My Echo Story: The Boys and Girls Club |

My Echo Story: The Boys and Girls Club

Karen Houser
Executive director

Entering our 22nd year of serving the youth and families of South Lake Tahoe, the Boys and Girls Club strives to empower all young people to reach their full potential. We serve youth in grades K-12, offering a variety of meaningful enrichment programs including art, sports, technology, music, nutrition, job readiness and Leaders in Training. Last year, the Club saw 878 youth visit about 43,000 times.

At the Boys & Girls Club, youth members are greeted in a safe and positive atmosphere by caring adult staff and volunteers who know their name and care about their future. We have a message for our kids: Be great: Graduate! This includes not only graduating from high school and heading to college, trade school, or a meaningful career, but also advancing to the next grade level each year, prepared and ready to succeed. No one is ever turned away due to a lack of ability to pay.

The South Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls Club is one of 4,000 clubs across the country, with each club being responsible for their own financial sustainability. As such, we are grateful for Heavenly Mountain Resort and Vail Resorts Echo for the support our kids and Club have received over the years. Last year, we were awarded a grant for materials to create a clay mural art project called “Unity in the Community.” This project provided a framework for addressing the issues of bullying, tolerance, acceptance and kindness amongst our youth. We also appreciate the company’s employees serving as volunteers at our events and programs at the Club. To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club and how you can get involved, visit .

– Corporate sustainability has always been fundamental for Heavenly Mountain Resort and its parent company, Vail Resorts. Through Vail Resorts Echo, our sustainability program, we hope to connect our communities to our efforts – from on-the-ground conservation programs to grants for local schools. Aimed at both protecting the natural resources that surround the resorts and helping build stronger communities where our employees live and work, Vail Resorts Echo encompasses three core efforts: environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement. Visit to learn more about VR Echo.

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