News & Happenings at the Club

Congratulations Class of 2016!

June 8, 2016 - This week the Boys & Girls Club hosted a celebration in honor of 30 local high schoolers in our T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow program who are graduating with the Class of 2016. The celebration, which will recognize the teens significant accomplishments through the Boys & Girls Club and school is made possible through a $5,205 grant from the Taco Bell® Foundation.

“As Graduation season approaches, we are excited to see the hard work of our Club members recognized,” said Sue Bloom, Executive Director. “We appreciate the Taco Bell® Foundation for supporting our new grads and committing to our future ones through the Foundation’s long-term support right here in Marion and Polk Counties.”

Congratulations to all of the 2016 graduates!

Class of 2016

Exceptional Teen Named Youth of the Year

Youth of the Year Finalists (from left): Tanisha Speten, Fatima Ramirez & Fatima Preciado. Preciado was named local Youth of the Year at the recent competition.March 3, 2016 - Selected among several local outstanding youth, Fatima Preciado was recently honored as Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties.

As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties, 17-year old Fatima is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Club for her leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

“Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. Fatima is a wonderful ambassador for the Club and is a shining example of a true leader,” said Sue Bloom, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties.

Fatima has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since elementary school. “As a young child in elementary school I was given the opportunity to participate in many educational activities that strengthened my development into a high achieving academic student. Now as a teen at the Club, I am part of the T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow program where I have acquired career-related skills, educational support through academic tutors as well as both job and volunteer connections.”

Fatima is a natural leader at the Boys & Girls Club, in her school and in her community. She has given over 500 volunteer service hours over the past year. Fatima is highly involved in community and school activities including the National Honors Society and Student Government.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a national education partner that has joined with BGCA to impact academic success among youth across the country, and the Taco Bell Foundation, BGCA’s premier partner for teen empowerment.

Fatima will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Oregon Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). If Fatima wins at the state competition, shewill compete for the title of Pacific Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2016, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

Salem’s Sue Bloom Named Boys & Girls Club Executive Director


*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 26, 2016

After a national search that attracted nearly sixty candidates, Sue Bloom of Salem emerged as the top choice to be the new Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties.  She becomes the first woman chief executive of the Club that serves more than 10,000 youth each year.

“Sue Bloom earned this position.  She earned it by her obvious passion for the kids and their families, by her strong networks within our community and by the trust she has established with the youth development professionals who work daily with our youth,” said Justin Martin, president of the Board of Directors.

“While prior experience within the Boys & Girls Club is a great asset, Sue’s deep knowledge of our community, its people and the needs of our members pushed her over the top in making this important decision,” Martin said.  “We are confident Sue Bloom will fulfill this position of public trust because of her deep passion for the kids and their families and for her outstanding collaborative skills within the community.”

“I am more than humbled by this expression of trust,” Bloom said.  “I consider this as an affirmation not only for me but of the strength of our organization and the staff that provides our youth guidance and opportunities to grow. Together with them, our board of directors, foundation trustees and our community stakeholders, we are committed to providing what our youth need and deserve - a safe and enriching environment that supports their academic success, health and well-being.”

Bloom has five and a half years of experience with the Boys & Clubs Club, first as Director of Operations and most recently as Chief Development Officer.  She previously worked for the Salem Chamber of Commerce and United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley.  Bloom came to the nonprofit sector after ten years with State Farm Insurance.

Bloom and her husband, Gene, live in Salem where they raised two children.  She studied business administration and management at Linfield College, graduating in 1982.  Now she has adopted close to 10,000 more kids.

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Justin Martin (503) 580-5226
Sue Bloom (503) 930-6587

Boys & Girls Club Announces Leadership Change

Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties
Announces Leadership Change

Executive Director Tim Sinatra Hired to Lead North Carolina Organization
October 16, 2015

SALEM, OR – Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties today announced that Executive Director Tim Sinatra will be leaving to become President and CEO of Eliada, a non-profit organization serving the therapy and treatment needs of the at-risk population in Asheville, North Carolina.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Tim and we wish him the best,” stated Board President Bob Martinsson. “Tim has served the Salem Boys & Girls Club admirably these last seven years and we appreciate his strong leadership in moving our Club forward. We have accomplished great things during his tenure for the children and families of the Mid-Willamette Valley.”

Sinatra received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and began his career with the Boys & Girls Club at a local Asheville Club.

A recruitment process for Sinatra’s successor is underway. Review the job description >>. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

“The Boys & Girls Club has a history of over 45 years in our community, providing the tools and opportunities for young people to thrive,” said Martinsson. “Daily opportunities are dedicated to helping kids and teens achieve academic success, lead healthy lives and develop the skills and experiences needed to be successful in future careers. With the strength of our staff, Board of Directors and supporters, we will continue to move forward, with a focus on providing the most comprehensive programs and services for the youth who need us most.”

Free Screen of Award-Winning Documentary, First Generation

Join us for a free screening of a one hour version of the award-winning documentary, First Generation - a film that could change the way you look at college. Learn more»

April 13, 2015
5:30 pm - Doors Open
6:00 pm - Film Starts

North Salem High School
765 - 14th St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

Macy’s Thanks for Sharing

Macys A big thanks to Macy’s cardholders who helped make Thanks for Sharing a huge success. We’re excited to announce that Macy’s met its $15 million goal across the nation! Visit Macys.com/thanks for more information.

T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow Receives National Recognition

May 2014
T3 Merit AwardKaitlynn Chritton and Katie Plumb of the Boys & Girls Club accepted the prestigious Merit Award for Program Excellence in Education and Career Development from Jim Clark, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


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