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$278,000 Grant from KeyBank Offers New Infusion for YouthForce Career Development Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PORTLAND, OR. (Dec. 4, 2018) – A three-year $278,000 grant from KeyBank to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) will provide new funding for its YouthForce career development program, thus expanding localized opportunities for teen training and employment.

“Helping underserved youth realize their full potential is critical to their success and instrumental in building and maintaining a vibrant economy,” said Michelle Weisenbach, president of KeyBank in Oregon and Southwest Washington, in announcing the grant. “Philanthropy is part of KeyBank’s DNA. Our funding priorities at KeyBank make up four pillars: neighbors, workforce, education and service, and this program squarely addresses these issues with proven success in helping build stronger communities through improved workforce opportunities.”

“Our ongoing partnership with KeyBank has been vital in expanding opportunities for local youth to learn as they grow their employment skills,” says Erin Hubert, CEO of BGCP. “KeyBank has long been a stalwart and supportive partner in helping us build and expand the YouthForce program, and this collaboration speaks volumes to the commitment KeyBank holds to creating economic advancement for all people.”

YouthForce helps thousands of underserved, low-income and first-generation college-bound youth (ages 15-19 years) build job skills and create a path toward career success while maintaining educational achievement. At its core, YouthForce PDX empowers teens to develop a vision for their future and then provides them the experiences, resources and networks to achieve it.

Participants gain increased professional skills, comfort in the business environment, identification of career options/paths, knowledge of managing personal finances, increased confidence and a positive outlook on the future.

BGCP launched YouthForce in 2015 in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of King County and the Portland Timbers & Thorns, with a $500,000 grant from KeyBank. Since then, Portland Metro staff successfully scaled up the pilot program, YF PDX, by developing creative strategies and partnerships that uniquely meet the needs for career development for underserved youth in the Portland area.

Programs integrate adult coaching and mentoring, skill building workshops, and hands-on work experience through paid internships to empower teens to develop the competencies they need to achieve their educational and career potential.

This grant will help fund three distinct programs including:

  • YouthForce University (YFU), which offers workshops and trainings; individual mentoring and advocacy; and academic and career planning.
  • TeamWork Apprenticeship Program, a unique internship experience with professional sports teams, such as Portland Timbers and Thorns, that offers meaningful, entry-level work experiences with the Guest Services Department during Providence Park events.
  • Career Internship Program (CIP), which includes hands-on work experience with local employers, professional networking, career exploration and skill building.

About KeyCorp

KeyCorp’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $138.8 billion at September 30, 2018. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of over 1,100 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit https://www.key.com/. KeyBank is Member FDIC.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) empowers more than 4,000 youth each year to discover their full potential by providing safe, enriching after-school and summer programs. Learn more about how Clubs support youth in achieving academic success, becoming responsible leaders, and living healthy lives at bgcportland.org.

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Hammer & Nails Announces Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro

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Men’s Grooming Franchise to Help Portland Youth 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PORTLAND, OR. – Hammer & Nails Grooming Shop for Guys, a men’s shop that provides hand and foot care, haircuts and shaves in a man cave nirvana, has announced plans to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area (BGCP).  

The Shark Tank Season 6 concept will use its innovative service to showcase opportunities for underprivileged youth with a choice of a manicure, pedicure, or high-quality haircut experience.  

Hammer & Nails has a monthly membership model, consisting of two basic services from a manicure, pedicure, or haircut for a reasonable price. Members can donate their monthly membership services for a youth to use, directly benefiting BGCP teens and allowing unused services to be redeemed by youth. An individual can donate two services monthly with each membership.  

Hammer & Nails owner, Dr. Keenan Davis, is widely familiar and supportive of the Boys & Girls Club model. “I was drawn to this partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro because of the impact that my hometown Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club had on my life,” Davis stated. “I realize the impact that access and exposure has on a young person’s life. We are excited to play a small role in the Portland community by expanding the confidence in our city’s youth.”  

The Hammer & Nails experience is unlike any other in the health and wellness space. The vibe is private, masculine, and relaxing. The atmosphere is low-lit, with soft ambient lighting throughout the shop. Every guest has a personal TV, remote and noise-cancelling headphones, and a complimentary beverage of choice during their visit. Members enjoy priority scheduling for appointments to minimize waiting and to optimize the experience.  

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Hammer & Nails and so appreciative of this unique opportunity to offer our teens grooming services that can help open doors to networking, professional development, and job opportunities,” says Melissa Froman, Senior Director of Donor Development at BGCP. 

