Summer 2015 Registration
Registration for the 2015 Boys & Girls Club Summer Program will begin April 1st. All current Club members who plan on attending the Club this summer must also sign up. Any new members who would like to attend for summer may also sign up at this time. To register your child/children, you must go to the Club in which you would like to attend and fill out summer paperwork.
Sports, Fitness, and Recreation
These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.
Health and Life Skills
These initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.
Education, Technology, and Career Development
BGCLC has implemented the programmatic strategy Every Member, Every Year, designed so that all Larimer County Clubs can partner with youth, parents, schools, and other community stakeholders to implement: academic enrichment and school engagement; targeted dropout prevention; and intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.
Character & Leadership Development
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.
The Arts at BGCLC
In celebration of National Boys & Girls Clubs Week, we are highlighting our amazing programs all week! The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County encourages and excites our youth to appreciate, learn, and participate in the arts by offering a wide range of arts programming.
Valentines for Soldiers
The Rotary Interact Club in Loveland teamed up with Loveland BGCLC youth to make and send valentines to soldiers abroad. Here is what one grateful soldier had to say.
Club Staff Giving Back
When our program staff are not at the Clubs, you can find them volunteering at local schools or for a cause near to their hearts!
Learn About the Earned Income Tax Credit
Learn about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and how it has helped reduce poverty among working families and children.
How to Help Without Spending a Dime
Learn about ways you can help BGCLC without spending a dime!
Giving Tuesday is December 2nd
Donate your time on Giving Tuesday!
Please consider "adopting" a Boys & Girls Club family this winter season.
News from BGCLC - September 2014
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County
||September 2014 Newsletter
| 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.
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.
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."
A big kudos to our youth development staff for their amazing work with the children.
Kylie & Lexie Chandler
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.
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
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.
Thank you to our September newsletter sponsors: AlphaGraphics, Dellenbach Motors and University of Colorado Health.
Our Loveland Unit successfully implemented a prevention of summer learning loss program called Masterminds.
Got What it Takes Teaches Youth Entrepreneurship
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.
KidzLit Helps Prevent Summer Learning Loss
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
Help send BGCLC youth back to school prepared. Donate supplies today!
Get to Know BGCLC: Torch Club
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.
Holocaust Survivor Jack Adler Visits the Loveland Club
Jack Adler, a Holocaust Survivor, visited our Loveland Unit to share his survival story with our youth!
Jim Clark Visits our Loveland Unit!
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 Interviews Gus Mircos
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
2013 Report to the Community
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County 2013 Annual Report to the Community - January 2014
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