Archive for January, 2016

Performing Arts in the Clubs

January 28th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Recently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County took on the initiative to boost the visual and performing arts programming at the Clubs.  One major change was hiring a full time Arts Program Specialist at both the Fort Collins and Loveland Units.  Previously, this programming was overseen by a part time arts specialist and interns.  With just a few months of this expansion on the arts programming, we are already seeing wonderful things come from the youth interested in the arts.  Here are just a few things the youth have done in our performing arts programming this month.  Enjoy!

Into the Woods the Musical

Women's Teen Choir Singing

The Difference Movie Trailer

Martin Luther King Jr. Day At The Clubs

January 22nd, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Diversity in Sports

Before our hockey tournament in Loveland on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our staff and volunteers addressed the issue of diversity in sports.  The discussion was about why it is important to support and encourage your teammates because, even though you are all different in many ways, you are working together towards a common goal.

Diversity in Sports

Fort Collins March

Teens from both the Loveland and Fort Collins Units attended the Fort Collins MLK Day March from Old Town to the CSU campus.  They created a sign that they proudly displayed during the march, and stayed after to hear the speakers in the CSU oval.  It was a chilly day, but all teens were incredibly honored and excited to partake in the march!

MLK March

Reflection on King's Speech

Youth at the Fort Collins Unit took time to watch the famous "I Have a Dream" speech.  After watching, they then reflected on what the speech meant to them.  Their reflections were then created into beautiful, inspiring posters.


Showing Thanks

The Wellington youth spent time making cookies from scratch to then deliver to the Wellington Fire Protection District to show their thanks.  The cookies were accompanied with a card made by the youth saying "Thank you for keeping the peace" and quoting MLK: "At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love."

Thanks Cookies to Wellington Fire

Youth of the Year 2016

January 15th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi
Youths of the Year 2015

Gaby, Katelyn, and Sergio

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC) will name the 2016 Youth of the Year on February 18th, 2016 at the Growing Great Futures Youth of the Year Breakfast. This is an honor bestowed on a BGCLC club member, ages 14-18, who has shown tremendous involvement, leadership and a positive impact on their Boys & Girls Club as well as on their community.

It’s a long road for a club member to achieve the title of Youth of the Year and it’s often the journey itself that will transform a glimpse of potential into a sustained expectation for greatness. BGCLC believes that each and every one of the youth that comes through the doors of a club has the potential to do incredible things, including earning the title of Youth of the Year!

The road to Youth of the Year starts with simple recognition. Hundreds of youth flow through the doors of BGCLC every day, each with their own chip on their shoulder. Kids, in general, are often “recognized” for their poor choices and behavior that often results from the weight of life bogging them down. How often do kids get recognized for actually carrying out the good things that are expected of them? “Thanks for being a good sport!” can be heard by club staff when a club member shakes hands with the kid who just beat them at ping pong. Weekly honors are given out to kids who helped clean in the art room every day. A member lights up and runs down the bleachers to be recognized in front of their peers as Youth of the Month for their involvement in club programs and the positive impact they’ve had on others.

BGCLC strives to recognize youth whenever possible, as well as build upon that recognition to give them the confidence and skill set to attain the title of Youth of the Year!  The Clubs each present their Youth of the Year, and the winning youth of these three will be announced and honored at the 2016 Youth of the Year Breakfast, being held on February 18 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.  Details Here.

Congratulations to Gaby (Fort Collins), Katelyn (Loveland), and Sergio (Wellington), for the wonderful honor of being their Club's youth of the year!  Each of these amazing competing finalists started with small accomplishments which were recognized and built upon.

Meet Brad Francis, Program Director at the Fort Collins Unit

January 7th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Brad FrancisBrad is the new Program Director at the Fort Collins Unit!  Prior to that, Brad was the Character and Citizenship Specialist and created awesome programs like Culture Club and Debate Club.  Pictured is Brad and a young lady that he supports who lives in an orphanage in Mexico.  Read more below to learn about Brad!

1. What is your favorite food?

Sirloin steak and loaded potatoes. The breakfast of champions.

2. What is your ideal vacation?

I'm going to live out my dream vacation at the end of February this year!  My wife and I are spending a week and a half traveling to Paris and Barcelona.  We'll be living as locals in studio apartments and sipping coffee from the neighborhood cafes.  It will be paradise.

3. If you were trapped on an Island, what three things would you bring with you?

I'd be sure to bring my wife, because she's smarter and wiser than me in every way, my dog, and my guitar.

4. What is a unique talent you have?

I'm a pretty good whistler.

5. What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?

I get really excited when I see kids seizing opportunities to learn and grow that they would never have outside of the Boys & Girls Club.  I feel privileged to work in an organization that encourages crazy programs that I have come up with such as Bike Club or Culture Club where I was able to share my passions with the kids.

Thanks Brad for all you do!!