Boys & Girls Clubs of America

With 4,000 clubs in a variety of communities across the United States, the non-profit serves nearly four million young people each year. This represents a significant opportunity for True Value retailers to engage with local clubs and support their mission to help kids stay focused on activities centered on academic success, a healthy lifestyle, good character and citizenship. Several of our retailers are already involved … from community festivals for kids to club improvement projects to mentoring.

In True Value Company’s hometown, the foundation continues a more than 35-year commitment in giving back to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. Through the generous support of our supplier and associate community, True Value has made a five-year commitment to the recently-named True Value Boys & Girls Club, formerly the General Robert E. Wood Boys & Girls Club. Entering its 55th year of service, the Club opened its doors in 1956 and serves the South Lawndale and Little Village communities.

Little Village is the retail, residential and cultural capital of the Mexican community in the Midwest. Over the past 30 years, Little Village has become a major port of entry for Mexican immigrants, and the community has been strengthened by the economic power, traditions, determination and hope that they bring. While solid housing stock and thriving commercial districts have been key to the community's prosperity, the neighborhood is challenged to invest in its human resources, in particular the youth in the community. Half of the residents are under the age of 25, creating a demand for better support for education, recreation programs and other social services.

The True Value Boys & Girls Club responds to that need by offering a wide array of programs in five core program areas. In addition to traditional programs, the True Value Club is also home to Community Links High School, a unique Chicago Public School with a 100% graduation rate and a better than 85% success rate of college placement for its graduates which is supported by the Club’s College Bound program.

Meet Citlali, our True Value Club Youth of the Year

Citlali is a high school sophomore and has been a True Value Club member for three years. She is a member of the Japanese Honors Society and enjoys being a part of Keystone Club’s community service efforts. Citlali credits her Club for pushing her outside her comfort zone and joining the dance program. To Citlali's pleasant surprise, it’s her favorite activity at the Club!

Citlali is also a mentor for those younger than her at the Club and has helped tutor them to improve their grades. She hopes sharing her story will help younger Club members feel supported and less alone. She wants people her age to know that even in dark moments, happy ones will follow.

Citlali loves a good horror film (“Cabin in the Woods” is her favorite) and though she’s only a sophomore, she hopes to major in finance as math is her favorite subject.

True Value Boy & Girls Club is proud to have Citlali as a member and can't wait to see where she goes next on her path!

Watch Citlali's message thanking True Value Associates, here.