SOURCE: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley

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October 12, 2009 10:30 ET

Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley Kicks Off Annual Campaign

One Day in the Life of a Child Can Make a Huge Impact on Her Future; One Caring Adult Can Create an Unbreakable Bond With a Vulnerable Child That Will Last Throughout His Lifetime; One Boys & Girls Club Can Offer Hope to an Entire Neighborhood

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2009) - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley will kick off its annual "It Just Takes One" campaign with an open house and program showcase on Thursday, October 15 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Smythe Clubhouse, 2195 Cunningham Ave., San Jose, Calif. The public is invited to attend. The campaign will raise funds for the Clubs' after-school programs and services for youth, ages 6-18, living in North, East and South San Jose. Scheduled to run through November 30, the campaign seeks donations primarily from individuals.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley Board of Directors President Darren Sparks noted, "The campaign's goal this year is to raise $750,000 for the Clubs' annual operating budget. The commitment from our closest supporters is stronger than ever, despite these challenging times -- all we need now is the rest of our community to show their support, and we will be able to reach, maybe even exceed, our goal."

Sparks added, "With the recent economic downturn and California budget cuts, our children's challenges have only gotten worse. In fact, cuts to education spending have been so deep in California that some school finance experts say schools are experiencing their first year-to-year reduction in per-pupil spending since the Great Depression. This means our children need you now, more than ever. It just takes one person to help make a dream come true -- our hope is that it will be you who steps up to make a difference."

Also commenting on the effort, Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley Board Member and Annual Campaign Chair Tom Evan noted, "Our Clubs are making an impact in the community. Last year, our local Clubs served 2,500 youth. But there are still many more children in our community that need the kind of positive influence and guidance the Clubs provide, and we want to reach out to these youth and their families."

Funds raised will help sponsor kids to attend summer camp and provide quality after school programs such as the Power Hour homework help and tutoring program, the Career Launch career exploration program, computer skills training, Money Matters (a financial literacy program), arts and crafts, fitness and sports, and character and leadership programs such as SMART Moves (a drug and alcohol prevention program) and Youth of the Year (the Club's premier recognition program).

The Boys & Girls Clubs mission is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults.

"The cost of providing the Boys & Girls Clubs experience to one child for a year is about $1,000," said Evan. "You can see what a valuable investment that is when you compare it to the cost of incarcerating a youth who went in the wrong direction -- usually $50,000 or more. The Clubs give a good return on investment."

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley, founded in 1944, is a non-profit, privately-funded 501{c}{3} organization and depends on private donations and volunteers to accomplish its mission. The Clubs annually serves over 2,500 youth across eight locations in Silicon Valley. To make a donation or to volunteer, contact the Boys & Girls Club office at 408.957.9685 or visit the Web site at http://www.bgclub.org/.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Dana Fraticelli
    408.957.9685