism to provide opportunities for individuals in the community. Their four main areas of focus include: education; workforce development/economic opportunity; environmental sustainability; and health and wellness. For more information, please visit www.walmartstores.com .

Contact: Pamela Schoonover, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Stanton, pam@boysandgirlsclubofstanton.com