Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

State Ed Team Takes 1st Place!

May 11th, 2017 by Laura Smith

Girls in technology rock...and last Saturday girls from the Loveland-Pulliam Unit showcased that in a major way by bringing home 1st place in the "Challenge" Category (engineering and geography) at State Education Day.

Seven Club Members at the Loveland-Pulliam Unit competed on Saturday. After a scheduling conflict arose a few days prior, half the original team (who had been practicing for a month) had to back out, but new members eagerly stepped up. With little time to spare, the new team members practiced diligently and their efforts paid off!

The team walked away with a first place trophy in challenge (engineering and math) as well as a third place overall trophy.

Way to go ladies! We can't wait to see how you do next year!


BGCLC Visits Lucky Three Ranch

November 3rd, 2016 by Laura Smith

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County LOVE field trips. But then again, who doesn't?! A few weeks back Club Kids got to get outside and visit Lucky Three Ranch located near Loveland.

Lucky Three Ranch is ran by Meredith Hodges, an animal advocate and horse/mule trainer. Hodges, daughter of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, has spent many years developing Lucky Three Ranch as a haven for the promotion and preservation of mules and donkeys while also serving as a center of education for the public.


As a longtime supporter of the BGCLC, Hodges was generous enough to spend an afternoon with Club Kids. And, it's safe to say they had a blast.


Youth were able to learn about the inner workings of a mule ranch while also getting the chance to spend some time in the great outdoors. As a part of the ranch, there are many sculptures on the grounds, which youth thoroughly enjoyed. Youth even got to climb on them!


As well as exploring the grounds and meeting the different mules, youth really enjoyed meeting Jasper the mule and seeing his bunkhouse.


After an afternoon of exploring, laughing and learning all things ranch life, the Club Kids bid farewell...but not after saying, "when do we get to come again?"


Thanks for supporting us Meredith, we can't wait to hang out again!

The Growing Project partners with BGCLC

October 6th, 2016 by Laura Smith

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County not only strives to give Club Kids great futures, but also encourage them to learn valuable skills that help them in life, not necessarily just the classroom. One such program started this summer thanks to Marla Flynn, arts program specialist at the Fort Collins Unit. Flynn decided to partner with The Growing Project, a nonprofit located in Fort Collins that promotes the value of a strong, diverse local food system so that all residents of Northern Colorado can become more educated directly on agricultural experiences.

This summer, Club Kids were taught the importance of growing fresh, nourishing, regional food and why going local is so great! During the programming this summer, youth would venture to Hope Farms where they would learn something new each day, including watching a successful garden grow!


At the Fort Collins Unit, youth have their very own garden where they plant, care for and harvest their yummy veggies. Each week, youth also open their own "farm stand" where they give away their bountiful loot to other Club members and their families.


Thank you to The Growing Project and Hope Farms for educating youth and hanging out with the BGCLC. Can't wait to continue this awesome partnership!


Are you smarter than a BGCLC Club Member?

July 28th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Boys & Girls Clubs Larimer County club members are smart. Even though they don't have classes in summer, thanks to Brain Gain and awesome BGCLC Staff, club members have been able to not only keep their school-year knowledge but improve upon it.

Last week the BGCLC challenged local Old Navy employees to a classic game of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" as a part of the summer Knowledge Bowl Brain Gain.


Over half a dozen teams of two or more Club members participated in the hour and a half challenge hosted by the infamous Charles of the Fort Collins Club. The questions were hard and the stakes were could feel the tension in the room build as the final scores were calculated.



In the end though, one team prevailed as winner, and it wasn't the "Big Kids," aka Team Old Navy, it was in fact Hufflepuff Popcorn, two incredibly smart girls from the Fort Collins Club.


They weren't available for comment, but were very humble in their victory.

Congrats to all the teams and a huge thanks to Old Navy for hanging out for the afternoon!


Snakes and turtles and lizards oh my!

