Archive for April, 2015

College Tour 2015

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

Club Youth had the opportunity to tour colleges on the east coast this past week. During this college tour, Club Kids visited different colleges, historical sites such as the Washington Memorial Chapel and the Washington Monument (pictured above), other Boys & Girls Clubs, and participated in a service project at a local assisted living facility.

This year we visited a diverse mix of colleges including; Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Rhode Island, University of Baltimore, University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University.

BGCLC Youth also visited other Boys & Girls Clubs along the way to to meet and collaborate with other Members. This year we went to the Boys & Girls Club of Chelsea, Richard England Boys & Girls Club in Washington D.C., and Chester Boys & Girls Club in Chester, PA.

" I really liked how diverse the University of Rhode Island was and how individualized the programs were." Sydney, Senior at the Loveland Unit.

"I enjoyed seeing where Martin Luther King Jr.gave his I have a dream speech. Also I learned a lot at the Holocaust Museum." Mason, Sophomore the Loveland Unit.

Exposing youth to post graduation opportunities is an important component of our Academic Success programming.

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.

Triple Play
Triple Play is a game plan for the mind, body and soul. As BGCLC’s first comprehensive health and wellness program, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 6-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.

The Mind component encourages young people to eat smart through the Healthy Habits program, which covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion size. The Body component boosts Clubs’ traditional physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness activities for all youth. Body programs include six Daily Fitness Challenges; teen Sports Clubs focused on leadership development, service and careers in athletics; and Triple Play Games Tournaments, inter-Club sectional tournaments that involve multiple team sports. The Soul component helps build positive relationships and cooperation among young people.

BMX Program
The BMX Program is for all ages 6-18 at the Loveland Club. There is a lot of excitement around this program! The BMX Program teaches not only BMX skills but also role model skills for both inside and outside of the club. This program encourages camaraderie, ownership, and respect on the track. This program also educates youth on the sport though reading books on the subject in return for more track time.

Sport Teams
Our sports teams include volleyball, basketball, baseball, and flag football. Our three Clubs meet to compete in these sports as well as with other Boys & Girls Clubs in this area. Our Sports Teams Programs teach good sportsmanship as well as healthy habits.

Health & Life Skills

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

These initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

Passport to Manhood
Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in Club boys ages 11 to 14 concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities. Each Club participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. The program includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community. Passport to Manhood represents a targeted effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior.

SMART Girls offers youth ages 8-17 guidance toward healthy attitudes and lifestyles, eating right, staying fit, and more. Encouraging young women to have healthy attitudes and lifestyles, SMART Girls helps them reach their full potential. Through dynamic sessions, group activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls enjoy the opportunity to build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care, and developing positive relationships.

The SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) prevention/education program addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. The program uses a team approach involving Club staff, peer leaders, parents and community representatives. More than simply emphasizing a "Say No" message, the program teaches young people ages 6 to 15 how to say no by involving them in discussion and role-playing, practicing resistance and refusal skills, developing assertiveness, strengthening decision-making skills and analyzing media and peer influence. The ultimate goal: to promote abstinence from substance abuse and adolescent sexual involvement through the practice of responsible behavior.

NetSmartz teaches Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction with Club professionals. Topics include personal safety, shopping safety and ethical use of the Internet.

Healthy Habits
Designed to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the Club experience, Healthy Habits emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving overall well-being. The program, for ages 6 to 15, is the Mind component of Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul.

Education, Technology, & Career Development

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

Education, Technology, and Career Development

BGCLC has implemented the programmatic strategy Every Member, Every Year, designed so that all Larimer County Clubs can partner with youth, parents, schools, and other community stakeholders to implement: academic enrichment and school engagement; targeted dropout prevention; and intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.

Project Learn
Project Learn reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club. This strategy is based on research demonstrating that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games (such as Scrabble), that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club and school professionals as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members ages 6 to 18.

STEAM inspires interest and comprehension through fun driven activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

Summer Learning Loss Prevention
These programs aim to close the learning gap that happens in the out of school months.

Power Hour
Power Hour teaches youth to make every minute count with strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help environment and a tutoring program that encourages Club members at every age to become self-directed learners.

Money Matters
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses, and pay for college.

Character & Leadership Development

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

Our Character & Leadership Programs help youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process. They develop leadership skills as we provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community, and celebrating our national heritage.

Youth of the Year
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCLC’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

Torch Club
Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.

Keystone Clubs
Keystone Club is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation, and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club, and the community.

The Arts at BGCLC

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County encourages and excites our youth to appreciate, learn, and participate in the arts by offering a wide range of arts programming. BGCLC offers both visual and performing arts. Our art programming includes many different ways for members to express themselves creatively, literarily, visually, musically, and theatrically.

Visual Arts
Club kids have the opportunity to participate in daily visual art activities centered around the categories of drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits.

Performing Arts
Participants have the opportunity to engage in performing art activities with our full time performing arts staff. Performing arts curriculum at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County includes the entire process of creating a theatric production from scriptwriting, set design, costume, prop creation, and finally performing in front of an audience. BGCLC also offers improv workshops for youth, puppetry, music, dance and more. Drama education builds self-confidence, sparks creativity and boosts academic achievement.

Valentines for Soldiers

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

The Rotary Interact Club in Loveland teamed up with Loveland BGCLC youth to make and send valentines to soldiers abroad. Here is what one grateful soldier had to say.

"I am from the United States Air Force. I am currently stationed in Germany which is very far from home! Today I received a package in the mail with a Loveland address but a name not familiar to me. When I opened the package and saw all of the valentines, I chocked up and almost cried! I dispersed them to my fellow airmen, dorm mates, and coworkers, all of whom smiled brightly upon receiving them. This act of kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity is what makes a soldiers day, week, even month! I cannot express in words how grateful I am to each and every one of you for the support! I and my fellow soldiers will continue to serve and complete the mission at hand knowing that we have the love of home behind us! Thank you again, and happy Valentine's Day to you all!"