Hammer & Nails is located on the corner of E. Burnside and MLK, Jr. The franchise announced its Grand Opening for October 15. The partnership with the Portland Boys & Girls Club will begin immediately.  

For more information about the Hammer & Nails community partnerships, visit hammerandnailsgrooming.com/contact-us/. 

About Hammer & Nails  

Hammer & Nails was founded in 2013 by Michael Elliot with the vision to provide hand and foot care, manicures and pedicures, haircuts and shaves to every type of male in man cave nirvana. To learn more about the brand, service offerings and locations, visit hammerandnailsgrooming.com or follow us @hammerandnailspdx on Facebook and Instagram. 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) empowers more than 4,000 youth each year to discover their full potential by providing safe after-school and summer programs. Learn more about how Clubs support youth in achieving academic success, becoming responsible leaders, and living healthy lives at bgcportland.org.

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Back to School Donation Drives 2018

Check out some of our community partners and local businesses that will be collecting donations or school supplies and backpacks! You can see a full list of things needed at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland at the bottom of the page.

Or, donate to us directly at bgcportland.org/donate! 

Logical Position  

Accepting backpacks and school supply donations through the month of August at locations across the country! 

  • 4350 Galewood St. Ste. 200
    Lake Oswego, OR 97035 
  • 4550 Kruse Way Ste. 125
    Lake Oswego, OR 97035 

Gap

Accepting backpacks, school supplies, and monetary donations, which you can credit towards a future purchase! Receive a 10 percent savings on top of any offers.

August 20 – September 2, 2018 at: 

  • Clackamas Town Center
    12000 SE 82nd Ave
    Happy Valley, OR 97086
    (503) 659-2242 

Finish Line 

July 27 – September 2, 2018 

Join the Finish Line Youth Foundation to support kids with the tools they need to succeed this Back2School season. From July 27 – September 2, customers can visit their local Finish Line store to make a donation at checkout to help local Boys & Girls Club kids in their community prepare for the new school year. 

Build-A-Bear 

Make a donation at checkout online, or in person at the Washington Square or Clackamas Town Center Build-A-Bear to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

In addition to the in-store fundraising campaign, Build-A-Bear will donate 10,000 furry friends to local Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, in celebration of Build-A-Bear’s 20th anniversary and National Teddy Bear Day. 

July 5 – September 5, 2018 at: 

  • Clackamas Town Center
    12000 S E 82ND Ave
    Suite #1109
    Portland, OR 97086
    (503) 513-0457 
  • Washington Square
    9585 SW Washington Square Rd
    Spc A606
    Tigard, OR 97223
    (503) 620-9555 

Lowe’s Home Improvement 

Accepting donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland from Sept 19-October 31, 2018. Support building great futures by donating to Boys & Girls Clubs at checkout in store at your local Lowe’s! 

September 19 – October 31 at: 

  • Tigard Lowe’s
    12615 SW 72nd Ave
    Tigard, OR 97223 
  • Wood Village Lowe’s
    1000 NE Wood Village Blvd
    Wood Village, OR 97060 
  • Hillsboro Lowe’s
    1951 SE 24th Ave
    Hillsboro, OR 97123 
  • Milwaukie Lowe’s
    13631 SE Johnson Rd
    Milwaukie, OR 97222 
  • Portland Lowe’s
    1160 N Hayden Meadows Dr
    Portland, OR 97217 

Buffalo Wild Wings 

Buffalo Wild Wings will contribute proceeds from guest donations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America from October 1 – 31. In addition, $1 from every in-restaurant signature sauce or seasoning bottle sold supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s ALL STARS sports program. 

Items our members & families need: 

  • Backpacks 
  • #2 Pencils 
  • Pencil sharpeners 
  • Mechanical pencils 
  • Highlighters 
  • Lined Notebook paper (college & wide ruled) 
  • Notebooks 
  • Glue sticks & white glue  
  • Pencil boxes 
  • Small storage containers 
  • Construction paper & colored cardstock 
  • Tempura paint 
  • Safety goggles 
  • Science beakers 
  • ½” binders (any size welcome) 
  • Travel first aid kits 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Tissues 
  • Rulers 
  • Markers 
  • Crayons 
  • Colored pencils 
  • Erasers 
  • Calculators 
  • Graphing Calculators 
  • Folders 
  • Index cards (3×5 and 4×6)
  • Flash/USB Drives 
  • Watercolor paint sets