This Month at the Clubs – January 2017

Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs

Thanks For a Great 2016!

This past year was a year of reaching new heights and achievements in the Clubs. Community support and donors like you have made it possible for the Clubs to support our youth and help them develop emotionally and academically. Here are some of our great successes in 2016:
• We opened a new teen center in our Olathe Unit;
• 98% of our seniors graduated from high school with post-secondary plans
• 70 teens were placed in employment opportunities;
• Our teens participated in over 30 college campus tours and an even greater number of career exposure field trips to local companies
• Results from our Atomic Blast summer program revealed that Club members maintained or increased their competencies in reading by 94% and in math by 88%;
• During the month of July, 1,700 Club members were served per day!
We thank you for supporting our mission and community work, and look forward to making a deeper impact in 2017 and providing even more Kansas City area youth and teens with Great Futures!

David A. Smith, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s President, will retire after nearly 25 Years Serving Club Youth

David A. Smith

The Clubs announced at the 2017 Annual Meeting that David A. Smith will retire from his role as President in the Spring of 2018. Dave has led the organization since 1994, ensuring quality after-school and summer time youth development programs for thousands of Kansas City youth.

A former Club kid himself, Dave was hired in 1994 as president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City by then Board Chair, Don Wagner. Under Dave’s leadership, the organization has seen tremendous growth. In the near quarter century since taking the helm:
• Operating revenue has grown from approximately $1M to just over $8M;
• Net assets have grown from $2.5M to nearly $18M;
• The organization acquired two Units in Eastern Jackson County;
• Since 2000, five successful capital campaigns for renovation and expansion of the Clubs generated over $31M;
• The organization expanded its footprint to Johnson County with the opening of a Unit in Olathe, KS; and
• The organization began Kids Night Out, one of the most successful fundraising events in Kansas City, which has raised more than $15M since beginning in 1996.
Over the course of his career, Dave has worked with hundreds of educators, youth development professionals and community leaders. These partnerships have built initiatives that move the needle towards supporting the need for learning opportunities outside the traditional school day. He has especially focused these efforts on reaching low-income youth and youth of color with a “whole child” approach, understanding the critical role these programs play in developing 21st century skills.

Dave will continue with the Clubs through April 2018 to ensure a smooth and successful transition for his successor. Click HERE to read more about Dave and the Clubs’ plans for his retirement.

Who Will Be Our 2017 Youth of the Year

On February 7, six contestants, each from one of our six Club Units, will compete for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s Youth of the Year title. Sponsored by McDonald’s Heart of America (HOA) Co-op, this year’s event will feature the following outstanding Club members:
• Hawthorne Unit: Adorable H.
• Independence Unit: Alexis W.
• J & D Wagner Unit: Marcus W.
• Olathe Unit: Jackquel S.
• Thornberry Unit: Taylor A.
• Wyandotte County Unit: KaeShawn S.
These six finalists have spent the last few weeks working late evenings and Saturdays to prepare for the occasion. You don’t want to miss them give their final speeches at the selection event!
WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 5:30 PM – Reception
6:00 – 7:30 PM – Program
WHERE: Burns & McDonnell Auditorium 9400 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114

RSVP today to Mary Preston at or 816-462-0127!

It’s Basketball Season!

This year we have successfully registered 53 basketball teams with a whopping total of 530 players from 5 to 12 years of age.

Over the past few years our basketball program has been growing exponentially! Basketball players spend two hours per week participating in practice and games. Many members join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City to play basketball and then become engaged in other Club programming areas. Basketball, as with all sports programming available at the Clubs, is a way to help each individual player become exposed to healthier choices on and off the court. Some of the basic life skills players learn through basketball participation are goal setting, the importance of practice and repetition, and perseverance, all for a nominal fee.

Healthy lifestyles is one of the Clubs’ four core program areas. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #Ifeelbetterwhen…. And share your healthy lifestyles stories and quotes with us on social media.

Our J & D Wagner Unit Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Members of our J & D Wagner Unit traced their hands to decorate a wall in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Members of our J & D Wagner Unit traced their hands to decorate a wall in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Their memorial constructed from beautiful multi-colored paper was created to incite questions and to engage our young members in conversations about the accomplishments achieved by civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Little Big Town to Headline 2017 Annual Kids Night Out

lbt_betterman_cover-photolowresKids Night Out, the Clubs’ largest annual event benefiting the youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, will this year feature a performance by Grammy-winning celebrity guests, Little Big Town!

When: Friday, April 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception , 6:30 p.m. Dinner, 7:30 Program

Where: Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211

Presenting Sponsor:

Honorary Chairs: Nancy and Steve Hooley

Kids Night Out is about inspiring hope in and creating opportunities for the nearly 1,000 urban youth who come into our Clubs every year. We bring Hollywood’s brightest stars to the Kansas City stage for an evening of entertainment and celebration – allowing us to raise greatly needed funds for youth so we can continue inspiring these young people to dream big, and then help them plan for great futures.

Proceeds from Kids Night Out will stay right here in Kansas City to support the youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.

Limited sponsorship and individual tickets still available. Click HERE to purchase.


Special thanks to the McDonald’s Heart of America (HOA) Co-op for being the Presenting Sponsor of our 2017 Youth of the Year competition.