Posts Tagged ‘academic success’

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

 

 

Youth of the Year Breakfast: A Preview!

February 2nd, 2017 by Laura Smith

Everyone loves breakfast, right? It tastes good. It fills you up. And, there is usually something sweet involved. Here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County, we love breakfast for a whole other reason: celebrating the amazing youth we serve for one awesome event.

dsc06291Our Youth of the Year (YOY) breakfast is our biggest event of the year. It not only brings together our supporters, sponsors, volunteers, staff members and donors, it also gives all of those people (and more) a chance to connect with some of the youth we serve.

If you find yourself at the breakfast, you'll be entertained with some of our Loveland Unit STEP team members, get a chance to connect with the youth as they tell you their goals and hopes for the future, and you'll also be able to see all of the youths of the month from 2016 we will be honoring from each Club U
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dsc06288During this event, you'll also get to find out WHO the 2017 Larimer County Youth of the Year is. This individual has worked hard to win over her Club Unit as well as all of the other Club Units (Wellington, Loveland, West Loveland, Fort Collins) in Larimer County.  Her story is incredible, but her hopes, goals and dreams for the future are even more astounding. We can't wait to have everyone hear her story on February 9th!

And while the Club Staff and Program Support have been a bit hectic the last few weeks in preparation, we are so excited to honor these youth! The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County opens doors to great futures, and we can't see all the doors these youth will open.

As a mini preview, meet our Senior Youths of the Year (Beth, Stella, Helen) and Junior Youths of the Year (Alex, Earl, Ayanna, Gabbie) pictured below:

See you all in a week!

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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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.

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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 high...you could feel the tension in the room build as the final scores were calculated.

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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.

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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.

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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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An unexpected start for Academic Success

June 23rd, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Poop.Amadeo

Yes, you read that right. Poop.

Poop is what inspires this installment of one club member from Fort Collins achieving Academic Success. This gross and taboo word has everything to do with how Charles, Academic Program Specialist, from the Fort Collins Club was able to get one of the least academically-enthused Members to come in and start doing his homework during Power Hour.

At the Fort Collins Club, the major focus within the Academic Success Outcome is participation in Power Hour. An overwhelming majority of the parents have expressed enthusiasm for the Power Hour program and getting Members to do their homework. Charles commented that it warms his heart greatly to see the kids that consistently come in to get work done. However, we all know that it's the kids that DON'T do their work that really need attention. That, indeed, is where we earn our money. The trick to helping those members that don’t want to do their work is finding the one thing that flips the switch for each individual. For some, it's the recognition and prizes provided for Power Hour attendance. For others, it's a phone call to home or school. For Amadeo Lopez, it was poop.

Located in Charles’s room is a book titled, "The Truth About Poop,” by Susan G. Goodman. One day, the fearless Fort Collins Club leader, Brian, thought it would be hilarious to display the book in Charles's window for everyone to see. Well, one day, Amadeo saw the book, and of course, he wanted to read it. Charles had hoped it would trigger a desire for him to come into the Learning Lab more often. And what do you know, that's exactly what happened. He came into the room many, many times just to read that book (did we mention the cover art is of an elephant on the toilet doing his business?).

In regards to Power Hour, Amadeo's parents had signed him and his sister up several months ago. However, getting Amadeo to come in and work was an enormous task. This book--this freakin' book--is what greased the wheels and showed him that the Learning Lab is a fun place where he can get his homework done (and, yes, read about poop). Granted, this was a slow transition; Charles may have had to chase Amadeo down a few times. But, once he started agreeing to come in, it became easier. He won Academic Success Youth of the Week for his efforts. And now, he's coming in ON HIS OWN to do his reading (and not just the poop book!). He's reading his required 20 pages per day. The books aren't always at his level, and there are still times where he "doesn't have homework,” but it's great progress for someone who flat out refused to come in a few months prior. With some kids, it's just a slow build, and that's okay. Being able to provide opportunity for Amadeo is great, but more importantly, he's growing as a human being.


Soon enough, Charles will be able to say that #2 is what helped Amadeo make education his #1.

 

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!

Getting in the Holiday Spirit!

December 25th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Holiday Happening 2015 - 2The Holidays are a busy time of year, and this is no exception at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County!  Each December, we celebrate our youth and the holidays in several ways:

Holiday Families:  The families most in need at our Clubs are treated to a little magic from "Santas" in Larimer County!  We gather wish lists from the families, and then local individuals and businesses "adopt" a family to gather up everything they want for the holidays.  Also, thanks to Kristi's Wish, we are able to provide each family gas cards, grocery store gift cards, a Christmas tree, and a traditional holiday meal with all the fixings!  Thank you to all the individuals and businesses for adopting families this year and for Kristi's Wish for supporting this wonderful program.

Holiday Happening:  All youth at the Clubs the first day school is out of session for winter break (December 21) join together at the Ranch in Loveland to have their very own festive holiday party!  There is a traditional holiday meal, face painting, a craft station, photo booth, music with a dance floor, and fun activities from AirBound including a bouncy house, large trampoline, and gyroscope.  Each youth also receives a goodie bag of gifts to celebrate!

Extended Hours:  During winter break, while most opportunities for youth are closed, the Clubs stay open!  Our dedicated staff offer amazing activities and programs all day long, each day while school is out of session to make sure our youth have a safe, fun place to be.

We wish you joy, peace, and happiness this holiday season and Happy New Year!

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.