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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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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. We gathered at the A.W. Tony Matthews Club in Austell, part of the Boys &... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago 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
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday observed as a National Day of Service. To honor Dr. King’s legacy, the BGCA senior leadership team spent Monday and Tuesday this week at the Boys & Girls Club of Grenada in northwest Mississippi. We focused on the needs of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe the holiday season has already come and passed, yet here we are in 2015. Before the holidays were in full swing, I traveled to northeast Oklahoma for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartlesville’s 60th anniversary celebration. The event included a capital campaign... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Sharing the holidays with others and giving of yourself are among the best ways to celebrate this special time of the year. Doing good not only benefits others; it also makes *you* feel good. And that’s important to keep in mind amid the stress that comes with the holidays. So... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
On Saturday night, Marcus Mariota won the 2014 Heisman Trophy Award as the nation’s outstanding college football player. Turns out he’s pretty outstanding off the field, too. Marcus has volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley in Eugene since enrolling at the University of Oregon. The Club... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week, Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced a new five-year, national partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal. It includes the launch of My.Future (pronounced My dot Future), a new technology initiative that will provide Boys & Girls Club kids and teens with opportunities to learn workplace skills for 21st century... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
The city of Birmingham is like many other metropolitan areas with tremendous assets, yet tremendous need. Recently while visiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama, as well as the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club, it was exciting to see the tremendous progress being made by both organizations... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
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By: Dr. Damon A. Williams, SR Vice President of Program, Training & Youth Development There was a study conducted earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy with some alarming numbers: 32 million adults in the United States cannot read and 21 percent... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last Friday in southern California, I had the chance to visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice, a terrific facility that’s only getting better. We got a preview of the Club’s revamped Learning Center, which is being remodeled. The new and improved center will increase capacity, expand programs and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
During an appearance yesterday on “The Queen Latifah Show,” National Youth of the Year Maryah Sullivan got the surprise of her life when Club alum and BGCA National Spokesperson Denzel Washington showed up with roses for her. Shaken but steady, the eloquent and elated Maryah gracefully accepted the gorgeous red... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
National Youth of the Year Maryah SullivanCongratulations to Maryah Sullivan, who was named Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 2014 National Youth of the Year about an hour ago during a Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C. Maryah, who hails from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, will serve... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Established in 1893, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County, N.J., is one of the 53 founding organizations of what is today Boys & Girls Clubs of America. With a rich history of serving Jersey City, and more recently Hoboken, the Club continues to build on its legacy while... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
A visit last week to Auburn, Ala., reminded me of the tremendous progress that partnerships can spur. How they can galvanize a community to come together for a greater good. In this case, that greater good is the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County, and the kids and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Natalia Lynch This morning in Arlington, Va., Natalia Lynch was named Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2014 Military Youth of the Year. The announcement came during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Natalia, who attended the Youth Center at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Remember when summertime meant sleeping late, relaxing by the pool and generally lazing the day away? Well, those “hazy, lazy days of summer,” as the song goes, are long gone. Happy Summer Brain Gain participant at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus in Ohio. As we know now, summer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Host Nick Cannon shoots a selfie with Club Kids in Times Square. Yesterday was an amazing day for Boys & Girls Clubs. We took over Times Square in New York City and launched the Great Futures Campaign, an initiative to address myriad issues facing kids today. Hundreds of Club kids... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
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Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service and Jim Clark, President/CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America enter into a partnership to combine youth outreach initiatives. What images come to mind when you think of summer? I’ll bet family vacations are at the top of the list. Even as you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
A recent New York Times blog is a stark reminder why it’s vital that kids lead a healthy lifestyle. The post centered on a new C.D.C. study that found young Americans’ aerobic fitness in steady decline for a decade; with the average fitness of kids ages 12 to 15 dropping... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week I had the honor of attending the 2014 Congressional Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. The Congressional Award is Congress' award for young Americans. Non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive, the program is open individuals ages 14 to 23. Participants earn Bronze, Silver and Gold Congressional Award Certificates, and Bronze, Silver... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last night’s last-second tie between the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team and Portugal was a stunner … a tough one not to win. Still, there were positives to take from the game. First and foremost, they earned a point. And they completely outplayed Rolando and his teammates. Now, Team USA needs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
One week ago today, we suffered the tragic loss of a great friend and colleague, Lewis Katz. He and six others died in a plane crash returning home from a fundraiser in Massachusetts, including Lew’s close friend, Susan Asbell, who helped him to start the Boys & Girls Club of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Wednesday night during BGCA’s Great Futures Gala in New York City, we presented Major League Baseball Commissioner Selig with our Chairman's Award. The event was held at the American Museum of Natural History. MLB and Commissioner Selig have been strong and generous supporters of BGCA and America’s kids for nearly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
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May 29, 2014
The recent release of federal data showing the U.S. high school graduation rate has hit 80 percent is fantastic news. For the first time in our nation’s history, 4 out of 5 students earned a high school diploma within four years of beginning 9th grade. That’s huge. If this rate... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story