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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County September 2014 Newsletter
Great Futures Report
Loveland Club Keystone project makes a big impact for teens                                         

 

Tears shed and personal stories shared by club teens reflect the importance of this year's Loveland Keystone Club project focused on the issue of teen suicide. Keystone gives teen club members opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

 

The project, "Hope: Hold On, Persuade and Empower," came to light when the Keystone Club members held their annual meeting. "What they found was that almost everyone in the group had been in some way affected by suicide," said Andy Abbott, athletic director for the Loveland Boys & Girls Club.

 

They approached the Alliance for Suicide Prevention for guidance. The organization worked with the Keystone members to train them on presenting a suicide prevention program, Raising Awareness of Personal Power (RAPP), for middle school students.

 

Two of the 8th grade members, Timmy Watts and Ethan Hutson, took the RAPP program to their own middle school, Conrad Ball. With much courage and confidence, they spoke in front of their fellow students about a topic they say affects many of their peers.

 

It was when five Keystone members presented RAPP to 35 middle school students at the Loveland Boys & Girls Club that they knew their work on this project made an impact. One by one kids shared their personal stories and began asking questions about suicide. And, a remarkable warmth could be felt throughout the room when other kids showed applause and tears for those brave enough to open up. Sydney Miller, Keystone member, said, "It was a great opportunity toeducate younger members and students on the facts of suicide and depression."

By having a voice and giving a voice to the subject of suicide, the Keystone members also provided encouragement and awareness which were part of their goals. They plan to continue making an impact by sharing the RAPP program at more middle schools in Loveland.

 

Your donations make it possible for local youth to achieve academic success and become good characters and citizens of our community.

Thank you!

  
 A wall of pride

Teaching kids to be proud of themselves is important. As part of our commitment to prevent summer learning loss and improve reading and comprehension skills, youth participated in KidzLit sessions. One of the popular sessions included reading a book about a mouse challenged to be proud of himself. In addition to reading, club members made a pride wall displaying all of the things they are proud of.

Club members got the chance to explore what a day was like in the life of a bug,
Summer program in Estes Park a huge success

 

A reading and writing program and field trips to Rocky Mountain National Park gave Estes Park kids a great summer. The first Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County (BGCLC) pilot program in Estes allowed for numerous fun, safe and educational activities for youth in the community.

 

With a local middle school teacher, Anne Pierson, and her team spearheading the program and great staff, many new community partnerships came to be for BGCLC. Along with the Food Bank for Larimer County, which feeds families and youth during the summer months, the Estes Park School District, and the Recreation and Park District, BGCLC served 100 children.

 

"Anne Pierson and her team did an outstanding job creating a fun and safe club culture in Estes," said Kathi Wright, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County. "We hope to be in Estes Park again and perhaps on a more permanent basis," she added.

 

BGCLC Estes Park club members like Abby couldn't agree more. "I had a great summer! I hope you come back again next year," she told us.

 

Club members take a hike with Park Ranger Trevor.

 

This opportunity is part of our commitment to help even more children achieve academic success, live healthy lifestyles and become good characters and citizens in our community.

Photo of Kathi Wright
Kathi's Korner
 
Look what YOU helped BGCLC accomplish in summer 2014   
  
  
 
  
  
 
Parents' feedback about BGCLC

"Appreciate the great opportunities you give our children."

 

"This is a beautiful thing you guys have here. Thank you for serving our community in this way."

 

"You are a life saver."

 

Thank you!

A big kudos to our youth development staff for their amazing work with the children.

 

Andy Abbott

Anne Pierson

Amber Lorenz

Rachel Messersmith

Ashley Prow

Cami Naccarato

Christy Doyon

Coley Genger

Gus Mircos

Jamie Noel

Jerad Bussell

Jessica Steadman

Kylie & Lexie Chandler

Mariana Marshall

Natalie Vacha

Noah Myers

Rob Klein

Sarah Wooldridge

Stephen Carratt

Susan Taylor

Theresa McPherson

TJ Daya

Moving forward

Each club set goals for this school year based on the organization's National Youth Outcomes Initiative reports. The reports are a compilation of member surveys about their overall club experience which include questions about sense of belonging, emotional and physical safety, adult connections, fun and staff expectations from members. We are excited to share with you that we improved in every category from last year. Our staff continues to get better and better!

 

"Great Futures Start Here" is not just a slogan to us, but a charge - our members will achieve academic success, good character & citizenship and healthy lifestyles, with YOUR help!!

We would not be where we are without your and your ongoing support!
                                   

You can make a secure donation here. Remember, your contribution is tax deductible. The Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit was established to encourage greater private support of Colorado childcare programs like those provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County. Because monetary contributions qualify for this tax credit, you or your business will be able to decrease the after-tax cost of your gifts by 37.5 percent in 2014 and 50 percent in 2015. For more information, please consult your tax adviser. Thank you.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America CEO applauds our work here!
  
