A place for kids to thrive

Located in Monrovia, Calif., Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills (BGCF) works to ensure that all children have access to quality programs and services at an affordable cost. It strives to enable young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. They reached their goal of 500 votes and doubled their donation to reach $10,000.

Kids need consistent care and attention to thrive. That’s why BGCF operates during the critical after-school hours and over summers and holiday breaks — precisely when many kids need positive things to do. Unlike many other after-school programs, BGCF is not a drop-in center. Instead, it’s a fun and nurturing place for kids to gather on a regular schedule to enjoy supervised programs that promote healthy minds and bodies. And it’s working. More than 86% of its members attend more than 100 days a year. This structure and consistency have shown to significantly improve the lives of the more than 350 youth they see each day.

A place for kids to thriveDenise Weaver and Vanessa, her reading mentee, have been reading together at the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills for more than four years.

 

Coordinated, consistent care

Matt and Denise Weaver, owners of Weaver & Associates, exemplify the long-term approach embraced by BGCF. Other members of their agency, including the couple’s daughter Dana, who runs the day-to-day operations, Dana’s husband, and 14 other employees, are dedicated to showing up for the kids at the center.

 

Matt organizes special field trips and has served on the board for more than a decade. Denise has been a reading mentor for more than nine years, spending an hour per week at the Club reading with elementary school-aged children. “What I love best about the reading program is seeing the kids’ confidence soar as their reading improves,” she said. “This past year, one child improved over 500 points on their school reading tests!” Other Weaver & Associates employees help with annual fundraisers and support various programs such as the running club.

 

This consistency was particularly important throughout the pandemic. BGCF was one of the only youth-serving organizations in the San Gabriel Valley that stayed open during the pandemic. They provided a safe, structured environment that included education and social engagement for kids of first responders and essential workers while schools were closed. In addition, the Club offered virtual tutoring so volunteers like Denise could safely continue to work with kids who were falling behind. All this adapting and flexibility gave a whole new meaning to the Boys & Girls Club tagline, “Whatever it Takes.”

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Agency co-Owner Denise Weaver and her mentee, Vanessa. Denise has been a reading mentor for more than nine years at the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills.

Building confidence through mentorship

BGCF programs help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities they need to overcome obstacles and grow as leaders. And this starts with building confidence. “Confidence and self-worth are essential life skills,” said BGCF Executive Director John Wilson. “Like most skills worth honing, this can take time and reinforcement. BGCF relies on steady volunteers like Matt, Denise, and their team to support us in helping kids develop confidence, leadership skills and healthy habits.”

 

Matt has seen this support in action at BGCF and is encouraged by the results. “The way the Club gives kids an opportunity to be more than they ever imagined they could be is truly remarkable,” he said. “We realize how important it is to show up regularly for these kids. They deserve it. For some, the Club is often the only consistent thing in their lives.”

 

“What I love best about the reading program is seeing the kids’ confidence soar as their reading improves.”

– Denise Weaver, Co-Owner, Weaver & Associates, Inc.

A place for kids to thrive 1Denise took Vanessa, her mentee at the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills, to the San Luis Rey Mission in Oceanside, Calif to conduct research for a school project.

“BGCF relies on steady volunteers like Matt, Denise, and their team to support us in helping kids develop confidence, leadership skills and healthy habits.”

– John Wilson, Executive Director, BGCF

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Club volunteer Denise Weaver and her mentee, Vanessa, reading together at the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills in Monrovia, Calif.

Leadership skills for life

If awarded, BGCF would use a $10,000 donation from Safeco and Liberty Mutual Insurance to retain staff and buy supplies so they can continue to support kids who need a safe and nurturing place to gather during the summer or after school.

 

To vote, share this story using the blue icons to the left, comment below or both. Every vote or comment gets BGCF closer to a $10,000 donation, which will provide children with access to quality programs and services. Visit Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills and Weaver & Associates to learn more.

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Sandy Zion-Anderson
11 months ago

My grandchildren (5 of them) all attended Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. Each one of them absolutely loved it. They learned so much – socially & educationally as well. I can’t say enough good things about this Club, it’s fantastic.

