Posts Tagged ‘Leadership Development’

Wright Goes to Washington, D.C.!

February 23rd, 2017 by Laura Smith
Our Executive Director, Kathi Wright, recently went to Washington D.C. on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs in Colorado. Her trip might have been short, but boy was it mighty!
During her time at our Nations Capital, Wright learned all about the Boys & Girls Clubs policy positions on youth mentoring; workforce centers of excellence; 21st Century Community Learning Centers; Military-connected youth; Perkins Career & Tech Ed. Act; Child Nutrition Re-authorization; and Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country.
Her weekend wasn't all work and no play though. Wright also got to hear inspiring talks from the E.D. of Republican Study Committee; the Chief of Staff for Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry; the E.D. of the Congressional Black Caucus; E.D. of Congressional  Hispanic Caucus; Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy; Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer; and also Minority Leader of the US House of Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Wright rounded out her weekend at the BGC reception that honored Senator Lisa Murkowski, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Bobby Scott and Rep. Martha Roby for outstanding service to our nation's children.
She also snuck in a quick meeting with staff from Congressman Polis, Senator Gardner and Senator Bennett's offices.
Wright brought back a wealth of knowledge, and we are proud to have her representing the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

Meet the Staff: Tammy Chandler!

December 8th, 2016 by Laura Smith

Known most for her dedication (maybe addiction?) to THE BUDGET and color coded spreadsheets, Tammy has been with BGCLC for 14 years! She is not only our organization's Finance Director, she is also an educator/mentor in the Clubs implementing Money Matters when she can. We want to recognize and thank Tammy for all she has done for BGCLC! Read below to learn more!


What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is hands down Mexican! I believe it's a group in the food pyramid.

What is your ideal vacation?

Ideal vacation would be traveling with my family to any place I haven't been to yet.  A long trip to include Australia, New Zealand, Russia & Spain.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, what three things would you bring?

A saw to make a shelter, a ship to shore radio so someone could come get me, and to keep wild animals away The Rock Johnson... on second thought I don't need that radio  Ha!

What is a unique talent that you have?

I can organize anything into a color coded spreadsheet  ;0)

What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?

Everything!  I've been with the organization since 1991.  I enjoy my work, the people throughout the organization I work with, and playing with the kids every week.  And I"m very excited to be part of the Big Campaign to open more clubs!!!

9 things you didn't know about Kristi's Wish

November 17th, 2016 by Laura Smith

Lately you've probably seen us advertising Kristi's Wish on social media. Stars? $1? What is this? Don't worry, we've got all the answers!

Kristi's Wish is a fundraising campaign that runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15

You can participate and donate at any Shrader's County Stores in Larimer County

The cost to participate is only $1. That's right, $1.

Kristi's Wish is a part of the Kristi Visocky Memorial Fund (Kristi's Fund) that was created in memory of Kristi Visocky, who was killed in an auto accident in 05/03.

Determined to keep the compassion of Kristi alive, this fund was set up to provide scholarships and assistance to area young women as well as support community organizations.

Kristi's Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is family-ran and completely volunteer supported and staffed.

Last year, Kristi's Wish raised over $100,000

Since 2003, the Foundation has awarded $180,000 in scholarships to 90 area young women and over $350,000 in support of area organizations.

Kristi's Wish has helped support the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County which is to serve youth and give them the tools needed for Great Futures.

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This campaign (Kristi's Wish) is just one of the fundraising events Kristi's Fund participates in. They also hold The Kristi Visocky Memorial Golf Tournament and Big Night Out events annually.

For additional information on Kristi's Wish and Kristi's Fund, visit their website.

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!

2016 Keystone Conference

March 24th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Held in Dallas, TX this year, the Keystone National Conference celebrated the Year of the Teen, a national initiative to encourage teens to attend their local Boys & Girls Clubs.  This amazing conference had over 2,100 teens and 400 Club staff from across the global attend. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County sent five teens and two staff to the conference, and have returned with an infectious amount of energy, enthusiasm, and amazing ideas to make the Club even better than ever.

