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Honor Award Press Release

Friday, 02 June 2017



MAY 22, 2017


Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove

714-530-0430 ext. 1921

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GARDEN GROVE, May 2017 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove (BGCGG) received a prestigious National Honor Award for Program Excellence at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 111th National Conference held recently in Dallas, TX. The organizationreceived a $5,000 award from MetLife Foundation, sponsor of the annual recognition program, which honors local Clubs for innovative, effective, and impactful programming leading youth to great futures.


The coveted Honor Award for Overall Program Excellence is presented to the Club with the best overall program, as determined by entries submitted in each of BGCA’s five core program categories: education and career development; health and life skills; character and leadership development; sports, fitness and recreation; and the arts. The Overall Program Excellence category is separated into two parts, one award for larger organizations with a budget over $500,000, and one award for smaller organizations with a budget under $500,000. BGCGG’s total organizational budget for fiscal year 2016-17 is just under $12,000,000.


Serving eight cities, in large part thanks to their long-lasting partnership with Garden Grove Unified School District, BGCGG offers a wide variety of programs within the five Core Areas listed above to ensure local youth are provided a well-rounded and optimal Club experience. Arts programs, such as Origami Club, Yearbook and ImageMakers inspire youth to express themselves and creatively share their view of the world around them.  Sports and Fitness programs are designed to promote physical wellness and encourage youth to find fitness activities they enjoy, leading to increased participation in physical activity over all. Character and Leadership programsencourage strong values and develop member’s leadership skills, while programs focused around Healthy Habits such as Master Chef help members develop positive eating and cooking habits which, developed early on in life, have an increased chance of being sustained into adulthood.  Lastly, Education and Career Development programs, such as Summer Brain Gain, STEM Expo, Write Brain, Little Engineers and Journalism Club all engage youth in learning opportunities embedded in a fun and exploratory environment. “These programs encompass the youth-voice and are centered on a core idea that the time spent engaged with the Club should better the lives of our members and afford them additional opportunities in life to create their own great future”, said Mark Surmanian, Chief Executive Officer for BGCGG. He added, “Furthermore, this tremendous award is a direct result of the hard work of our dedicated staff members who do their best each and every day to offer impactful and valuable programs to the 6,500 youth who walk through our doors daily”.


“In communities nationwide, Boys & Girls Clubs play a vital role in providing young people with safe places to learn and grow,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We are pleased to recognize Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove for providing exemplary programs and making a positive difference in the lives of local young people.”


About Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove

For over 60 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove has changed and saved lives, enabling young people to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Striving to help children “BE GREAT”, Boys & Girls Clubs plays an integral role in its community by providing children hope and opportunity through school age, family support, and community outreach programs.


BGCGG serves 6,500 young youth and teens daily at 62 program sites, from “Diapers to Diplomas,” ages 24 months-18 years old, with programs in character & leadership, education & career, the arts, health & life skills, and sports, fitness & recreation. In addition, BGCGG expands its services to over 13,000 families annually through 6 family strengthening programs to ensure that the needs of the whole child are met. These programs include Family Campus Preschool, Early Learning Programs, Academy Programs, ARCHES (Access to Resources for Children's Health, Education and Support), School Based Counseling, and prevention and intervention services through FYOP (Family & Youth Outreach Program).


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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 about MetLife, please visit


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