Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Dr Pepper Snapple Group announced today the launch of a digital yearbook, gathering photos and signatures from Club alumni, donors and supporters.
The Alumni & Friends Yearbook was created as a platform for alumni to reconnect with fellow Club kids, share stories about their Boys & Girls Club experiences and make new connections with alumni across the country. Participants can sign the yearbook at bgca.org/yearbook.
One lucky Boys & Girls Club alum or supporter who signs the yearbook between now and October 5, 2018, will win an in-person celebrity experience with Club alum Shaquille O'Neal, along with a $10,000 donation to a local Boys & Girls Club of their choice. Boys & Girls Clubs has nearly 16 million living Club alumni, including celebrities like Denzel Washington, Misty Copeland, Shaquille O’Neal and business leaders like Dr Pepper Snapple president and CEO Larry D. Young. These alumni and many others come from all walks of life but share a common bond through their Boys & Girls Club experience.
“The foundation of the Boys & Girls Club experience can be life-changing and life-saving for so many kids, especially those who need us most,” said Jim Clark, president & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “The collective strength of our Alumni & Friends help reconnect members and supporters while giving back to the next generation of Club kids.”
Thanks to Dr Pepper Snapple, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is creating a network of passionate Club Alumni & Friends who can support and provide mentorship to current Club members and other alumni. By reconnecting with the Boys & Girls Club community through Alumni & Friends, former Club kids and supporters can also be powerful advocates for Clubs and the kids and communities they serve.
“The lessons I learned and experiences I gained as a Club kid in Springfield, Mo., helped shape who I am today,” said Young. “With the Alumni & Friends Network, former Club kids have access to invaluable mentorship and other resources that help light pathways to successful and rewarding lives, and this digital yearbook is a great way for alums to make those connections.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs continues to have a major impact on its members past graduation, with more than 54 percent of Boys & Girls Club alumni say the Club saved their life. For more information on Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni & Friends, go to www.bgca.org/alumni.