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"The Boys & Girls Club Was My Safe Haven"
New Boys & Girls Club Director Remembers His Early Years
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley
IA/IL QUAD-CITIES – After conducting a nationwide search, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (BGCMV) Board of Directors has selected Tim Tolliver as their new Chief Professional Officer (CPO), the title given by Boys & Girls Clubs to their executive directors.
"We welcome Tim to our organization and to the Quad-Cities," said Chris Johnson, President of the BGCMV Board. "He brings a wealth of applicable skills and experience to the role of Chief Professional Officer."
"Tim Tolliver has dedicated his career to helping others," said Tim Stinson, Board Vice President and Search Committee Chair. "We are pleased that he is now a member of our community and we look forward to working with him."
Community members can meet Tim at the organization's 2013 Annual Steak & Burger Dinner. "This important fundraiser helps to open the door to a better future for Quad Cities youth and teens," said Johnson. "The Steak & Burger Dinner offers a fun night of socializing with the many friends of BGCMV, and attendees will meet Tim and have dinner with some of our Club members."
The fundraising event will be held 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Dr., Moline, IL. The social hour starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 each. Individual tickets and tables for groups are available by calling (309) 757-5777.
A Life Shaped by the Boys & Girls Clubs
"Truly, my life has been shaped for the better by my involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs," Tim said. "I am happy to say, I was a Club kid as a child and my son was also a Club kid. It's a great place for young people to learn important values."
Tim, age 40, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended high school at Cleveland Junior Naval Academy, named after President Grover Cleveland. He attended Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO, where he majored in Political Science/Public Administration.
According to Tim, he might not have attended college if it weren't for the encouragement he'd received from the Boys and Girls Club. He started attending what is now the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis at age 8. "Back then, it was a club for boys," he said. "Girls became part of the club in 1991, which is the year I graduated from the club."
Tim stated that he grew up in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in St. Louis. "Gangs were running rampant, since the Los Angeles gangs, the Cripps and the Bloods, were working their way into that area," he said. "The club was my safe haven. My mom felt a lot better, knowing I was hanging out there. Back then it was a 'swim and gym' – other recreations there included pool, foosball and ping pong."
The big reason Tim kept going to the club, he noted, was because of the positive reinforcement he received. "I had many friends there and the camaraderie kept me coming back," he said. "I developed strong friendships with the people who worked there, like the social recreation leader, Mr. Bates, and the gym and sports director, Mr. Mitch. Mr. Mitch recruited me to play baseball for their team, and I eventually moved into basketball."
In those days, Tim observed, the big draw of the club for him was sports, but he also became involved with Keystone Club, the group's leadership and service club. "The kids who are a part of Keystone help others in the community and learn the value of volunteer service," he said.
At age 16, Tim was vice president of his club's Keystone group. "We got to go places and also took part in fundraising," he said. "A lot of kids didn't get to leave their neighborhoods very much, so taking part in Keystone Club helped them to see more of what the world had to offer. For many, it was the first time they'd ever left the inner city."
Dedicated to Serving Others
Over the years, Tim has held key positions of guidance and leadership where he could help the community. Early in his career, from January 1998 to February 2010, he served as the Branch Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas/Collin County in Dallas/McKinney, Texas.
From February 2010 to December 2011, Tim worked as the Associate Services/Shelter Manager for the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance in Dallas. When that position was eliminated due to budget cuts, he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Children's Advocacy Center in Van Zandt/Kaufman County, Texas. He held that position from May 2012 to February 2013, when a state realignment resulted in an unaccepted transfer offer that did not meet his future plans.
He had been working with the St. Louis Public Schools when he heard about the opening in the Quad-Cities as the CPO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley. "When I first read about it, I thought the position was located in the state of Mississippi," he said with a laugh. "I was happy to find out it was much closer than that!"
"The community is invited to come and meet Tim Tolliver at the Steak & Burger event and also enjoy our youth group performances," said Johnson. "It will be an enjoyable evening, and the funds raised through this event represent an investment in our community's future and quality of life."
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, as a chartered member of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, is a tax-exempt organization, duly qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with Federal law.
For more information on the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, please call (309) 757-5777 or visit www.bgcmv.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Boys and Girls Clubs?
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is a national organization that provides affordable out-of-school programs for youth ages 6-18. Located in all 50 states and on military bases throughout the world, Boys and Girls Clubs is consistently ranked as one of the best organizations for youth in the country. Nationwide, BGCA serves more than 4 million youth in 4,000 Clubs. The local chapter in the Quad Cities is the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley (BGCMV).
Where are the Boys and Girls Clubs locations in the Quad-Cities?
Moline Club, 406 7th Street, Moline, IL
Teen Center, 1122 5th Avenue, Moline, IL
Davenport Club, First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport, IA
Administrative Office, 338 6th St., Moline, IL 61265
What are the hours of operation for the BGCMV?
Davenport and Moline Club: After-school until 6:00 p.m.
The Club: After-school until 6:30 p.m.
Summer Hours, Early Dismissals, and No School Days vary.
What makes BGCMV different from other after-school programs?
There are characteristics that touch most youth agencies; however, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley demonstrates these unique characteristics:
Building Centered: BGCMV is a place, an actual building designed for youth programs and activities.
For All Boys and Girls: BGCMV serves all boys and girls, ages 6-18.
Daily Access to Programs: BGCMV locations are open when youth need them the most. They are open Monday through Friday, when youth have free time and need positive alternatives. They are also open on non-holidays when members are not in school.
Affordable: Members pay no more than $25 per program and no child is ever turned away due to inability to pay.
Accessible and Community Based: BGCMV locations are found in neighborhoods where kids need them the most and similar resources are not available.
Trained Professional Staff: Trained and caring youth development professionals provide daily guidance and supervision to Club members and serve as role models and mentors.
Tested, Proven Curricula: BGCMV members participate in a variety of programs in the areas of: Education and Career Development; Character and Leadership Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
Is BGCA the same as Big Brothers Big Sisters?
No, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring program pairing adult volunteers with individual youth. BGCA is a comprehensive youth development program that serves all its members in one place during out-of-school hours.
What is a typical day at BGCMV like?
During the school year, all members are expected to complete their homework daily during Power Hour. Staff and volunteers are on hand to assist with any questions members may have.
After that, members participate in different activities. BGCMV has a wide variety of programs in five Core Program Areas: Education and Career Development, Character and Leadership Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation. BGCMV also provides guest speakers, special events, and field trips to members.
After program time, members have Social Recreation time, where they can learn recreation games such as pool or ping pong, play video games, finish art projects, and have free time with their friends. All BGCMV clubs provide free snacks and meals to members daily.
Who can belong to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley?
Any child between the ages of 6 to 18 years old who is currently enrolled in school.
How much does it cost to be a member at the BGCMV?
Davenport and Moline Clubs: $12 per year
Teen Center "The Club": $25 per year
Additional fees may apply to Summer Programs (generally $20)
Why are BGCMV fees so low?
Fees are kept low so that the BGCMV is accessible to all children. The target population is those who are most at risk.
How is the BGCMV funded?
All funding comes from individual and corporate donations, grants and special events.
How does the BGCMV keep so many children in its program?
BGCMV is NOT a court-ordered program. Members come to BGCMV locations because they want to. The number 1 reason kids come to Club is to have FUN. This is a drop-in program so they can leave at any time. The BGCMV keeps it fun so that kids want to stay.