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Holiday Service Challenges!

January 12th, 2017 by Laura Smith

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The holidays may technically be over, but that doesn't mean the spirit of the holidays has to fade (or the tree has to come down). We're still channeling the holiday cheer here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and hope you'll join us!
During the holiday season, each Unit was asked to participate in a Service Challenge as a part of one of our core priority outcomes: Good Character & Leadership. Read on to find out what our Units did for the community this season!
Fort Collins Unit 
This year, the Fort Collins Unit made personalized ornaments for the occupants at The Remington House affiliated with The Jacob Center. The Jacob Center was founded in 1988 by three social workers. The name Jacob is typically associated with healing and also refers to an ancient surveying instrument (Jacob Staff) that helps people get their bearings. The Jacob Center focuses on working with youth, families and the community to inspire positive, long-lasting change. A part of that, the Remington House, services a range of behavioral and emotional issues, including abuse, family relational issues, trauma issues and substance abuse. To help boost spirits, Club Members of the SMART (skills mastery and resistance training) Moves program made ornaments and then educated other Club Members about The Jacob Center and how it correlates with the lessons provided in SMART Moves.
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Loveland Units 
Following along with their summer service challenge (commUNITY), the Loveland Unit collected an assortment of clothes that they donated to Homeless Gear. They are hoping to follow up commUNITY part two by hosting the Loveland Police Department at the Club Unit for another activity.
Wellington Unit 
 This year, the Torch Club (a chartered leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 11 to 13) hosted a coat drive! Club Members were able to donate 50 coats to Zion Lutheran who gave the coats to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Torch Club made posters and asked community members to donate coats.
Great work to all our Club Members for their selfless work this holiday season!

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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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!!!

Annual Valentine's Day Dance

February 22nd, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Over the past year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, Loveland Unit Keystone Club has been fundraising for their National Conference.  Keystone is a national program that fosters a sense of civic duty in Club members age 14-18. Focused on leadership and service to Club and community, members at the Loveland Unit participate in Club clean-ups, visit a local Alzheimer facility monthly, and have highway clean ups.  Members also participate in career exploration and academic success projects.

 

Held in Dallas, TX this year, the Keystone National Conference will be celebrating the Year of the Teen, a national initiative to encourage teens to attend their local BGCs.  The conference offers members a chance to connect with Keystoners from around the world.  Members go on career exploration and college tours, participate in team building and learn 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, raising over $3,000.  By sacrificing many Friday nights, these hard working teens have earned enough to attend this year's conference.  One such event was our annual Valentine's Day Dance!

Always a hit, over 60 Boys & Girls Club members were in attendance.  One of our activities this year was a " Love is..." photo booth.  Answers included "Love is... The BGC", "Love is ... true friendship from the heart", and " Love is...AWESOME".

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Personal Fitness Goals in Loveland

October 8th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

“I want to get to 100!” – Dylan, 11, after completing 60 laps in his first pacer (he got to 84 by the end)

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Triple Play is an exciting program where youth set personal best fitness goals and work toward achieving them over an eight week time frame.  In Loveland, over 25 youth participated three days a week in an assortment of athletic activities like floor hockey and football with their eyes on the prize of meeting their personal fitness goals at the end of the eight week session.

One of the great things about this program is that it challenges kids to become physically active on a regular basis. Even kids who are normally pretty active were challenged by the program's demand to be in a physically active program at least three times a week.

One boy, Elijah, went from being virtually non-existent in the gym to being an everyday participator.  In the Fall of 2014 he rarely set foot in any kind of sports program, but he decided to join Triple Play in the spring and he completed the program.  He tried new sports, he tested his fitness levels and ultimately gain a new interest in physical activity.  Elijah is now seen regularly in active programs, always heading over to the gym to see what he can participate in today.

One of BGCLC’s three priority outcome areas is Healthy Lifestyles, with the goal of each youth adopting a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices, and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.  Triple Play is a program that falls under this priority outcome area.

“ We missed the cut off for track, I’m glad I can get Aedyn involved in something like this, it’ll be good for him.” –Aedyn’s dad

Summer Service Challenge: Loveland!

August 19th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Loveland Clubhouse Project:  Envirocycle

Summer Service - LovelandOur project had two parts:

1)  Did roadside clean-up for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County's adopted highway.

2.) Called local businesses about getting donated recycled paper for use in the clubs art room.  We had 3 businesses agree to donating recycled one sided paper to the club:

Galvanize - West Pearl

Heska Corporation

Century 21 Humpal Inc.

 

This week was recycle week at the Boys and Girls Club in Loveland!  Throughout the Club, kids learned how to not only how to properly recycle, but how to be better stewards for their earth, and take responsibility for the effects their actions have on their environment.  From highway clean-up to educational presentations and scouring the internet for facts about recycling, our programs focused on teaching environmental responsibility in fun and interesting ways.

