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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 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
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