Archive for March, 2016

Meet Ashley Prow, Loveland Unit Program Director

March 31st, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Ashley ProwAshley has worked at the Loveland Unit for over five years in a variety of roles, most recently, she has moved into the Program Director position. Ashley has taken more road trips with BGCLC youth than anyone in else in the organization! Read below to learn more about Ashley.

1. What is your favorite food?
Is it weird that this is always a hard question for me? I don't have a particular food that I love. I can however say my favorite restaurant is Inoko's Express in Athens, GA.

2. What is your ideal vacation?
If money were no object it would be a year spent traveling around the world and seeing EVERYTHING. I would spend extra time in Europe and the Mediterranean area. I love the history that comes out of those parts of the world. I've also always wanted to see all 8 wonders of the world.

If we are talking attainable vacation, I love going to St. Simon's Island off the coast of Georgia. I grew up spending my summers there with family and I love going back. It's the perfect little beach town with great memories attached.

3. If you were trapped on an Island, what three things would you bring with you?
Hmmmm... A water filtration pump, a big knife and my friend Kylie. She wouldn't be a huge help to survive but it would be a lot of fun.

4. What is a unique talent you have?
I don't know if it counts as a unique talent but I have an uncanny memory. I will remember your parents names, your favorite food or a childhood story even if you only mention it once. Sometimes it creeps people out but I swear I'm not obsessive or stalkerish, I just remember weird things.

5. What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?
The people. I love working with the kids, helping them through difficult times and seeing them grow up. It's incredibly fulfilling knowing you've helped a kid reach their full potential and knowing at least one adult is there telling them they can do great things. I also love the staff I work with. We are a great team and make each other laugh. The people I work with are what helps me get through the hard days.

Ashley, thank you for all that you do!!!

2016 Keystone Conference

March 24th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Held in Dallas, TX this year, the Keystone National Conference celebrated the Year of the Teen, a national initiative to encourage teens to attend their local Boys & Girls Clubs.  This amazing conference had over 2,100 teens and 400 Club staff from across the global attend. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County sent five teens and two staff to the conference, and have returned with an infectious amount of energy, enthusiasm, and amazing ideas to make the Club even better than ever.

While at the conference, members went on career exploration and college tours, participated in team building and learned how to better impact their community.  In order to attend this year's conference, our Keystone members have held movie nights and dances for Club members over the past year, raising over $3,000 to cover their travel costs.  Congratulations to our five teens for their wonderful work and participation!

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The Great Outdoors

March 18th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

While the snow has now arrived again, just earlier this week many of our youth were enjoying some lovely hikes on our local trails here in Larimer County!  One of our three priority outcome areas for all our youth is Healthy Lifestyles.  Hiking the great outdoors is one of the many ways the Boys & Girls Clubs show kids and teens how to exercise while having fun, and the excitement of appreciating our amazing backyards.

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#WeOwnFriday

March 10th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

On Friday February 26th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County - Loveland Unit hosted a #WeOwnFriday event.  #WeOwnFriday is a national Boys & Girls Clubs initiative to provide a fun and safe place for teens to go on Friday nights. Teens from Fort Collins, Loveland, Weld County and the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Clubs participated in battle of the sexes and minute to win it challenges.  Clubs also competed in a five on five basketball tournament.  With over 60 members in attendance,this was our largest gathering yet and we cant wait for the next one!

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Thank You to Casa Del Matador!

March 7th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

We have some awesome photos from the Casa Del Matador pre-opening party that was held on February 27th.  Check them out here!  The pre-opening was a generous benefit for BGCLC, and they will be donating $5,000 to support our impactful programs for Larimer County Youth.  THANK YOU!

Casa Del Matador is now officially open at 341 E. Foothills Parkway (across from the new mall movie theater!).  Go check out their delicious food!

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Fourth Permanent Site Opens in Loveland

March 3rd, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

We are excited to announce our fourth permanent Club location:  West Loveland!  This unit will be housed at Sarah Milner Elementary School in partnership with the Thompson Valley School District.  The West Loveland Unit officially opened on Monday, February 29th to help serve more youth in Larimer County.

How you can help!

We are in need of supplies to properly set up our new location for success.  Please consider making a monetary donation or a donation of supplies from our wish list below.  Thank you!

  • Board games!
  • Basketballs
  • Soccer balls
  • Misc. gym equipment (jump ropes, orange cones, etc)
  • Art paper
  • Pencils (coloring pencils and regular pencils)
  • Painting brushes
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Playing cards
  • Karaoke machine