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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the Texans work together to help youth in our area reach their full potential. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston is one of the region's leading youth-development organizations and serves more than 30,000 youth ages 6 to 17 at its 23 locations across the Greater Houston metro area.
Houston Texans Teen Club
In 2016, the Texans opened the Houston Texans Teen Club with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston providing more than $750,000 in financial support to the club over the past five years. The club, the first of its kind in the city and the first in the country to be named for an NFL team, gives teens ages 14 to 18 a place to call their own. Programs at the Teen Club are built specifically to cater to the teen audience and their social and emotional needs. The club hosts programs in character development, wellness, education, career development, leadership and mental health.
Chevron Market Pantry
The Chevron Market Pantry at the Houston Texans Teen Club distributes groceries twice a month to members of the community who are in need. The pantry was created in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Chevron, the Texans and the Houston Food Bank and is managed entirely by the teens, who win awards for the most hours volunteered. As a result of COVID, the pantry shifted to a drive thru model to support those affected by food insecurity during the pandemic. In 2020, 24 Chevron Market Pantry food distributions were held, serving over 23,000 individuals. During the season, Texans Legends Earl Mitchell, ND Kalu and Robaire Smith visited the pantry to help distribute food as part of Homecoming presented by Chevron, and Cheerleaders and TORO visited during the holidays to hand out meals and warm blankets. Each year, Chevron and the Texans donate $30,000 to support the Market Pantry program as well as provide volunteers and giveaways as part of the partnership.
CDW College & Career Playbook
The CDW College & Career Playbook at the Teen Club provides a quiet space for members to access computers, do schoolwork, work on their résumés and apply for programs, jobs and scholarships. As part of the partnership, CDW hosts the Careers in Technology Day, which features panel discussions with Texans representatives and technology executives and gives teens the chance to learn about opportunities in the technology industry. CDW also supplies printers, computers, software and additional hardware to support the growth and educational development of members.
The Texans hosted an outdoor holiday party for 30 members of the Houston Texans Teen Club with TORO, Cheerleaders, a food truck, a DJ, an outdoor viewing of Home Alone and more. At the end of the event, to help the teens achieve their educational goals, every member was surprised with a tablet to utilize during virtual learning.
Class of 2021 Graduation Celebration presented by Chevron
In May, the Texans celebrated the high school graduation of members of the Houston Texans Teen Club. The Texans celebrated the teens with a ceremony that featured DL Shaq Lawson, Legend ND Kalu, TORO and Cheerleaders. All the graduates received gifts, and top volunteers from the Chevron Market Pantry were also recognized.
Rookie Class Combine
Texans rookies hosted a virtual mentoring session and brand-building combine with members of the Houston Texans Teen Club as they prepared for the Youth of the Year competition presented by Chevron. Rookies, including DL Ross Blacklock and DB John Reid, spoke with the teens to help them discover and develop their strengths and swapped stories about their backgrounds, education and goals.
Youth of the Year Presented by Chevron
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston Youth of the Year program honors inspiring teens and their journeys. The winners are selected based on leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle. Through club competitions, teens are selected to compete at the club, city, state and national levels for the chance to win college scholarships. This spring, Texans staff served as judges for the Houston Texans Teen Club Youth of the Year competition. The Houston Texans Teen Club Youth of the Year top three winners were Reggie, Char'Dette and Casey.
Cigna Health & Wellness Center
Helping teens develop healthy lifestyles is one of the four core pillars of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In 2020, Cigna adopted the Cigna Health & Wellness Center at the Houston Texans Teen Club, donating $20,000 to enhance programming to include yoga, meditation, dance and educational sessions led by health and nutrition experts. During COVID, Cigna awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston a $5,000 hardship grant and provided 200 complimentary flu shots to members at two club locations helping to create a healthier community for all.