Great Futures Start Here!
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley has been a cornerstone of the community since opening our doors in 1998. Serving over 13,000 youth a year, we provide them with the opportunity to:
- feel and be safe,
- know someone cares,
- be challenged by interesting, life-enhancing activities.
August 26Club members get to park their bikes in style at the Boys & Girls Club of Appleton. Thank you welders from Miller Electric Mfg Co for donating this beautiful new bike rack for our kids to use and for helping start #GreatFutures!
August 24This past week the Boys & Girls Club of Appleton hosted a party celebrating the successful completion of the Cadet girls portion of STEM-Girlz, a program in partnership with the Women's Fund for the Fox Valley Region. Thanks to the Women's Fund and the amazing volunteers! The STEM-Girlz programs would not have been possible without you!
August 24Thank you to Appleton Area School District for helping make the 2016 Summer of Service program a great success!
August 23This week six Boys & Girls Club members are attending the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's all expenses paid overnight camp in Aberdeen, MD for #BadgesforBaseball! The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation overnight camp is an opportunity for deserving young people from across the country to come together for a week to learn baseball the Ripken Way while simultaneously developing life-long character traits that will help them on the path to success.
Joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley are Boys & Girls Clubs from Washington, Virginia, New Jersey and New York, as well as a group from Toronto. Have a great time kids and thank you Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation! #GreatFutures
August 19The Boys & Girls Club of Appleton kicked off this past week with a patriotic "Military Monday." Veteran Travis Frenz visited the club and spoke with teen members about the military, it's many career options, and held a Q&A session. In addition, Travis conducted PT (Physical Training) for the kids, cooked MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat), and even let them try on some real Army gear! Thank you Travis for your service to our country and for helping kids on their path towards #GreatFutures.
August 18The Boys & Girls Club of Menasha hosted their own Olympic games today in honor of the last day of summer programming! Club members kicked off the fun this morning by wrapping Miss Stephanie in a chair with cellophane wrap. With the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley closed for the next two weeks, they've made sure she'll stay fresh until programming resumes on September 6th!
August 17The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley would like to say a big THANK YOU to the Appleton Police Department, the Kaukauna Police Department and especially Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for another successful summer with their signature #BadgesForBaseball program!
Club members, families and the community came together to celebrate yesterday with an end of the party party filled with food, fun and of course, baseball! Boys & Girls Club members also presented thank you signs and cards for our local police departments for all they do to help make this community safe in addition to teaching the 200 Badges for Baseball participants about teamwork, communication, respect and leadership.
Special thanks to Kaukauna PD Officers Adam Vanderhyden and Tom Raether for coaching, as well as former Kaukauna High School teacher Julie Johnson for graciously presenting all the kids with coupons for Culver's ice cream. It was a great night celebrating all those who supported and participated in this wonderful program!
August 16Tonight is the Badges for Baseball end of the year party and family night. From 5pm to 6pm the Kaukauna Police Department will be providing food and #BadgesForBaseball will hold raffles and giveaways! But that's not all, from 6pm - 7pm the officers will coach the Appleton and Kaukauna players as they hit the field.
Thanks to their significant gift, the Club is thrilled to be able to provide the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's signature program, Badges for Baseball. It's a juvenile crime prevention mentoring program that encourages positive interactions with law enforcement. The program pairs police officers from the Appleton and Kaukauna Police Departments with kids to play baseball and to learn important lessons about teamwork, communication, respect, and leadership. Together, local police, the Club and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation are helping to build character and teach critical life lessons to at-risk young people through sports-themed programs.
August 15For many years, the J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc. has changed and improved the lives of countless young people and their families each and every day at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley and throughout our community. We are excited that, once again, the J. J. Keller Foundation has demonstrated their commitment to creating a strong, safe and healthy community by investing in the Club's #HealthyHabitsFoodProgram and the Urgent Needs Fund. Their recent gift will help us to provide roughly 59,000 nutritious meals and more than 125,000 nutritious snacks to children and teens in our Clubs. On behalf of Club members and their families - thank you!
August 12With the school year starting soon we want to say thank you to the US Venture, Inc/Schmidt Family Foundation! Their continued long-time commitment and financial support allows us to provide before and after school programming to 200 children at the Boys & Girls Club of Little Chute Elementary School. The gift from the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation gives Club members a safe, positive place to receive academic support which leads to improved performance in reading and math, better school attendance and improved attitudes about learning.