In a letter from Jim Clark, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, he commends BGCLC for "doing incredible work to create "Great Futures" for our kids" after a visit to northern Colorado to meet with staff, kids and the board of directors. We'd like to share an excerpt from the letter to let you know your support of BGCLC is making a difference and it's not going unnoticed.
  
In This Issue
Summer program in Estes Park
Kathi's Korner
National Applause for BGCLC
Modeling inner beauty

Quick Links
Welcome,
Jenna Riedi!   

We are excited to welcome, Jenna Riedi, as the new director of development and marketing. She most recently worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin, Texas area. After receiving her master's degree in Nonprofit Management, she went to work for Blue Hope, Austin Pets Alive and other nonprofit organizations. "I love helping individuals find the right fit for them in investing in their community. Seeing the joy people get from being part of the solution keeps me going," said Riedi.

 

When she's not working, you will find her hiking with her dog Monty, playing "old school" video games on her Super Nintendo, reading, and exploring her new community.


Wellington Club wins 2nd place in parade

 

Congratulations!

Being patriotic and taking pride in our country's independence is how the Wellington Boys & Girls Club celebrated the fourth of July. Nineteen kids worked for weeks perfecting their cheerleading moves, making hair bows and practicing chants for the fourth of July parade. They entertained thousands handing out American flags and chanting "USA!" through the streets of Wellington. For many of the kids, it was the first time being in a parade. The judges gave Wellington Boys & Girls Club second place in the parade.

                                    Special teen nights provide fun, safe place

Making one special night a week for teens in the summer in Loveland brings with it many fun activities. Shaving cream fights, swimming and making caramel corn is how the Loveland club appeals to various teen interests over summer break. With so many different activities offered, it encourages current teen members to invite friends to the club too.


Modeling inner beauty on the runway

A fashion show like no other at the Embassy Suites Loveland left guests and club youth with an appreciation for inner beauty. The annual Spring Showcase gave club members a chance to strut their stuff modeling outfits that match their personalities. Before hitting the runway, the kids wrote essays about what they feel makes them beautiful on the inside which were read aloud as they showed off their fashionable attire.

 

"Inner beauty is how you feel about yourself. Inner beauty can also mean kindness and how you treat other people. What makes me beautiful on the inside is my personality and my ability to be strong," said Hazel, a 12-year-old club member.

 

Guests also enjoyed performance art from other youth during the showcase.

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County presented two "Champion for Children" awards. Steve and Debbie Liepe and the Jorgensen Charitable Trust received the honor for being outstanding advocates for children in the local community.

 

Thank you to our 2014 Spring Showcase sponsors!

  • Aspen Grove Veterinary Care
  • Banner Health
  • Blue Mesa Group
  • Bob Snyder - Farmers Insurance
  • Brand Spanking Used
  • Dora Grace Bridal
  • Embassy Suites Loveland
  • Rowe's Flowers
  • Thrivent Financial

Board of Directors 

 

Thank you to our volunteer board of directors for their continued support of BGCLC. 

James Burns

Ryan Cosner

Mike Grell

Shane Houska

Molly Macdonald

Jamie May

Debbie McCubbin

Sharon Montes

John Peden

Lee Porter

Rob Stumbaugh

David Vorlage

Kevin Welch

Zachary Wilson


                                    THANK YOU!

 

Thank you to our September newsletter sponsors: AlphaGraphics, Dellenbach Motors and University of Colorado Health. 

 

 

 


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Our Loveland Unit successfully implemented a prevention of summer learning loss program called Masterminds.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County is proud to announce the implementation our new character and citizenship program, Got What It Takes. This program encourages youth to develop an entrepreneurial mind and teaches them skills such as money management and a strong work ethic.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County had a successful summer of providing our impactful programs to youth in our three priority outcomes areas; Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.

 


Help send BGCLC youth back to school prepared. Donate supplies today!


Torch Club develops good character and leadership in our youth. These Clubs are chartered, small-group leadership and service clubs for boys and girls ages 11 to 13.  Members learn to work together to implement activities in four areas: service to the Club and community, education, health and fitness, and social recreation.


Jack Adler, a Holocaust Survivor, visited our Loveland Unit to share his survival story with our youth!


Jim Clark, President of Boys & Girls Club of America, stopped by our Loveland Unit during his tour of western Clubs. Check out what he had to say at http://bgca.typepad.com/the_boys_girls_club_story/jim-clark/


Fort Collins Social Sustainability Project interviewed our own Gus Mircos, Unit Director of the Fort Collins Club. Check out what Gus had to say about social sustainability at http://www.fcgov.com/sustainability/pdf/B_C_Interview_Gus.pdf


Cover of Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County 2013 Annual Report to the Community

Learn how your investment builds GREAT futures in Larimer County!

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County 2013 Annual Report to the Community - January 2014


Fort Collins Keystone Club hosted a Luau Fundraiser last week. A pineapple eating contests and hula hooping were just a few things on the menu!



















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