While at the conference, members went on career exploration and college tours, participated in team building and learned 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 over the past year, raising over $3,000 to cover their travel costs.  Congratulations to our five teens for their wonderful work and participation!

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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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Youth of the Year 2016

January 15th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi
Youths of the Year 2015

Gaby, Katelyn, and Sergio

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC) will name the 2016 Youth of the Year on February 18th, 2016 at the Growing Great Futures Youth of the Year Breakfast. This is an honor bestowed on a BGCLC club member, ages 14-18, who has shown tremendous involvement, leadership and a positive impact on their Boys & Girls Club as well as on their community.

It’s a long road for a club member to achieve the title of Youth of the Year and it’s often the journey itself that will transform a glimpse of potential into a sustained expectation for greatness. BGCLC believes that each and every one of the youth that comes through the doors of a club has the potential to do incredible things, including earning the title of Youth of the Year!

The road to Youth of the Year starts with simple recognition. Hundreds of youth flow through the doors of BGCLC every day, each with their own chip on their shoulder. Kids, in general, are often “recognized” for their poor choices and behavior that often results from the weight of life bogging them down. How often do kids get recognized for actually carrying out the good things that are expected of them? “Thanks for being a good sport!” can be heard by club staff when a club member shakes hands with the kid who just beat them at ping pong. Weekly honors are given out to kids who helped clean in the art room every day. A member lights up and runs down the bleachers to be recognized in front of their peers as Youth of the Month for their involvement in club programs and the positive impact they’ve had on others.

BGCLC strives to recognize youth whenever possible, as well as build upon that recognition to give them the confidence and skill set to attain the title of Youth of the Year!  The Clubs each present their Youth of the Year, and the winning youth of these three will be announced and honored at the 2016 Youth of the Year Breakfast, being held on February 18 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.  Details Here.

Congratulations to Gaby (Fort Collins), Katelyn (Loveland), and Sergio (Wellington), for the wonderful honor of being their Club's youth of the year!  Each of these amazing competing finalists started with small accomplishments which were recognized and built upon.

Meet Kathi, Executive Director

October 23rd, 2015 by Jenna Riedi


Known for her infamous smile and contagious energy, Kathi has been the Executive Director of BGCLC for 16 years! Previous to that Kathi served on BGCLC's Board of Directors. Passionate about the work that we do, Kathi serves as a great leader and servant to young people in Larimer County. Read below to learn more about Kathi!

1. What is your favorite type of food?

Because I was raised in Nebraska, I would say fried chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy and CORN ON THE COB (only Nebraska corn!)

2. What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation is touring National Parks - My next one I hope to see is Glacier. I also love Blues festivals - especially outdoors.

3. If you were trapped on an island, what three things would you bring with you?
I can't think of being trapped on an island, I don't like water very much (coming from the middle of Nebraska!) so the chances of me being anywhere near an island are slim to none.

4. What is a unique talent you have?
My unique talent is connecting with all kinds of individuals, and sometimes in a very deep way!

5. What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?

I enjoy each person I work with. I find the staff to be amazing, caring, individuals. The volunteers give so much of their time, talent & treasure, they are awesome. The donors are super people all the way around. I am blessed to love what I do for a living so much!

Character & Leadership Development

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

Our Character & Leadership Programs help youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process. They develop leadership skills as we provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community, and celebrating our national heritage.

Youth of the Year
Established in 1947, Youth of the Year is BGCLC’s premier recognition program for Club members, promoting service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. The program is most effective when used as a year-round tool for fostering young people’s character, personal growth and leadership qualities.

Torch Club
Torch Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13. A Torch Club is a powerful vehicle through which Club staff can help meet the special character development needs of younger adolescents at a critical stage in their life. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to implement activities in four areas: service to Club and community; education; health and fitness; and social recreation.

Keystone Clubs
Keystone Club is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s ultimate teen program. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Youth participate, both in and out of the Club, in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation, and community service. With the guidance of an adult advisor, Keystone Clubs aim to have a positive impact on members, the Club, and the community.