It’s a new year, and we thought it was time to change up our regularly scheduled blog format to let you in on our best-kept secret—the people of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Siouxland. This month, we introduce you to Miranda Ross, one of our amazing Youth Development Specialists, who has been on our team since August 2016. We’re grateful she squeezed in the time to answer our questions between the fitness and Tripleplay programs she coaches with our kids and her pursuit of her master’s degree at Briar Cliff University.

Siouxland, meet Miranda Ross.

What made you want to join the team at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Siouxland?

I’ve always loved working with children of all ages. So when I found out there was a position open, I was super excited to start this new adventure.

What is your favorite part of your job here?

I love working with the strength and conditioning programs at BGCS, especially the Judo and Tripleplay program. Seeing the children grow and learn through what I am teaching them is truly gratifying.

What is the hardest part of your job?

The hardest part of my job is the hardest part everyone has in their lives—managing conflicts. When you work with this many kids, conflicts happen. As difficult as they are, I’m grateful for the conflicts that occur here at the club; the amazing staff here knows just what to do to help restore friendships and resolve problems. These kids know they have people who are willing to help them in any situation, not to solve problems for them, but to help them come to their own compromises. It’s both inspiring and empowering.

What lessons have you learned since starting your journey with BGCS?

Every child has a different situation and a different story. It’s easy to make assumptions or to judge; it’s much harder—but so much more rewarding—to listen, to ask questions, and to help in the ways you can.

Name three things on your bucket list.

  1. Visit the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.
  2. Attend a game at every MLB stadium in the country.
  3. Experience an Alaskan hunting and fishing expedition.

One of the bucket list items I have for BGCS, and for Siouxland in general, is to continue serving kids with strength, conditioning, and confidence-building programs. Strong physical and mental health form the foundation for so many opportunities, and our Siouxland kids deserve their shot at the best of them.

Ready to see where you fit in at BGCS? Explore our volunteer, donation, and employment openings.

Club Updates:

New Program Update: Judo Program

We’d like to give a special thank you to Jason Allen, our Judo Program volunteer teacher. Jason is also the Operations Director at the LaunchPad. The kids love Judo and work hard training with Jason. He volunteers his time Tuesday and Thursday evenings to provide our kids an awesome new program. We are incredibly lucky to have such an enthusiastic, dedicated, and skilled volunteer. Thank you Jason!


Thank you to the Briar Cliff University Freshman J-Term students!

The Briar Cliff University Freshman J-Term students volunteered their time to plan and run fun games at the Club for our 7 – 12 year old members.  They provided fun and games for our Club kids on January 11th & 12th.  The kids had a blast.  It really makes them feel special when college students take time to spend with them.  Special thanks to Justin (Jay) Rhode from the Student Development Office who always arranges to have BCU students volunteer at the Club during J-Term.

Chili’s Fundraiser

We have a quick follow up on the Chili’s partnership with the Club last fall. From that partnership, we received a percentage of profits if our coupon code was presented. We received a check for $185.12 this January from that partnership.

Upcoming Events

Jan. 31st – Torch Club Can Drive ends.
Feb. 2nd – Youth of the Year Event (Local) at 6:30 p.m. Club closes early at 6pm.
Feb. 3rd – Rock Climbing begins. Available for boys & girls 11-18 years old. Sign up is required. Permission slips are available in the front office.
Feb. 9th – Staff Appreciation. Club closes early at 6pm.
Feb. 16th – SMARTgirls Program starts. Available for all Club girls 11-14 years old. Sign up is required. Permission slips are available in the front office.
Mar. 16th & 17th – Youth of the Year Event (State)