As a Board Member of the Clubs I am extremely proud of the great work Club staff are doing to help Twin Cities youth excel in all that they do, including continually increasing reading, writing, and math skills - which directly translates into high graduation rates and post secondary advancement. What a pleasure it is to be involved in such an impactful and important charity.
I love my work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. They have very impactful programming in the inner city. Additionally, they are great stewards of the funds that get donated by my organization.
I joined this organization almost 18 years ago, not fully understanding the impact we had on our kids in the Twin Cities Clubs. The one thing I was clearly committed to was finding an organization that was focused on kids and one that could impact their future. Today I am truly convinced beyond any doubt that our clubs and our staff have changed lives. And the reason for that is very simple. We provide "best in class programs" along with adult mentorship by our staff. I am not referring to "swim and gym", but specifically designed programs adapted to the specific age group of our kids. We are having a positive impact on the 800+ kids who walk through the doors of our clubs everyday. I am constantly inspired by our kids and our staff. I am more committed than ever to this organization, not because of what we say we do, but the actual outcomes and impact we have on our kids. We also have an incredibly committed group of board members that support our kids and staff.
Over the course of the past fourteen years as a weekly volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, I have had the opportunity to witness the positive impact this organization and staff have had on the youth of our community. As an organization, the strength and impact of their programming, coupled with authentic, caring and humble staff, they are a beacon for youth and their families. With an organization mission to provide a safe, positive, and fun environment for youth, they have demonstrated their commitment to being a responsive and engaged community partner. I am very proud to spend time volunteering each week at an organization where serving the youth comes first.
I would give Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities 10 stars if I could! As a volunteer and member of the BGCTC Associate Board I've witnessed firsthand the Clubs' impact on the lives our youth in the Twin Cities. The programming the Clubs offer provides the Club kids with life skills, education, and character traits that I wish our school systems would teach every kid as they mature. Not to mention the simple fact that the Clubs provide a safe place for our youth to go to after school and during the summer months. There are things that these kids do that most adults in their 30s and 40s would not do or would be scared to do (public speaking in front of 500 people for instance!), all because BGCTC motivates these kids to seek their full potential and strive for what they believe in. Also, because the Club staff tells the Club kids that they can achieve it if they put in the effort and make the right choices. There is no doubt that the Clubs change lives - they help our youth graduate from high school, get good paying jobs, go to college, and realize that they accomplish whatever they set their minds to. OUTSTANDING WORK BEING DONE HERE!
When growing up in Minneapolis by 11th and Franklin, the Boys Club was my safe place. I spent countless hours at the club playing sports, learning about the wood shop playing checkers and singing in the Boys Club Choir which was some of my fondest memories. I remember in great detail the night we sang at the Premier of the Sound of Music at the Mann theater in downtown Minneapolis. (Still know all the lyrics) My experiences there had a profound effect on my life and gave me a true appreciation of all who hung out there as kids and young adults. It was an experience that I believe would greatly benefit all kids as they grow up.
Burnsville City Council
And former alum of the Blaisdale Club in Minneapolis.
I am an alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. I was a club kid for 8 years, and I still go back and volunteer at my local Boys & Girls Club. The Boys & Girls Club has saved my life and made me the man that I am today. I have learned leadership, communication, and personal skills from the Boys & Girls Club that I still use today. I am in college because of the mentors I had at the club, they were and still are my roles models, my go-to people, and most importantly the family that I never imagine I would have. I am a former Keystone leadership program president, and because I got the opportunity to serve as a leader at such young age in the clubs, it has encouraged me to become a leader everywhere I go. I am currently in my 3rd year of college, and I would've made it this far without the support and the unconditional love of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.
I have been on the Board of the Clubs for over 20 years. I have seen hundreds of young lives changed for the better by the Clubs and their amazing staff that works with the Club kids every day. In the last two to three years, I have seen the Clubs dramatically improve the effectiveness of their programming, especially in the areas of literacy and teen pathways. What I like best about the Clubs is the high standard that they hold the kids to. Those high expectations result in high accomplishments for the Club kids.
The high rating reflects the outstanding work and commitment towards making a meaningful and long lasting impact on kids, increasing their opportunities and ultimately changing their lives.
The B&G Clubs of the Twin Cities does a remarkable work reaching out and aligning the support of the broader community, including the business community of the Twin Cities towards its goals
My volunteer work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities started about 4 years ago. Every year I continue with them I become even more and more passionate and impressed with what their mission is and their amazing work provides for our youth. By trade, I am a teacher and know the extremely high need for organizations like this one for our youth. I have had the opportunity to serve on their young professional's board, The Associate Board, to find ways to fundraise, volunteer, and make connections for and with our youth. The staff at the BGCTC are absolutely incredible, their passion, knowledge, drive, and love for their students are amazing. Not only do I get to witness first hand the positive impact this non-profit has on our youth, but it has also had such an incredible impact on me. The clubs love to show community members what they are all about if you ever get the chance set up a time to tour a club, volunteer with the youth, or talk with one of their many incredible employees.
My work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities started in 2015. Our company asked us to pick one of the 5 non-profits the company supported as a cause to bring awareness to. I loved working with kids, so the BGC seemed like a good fit. Was it ever! For the next two years, I volunteered once per week at the Club, teaching dance to elementary aged kids. The kids in the dance class practiced the routine weekly, then performed it for an audience at an event later in the year. Seeing how nervous and excited and proud they were of themselves was something I'll never forget. I also emceed several evens for the Clubs over the years, which is how I got involved with the Associate Board. Now, 3 years later, I'm secretary of our Board which allows me to meet even more of the incredible people that make the BGCTC the fantastic organization it is. Every dime we raise goes towards creating a better future for our kids in our communities - and boy do these kids deserve it. I'm so fortunate to be able to be a part of this group and highly recommend others in the Twin Cities that are looking to get involved in their community check out BGCTC! - Kendall Kolinski
I have been doing work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities for over five years and continue to be more and more impressed with the impact they have on the youth who need the support in our community. I have the pleasure of working with a group of young professionals that is organized by BGCTC and get together monthly to come up with ways to help impact our youth, whether it be through fundraising, volunteerism, etc. The Clubs are always looking for new ways and ideas to keep improving the lives of these kids, while maybe most importantly providing a safe environment. In the end, the impact on me personally and professionally has been unbelievable and I only hope I can make as big of an impact on the Clubs but continuing to support this great cause.