Alameda Boys & Girls Club

The Alameda Boys & Girls Club has created a “STEM Center of Innovation” makerspace through a grant from Disney. This flexible work space is conducive to creative brainstorming and hands-on experimental work with equipment like 3D printers and state-of-the-art computers. The makerspace will enable club members to enhance their digital skills, learn about hardware systems and natural sciences using a do-it-yourself-style of working. Above, club Chief Executive Officer Jeff Miller presented the new space to the public at an open house celebration held Monday.


The Alameda Boys & Girls Club (ABGC) announced it will hold its first-ever fundraising food, wine and music festival, titled “Corks, Forks, Rhythm & Brews.” The event date has been set for Saturday, Oct. 5, and will feature California’s best wineries, spirits and breweries, gourmet foods, restaurants and live music to benefit ABGC. 

An exhibition of photography by Alameda Boys & Girls Club members ages 8 to 13 years old will go on display Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 at South Shore Center. The ImageMakers Photography Club’s showcase, now in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Seiwald Family Foundation and the Perforce Foundation. The photos displayed were taken at the Boys & Girls Club, as well as other locations in Alameda and around the Bay Area.

In partnerships with Disney and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a “Center of Innovation” is coming to Alameda Boys & Girls Club (ABGC). The club will designate one room at its facility at 1900 Third St. and transform it into a makerspace. The center will serve as a flexible work space that is conducive to creative brainstorming and hands-on experimental work. Club members will have access to new hi-tech equipment including: 3D printers, state-of-the-art computers and an interactive flat board.

The Alameda Boys & Girls Club will host its annual Building Great Futures luncheon, Wednesday, June 13, at Hilton Oakland Airport, 1 Hegenberger Road, featuring Keynote Speaker former United States Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice. 


With school back in session, Alameda Boys & Girls Club (ABGC) will be continuing its ongoing partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Ross Stores to support the club’s Power Hour: Making Minutes Count program, an interactive after-school homework assistance program for members, ages 6 to 18. The program offers opportunities for the club’s staff to support youth members in developing positive attitudes about education and encourage youth to complete homework and become self-directed learners.


The Kiwanis Club of Alameda recently awarded grants to 11 local nonprofits. The grant recipients included Alameda Boys & Girls Club for the “Keystone” Character and Leadership Program for high school aged youth; Alameda Education Foundation in support of Equipped 4 Success; Alameda Food Bank for their fresh milk program; Alameda Homeless Network in support of Midway Shelter; and the Alameda Music Project for their after school music program at Maya Lin Elementary. 


The Alameda Boys & Girls Club 2017 Youth of the Year Ja’Nylah Johnson has advanced from the NorCal finals to the California State Youth of the Year finals. At just 16, she is the first to win Alameda Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year and advance to the finals. 


To celebrate National Boys & Girls Club week, Haircuts with Heart will be hosting a special event for the Alameda Boys & Girls Club youth and teen members on Wednesday, March 29. The new not-for-profit organization will provide free haircuts, styling, pizza, DJ, an open mic for stories, community and personal care from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alameda Boys & Girls Club. The club is located at 1900 Third St. in Alameda.


Earlier this year the Alameda Sun presented the Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) with a specific donation for a specific purpose (“Project Tree Seeded,” April 14). The idea was to seed a tree planting program in Alameda that would help restore and maintain the city’s urban forest. 

Since January, Marla Koss of the ABG, who you might call a fruit tree scientist, has established groundwork for planting 29 trees in various locations around the city as the Project Tree pilot program.