Wayne Walkotten
11 months ago

Great work Weaver & Associates. I love the photos! Best wishes for doubling!

Ian
11 months ago

Thank you so much!

Jennifer
11 months ago

BGCF is such a great program!

Robin Cragoe
11 months ago

Thank you, Matt & Denise, for your example of serving the great kids in our community!

Carson Grueter
11 months ago

In it for the kids!

Kevin Kinkor
11 months ago

Almost there, here’s my vote.

Bob & Patsy Harbicht
11 months ago

Great job Weavers!

Joe
11 months ago

Keep up the great work!

Barby Barba
11 months ago

Count me in to vote!

Karen Suarez
11 months ago

Thank you! Great to have this In Monrovia.

Rene Marrs
11 months ago

Thanks for all you do Weavers and Boys and Girls Club!

JEFF JOHNSON
11 months ago

To a great cause… for the kids…

Deeann Elliott
11 months ago

Bless this organization for the mentorship of our children!!

Kevin Grubbs
11 months ago

Let’s reach this organizations goal!!! What a great program. Time to double up on that 10K.

FRANCE WANG
11 months ago

Awesome work contributing back to the community!

Clquiec
11 months ago

Thanks for serving the kids!

Cissie Andrews
11 months ago

So many children from our community benefit from B&G! Fantastic!

Imy Dulake
11 months ago

Thank you BGCF, John abd staff for all your service and Weaver associates!!

Melissa Taylor
11 months ago

Love the Boys and Girls Club! Such a great place. Let’s get them funded!

Stacey
11 months ago

Thank you for all you do

Sho Tay
11 months ago

Good Jobs, Thanks

Selene Lockerbie
11 months ago

Boys and Girls Club does wonderful work with and for our Monrovia youth! ❤

Rhonda Anderson
11 months ago

This is an excellent program for my kids!

Heather
11 months ago

Thanks for all you do!

Mary Wilson
11 months ago

We are so excited to support this amazing Boys and Girls Club!

Chris
11 months ago

If you have not visited you should! Amazing

Christa
11 months ago

Best activities for kids!

Rick
11 months ago

The nicest people work here!

Christa
11 months ago

Best after school ever!!

janice krikorian
11 months ago

♥♥♥Outstanding Boys and Girls Club for our community! Very deserving♥♥♥

Brian Hall
11 months ago

Cheers for BGCF and Weaver & Associates!!…

Last edited 11 months ago by Brian Hall
Olivia Hsieh
11 months ago

Really appreciate all the generosity, Weavers.

Last edited 11 months ago by Olivia Hsieh
Francine
11 months ago

Great organization! Thank you!

Kelly McLamb
11 months ago

Denise, you are amazing! Way to go, Weaver & Associates!

Rene Williamson
11 months ago

A worthy cause!

Debbie
11 months ago

great job Boys and Girls Club, keeping our youth in engaged in positive self awareness that they can do and be better at anything they want to aspire to!!

Debbie
11 months ago

Debbie

Gabe Cabrera
11 months ago

The BGCF is so lucky to partner with Weaver and Associates!

Kyle Abraham
11 months ago

Great job!

Dara Abraham
11 months ago

Great work on all that you do!

Kiley
11 months ago

I love BGCF!

pattie
11 months ago

An awesome and inspirational story!

Hannah
11 months ago

Keep up the great work! I love what you all do for this community

Tito
11 months ago

We are so happy and my son loves coming here to
The Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills!! So as a parent that’s a good feeling and thank you Weaver and Associates for everything!!

Mae Biaggi
11 months ago

Thank you Weavers and thank you Boys and Girls Club for all you do!! Thank you for keeping our children safe and providing a thriving environment!

Carlos Biaggi
11 months ago

Keep it up weaver Associates for all you’ve done for the Boy’s and Girls club of the Foothills of Monrovia!!

F . Todd Bowden
11 months ago

Good luck to the Boys and Girls Club, a valuable and necessary commodity in community!

Alexis
11 months ago

Great story, thank you!

Heather Malone
11 months ago

It’s a wonderful organization serving a wonderful community, exposing youth to the wonders of the world.

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