Over the last few years the Linda Vista Boys & Girls Club (BGC) Teen Center has been losing members due to changes in staffing and lack of programs. The Club hired a new Director whose main focus was creating a clean and positive atmosphere at the BGC Teen Center and after a week of joining the BGC team, the positive changes in the cleanliness of the Club, staff morale and teen member’s attitudes was noticeable! These changes inspired the DSSO team members to take the improvements a step further.
The San Diego DSSO requested a wish list of items that would help build teen engagement and get the kids excited about Toyota Financial Services (TFS) sponsored events. The list consisted of updated sporting goods, ping pong paddles, balls, basketball, new pool sticks, water cooler, a Wii and kitchen supplies to kick off Teen Cuisine. But TFS team members didn’t stop there! The water cooler was such a big deal for the club that they purchased water bottles and Target gift cards for the Club teens. All of the donations and gifts were placed in a storage shed purchased by the office for the Club.
On December 17, half of the San Diego DSSO hosted the holiday party at the Club Teen Center. It was a special event filled with games, prizes, rewards and donations. Each of the TFS volunteers sat with a group of Club members and led activities such as making reindeer, building snowmen with toilet paper, brainstorming ideas for the following year d2D and eating pizza!
The last activity of the evening was the ‘big reveal’ of the storage shed and its contents. It was very exciting for all the kids to see all the new supplies for the club and receive personal gift items. All of the TFS team members enjoyed the event. It was great to see the volunteers getting involved and making a connection with Club members!