A new Boys & Girls Clubs location has opened at Conrad Ball Middle School in Loveland thanks to a generous grant award from OtterCares. In honor of their ten year anniversary, OtterCares Foundation donated $30,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County to launch this new site. This site is uniquely tailored for Middle School students and will feature OtterCare’s Project Heart Curriculum. This Club opened on January 13, 2020, and is providing after school programming for up to 50 youth.
Project Heart is an education based program that teaches young people that they have the power and ability to create real, lasting change in their communities and the world. Boys & Girls Clubs will take the current curriculum and adapt it to fit the needs of middle school students at Conrad Ball. The curriculum will focus on the youth’s time, talent and treasure to create a project that promotes philanthropy and entrepreneurship.
“We are so grateful to partner with OtterCares on this important program, especially for middle school students,” says Kaycee Headrick, Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County’s CEO. “This will be new and unique Boys & Girls Club model designed specifically for students at Conrad Ball Middle School. This site will not only give youth a safe place to go after school, it will empower youth to help design a program and project unique to them.”
“At the OtterCares Foundation, we know that you cannot create true transformational impact alone; transformational impact requires partnerships. This is why we are extremely proud to partner with BGCLC and Conrad Ball Middle School as we work together to implement our philanthropy education curriculum, Project Heart, to inspire and equip young people to be empathetic and passionate world-changers, today.” says Linda Crum, OtterCares Foundation’s Executive Director. “We believe that with this partnership, the impact created by these aspiring philanthropists will be transformational and we are excited to see these makers, doers and givers create real change in our communities today and tomorrow.”
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County
Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County consists of a safe place, staffed by trained professionals, offering premiere youth development programs to youth ages 6-18. In Larimer County, BGCLC is the only comprehensive, facility-based, out-of-school program that includes meals, diverse positive youth development programming, and mentoring for only $20 a year. BGCLC provides services in Fort Collins, Estes Park, Loveland, and Wellington and serves over 3,000 youth annually.
OtterCares was founded in 2009 by Nancy Richardson to invest in education and empower youth to create lasting change through philanthropy and entrepreneurship. They believe one young and inspired mine can change the world. The OtterCares Foundation inspires students to become entrepreneurs and philanthropists who create lasting and impactful change in their communities.