Ballerina Misty Copeland makes History BGC Alum and National Youth of the Year Ambassador Misty Copeland was recently featured on Anderson Cooper 360. This year, Misty is playing the role of Clara in the American Ballet Theater’s ‘The Nutcracker’. Misty Copeland is a trailblazer and speaks to Randi Kaye about her struggles to find acceptance in the ballet world.
Uplifting Story About BGC Alum Manny Villafana
The Claretian Initiative recently highlighted BGC Alumni Hall of Fame member Manny Villafana. He started as a Club kid at Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Now, he's the CEO/Chairman of the Board/Director of Kips Bay Medical, Inc. Watch Manny's story and see how the Club helped create his Great Future!
American Graduate Day: The Importance of Summer LearningPBS invited Kimberly Boyd of BGCA and Elijah M., a 15-year-old member from Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, as guests on American Graduate Day to discuss the importance of summer learning. On public media stations from coast-to-coast, American Graduate Day addressed the nation’s high school dropout crisis with the goal of amplifying the conversation on education and motivating volunteers to help prepare students for great futures.
Beyond The Dream: Boys & Girls Clubs of AmericaFox News highlights the 2014-2015 National Youth of the Year, Maryah Sullivan, and the regional Youth of the Year finalists. After reviewing the events that occurred in Washington, D.C, the video features Misty Copeland and former National Youth of the Year, Kiana Knowland.
Denzel Washington Promoted Movie Along with Club Kids from Boys & Girls Clubs of Burbank and Greater East ValleyDenzel Washington and Mario Lopez are both national spokespeople for the Boys and Girls Club of America, so “Extra” surprised Washington by bringing some members of the Burbank and the Greater East Valley to the set for his interview. Denzel reflected on his relationship with the group, saying, “I started when I was five in the Boys Club, then it was called the Boys Club, we didn’t get to do anything like this, get on TV, but great experiences and making good friends and experiences that you take through life.”
National Youth of the Year on The Queen Latifah ShowMaryah Sullivan, Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 2014-2015 Youth of the Year was invited to be a guest on The Queen Latifah Show. She was surprised during the show by Denzel Washington, National Spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Club.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Announced Great Futures Campaign on Good Morning America
On July 31, Boys & Girls Clubs of America kicked off their Great Futures Campaign in New York City. At the first stop, Good Morning America, the BGCA team joined GMA anchors and Disney to fill 2,000 back-to-school backpacks and attempted to break a Guinness World Record.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Credits BGCA (Again) on Fox NY Interview
Boys & Girls Club alum, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters New York City to an advance screening of his new film. During interviews, Dwayne said that football and after-school programs helped him stay out of trouble when he was a kid. Every day after school he would go to the Boys & Girls Club.
Fritz Coleman Hosts Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth AwardsNBC4 Southern California Weathercaster Fritz Coleman was the emcee at the The Boys & Girls Clubs of America Digital Arts Festivals and ImageMakers National Photography Contest Awards. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America spotlighted 18 Boys and Girls Clubs teens excelling in digital arts and photography from across the globe.
Boys & Girls Club Teens Report on FIFA World Cup Experience
Boys & Girls Club members and myclubmylife.com teen reporters Albert L. and John H. experienced the the trip of a lifetime when they traveled to Brazil with their advisor, Cody B., to serve as FIFA World Cup flagbearers for the United States during the June 26 match against Germany.
Selig Helps Dedicate Renovated Boys & Girls Club
With the help of Major League Baseball, the Twins and the Pohlad Family Foundation, Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club's space has been completely renovated. Commissioner Bud Selig was on hand Monday to formally dedicate an activities center that now features room for baseball, basketball, volleyball and the performing arts. There's even a batting cage that lowers from the ceiling. "It is just awesome. It's incredible. It's a dream come true," said Erin Carlin, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.
