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.
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.
There are countless reasons to give this holiday season! We reached out to learn what the Clubs mean to our members, staff and volunteers, and their top reasons for why YOU should give to Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro.
Here are the Top 10 reasons why YOU should make a charitable donation to the Clubs, directly from our members, staff and volunteers!
- “It is important that people understand that when they donate to BGCP, they aren’t giving to an organization, they are giving to kids, our communities. We locate our clubs in the communities that need them the most, many of these kids come from broken homes. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland serves as a valuable resource for countless youth in the Portland area.”
– Roberto Bermejo, Site Director & Director of Youth Programs at Inukai Family Club
- “I owe a lot to the Boys and Girls Clubs. Specifically, it gave me a safe place to go, it was a place where I was able to learn, and it was first chance to play organized sports. I will always support the Boys and Girls Clubs because of the profound impact that it has had on my life and the lives of my children.”
– Alex Molden, Former NFL DB and current volunteer
- “I have worked with a lot of youth development organizations, what’s special about the Boys & Girls Clubs is that we are able to build a relationship with a kid and maintain that relationship with them from age 6 all the way through their high school graduations. What we do is special, and we do it on a scale that I don’t think is replicated at many other non-profits.”
– Sean Bascom, Director of Youth Programs at Blazers Club
- “The Boys & Girls Clubs have given me hope. Because of the Boys & Girls Clubs, I’m motivated to not just go straight home after school by myself. Instead I get to interact with my friends and just have fun! It’s a great resource in my life and I know lots of other kids who feel the same way.”
– Johnathan, teen member at Rockwood Club
- “As a former member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, I’ve seen first-hand what a donation can do to lift a kid’s spirit. A lot of times, parents may not be able to go above and beyond during the holiday season, due to income restrictions or a variety of other reasons. But that doesn’t mean that the kid doesn’t deserve to have a wonderful holiday season. It’s important to give back during this time of the year, because that donation can have a lasting impact on youth who really need it.”
– Tyler Brown, Teen Program Manager at Blazers Club
- “An investment in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland is an investment in our communities and in the futures of local youth.”
– Melissa Froman, Admin staff member
- “In my opinion the most important reason to donate to the Boys & Girls Clubs is because they really help out minorities. Especially in my community there’s a lot of poverty. They give out food for Thanksgiving, they do clothes drives all year, the BGCP really does a lot for people in my community beyond what you would typically expect. I think it’s really important to give back in any way you can.”
– Teya Shearer, teen member at Regence Club
- “The BGCP provides local kids with a safe space where they don’t have to worry about outside problems. A donation to the BGCP this holiday season helps provide local kids with a safe-space where they can eat, play and be warm!”
– Rubi Gastelum-Plata, Youth & Family Services staff member at Rockwood Club
- “Every day at the BGCP we work together with our communities to create great futures for local youth. By giving, you are helping create a better community and a brighter future for Portland’s kids.”
– Rachel Schutz, Interim VP of Club Services, Sr. Director of Youth, Family, & Trauma Informed Services and the Inukai Family Club
- “I think that the biggest reason to donate to BGCP is that many of the families that come to our Clubs are families in need. And it’s always a great experience to be able to give back to those less fortunate than you.”
– Emily Valencia, teen member at Inukai Family Club
These are just a handful of the limitless reasons to donate to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland this holiday season! Your donation makes a huge impact for thousands of youth across the Portland metropolitan area. Whatever your reason for donating to the BGCP, thank you from all of us. Together we can build Great Futures for local youth!
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 graduation, 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, funded by Precision Castparts Corp., 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