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A Look at 2023 from Drew Glassford
My dad would always say, “The only constant is change.” This year brought many changes to our organization as we strove to meet the needs of our kids and families in our communities who need us, having no other options for after-school care, sports and athletics, or career and job readiness, experience, and support.
 
We were recognized as one of the top 20 performing clubs at the 2023 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Midwest Region Annual Meeting, and one of 20 Clubs selected nationally to have our Impact Center members travel to Washington DC to meet with our congressional leaders on issues that are important to them.

We have been asked to join as an advisor and mentoring club for the BGCA’s National Workforce Readiness Program Development Group. Our Sports and Athletics Director, Lluri Coria, was recognized with the Outstanding Volunteer Leader Award by the Village of Carpentersville. 

Impactful Highlights: A Year of Inspiring Achievements 
Jane Addams Elementary Principal Testimonial – Amy Molinsky
 

“Boys & Girls Clubs has brought immeasurable joy and positive transformation to our elementary school. Through enhanced leadership, improved attendance, and stronger self-confidence, students thrive both in school and at the Club, fostering a culture of positivity. 

 

With supported homework time and a culture of positivity. With supported homework time, new friendships, and access to diverse activities, Boys & Girls Clubs offers invaluable resources for students’ growth and success. Their collaboration with our school ensures the well-being and success of their members, creating lasting impacts and building character.”

Parent Testimonial – Krystall Guerrero
 

“As a parent, choosing BGCDT for my three children was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Their time at the Algonquin Club site has been more than just after-school care; it’s a place where they’ve grown in confidence, become more involved, and learned to communicate better with others. The Club has not only nurtured their personalities but also introduced them to new learning experiences outside the regular school curriculum, including sports that benefit our entire community. I wholeheartedly recommend BGCDT to any family looking for a supportive and enriching environment for their children.”

Member Testimonial – Christian V.

“Joining the Impact Crew has been a real eye-opener for me. It’s not just about lawn care; it’s about connecting with others and growing personally. Sure, there are days when it’s tough, but seeing the relief and happiness on the faces of those who can’t tend to their own yards makes it all worthwhile. This job has taught me more than just lawn care skills; it’s about teamwork, responsibility, 

“Joining the Impact Crew has been a real eye-opener for me. It’s not just about lawn care; it’s about connecting with others and growing personally. Sure, there are days when it’s tough, but seeing the relief and happiness on the faces of those who can’t tend to their own yards makes it all worthwhile. This job has taught me more than just lawn care skills; it’s about teamwork, responsibility, and making a difference in our community. It’s helped me build real friendships and given me a sense of direction. I’m here not just to work, but to lay the groundwork for my future, learning lessons that go beyond just lawn maintenance.”

Explore, Learn, Grow: Unveiling Our New Outdoors Adventure Program
Our community outreach efforts flourished, marked by several significant events that brought our community closer together. We hosted the We Belong Family Night, a gathering that fostered a sense of unity and belonging among community members. Our Family Summer Day in July offered a fun and engaging experience for families, celebrating the warmth of the season. The Fall Fest in September and Heritage Fest in October each highlighted our community’s diversity and shared values through seasonal and cultural festivities. Additionally, we ran 12 Family Engagement nights, under the expert guidance of our Family Educator, Pita, which played a crucial role in strengthening family bonds and community engagement.

 

Celebrating Our Newest Milestone: Welcoming the Rolling Meadows Boys & Girls Club!
We are thrilled to announce our expanded after-school programming into Palatine and Rolling Meadows, in collaboration with School District 15, to serve the students of Jane Adams and Kimball Hill Elementary schools, as well as Winston and Carl Sandburg Middle Schools. This growth includes the exciting opening of our latest Boys & Girls Club site in the dynamic Rolling Meadows community, a significant milestone in our journey. With the dedicated leadership of new Site Directors Tania Ramos and Henry Leon, and our Area Manager Yuliza Leyva, we are now reaching more young minds, particularly at Kimball Hill Elementary and Carl Sandburg Junior High.
 
Our new site in Rolling Meadows is more than just a facility; it stands as a beacon of hope and opportunity, welcoming 30 new young members and counting. This initiative goes beyond expansion – it’s our commitment to nurturing the potential of youth in communities that need us most. Join us in celebrating this pivotal moment as we continue to light the path towards brighter futures for our youth.
 