Affordable Day Camps Help Working Parents Enjoy the Summer, Too
Families often rely on day camps during the summer. Many parents are looking to improve their children’s reading comprehension. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is offering its Summer Brain Gain program at about 1,000 clubs this year; its goal is to foster critical thinking skills and prevent loss of knowledge over the break.
Derby Dingers Deliver Big Bucks for Charities
The Gillette Home Run Derby resulted in $465,000 for charities on Monday night at Target Field, and repeat winner Yoenis Cespedes wanted even more. He contributed $160,000 of that all by himself. Each regular homer was $5,000. Each Flexball hit over the wall was $10,000. Cespedes hit 30 homers, one on a FlexBall. "It's a pleasure to be able to give this donation of $465,000 to such worthy charities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as RBI." said Sonia Fife, North American general manager for Gillette.
Boys & Girls Clubs to Expand Summer Programs Piloted Last YearBoys & Girls Clubs of America's Summer Brain Gain program is being highlighted for expanding to Clubs across the nation. During last year's pilot, Summer Brain Gain was offered in 200 Clubs. This year, the program can be found in over 1,000 Clubs. "Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing many low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation," Jim Clark, the president and CEO of BGCA, said in a statement. "BGCA is committed to ensuring that America's youth, especially those who need us most, graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future."
Commissioner Selig Receives Chairman's Award at Great Futures GalaMajor League Baseball's continuing efforts to connect generations and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's mission to serve our country's youth go together like, well, a hand in a baseball glove. Commissioner Bud Selig was presented with the Chairman's Award at the Great Futures Gala on Wednesday at the American Museum of Natural History. Over $2.5 million was raised through ticket sales, auctions and a pledge drive.
Pierre Garcon’s hosts ‘All-White’ Charity Event to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater WashingtonRedskins players wore white and walked the red carpet at Pierre Garcon’s second annual All-White Charity Event to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Celebrities, athletes and politicians attended the party to support the local Club. Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington National Youths of the year were honored and our national Youth of the Year, Kiana Knolland, made a guest appearance at the event.
Sean Combs’ REVOLT TV to Host Uptown Networking Series to Support the Boys & Girls Club of HarlemSean (Diddy) Combs’ new music network will host a summer series of events in Harlem to support the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem. REVOLT TV plans to kick off the exclusive “HELLO Harlem” series, which will include live performances from local artists, with a red carpet event at the Studio Museum in Harlem on June 23. The weekly series aims to bring together philanthropists, entrepreneurs and civic leaders to raise awareness and money for the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem.
Jennifer Lopez Returns To The Bronx For A Special ‘First'BGC Alum, Jennifer Lopez, will return to her childhood Club in the Bronx on June 4, 2014. She will be visiting Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, Luciele Palmaro Clubhouse and will be performing for the first time ever in her hometown. She will host a 90-minute concert as part of State Farm's Neighborhood Sessions campaign. All proceeds from the event will be going toward J.Lo’s own Lopez Family Foundation, the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, Teach for America, LISC and other Bronx-based organizations.
Jim Clark Visits Loveland ClubhouseOn Wednesday, May 15, Jim Clark and Board members visited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County-Loveland Unit in Fort Collins, Colorado. They were given a tour by Megahn V., a thirteen-year-old Club kid. The Loveland girl showed off the facility and told them about the programs offered to 220 or so youths each day.
Why We Love Boys & Girls Clubs of America: A Conversation with BGCA President and CEO Jim ClarkFeatured on the Schwab Talk Blog, Jim talks about BGCA’s contributions to American youth, and his advice to kids and their parents.CSP: What is BGCA’s biggest contribution to young people?JC: As an organization that’s been helping kids succeed for more than a century, it’s difficult to pinpoint just one area. But the structure and consistency of the Club Experience has changed, and even saved, countless young lives. And the foundation of our success has always been our Club staff members and volunteers. They are the role models, coaches and mentors who give young people the essential guidance and counsel they need to succeed.
