Growing Strong: Cooking at East Side

In non-pandemic times, BGCTC provides nutritious meals and snacks on-site to Club members Monday-Friday as part of our Healthy Lifestyles programming. Club staff empower youth to learn how to cook healthy meals at home as well take charge of their overall physical and...

Growing Strong: Sophia

Sophia*, a third grader at our Centennial Elementary Club, has been attending the Club’s virtual programs almost every day since last summer. She looks forward to Movement Monday each week and loves to participate in the Pokémon Training fitness videos. “It’s so fun...

Finding Support in Sharing

When kids arrive at Minneapolis’ Southside Village Club, one of their first activities is to sit down as a group for daily circle time. Circle time is part of BGCTC’s efforts to increase social and emotional learning in all youth and teens we serve. Each day, youth...

A Pioneer for Growth

Joshuah, a high school senior, is the first Club youth from the Little Earth community to be nominated for our Twin Cities Youth of the Year award. He has worked hard his entire life to make healthy decisions for himself and his community. Growing up in a struggling...

Nourishing Bodies and Friendships

The Mt. Airy Club is fortunate to receive donations from Kowalski’s each week so that Club families can bring home fresh, healthy groceries. The fruits, vegetables, and non-perishables donated by Kowalski’s have positively impacted hundreds of kids and families...

Mind, Body, Community

Ke’la, BGCTC’s recently-named Youth of the Year, has a passion for creating a culture of mental health awareness and empowerment among her peers at Patrick Henry High School. Ke’la completed a mental health research project through the MN Department of Education’s...