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Across America and on U.S. military installations around the globe. 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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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
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
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has shared their blog The Boys & Girls Club Story
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
For more than 22 years, BGCA has partnered with all branches of the armed services to provide the children of military families with on- and off-installation access to youth centers and Clubs around the world. Our commitment runs deep with pride from this small contribution to assist the men and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
All this week, Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide and on U.S. military installations around the world are celebrating National Boys & Girls Club Week. The theme “Open the Door, Take the Tour” invites you to experience how Clubs are making a difference in kids’ lives when you visit a local... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Kiana Knolland, BGCA’s National Youth of the Year, is now a regular guest contributor to The Huffington Post blog. In her first post, Kiana writes about making all young women have access to a quality education. In her own words, “Intelligence is a beautiful thing!” That's for sure, K! Welcome... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
There was big news out of Miami yesterday. Speaking at the Gwen Cherry Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Boys & Girls Clubs of America will join the Partnership for a Healthier America's five-year initiative to make after-school programs healthier and more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America conducted a national survey of more than 1,000 young people. We wanted to learn what issues concerned them most as they stand on the brink of adulthood. Their answers were sobering. An alarming 90 percent told us they don’t believe our country’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Every day in our country, 15 million kids leave school and enter a world with no adult supervision. With most parents still at work, some kids go home to empty households. Others haunt shopping malls, loiter in the streets or fill the idle hours with similarly futile undertakings. The fact... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. put that question to parishioners at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala., nearly 60 years ago. Today, his query remains relevant and indispensable. I expect it always will. Monday, we'll commemorate... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
You can’t help but be inspired by this recent Arizona Republic story about Club alumni and longtime friends Khadija, CJ, Taylor and Chloe. Their friendship began years ago at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Now college students, each recalls the various ways the Club helped them to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
For many, a new year presents an opportunity for a fresh start. With 12 perfect months rolled out in front of us, everything seems possible. So we resolve to lose weight, shed bad habits, balance checkbooks faithfully and improve a million other things in our own lives. Imagine the impact... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
This is a time of year infused with a spirit of giving. From surprising a son or daughter with the latest coveted plaything, to giving the gift of a great future, we tend to give more of ourselves during the holiday season. Unfortunately, many families can’t give their kids the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Did you know Computer Science Education Week begins today? Considering how rapidly technology is changing our world, you’d think most kids would be learning how computers actually work. In truth, fewer students are studying computer science today than a decade ago -- including just 4 percent of female students and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
Last week was special for many reasons. It began in Puerto Rico, where our Clubs were hosting the TEDxYouth@San Juan youth development conference. As one of 12 speakers, it was wonderful to articulate the significance of after-school programs, the results they derive in youth, and the role that Boys &... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
In conjunction with Native American Heritage Month this November, leaders of nearly 50 tribes and Boys & Girls Club professionals gathered in Scottsdale, Ariz., last week for a special summit. BGCA is committed to enhancing and expanding our work in Native communities to reach those who need us most. Great... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at The Boys & Girls Club Story
David George, BGCA National Trustee and President of Olive Garden Board volunteers are integral to the success of Boys & Girls Clubs. They represent their Club like a flag represents a nation, saying to prospective supporters, "We believe in this Club and will be a careful steward of any contribution... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at The Boys & Girls Club Story