From 8-Year-Old to Entrepreneur: How the Boys & Girls Club Helped Me Find My Way I was always a kid who was excited to learn, regardless of the topic, and my Boys & Girls Club family taught me a lot. They offer a long list of youth programs at the Club, but there’s one program that impacted me the most Money Matters: Make It Count (SM). It’s a financial literacy program for teens developed by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Charles Schwab Foundation, and it surpassed any expectations I had when I first started the program. Through Money Matters I gained exposure to all of the financial aspects of having a job, which became a real-life experience for me when I was in eighth grade and started my first job earning a paycheck.
Cause Talk Radio: Back To SchoolIndustry experts at Cause Marketing Forum were impressed by BGCA’s efforts surrounding the Back to School time in raising awareness about the struggles that kids face and the tools they need for academic success. This year marks the second time the Tools for Back-to-School campaign has been featured on Cause Talk Radio, whose host said, “We combed the nonprofit world to find organizations who were doing the best during back to school. Boys & Girls Clubs of America has done well by owning this back-to-school period."
HLN.com: National Photo Contest Captures Young TalentKids and teens from across the country turned their everyday lives into extraordinary images by stepping behind the camera for Boys and Girls Clubs’ ImageMakers National Photography Contest.
Family Circle: Cupcakes for Community Dental Care As reported in the April 2013 edition of Family Circle, little Alyssa Garvey was challenged by her grandmom Earlene Beko to give back to her community and to make her "investment" grow. Find out how this 10-year-old took $50 and turned it into more than $5,000, all to benefit her peers at the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties!
CNN.com: What Teens Care About!What are the top three issues affecting teens? Find out when BGCA's National Youth of the Year Trei Dudley talks to CNN.com!
BET.com: Music Contest Helps Teach Kids About Money Management With help from Charles Schwab, BGCA's Money Matters Music Mogul contest challenges teens to spread the word on financial literacy through hip hop music.
NBC's Today Show: Tupperware Donates to Toy Drive Rick Goings, CEO of Tupperware Brands and BGCA governor, and BGCA's National Youth of the Year Trei Dudley sit down with Kathie Lee and Hoda to talk about Boys & Girls Clubs of America and this year's toy drive.
Forbes: Forbes Picks 5 All-Star Charities: Top Rankings For Efficient GroupsBoys & Girls Clubs of America is named by Forbes as one of Five All-Star Charities, because it is reasonably efficient and does fine work.
Huffington Post: Why No Focus on Young People This Election Season?BGCA's National Youth of the Year Trei Dudley is excited to cast her first ballot, but wonders why neither party is talking about the plight of youth in America.
NBC's Meet the Press Host David Gregory speaks with Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington, Olympian Michael Phelps, and President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Jim Clark for a special PRESS Pass on the challenges facing America’s kids.
Fox News: Beyond the DreamOlympian Michael Phelps talks the importance of dreams, mentorship, healthy lifestyles and water safety. He takes those important themes to Boys & Girls Club members.
NBC's Education Nation: Five Ways Students Can Improve Study HabitsBGCA President and CEO Jim Clark shares five tips on getting your student ready for the school year!
NBC's Morning JoeBGCA spokesman Denzel Washington and BGCA President and CEO Jim Clark join Morning Joe to discuss their “Great Futures Impact Plan” designed to better help at-risk youth.
Sky Magazine: Paying It ForwardWhile in New Orleans shooting his latest film, 2 Guns, Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington takes a moment to talk to Delta's Sky Magazine about his 20-year involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs of America as its national spokesperson.
NBC's Olympic Zone: Michael Phelps on a Mission to Increase Water SafetyNBC's Lester Holt interviews Olympian Michael Phelps and 7-year-old William, a Club member from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee Valley in Knoxville, to highlight Phelps Foundation's "im" swim program and the impact it has on William.
CNN.com: Olympic Legends Aim to Fight Childhood ObesityOlympic gold medalists Dominque Dawes and Jackie Joyner-Kersee join CNN reporter Randi Kaye to talk about childhood obesity and what they are doing to combat it.
