Archive for April, 2016

Youth Enjoy Colorado Crush Game

April 28th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

On Friday, April 15, over 30 youth from all four Club locations joined together at a Colorado Crush Indoor Football game!

Partnering with the Colorado Crush, these lucky Club kids were able to be part of the game in several really fun ways: First, they welcomed the players as a fan tunnel while the players were called onto the field, getting to high-five every Crush player!  Next, two lucky Club kids got to do the official coin toss (and helped the Crush win it!).

During half time, all youth were brought onto the field to play some flag football!  It was a real blast having the announcer call their plays and hearing the crowd cheer for them.  The Club kids also enjoyed watching the game and all received a Crush t-shirt to remember their fun evening.

Thank you to the Colorado Crush for giving these youth such an amazing experience!

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Wild Child: Farm Mechanics

April 14th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Six members of the Loveland Unit had a wonderful opportunity to take a trip to a farm that works closely with Sylvan Dale Ranch.  The kids had a hands-on experience feeding horses, collecting farm fresh eggs, feeding pigs, and even helping to herd some loose cattle!  They learned about the amazing self sustainability the farm has by using the animals and the natural life cycle to keep the farm producing.

Special thanks to the Sylvan Dale Ranch for their continued support of the Wild Child program, where youth learn all aspects of the outdoors!

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E-NABLE Hands Project

April 7th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Teens at the Fort Collins Unit have the opportunity to work with a global network called E-NABLE.  With the help from a grant from the OtterCares Foundation and the 3D Printing Store, we were able to build 3D printed hands for children who do not have fully functioning hands and cannot afford a traditional prosthetic.

Before visiting the 3D Printing Store for the first time, we did a philanthropy lesson at the Club.  The kids answered questions about what philanthropy means to them.  There was a great discussion and then we did a fun activity with the teens.  We taped their hands in different ways (some only had two fingers, others had none, others taped their arms so they would only have use of one).  Then we had them participate in daily activities that they would normally do at the Club including Ping Pong, Foosball, Pool and see if it was more difficult to do these "normal" games.  It was!

Our first trip to the 3D Printing Store was where the kids learned about the different 3D technologies and all of the ways 3D printing is being used today and what they working towards for the future.  The expressions on the kids faces would change drastically as they learned all of the uses: medical, automotive, aerospace, etc.  On Saturday, April 2nd the Fort Collins Club built a total of 5 hands for other kids who are in need, it was incredible process.  We had a total of 11 teens attend the field trip and the worked in pairs (with one group of 3) and they spent over 3 hours assembling one hand per group.

The 3D Printing Store is working on tracking the hands and where they go so hopefully the kids will have the chance to find out who exactly they helped.  The teens will participate in a second workshop where they will talk about what they have learned and how their idea of philanthropy has changed.

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