June 30th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

While no one was shouting, ‘there’s a snake in my boot!’ on Friday afternoon, there were a lot of snakes, and boots, in the BGCLC Fort Collins Club gym. As a special treat to club members who participated in Brain Gain, The Colorado Herpetological Society paid a visit to the club to provide some real-life, hands on learning. CHS was formed in 1972 as a way to promote knowledge in both herpetology and herpetoculture, as well as a way to encourage the conservation and appreciation for all reptiles and amphibians. CHS is also a non profit organization.

Along with some in-depth knowledge, the volunteers of CHS brought with them lizards, snakes and turtles of all sizes. One turtle even suited up for the occasion.


A special shout-out to CHS and Charles, Academic Program Specialist, at the Fort Collins Club for making this special, informative and fun event possible!

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Summer 2016 Boys & Girls Clubs Training

June 9th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Watch out summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County full-time and part-time staff are trained and ready! During the last week of May, BGC staff underwent a week of staff programming and safety training in preparation for the 2016 summer sessions. On Tuesday, May 31st, staff kicked-off training by learning about the importance and necessity of mental health first aid when dealing with children, teens and young adults.

Staff also went through a two-day lesson on Poudre School District’s school shooter training. After several school shootings within the last few years, this training was critical for all staff to understand that in today’s society, sometimes we are the front line when violence occurs. Topics covered included an active shooter scenario, bomb threat scenario and hands-on wound care workshop. More information on the shooter training can be found here. This shooter training was taught in conjunction with CPR and First Aid Training.

Staff, both full-time and part-time, got to break-out and mingle during the greater part of Thursday, June 2, while participating in in-service training at the Boys & Girls Club Fort Collins location. The all-day training included an all-staff, mandatory reporting training hosted by the Child Advocacy Center. Items discussed included recognizing signs of child abuse and neglect, and also what to do if you suspect abuse. This session was followed by four breakout sessions designed to get staff involved and immersed in Boys & Girls Clubs tailored activities. Break-out sessions included High Yield Learning Activities led by Brian Johnson; STEAM Programming led by Rachel Messersmith; On The Spot Fun led by TJ Daya; and Engaging Youth in Targeted Programming led by Andy Abbott.


Even with all the training and learning happening, the staff managed to squeeze out some fun. It can’t be all work and no play after all.


Three more sessions wrapped up the day, including Safety Scenarios and BGCLC Safety Protocol led by Kaycee Headrick, which examined safety protocols and safety scenarios; Nonviolent Communication led by Rob Klein, in which attendees were taught techniques around nonviolent communication when working with youth and de-escalation strategies; and finally, Planning for Programming 101 led by TJ Daya and Ashley Prow, which covered the basics of planning and preparing for Club activities as well as addressing how to see, and fill, a need in the Club environment.

No training is just a week long event, it is continually on-going and always needed. Let’s keep safe, keep trained, and work on making this the best summer yet!

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!

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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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 Providing Warmth

December 11th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Keystone ClubOne of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Good Character & Citizenship, with the goal of each youth becoming caring, productive, and responsible citizens. In order for our members to achieve Good Character & Citizenship, we provide leadership and service clubs that focus on: academic success, career preparation, and community service.

This Holiday season, our Torch Club and Keystone Club joined forces to help make blankets and collect canned food items for the Fort Collins Rescue Mission. The teens were incredibly passionate about this idea and got straight to work! For weeks, they worked on promoting their ideas by creating posters, talking with parents and staff members, and creating a book drive in order to raise the necessary money to buy blanket materials. By doing so, the Clubs raised nearly $80 and were able to buy 40 fleece blankets to donate. In addition, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store was kind enough to donate 30 fleece blankets.  After collecting blanket materials, the teens turned their attention to collecting canned food items. They put together a food drive and were able to collect 4 boxes and 3 bags of food items to donate as well.

Before the Thanksgiving Holiday, Staff Members took five Torch Club teens and five Keystone Club teens to The Rescue Mission. There, the teens were given a tour of the facility and were able to learn more about homelessness in the Fort Collins area.  After the tour, the teens dropped off their donations and left in smiles! They fully embraced the opportunity to give back to the community during the holiday season. We applaud them for all of their hard work and determination!