Archive for the ‘Technology & Career Development’ 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!

 

BGC Loveland Unit hosts Tech Girls Rock

February 16th, 2017 by Laura Smith

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Does your daughter want to rock...with rocks? Then sign her up for our Tech Girls Rock event happening on March 17! Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with CA Technologies, are hosting Tech Girls Rock workshop at our Loveland location. This free event is an initiative aimed to encourage girls to discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused educational opportunities and careers.

This event will explore different careers in the tech field, IT trends and topics, give tech challenges and also feature hands-on technology experiments.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women make up 58 percent of the U.S. workforce, but only 25 percent of  the computing workforce. Since this initiative kicked off, Tech Girls Rock workshops have reached more than 1,500 tween and teen girls across the country. Help us reach even more by signing up your tween or teen today!

Participants will also get complimentary breakfast, lunch and a snack by registering!

The holidays may be over, but you can still give the gift of learning by registering your tween or teen girl today. And if you register by March 8th you'll be entered to win a FREE laptop!

Hope to see you there!

Event Details: Tech Girls Rock Free Workshop

Where: BGCLC Loveland Unit, 2500 E 1st St., Loveland, CO

When: March 17, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Who: Girls, ages 10-18

Register at: techgirlsrock.eventbrite.com

Questions? Call (970) 372-2291

 

 

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.

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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.

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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!

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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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!

Meet Jesse Cardenas, Technology Specialist at the Loveland Unit

November 19th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

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Jesse has been the Technology Specialist at the Loveland Unit for over a year now. He has done a great job of implementing internet safety courses to members and parents! Lately, Jesse has been helping members with Lego Robotics and has a competitionthis Saturday! Read below to learn more about Jesse!

 

1. What is your favorite type of food?
My favorite type of food besides Mexican would be Italian food. I really love Chicken Alfredo and Lasagna.

 

2. What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would be going to Rome, Italy and looking at some of the amazing Roman Architecture!

 

3. If you were trapped on an island, what three things would you bring with you?
If I was trapped on an island I would bring: someone to talk to, plenty of water, and a helicopter!

 

4. What is a unique talent that you have?
A unique talent that I have is that I enjoy teaching.

 

5. What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Clubs?
A typical day at work is always fun!  I enjoy teaching members new things and I also learn a lot from them as well.

Wind Turbines ... and Robotics

January 30th, 2014 by Rachel Messersmith

Robotics!

ROBOTS HAVE INVADED OUR LOVELAND CLUB!

On Thursday, March 6th Road Narrows The Road Narrows Robotics visits Loveland BGCLCRobotics company came into the club to teach members about what robots can do and how they function.

They have brains and senses just like us! The members got to design their very own The Road Narrows Robotics team visits BGCLX in Loveland,  Coloradorobots and their robot's function.

The kids got to interact with different types of robots and learned how an engineer develops a robot's abilities.

Thank you to Road Narrows for Our kids drew a picture about The Road Narrows Robotics  and  their presentation to BGCLC Loveland , Coloradovolunteering their time and energy to bring robotics to our club.

 

 

 

 


 Wind Turbines!

Building Wind Turbines in Fort Collins was a wonderful day at thBuilding wind turbinese club. It was filled with exploration, a whole lot of engineering, design  and a little bit of frustration. We were able to lift some washers with the wind turbine the members constructed. We were unable to get the motors to spin fast enough to generate energy to light the LED light bulbs but that did not stop the members from trying every possible way to get it to work.

It is a great experiment kit that STEAM is excited to own, so we can continue to do experiments in the future. Thank you to our volunteers who helped us discover the power behind wind!

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If you would like to learn about our past STEAM activities and experiments check out our 2013 STEAM BLOG.

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!