Archive for September, 2016

Meet the staff: Charles Pratt IV

September 22nd, 2016 by Laura Smith

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Most famously known for his work, creating and hosting, "The Charles Show," Charles Pratt IV has been making learning fun for the past year as the Academic Program Specialist for the Fort Collins Unit. Starting Monday, Charles will leading our Harmony Village Outreach Site! Staff and youth agree that Charles's dedication and charisma make him a great fit for BGC life. Read below to learn more about Charles.

What is your favorite food?
When I can't get my hands on chocolate-covered crickets, my favorite food is definitely pizza. I would probably eat it every day if I could (Domino's pan pizza FTW).
What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would be to travel around the US and see all the monuments (super touristy, I know). Mount Rushmore is on the top of that list!
If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?
I would take my girlfriend Sam (cue the "Awwww" from the crowd), a soccer ball, and a copy of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged (I swear I keep meaning to finish it, perhaps being stranded on an island would do the trick).
What is a unique talent that you have?
Not a talent per se, but a fun fact is that I used to work as a kids' party entertainer. I got to be Spider-man, Darth Vader, Iron Man, and others. I even hosted a Justin Bieber party (Really). The coolest thing was dancing with kids as DJ Lance Rock from Yo Gabba Gabba. The weirdest thing was a woman at a party asking for my phone number when I was Iron Man.
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Loveland Unit Presents "Something Lit!"

September 15th, 2016 by Laura Smith
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I know what you're thinking, a Step Team came to Loveland?! You guys get the coolest partners... BUT! We got something even cooler than a Step Team coming to the club to perform, we have our own step team, made up of awesome club kids!
The Club's Stomp Team, aka "Something Lit," made their debut at the Back to School Rally held in Loveland Sept. 1. It's safe to say their first performance was a success, and we will be seeing a lot more of their lit performances.
Interested in checking them out for yourself? Head on over to STEAMfest this Saturday (Sept. 17) at the Promenade Shops at Centerra where they will be performing. In the meantime, check out our YouTube channel to watch them in action!

STEAMfest? More like awesomefest!

September 9th, 2016 by Laura Smith

It's finally here! As our Event and Grant Specialist would say, "It's one of the greatest day of the year!"

On Sept. 17th we will be hosting our annual Day for Kids STEAMfest at The Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland. This event is free, open to the public and fun for all ages. Literally, even all you adults will have a ball!

Day for Kids is a national initiative that invites you to join Boys & Girls Clubs in making a difference for kids in your community. For more than a decade, adults have participated in Day for Kids events all over the country to advocate for youth and celebrate the life-changing work taking place at Boys & Girls Clubs.  In Larimer County, we celebrate by providing a FREE day of fun and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activities for families living in and around Larimer County!

STEAMfest will consist of hands-on educational activities, information about local vendors, and awesome experiences provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

This year, we will even have a special performance by the Loveland Unit's Step Team. I've seen a sneak preview, and it's something you won't want to miss.

So grab your friends, your kids, and anyone else you can think of and join us the 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m!

This could be you! 

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BGCLC Teens Gear Up for #MyEmptyPlate Challenge

September 1st, 2016 by Laura Smith

September is Hunger Action Month, and in honor and support of that, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County has teamed up with the Food Bank for Larimer County in support of their #myemptyplate challenge. During the week leading up to Sept. 1, Food Bank employees came to the Boys & Girls Clubs to educate our teen members about the importance of Hunger Action Month, and what they could do to spread awareness in order to support their cause.

Teen members were given empty plates and also given a sort of incentive challenge: whatever clubhouse uploads the most creative photo with their empty plate will win a party! To check out photos club members upload, browse #myemptyplate on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

To learn more about the challenge and Hunger Action Month, visit the Food Bank for Larimer Counties website.

Don't forget to wear orange Sept. 8, upload your own photos and take action!