This year, we welcomed two new additions to our Executive Leadership Team!
Tammy Kerr – Chief  Operating Officer

Tammy Kerr has seamlessly stepped into the role of Chief Operating Officer in our Executive Leadership Team. With a successful background in large-scale, multi-site management of youth development programs, including her recent position as General Manager for Canlan Sports Centers in Lake Barrington and Libertyville, Tammy’s strengths lie in Strategic Leadership, Team Management, P&L Oversight, and Customer/Client Acquisition and Retention. In her new role at BGCDT, she has made strides in managing 

current operations and future market expansions of our elementary, middle, and high school programs and site staff. Her focus for 2024 is to further develop and improve our school district and community partnerships, enhance staff development, ensure consistent program delivery, and maintain a positive team culture.

Cindy Erwin – Chief Development Officer

Cindy Erwin joined BGCDT in January as our new Chief Development Officer. With her previous roles as Director of Alumni Membership at Alpha Phi International Fraternity and Director of Annual Giving and Advancement Operations at Fenwick High School, Cindy brings extensive experience in donor relationship development and annual giving strategies. She earned her BS and Master of Education from the University of Southern California, serves as Chapter Recruitment Advisor for Chi Omega Fraternity at 

Northwestern University, and resides in Westchester with her two children. Cindy has already made a significant impact over the past year, leading our annual Golf Outing and Gala events, and we are excited to see where she takes us in 2024!

Introducing Our New Board President

BGCDT is thrilled to share that Susan Harkin has been named President of our Board of Directors at our November meeting. Susan has been a member of the BGCDT Board of Directors since 2020, most recently serving on our Executive Committee. She is currently the Superintendent of Community Unit School District 300, the 6th largest in the state of Illinois, serving over 23,000 students at 26 school sites.

Pictured left to right (Drew Glassford, Susan Harkin, Wendy Farley)

Meadowdale Club Site Tour

BGCDT is very grateful for the leadership and service of Wendy Farley, who is stepping down after three years as our President. She has served many key roles starting in 2012, including interim CEO, Vice President of our Executive Committee and President. “I am so thankful for Wendy’s extraordinary commitment and leadership for our organization, including navigating the myriad of challenges of the pandemic, as well as our successful expansion of club sites and communities served over the past five years,” said Drew Glassford, CEO. “She has been a great leader through many challenging changes, always keeping our mission and our kids and families first. We will all miss her. I am looking forward to working with Susan Harkin, whose leadership experience in youth education, non-profit governance, experience and relationships with state agencies, and her understanding and relationships with key stakeholders will add significant value to help us move forward to meet the needs of youth in our communities. Susan also brings a passionate commitment to the successful future of our children.”

Celebrating Our Record-Breaking Donor Event Success!

This year’s Great Futures Golf Outing was a resounding triumph! Thanks to our esteemed attendees and sponsors, we were able to raise almost $60,000. In November, we hosted the 2023 BGCDT Masquerade Gala, where we shattered all previous records by raising a remarkable $700,000! We introduced exciting changes this year, including presentations of engaging projects by Club members from each site. It was a wonderful showcase of our collective impact.

The unwavering support we received from such events has enabled us to provide life-changing opportunities and vital support to the young members of our community who rely on us. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who attended, sponsored, and supported our mission. Your kindness and commitment fuel our determination to work even harder in fulfilling our mission. Together, we’re making a lasting difference in the lives of our community’s youth.

Looking Ahead to Exciting Opportunities 
in 2024

Your support helped our Club members be active and feel valued as we all grew and worked together to serve our children and families in the best way possible. If it sounds like a lot, it was, and we are very grateful and proud to be able to do so much for our communities. 

We are now looking toward the future and the potential for more growth for our organization. We have several compelling opportunities coming for 2024, as we begin the development of our new Woodlands Middle and High School Impact Center in Carpentersville; and explore and develop more opportunities in our surrounding communities to make a difference as a force for good. We are extremely excited for our next steps, and what it means for kids and families in our communities. 
 
We are extraordinarily grateful for all who make our work possible and what we have been able to accomplish together. Thank you to our Board of Directors, community partners, staff, friends of the Club, and our generous donors for helping us serve our mission and improve the lives of children and families. We are hopeful and confident that 2024 will be another year of celebrations – and look forward to our continued work together. We appreciate all you have done for us.

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