 

This window hanging was the Art room’s way of reusing discarded Items, and giving them new lifeSummer Service - Loveland 2 and colorful purpose!  Our creative kids went to work cutting up, painting, coloring, and re-using discarded boxes, bottles, and other items in a journey of both environmental stewardship and creative discovery!  After all their hard work and enthusiasm, we just want to say how proud we are of our members for learning the art of recycling!

 

Congratulations on a great project, Loveland!

Merry Christmas to Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County!

December 22nd, 2013 by Maryjo Faith Morgan

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We, at Fred's Used Websites, are happy to gift you with a blog on your website! We know Talia and Rachel will make good use of it to spread the word about the great things that are always happening at the Larimer County Boys & Girls Clubs in Loveland, Fort Collins and Windsor. Merry Christmas from us to you!

In fact, we believe so deeply in what BGCLC is doing for our local youth, we nominated them for a Loveland Chamber of Commerce Award. We want the WHOLE COMMUNITY to understand what a great resource the clubs are for families!

Here's what we said:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County are not just after-school hangouts. They are places, where young people go to learn, do homework, develop social skills, express themselves creatively and participate in sports & fitness activities.

They are safe places for kids to be accepted for who they are, places where they are encouraged to strive to become the best they can be. In fact, The mission of BGCLC is to provide an environment that helps young people reach their full potential.

1) Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County's three clubs ACCOMPLISH SIGNIFICANT RESULTS on behalf of their Loveland, Fort Collins and Wellington communities.

First of all, they have a huge impact, in part, due to 4 key characteristics:

  1. Dedicated youth facilities
  2. Open when kids need it most: weekdays after school and during the summer when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets
  3. Professional staff who are trained youth development professionals and act as role models and mentors to members
  4. Available and affordable to all youth: for only $5 per year, any child between the ages of 6 and 18 can become a member

WoodenSnowmanMost people do not realize the clubs help kids succeed through proven programs that help youth gain the developmental assets they need to succeed in life.

While the kids are having fun, they are participating in a thoroughly planned Core Program Areas activities which cultivate and foster:

      1. Character & Leadership Development
      2. Education, Technology, & Career Development
      3.  STEAM – The STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math) plus the Arts
      4.  Health & Life Skills
      5.  Sports, Fitness & Recreation

The win/win is that parents can focus on work, knowing their kids are in a productive learning environment that is so much more than a day care!

The Clubs have even saved lives - several Club members who considered suicide, pointed to their strong relationships with staff as the reason they chose to stay alive.

Here in Loveland 500 youth a month take part in more than 8,000 hours of programming and enjoy healthy snacks and dinner every night through Kids Cafe.

Combined, the three sites (Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington) serve 1,280 youth a month in summer and 990 a month in school year

Opportunities for kids to experience academic success are nurtured through:

  • Power Hour – dedicated time for homework help
  • Prevention of Summer Learning Loss – engaging summer academic activities to prevent drops in literacy and math skills
  • Report Card Parties – rewarding good grades with fun prizes.
  • Scholarships – helping youth obtain scholarships to continue their education after high school.

Healthy Lifestyles are encouraged through SPARK fitness program, funded by the Colorado Health Foundation, to keep kids active and eating right.

2) BGCLC EMBODIES A SPIRIT OF VOLUNTEERISM, ALTRUISM AND RESPECT through programming, creating opportunities and example:

a. Developing good character and citizenship is a key goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

b. The Loveland Keystone Club, a Boys & Girls Club teen leadership program, volunteers regularly at Seven Lakes Memory Care, a residential home for people affected by Alzheimer's and Dementia. Their first gardening project led to several more since both residents and Club members experience was so positive.

3) BGCLC SUPPORTS AND DEMONSTRATES THE COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT through creative partnerships and memberships with Chambers of Commerce, other nonprofits, and/or various business and civic organizations, including:

      • Loveland Chamber of Commerce
      • Loveland Rotary
      • Educo
      • The Food Bank for Larimer County’s Kids Cafe
      • Thompson School District
      • Winona Elementary
      • New Vision Charter School (amazing collaboration to design shared space that the school could rent during non-Club hours)

4) BGCLC INSPIRES OTHERS BY THEIR EXAMPLE:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County value diversity and treat people with dignity by welcoming youth, staff, and volunteers of all ethnic, racial, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, and religious backgrounds and identities.

They model and teach positive character traits through character & leadership programs like “Not-a-Hater” group and bullying awareness and prevention activities that help kids learn to respect and embrace one another’s differences.

Thanks to the Boys & Girls Club, Loveland youth have access to positive youth development programs that help them become successful and contributing members of the Loveland community.

GREAT futures start HERE!