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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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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
Serving teenagers is vital to fulfilling our vision to ensure all youth who enter Club doors are on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future. That said, serving teens is often easier said than done. It requires a special combination of ingredients to attract and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last September, I was honored to be named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. I feel privileged to serve as the voice for the more than 4 million young people served at Clubs every year. My journey has been the experience of a lifetime. I... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week the city of San Antonio, Texas, celebrated it's annual Fiesta. One of the top highlights every year is the river parade that winds though the downtown river walk. And this year, folks from the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio led the parade! The Texas Cavaliers is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week in Ohio, I had the honor to speak at “Gateways to Great Futures,” a Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus awareness-raiser. Hosted by L Brands President and BGCA Trustee Martin Waters, about 100 community leaders came out to learn more about the current and ongoing needs of young... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
With our visit to Korea coming to a close, we paid visits to two final military installations and their Youth Centers. Our first stop was Osan Air Force Base to meet with the Youth Center team, including the base commanders and 2015 Military Youth of the Year Kristin Reamer. Kristin... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
My week-long visit to BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations in South Korea continued with a visit to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. School-Age Center Director Christine Thorps, Coordinator Claudette Mohn and Joe Jacks, who oversees the Middle School/Teen Center, greeted us warmly on arrival. Young people are having wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
For 24 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations to serve the children and families of our service members. The sacrifices these brave men and women make – even potentially the ultimate sacrifice – allows us to live free in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
This month, BGCA’s Do-It-Yourself (DIY) STEM program, created in partnership with Time Warner Cable (TWC), was recognized with two national awards: the Cynopsis Social Good Award and the PR News CSR Award in the “Nonprofit/Corporate Partnership” category! This competitive recognition underscores tremendous work being done in Clubs to inspire youth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
It’s National Boys & Girls Club Week! Throughout the nation and on U.S. military installations around the world, folks are celebrating the positive impact Clubs make on kids and communities on a daily basis. There’s so much fun stuff going on! Like the more than 400 Clubs that participated in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Cecilia Garza, Sparkle Prevard, Natalia Lynch, Tae McKenzie, Jasmnika Newbern and Maryah Sullivan at the White House. This past Monday, 2014-15 National Youth of the Year Maryah Sullivan and her five co-finalists made a visit to the Oval Office for a meeting with President Obama. It was the first time... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
For over 20 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has proudly partnered with Native communities and tribal leaders to serve American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth. Today, BGCA is the largest nonprofit provider of services to Native youth, with some 180 Clubs around the country reaching over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Academic success is one of the core pillars of Boys & Girls Clubs’ youth development framework. Simply put, kids with better educations are more successful in life. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for example, young adults with a bachelor’s degree earn nearly 60 percent more than those who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last weekend, a crowd assembled on a snowy winter morning to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International and its legacy partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and local Clubs across the country. From left: Jimmy McCorlew, Dr. Button and Missy Dugan officially break ground on the new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
On a recent visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I had the great opportunity to spend time with local Boys & Girls Club staff, board members and, of course, kids! Joining me was local resident Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, who sits on the BGCA Board of Governors and is chair for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story