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:
- Dedicated youth facilities
- Open when kids need it most: weekdays after school and during the summer when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets
- Professional staff who are trained youth development professionals and act as role models and mentors to members
- Available and affordable to all youth: for only $5 per year, any child between the ages of 6 and 18 can become a member
Most 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:
- Character & Leadership Development
- Education, Technology, & Career Development
- STEAM – The STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math) plus the Arts
- Health & Life Skills
- 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
- 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!