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Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Across America and on U.S. military installations around the globe.
www.bgca.org Great Futures Start Here.
Interests: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
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Houston native and renowned artist Jimmy Houston created the mural on the Teen Club facade.In the Year of the Teen, it was exciting to see a new opportunity being made available for teens in Houston! Last February, the NFL’s Houston Texans signed a five-year partnership with the Boys & Girls... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Boys & Girls Club Story
It is always a special occasion when a new Boys & Girls Club is dedicated in any community, because of the beacon of hope and opportunity it provides to families and youth who need us most. It is also a symbol of the transformational power of our Movement and the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week in Washington, D.C., Jocelyn Woods was named 2016-17 National Youth of the Year. The announcement came before a packed house of Boys & Girls Club supporters at the National Building Museum, which included members of Congress and Club alumni such as American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Joining the military is a major commitment. When you have a family, it’s a big commitment for them, too. Children of military families move an average of six to nine times before they finish high school graduation. That’s a lot of change: new teachers, schoolmates and cultures. Separations from parents... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week, while visiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (my hometown), one couldn’t help but notice the sentiments about the city were concerning. As America watched, citizens reacted to the recent fatal shooting in Milwaukee. It really hit home for me. This event and similar ones the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Philanthropist Joel Smilow has done it again. Smilow, former chairman and CEO of Playtex Products, has generously supported numerous Boys & Girls Clubs over the years. This includes Clubs in Connecticut, Michigan, New York, Georgia and Washington. His latest patronage was recently revealed in Texas, where the Boys & Girls... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Making new friends in Hattiesburg. Spent some time on the road last week, reconnecting with several Boys & Girls Clubs in the southeast. My travels began in beautiful Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club resides in a world-class facility, which also provides extended services to families... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Over the past few years, CEO Michelle Seither and Board Chair Dave Cook of the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty in southwest Ohio have successfully led the way forward for a new facility. Planning, coordinating and funding construction of a new Club requires intense focus and a lot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last Friday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, I had the honor to take part in the opening of the newest Center of Innovation. It joins five Centers already in operation at Boys & Girls Clubs, including one overseas, and will provide youth with access to technologies to stimulate creative... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
A stop in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to meet with community leaders and volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, proved to be an insightful visit. New Chief Executive Officer Jake McGhee is focused on growing the organization and deepening its impact on the lives of youth in the community.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
The expansive new facility can serve up to 200 more youth a day than the two Clubs it is replacing. Last week, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware opened the doors to its brand new facility, the Greater Dover Boys & Girls Club and Kent County Community Center in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
A small sampling of the over 2,200 teens and advisors who came out for Keystone 2016 in Dallas. Last week, I had the pleasure and privilege to join over 2,200 teens and their advisors from Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the United States for the 49th Annual National Keystone Conference... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week, I paid a visit to Wisconsin to observe teen programming at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay. By developing an atmosphere, experiences and programs that appeal to teens, Executive Director John Benberg and his team have nicely accelerated outreach efforts to a group that can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
A marble dropped in an intricate standalone model of gears and levers marked the official opening of the Center of Innovation at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas. The homemade Rube-Goldberg-like machine seemed a fitting symbol for the STEM education, career info, and teen-focused programs and activities the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, several BGCA colleagues and I made last Monday “a day on.” We headed south to Tallahassee, Florida, where we joined our friends at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Big Bend in a day of service. We started the day taking part... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
A warm welcome from Club members in Hartford. Every January, I begin the year at Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford in Connecticut. It's a way to celebrate and pay homage to the birthplace of the Boys & Girls Club Movement. It is special to take time and reflect on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Earlier this fall, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee concluded a five year-research study examining the positive effects of the Spheres of Proud Achievement in Reading for Kids program, or SPARK, on early literacy skills. Funded by a 2010 Investing in Innovation grant awarded by the Department of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Knowing 43 million kids (3 out of 4) lose access to academic opportunities each summer, thus exposing them to learning loss, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Summer Brain Gain: READ! team and Staples partnered to raise the bar of success through “Staples Makes Good Reads Happen” programming. Focusing on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
From left: CEO Emily Ketring, Director Teresa Compton, me and Board Chair Denny Knight. In the small community of Perry, Florida, located in Taylor County, the Boys & Girls Club celebrated their 25th anniversary with the dedication of a brand new building and the opening of a new stand-alone Teen... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Whitney, at the mic, and her co-National Youth of the Year finalists have much to smile about. When Whitney S. was named 2015-16 National Youth of the Year Tuesday night, it was the latest remarkable accomplishment in the young woman’s amazing journey. The 18-year-old has come a long way in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
A recent visit to the state of Washington allowed me to do two of my favorite things: visit Boys & Girls Clubs, and talk with kids. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue, President/CEO Kathy Haggart brought me up to speed on a new project to replace their main... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Boys & Girls Clubs are part of the fabric of every neighborhood and community. They serve as catalysts to create change, transformation and great futures for kids, while also supporting families and our societal ecosystem. When it comes to children’s needs and redefining the opportunity equation, it is critical to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Paralympian Blake Leeper with Cleveland Club Kids. At Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we believe every kid deserves a great future. And being fit and living well plays a big part to achieving that kind of long-term success. And every day in communities across the U.S.A., Boys & Girls... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Mona Dixon Kudos to BGCA 2010-11 National Youth of the Year Mona Dixon, currently achieving the great future we all knew she would. Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama's nomination of Mona to the Corporation for National and Community Service's board of directors. CNCS is the federal agency... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Recently, I had the honor to attend the grand opening of the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County in Berlin, Wisconsin, a branch of Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh. The newly constructed 18,500-square-foot facility was built on the strength of a $6 million campaign, $2 million of which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story