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State Education Day

May 24th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

2016-5-State Ed DayOn Saturday, May 7th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County participated in State Education Day in Denver. This event featured members from Boys & Girls Clubs all over the state of Colorado competing in academic categories according to their grade level. The competition challenged teams in all areas of academics and required thorough preparation and dedication by all participants.

 

Wellington sent three young ladies to compete at State Education Day. All three girls spent countless hours creating creative writing pieces and geography tri-fold boards/pamphlets to prepare for the competition. Milayo and Ciera competed as a group in the 4th-6th grade category, while Asha competed in the 1st-3rd grade category on her own. The girls said that music trivia, catapult making and presenting their creative writing pieces were their favorite parts of the competition. They also enjoyed meeting other youth from other Clubs around Colorado. Throughout the event, the girls were incredibly positive and willing to try anything no matter how challenging it was! They all received participation medals which they showed off to their parents, at school and at Club.

 

The Fort Collins and Loveland Clubs combined to form a team and had a group represented in each grade category. Fort Collins 9th graders, Caleb, Tiara and Gaby, competed above their grade level in the 10th-12th category and represented very well. Loveland brought State Ed veterans, Katelyn and Stella, who took 1st place in the 7-9th grade category and even brought props to reenact their Cinderella story for creative writing. Loveland’s 4th-6th grade group took home a 3rd place finish with a great presentation on Florida and creative story based on the Three Little Pigs. The youngest category for 1st-3rd grade was represented solo, by Sammie from Loveland, who did a wonderful job in her STEM and trivia challenges, as well as presented on her home town of Loveland! This combined team representing both Fort Collins and Loveland members took home 3rd place overall in the state competition!

 

State Education Day is an incredible opportunity for youth to get excited about learning. They get to team up with each other and compete as well as socialize with youth all across the state. The kids always have a lot of fun are very excited to be representing an entire organization! The joy they have when they bring back their trophies, medals and stories is incredible! We look forward to continuing the representation of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County at State Education Day every year!

Meet Desirae, Middle and High School Program Specialist at Wellington!

May 5th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

DesDesirae is the Middle and High School Program Specialist for the Wellington Unit!  She has worked with BGCLC for a year in May.  Desirae is doing an incredible job helping to lead teen nights and the social action project in Wellington!  Desirae will also be leading the "Got What It Takes," community service program this summer.  Read below to learn more about Des:

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is good 'ol fashioned BBQ'd anything. Top choices on the grill would be either BBQ'd ribs or a pulled pork sandwich complete with cornbread, coleslaw, and a sweet iced tea.

What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would be going somewhere overseas. I am particularly interested in Ireland or the Philippines. I would have to find a way to interact with the locals and get a true cultural experience as well as have plenty of time set aside for relaxation. I don't like to have a busy schedule when I am on vacation.

If you were trapped on an desert Island, what three things would you bring with you?
If I were trapped on an island and could bring any three things I would bring my Bible, my best friend Rene, and my guitar.

What is a unique talent you have?
A unique talent I have is that I can cross my eyes and wiggle just one eye. I can also turn my thumb completely backwards.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Boys & Girls Clubs?
My favorite thing about working at the Boys and Girls Club is all the fun things I get to do as well as the ability I have to make choices and bring things that I am interested to personally to the kids and the Club. I also love that I can be silly and goofy at work and that a key element and requirement of my job is to have fun. 🙂

Thank you for all you do, Des!!!

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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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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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