Growing Up at the Club
Adrianah Dorn came to the Wattles Boys & Girls Club as a first grader and remained an active member through her graduation in 2017, building lifelong bonds with her staff mentors and learning how to play basketball in the Club gym. She recalls her days at the Club fondly.
Through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro and our community partnerships, Adrianah had the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend La Salle Preparatory High School, a private school in Milwaukie that focuses on building academic excellence and the importance of community service. Her outstanding application netted her a full scholarship to La Salle, including four years of tuition, book costs, and a transportation stipend.
While at LaSalle, Adrianah continued to attend the Wattles Club, and joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland’s YouthForce program. As part of YouthForce, she interned at Alaska Airlines as part of their uniform acquisition team. Adrianah remained an exemplary student, receiving straight As and playing on the La Salle varsity softball team. Upon graduating, she had a full scholarship to study engineering at Oregon State University. During the summers, she comes back to Milwaukie mentor high school students at La Salle, and continues to acquire practical experience through internships.
We are so proud of your success, dedication, and spirit, Adrianah, and the Great Future you have ahead of you!
About the La Salle Scholarship Program
This unique scholarship program allows Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro to help recruit and educate families and advise students through a rigorous application process. Applicants must qualify for free or reduced lunch and be returning Club members.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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
Portland, OR 97086
- Washington Square
9585 SW Washington Square Rd
Tigard, OR 97223
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:
- #2 Pencils
- Pencil sharpeners
- Mechanical pencils
- Lined Notebook paper (college & wide ruled)
- 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
- Colored pencils
- Graphing Calculators
- Index cards (3×5 and 4×6)
- Flash/USB Drives
- Watercolor paint sets
On July 18, 2018, Rockwood Club planted its very own symbol of peace in the courtyard garden. This Peace Pole contains the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written in eight of the native languages spoken in the Club, including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Club youth gathered around as Al Jubitz, philanthropist and donor of the Peace Pole, Erin Hubert, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro’s CEO, and Imani Muhammad, East County Senior Director for Boys & Girls Club of Portland, explained the history of Peace Poles and their hope that it will inspire a world without war and create lasting peace in our communities and at the Rockwood Club. Rubi Gastelum-Plata translated the ceremony into Spanish as they spoke. John Herman, recent recipient of the Roy Ciappini “Be Great” award for his 50 years of service to our Clubs, was also in attendance.
Three of our teen members helped to mix the concrete and raise the pole with help from our Facilities Operations Manager, Mike Fisher, meticulously measuring and positioning the pole so that it will stand tall for the years to come. Other youth asked questions, commenting on the different languages, pointing out ones they recognized. One little girl asked Miss Rubi, our ceremony translator and staff member at Rockwood, if she would teach her to speak Spanish, to which she agreed with an “Of course!”
Al encouraged the kids to work out their problems by using the peace pole as a symbolic place to peacefully resolve conflict, saying, “If you’re ever in conflict, which you will be, but when you’re in conflict with another, you might want to say, let’s go sit by the peace pole and talk this out.”
If you are interested in having your own symbolic message of peace, we encourage you to contact and work with the generous and dedicated Rotarian Action Group for Peace, who have been doing their best to plant hundreds of Peace Poles throughout the Portland Metro community.
About Rockwood Boys & Girls Club
The Rockwood Boys & Girls Club opened in October 2017 and features learning, innovation, and activity spaces for youth 6-12 years of age and a stand-alone center for teens ages 13-18.
What is a Peace Pole?
A Peace Pole is a crafted tribute that represents a symbolic message: May Peace Prevail on Earth. They contain 4-6 sides with notes of peace in different languages and have been planted all around the globe. When a Peace Pole is planted in your community, you are connected with people from all over who believe in the same goal: World Peace. These poles are present in 180 countries all over the world to encourage and remind to their communities to visualize and advocate for peace on earth.
About Al Jubitz
Al Jubitz is the Rotarian Action Group for Peace Treasurer and Honorary Chair in Portland, Oregon. After 34 years, Jubitz retired from the family business and is currently the President and founder of the Jubitz Family Foundation, a foundation that supports organizations that support peacebuilding, environmental sustainability, and early childhood education. Jubitz joined the Rotary in 1977 and believes the group has the ability to transform our world to a world beyond war.
In our mission to empower all youth, especially those who need us most, we recognize that a high proportion of the children and families in the communities we serve have experienced trauma or adversity. Trauma is any experience that can overwhelm. It can overpower your ability to cope with life’s difficulties, especially in the absence of supportive environments and lacking supportive relationships. We must understand and address the consequences of the incredible challenges our communities face in the form of poverty, violence, racism, substance use, victimization, and more. These traumatic experiences can have long-term, lasting impact that spreads across generations. That’s why the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro, as an organization, is seeking to create a measurable difference in the lives of youth through our dedication to trauma informed care, equity, and revitalization of our Youth and Family Services program. We want to ensure we are putting supports in place for every youth, family, and community to thrive.
The Trauma Informed Approach
The adverse experiences faced by many of our families calls for a special set of services and attentions geared towards reinforcing aspects of their lives that may have been stripped away: safety, trustworthiness, transparency, peer support, collaboration, empowerment, informed choice, as well as cultural, historical, and gender equity. These form the basic principles of Trauma Informed Care, an approach that acknowledges and understands the struggles our communities face and allows us to create policies and services that better serve trauma-impacted children and families. Whether a child has an incarcerated parent, lives with food scarcity, has experienced discrimination because of the color of their skin, gender, or sexual orientation, or grappled with some other trauma, we believe that it is our responsibility to do our best to provide them with what they need to be successful and empowered to reach their full potential.
Empowering Youth to Reach their Full Potential
How can we help empower our kids and our communities to advocate for themselves, to overcome life’s adversities, and to be caring, productive community members? The answer is deceptively simple: building resilience. Resilience means youth can deal with the difficulties they face. It is the key skill in overcoming adversity. We can foster resilience by providing positive, healthy, consistent relationships with adults and programs. Research shows that a strong relationship with a safe, consistent mentor is the number one most important factor in helping heal trauma, build resilience, and move toward healing.
Club programming builds resilience in youth through dedicated staff, mentoring, safety, problem solving, choices, and opportunities. Our Youth & Family Service Program expands on that, screening youth for risk factors, enrolling them in targeted programming, creating individualized plans, and connecting youth and families with counseling and resources. This program seeks to intentionally provide upstream prevention for our at-risk youth and families, allowing them to thrive.
The Boys & Girls Clubs has been building resilience in youth for a long time. With our new focus on trauma informed care, we can it do better. By standardizing practices, voicing and sharing the things we’ve already been doing, and setting the intention of building resilience and healing trauma at our forefront, we believe we can build stronger, safer, more empathetic communities in Portland and beyond.
How We Approach Trauma Informed Care
- There is a pervasive need for community services that acknowledge trauma, equitably and intentionally seeking to build resilience.
- Trauma inhibits the ability to cope with life’s difficulties.
- By building resilience, we can help heal trauma.
- The number one factor in building resilience is consistent, safe, supportive relationships.
- Our Youth & Family Services program creates individualized plans for at-risk youth and their families that can help them access vitally needed services, overcome their traumatic experiences, and thrive.
- The intentional, structured approach provided by trauma informed care can help dismantle barriers faced by families and set our youth up for success.