COVID-19 Update: Clubs Closing March 16, Reopen May 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

PORTLAND, OR. (March 13, 2020)  

Following the most recent guidelines from state officials around school closures in response to the COVID19 public health crisis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro (BGCP) has made the difficult decision to close all Clubs starting Monday, March 16. During this closure, all Club-based sports, rentals, and events will also be suspended.  

Updated: We will plan to reopen along with schools on Monday, May 4. In the event of further changes, we will continue to communicate with the public and our families by email, social media, and on our website. 

“This is a decision that weighs very heavily on our team, as we know the added stress it will bring to our families during an already stressful time”, said CEO, Erin Hubert. We are charged with the health and well-being of our youth and families, staff, volunteers, and our Club communities, and we take that very seriously. As difficult of a decision as it was, we believe the temporary closure of our sites is the safest call to make during this public health crisis.” 

BGCP is currently exploring options to help ensure youth who rely on our services have access to healthy, nutritious meals during this difficult time. 

As an organization, BGCP is committed to providing safe and healthy Clubs for our community. BGCP believes the decision to close is in the best interest and safety of our youth, families, staff, volunteers and community, who are at the heart of every decision we make. 

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

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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.

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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.