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Jun 07, 2017,
Santa Rosa
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County
Local Boys & Girls Clubs Wins Two National Awards
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Local Boys & Girls Clubs Wins Two National Awards

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County recognized for Intramural Sports and services for recently incarcerated youth.

Dallas, TX – Ana Lopez (center) of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County accepted two prestigious Honor Awards from Dr. Damon Williams (right), SVP of Programs at BGCA, and Arianna Skinner (left) 2016-2017 National Military Youth of the Year. The award was recently presented during Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 111th National Conference in Dallas, Texas and are for the organizations program serving youth recently released from Juvenile Hall, and for its Intramural sports league. Each honoree also receives a $5,000 award from MetLife Foundation, sponsor of the annual recognition program, which honors local Clubs for innovative, effective programming leading youth to great futures. Each year, hundreds of entries are submitted in the five core program areas: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation, but only one Honor Award is presented in each area.


“We are humbled and honored to receive two top level awards, out of 4,000 organizations nation-wide, but we are even more proud of the impact that we have on the thousands of Sonoma County young people we serve every day.” – Jennifer Weiss, Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County.


The Honor Award for Program Excellence in Health and Life Skills recognizes the program that helps members develop the capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, help them set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.


The Honor Award for Program Excellence in Sports, Fitness and Recreation is presented to a Club conducting an outstanding program that helps young people become physically fit, make positive use of leisure time, develop social and stress management skills, and appreciate the environment.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, which serves 6,000 youth each year from Cloverdale to Rohnert Park, has been recognized at the national conference several times in the recent past. Last year the organization was one of two nationwide to be honored for Overall Program Excellence, and in 2015 the organization received an Honor Award for Overall Program Participation and Attendance at its Cloverdale Clubhouse location. In 2014, the organization received a total of three Honor and Merit awards for Overall Program, Innovation in Safety, and Character & Leadership Development.


About Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County serves nearly 6,000 youth every year at 31 locations throughout Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Windsor, Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park. The Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. The organization seeks to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.


About MetLife Foundation

MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife’s longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $570 million in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information visit

Contact Information
Name: Jennifer Weiss     Email:
Phone: 707-528-7977

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