NBC New's Education Nation: Listen to Tomorrow's Leaders, TodayActress-singer Keke Palmer writes about teens' opinions on character and leadership, her family's values and a survey “Teens Speak Up: A National Youth Survey on Civic Engagement and Citizenship” of some 10,000 teens nationwide.
CNN.com: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Justice Sandra Day O'Connor partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to educate young people about their government. The former Supreme Court Justice has launched a series of online games through iCivics, an organization to promote civics.
WebMD: Jennifer Lopez - Club Champion Actress, singer, dancer, mom and national spokesperson. What motivates this successful entertainer to give back to Boys & Girls Clubs?
NBC Nightly News: A Ballerina Who's Making HistoryBoys & Girls Club alumna Misty Copeland is passionate about ballet. As a professional ballerina, Misty breaks the stereotype and encourages young people to reach for their dreams no matter what their background.
CNN.com: My ViewActor Courtney B. Vance writes about the importance of literacy and encourages parents and the community to encourage a love of reading within kids. The Boys & Girls Club alumnus reads to Club members and discusses BGCA's Bright Spot for Reading.
ABC 20/20: More than MoneyBarbara Walters interviews Club alumnus John Paul DeJoria, who was inducted into BGCA's Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011. Hear DeJoria's rags to riches story and his views on giving back.
AndersonReturning to his hometown of Dorchester, Mass., actor Mark Wahlberg talks to Anderson Cooper about Graduate to Go, an educational initiative made available to Boys & Girls Clubs through a partnership with Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. Cooper also hits the basketball court with three Club teens to find out how the Club has impacted their lives.
CBS Early ShowOscar-nominated actor and Club alumnus Mark Wahlberg visits Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester, Mass., to encourage teens and kids to stay in school. Through Graduate to Go, a Taco Bell Foundation for Teens initiative, Wahlberg highlights career and educational opportunities made available at the Club.
Fox News: Boys & Girls Club of America bestows highest honorFox News reporter Kelly Wright interviews BGCA's five regional 2011 Youth of the Year finalists in Washington, D.C., as they visited the White House.
NBA.com: Wilkins Inducted To Boys & Girls Club Hall of FameDominique Wilkins is a Boys & Girls Club success story. In 2011, he was inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Alumni Hall of Fame ; enjoy these photos from the event.
Bloomberg.comColumnist Jonathan Alter becomes inspires about America's future after meeting our 2011 Youth of the Year finalists, five outstanding young people who have overcome many obstacles with the support of their Boys & Girls Club.
Education Nation, NBC NewsSinger, songwriter Ashanti shares how her Boys & Girls Club helped her dream and believe in herself, while growing up in Glen Cove, N.Y.
Morning Joe, MSNBC.comWhile launching BGCA's moving public service announcement, BGCA spokesperson Denzel Washington and director Ron Howard discuss the importance of Boys & Girls Clubs and the critical issues facing our nation's young people.
ABC Nightly NewsBGCA launches its lastest public service announcement, which was directed by Ron Howard. The moving video features 21 prominent celebrities, including co-spokespersons Denzel Washington and Jennifer Lopez.
U.S. News and World Report: High School NotesEx-Gang Members Help Students Escape Violent Groups: Boys & Girls Clubs of America operates some 4,000 community-based programs for youth nationwide -- about 600 have anti-gang programs.
The New York TimesWhether using social media to promote our cause or providing technology to our kids, Boys & Girls Clubs are high tech!
CNN.comAcademy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington writes about the confidence he found through his Boys & Girls Club mentor.
Nashville Public RadioTo promote an appreciation of healthy foods, Boys & Girls Club members in Nashville sell veggies to others, while learning about nutrition and good business practices.
People Magazine Five-time Grammy award winning artist Usher talks about his children and his experiences at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFormer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks to a crowd at Boys & Girls Clubs of America about the importance of education for our youth and our country.
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