Archive for the ‘Health & Life Skills’ Category

5 Reasons we love Flag Football

October 27th, 2016 by Laura Smith

Fall means football, right? At least it comes to mind in most people. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, fall at the Clubs mean Flag Football season. Thanks to a partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings, Boys & Girls Clubs are able to provide the equipment needed to get youth out on the field, playing against other units. A little friendly competition is proven to be good for you, at least I'm going with that. Here are five other reasons why we love our flag football season.


Youth get to travel to other clubs, just like the pros 

"The kids favorite part is traveling to the other clubs," Jake, Fort Collins healthy lifestyle specialist, said. "One Club Member even said that he 'feels like the Cowboys.'"

Youth have to be responsible players on, and off, the field 

"We have high standards for our team," Mica, Lovleand healthy lifestyle specialist, said. "They have to spend at least 30-45 minutes a day doing their homework, and have to show leadership in discipline in the Club...otherwise they are suspended from a game."

It allows youth to learn new skills

Youth are able to learn how to call plays and designate responsibilities during the game.

Buffalo Wild Wings = delicious 

Enough said, really.

Youth get to interact with other club members 

What other way could we bring together Wellington, Loveland, West Loveland and Fort Collins youth every Wednesday during the fall?

If you're interested in seeing these great youth in action, make sure to stop by our Turkey Bowl happening on Nov. 23 at the Fort Collins Unit, and if you're interested in making sure this program continues, grab a meal at Buffalo Wild Wings during the month of October!



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!


A ramtastic day at Hughes Stadium!

July 21st, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Club members, CSU coaches and CSU collegiate athletes all had one thing in common on July 6: smiling (and sweaty) faces at Hughes Stadium. Thanks to a partnership with Colorado State University Athletics, the BGCLC took over the stadium field for the first time ever during an active field day with CSU Athletes. Fifty or so athletes from soccer, football and volleyball divided Club members into groups and taught them various drills for each sport. Each participant spent 30 minutes focusing on each sport, which included catching passes, working on volleyball serves and dribbling the soccer ball.


The field day, which ran from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., also consisted of a free lunch courtesy of McDonald’s, some CSU swag, and the opportunity to chat with athletes during an autograph session.


Thanks to this partnership, over 75 club members from Loveland, Fort Collins and Wellington got to meet some of their idols and feel on top of the world, for at least the afternoon. This clinic was put on in attempt to engage youth members in outdoor physical activity while also exposing them to a collegiate atmosphere. While this was the first event of this magnitude, judging from the feedback from athletes and Club members, be on the lookout for future events and continued partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and CSU Athletics.

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!

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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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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Girls Gym Takeover!

December 18th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (3) Often times, the gym at our Loveland Club is overrun with boys. There are always a few girls that jump in regularly with the boys, but for the most part, girls find other areas of the club to hang out in. In order to combat this issue, the Girls Gym Takeover Program was implemented at our Loveland Club.

The Girls Gym Takeover Program's main goal was to increase the number of girls participating in gym time throughout the week. The girls were given opportunities to provide input regarding activities and games that they would most like to participate in. Some of the activities that the girls c2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (6)ame up with were: Hula Hoop Challenges, Volleyball, Dance, Cheerleading, Obstacle Courses, and Basketball. When asked about the Girls Takeover Program, Alissa, 9, stated, "I really like the hula hoop contests.  I would want to do more contests in the future!"

Since the implementation of the Girls Gym Takeover Program, the number of girls that set foot in the gym has increased dramatically from last spring!  The number 2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (5)of girls who attended at least one sport or fitness program grew from 85 female participants in the Spring of 2015 to 123 female participates this Fall. Likewise, the number of girls who participated at least weekly has doubled since last spring from 7 to 14 participants. Overall, this program has positively benefited the girls at our Loveland Club! One of the biggest benefits of the program was many of the girls became more comfortable with themselves and their athletic abilities. Of the 19 kids that graduated the Triple Play Program at our Club, 8 of them were female! That graduation rate can be partially attributed to the Girls Gym Takeover Program, which has given our female Club Members the extra time and exposure to gym activities.


The Growing Project!

November 16th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

One of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Healthy Lifestyles, with the goal of each youth adopting a healthy diet.  Members from the Fort Collins Unit just wrapped up a multi week program that involved weekly trips to Hope Farms to learn about organic gardening and farming, along with additional activities at the Club including recycled art projects and making healthy snacks. Thank you to volunteers from the Growing Project for making it all happen! 

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Anti-Bullying Week

November 6th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

This week, our Club Members decided to take a stand against bullying by participating in Anti-Bully Week. One of our main goals was to teach our Club Members how to respect themselves and others.  Throughout the week, the kids learned about the negative impacts of bullying and that it can come in many different forms (direct, indirect, cyber, and physical).

After learning more about bullying, our Club Members in Loveland created an Anti-Bully Pledge for youth to sign. The pledge was then hung up in the middle of the Games Room for youth, volunteers, parents, and staff members to see. Club Members also made blue ribbon bracelets that represent Anti-Bullying Awareness and promote further education of anti-bullying programs in schools and organizations.

Loveland Anti Bully Pledge

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Our Fort Collins Club Members created a PSA that emphasized the "Stop. Walk Away. Talk to a Staff Member" approach. Along with this, members created posters that they hung up around the club that stated, "Stop, Walk, Talk." Many of the members were very motivated to speak in the film and had some powerful statements about how they have experienced bullying in their own lives.

At our Wellington Club, youth were asked to make a list of 30 random acts of kindness that they completed during the week. Some of the acts included: cheering up kids who may have felt left out, talking to a friend when he/she needed me, and helping staff clean up the Art Room.

Many of our Club Members expressed how much they enjoyed the activity. Wellington Club Member, Violet, told staff, "I liked doing this because it tells you that you are being kind to others and you are respecting the Boys & Girls Club." Below, Violet is excited to show off her 30 Random Acts of Kindness list!

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One of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Good Character & Citizenship, with the goal of modeling strong character; whether at the Club or in the community. Anti-Bully Week was a way for our kids to learn how to be strong role models and develop good character. Overall, it was a positive learning experience for our Club Members!

Flag Football season is underway!

October 15th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Wellington faced off against Loveland yesterday with Wellington coming away with the victory.  All three Clubs will visit Greeley next week for a five team Monster Bowl Tournament!

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