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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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In today’s digital world, new technologies and social-sharing platforms abound. Studies show that more than 90 percent of youth, especially teens, engage in some sort of social media activity daily. Now, Boys & Girls Clubs join this virtual space with a dynamic digital experience that’s more powerful than that of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week, I had the honor to attend the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holyoke's 125th anniversary celebration. They are one of the original 53 Boys Clubs to band together in 1892 to form our national organization. It was a tremendously inspiring and emotional evening that illustrated the progress... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
The series of natural disasters we’ve seen the past two months is like nothing I can recall. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria destroyed or damaged hundreds of communities, particularly in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. The devastation in each of these communities continues to affect many, many people. And that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
By Kevin Hattery, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston As you know, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for everyone in Houston and surrounding communities. But it's children who are always the most vulnerable in situations like this. That’s why it was critical to get... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Southeast Texas continues to assess the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey and its unprecedented rainfall and floods. That includes at least three Houston-area Boys & Girls Clubs that suffered major structural harm:roofs blown off, severe wind and water damage, basic equipment and supplies lost. Volunteers from Atlanta hard at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
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Boys & Girls Clubs have often been a place for kids and teens to find comfort and guidance in a safe, welcoming space. Since last weekend’s horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia, thousands of youth development professionals have talked with Club kids and teens about what happened – giving young people... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
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To work at one place for 20 years is rare these days, and a heck of an accomplishment. Those who reach that milestone must be a pretty special person … and work at a pretty special place. CEO Kelly Pearson and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui in Hawaii... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
The 2017 Major League All Star Game was a huge hit for Boys & Girls Clubs in South Florida. Celebrating our 21st year as the official charity of Major League Baseball, the All-Star festivities brought new and exciting opportunities to our local Clubs and their members. To start the exciting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
On a recent stop in Santa Barbara with CEO Mike Baker and the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County team, we spent time at two Club sites. What was really awesome was taking part in a ceremony that rewarded members for their attendance. To start the year,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week, I visited two great BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers in Virginia: Naval Air Station Oceana in Norfolk, and JEB Little Creek – Fort Story in Virginia Beach. They work hard to create deeper engagement with military-connected youth, both on- and off-installation. Terrill McFarland, our National Vice President, Military & Outreach... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
While fans and players prepare for another incredible baseball season, today was a grand slam day for Boys & Girls Clubs as Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred joined me at two Club renovations in greater Los Angeles to celebrate the upcoming finals of the World Baseball Classic. 2017... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Community policing. It’s a frequent headline and topic of conversation, where we often hear about a lack of trust that exists between law enforcement and the communities they serve. In a 2016 survey of more than 1,200 Boys & Girls Club teens, approximately half reported they were afraid to interact... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last Tuesday was a magnificent one at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. The Oklahoma City organization is just one of 50 Boys & Girls Clubs from every state to receive a $50,000 “Renovation Across the Nation” grant from home improvement retailer, Lowe’s. Along with community leaders, partners,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
On a recent visit to northern California, it was exciting to see the growth and progress of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. On the grounds of Hoover Community School in Redwood City, for instance, the Clubhouse is being converted to a dedicated teen center that can serve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Several colleagues and I drove from Atlanta to Mobile, Alabama, last Sunday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of service to support our friends at the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama. Continuing a tradition that began in Mississippi in 2014, my senior leadership... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
A warm welcome from cuties at the Hartford Club. My first day on the job as BGCA’s president came five years ago. I visited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford in Connecticut. It’s where Alice Goodwin, Mary Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley organized the first Club in 1860 to provide... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week in Mississippi, I visited with three Boys & Girls Club organizations. Each is actively engaged in projects to raise public awareness of the many ways their Club benefits the community at large. With new friends at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Golden Triangle in Columbus. First... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
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 Dec 1, 2016 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