Posts Tagged ‘Loveland’

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!

 

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!

Volunteers of the month: Sam & Alex Gray!

December 1st, 2016 by Laura Smith

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. Which is why we couldn't be happier to introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!

Meet Sam & Alex Gray, volunteer gurus! 

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Sam and Alex Gray have been volunteering at the Loveland-Pulliam Boys & Girls Club for the past three months. During their time at the Club, they've started a knitting club and brought several fun activities to the arts room. They are both OJP mentors for our Club Members.

We really appreciate Sam and Alex's dedication to the Club as well as the art room as we searched for a new Arts Program Specialist!

BGCLC Visits Lucky Three Ranch

November 3rd, 2016 by Laura Smith

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County LOVE field trips. But then again, who doesn't?! A few weeks back Club Kids got to get outside and visit Lucky Three Ranch located near Loveland.

Lucky Three Ranch is ran by Meredith Hodges, an animal advocate and horse/mule trainer. Hodges, daughter of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, has spent many years developing Lucky Three Ranch as a haven for the promotion and preservation of mules and donkeys while also serving as a center of education for the public.

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As a longtime supporter of the BGCLC, Hodges was generous enough to spend an afternoon with Club Kids. And, it's safe to say they had a blast.

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Youth were able to learn about the inner workings of a mule ranch while also getting the chance to spend some time in the great outdoors. As a part of the ranch, there are many sculptures on the grounds, which youth thoroughly enjoyed. Youth even got to climb on them!

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As well as exploring the grounds and meeting the different mules, youth really enjoyed meeting Jasper the mule and seeing his bunkhouse.

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After an afternoon of exploring, laughing and learning all things ranch life, the Club Kids bid farewell...but not after saying, "when do we get to come again?"

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Thanks for supporting us Meredith, we can't wait to hang out again!

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!!!

Fourth Permanent Site Opens in Loveland

March 3rd, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

We are excited to announce our fourth permanent Club location:  West Loveland!  This unit will be housed at Sarah Milner Elementary School in partnership with the Thompson Valley School District.  The West Loveland Unit officially opened on Monday, February 29th to help serve more youth in Larimer County.

How you can help!

We are in need of supplies to properly set up our new location for success.  Please consider making a monetary donation or a donation of supplies from our wish list below.  Thank you!

  • Board games!
  • Basketballs
  • Soccer balls
  • Misc. gym equipment (jump ropes, orange cones, etc)
  • Art paper
  • Pencils (coloring pencils and regular pencils)
  • Painting brushes
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Playing cards
  • Karaoke machine

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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Performing Arts in the Clubs

January 28th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Recently, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County took on the initiative to boost the visual and performing arts programming at the Clubs.  One major change was hiring a full time Arts Program Specialist at both the Fort Collins and Loveland Units.  Previously, this programming was overseen by a part time arts specialist and interns.  With just a few months of this expansion on the arts programming, we are already seeing wonderful things come from the youth interested in the arts.  Here are just a few things the youth have done in our performing arts programming this month.  Enjoy!

Into the Woods the Musical

Women's Teen Choir Singing

The Difference Movie Trailer