Mayor Hancock Announces 2014 Mayor’s Design Awards Winners

Nancy P Anschutz CenterThis evening, Mayor Hancock and Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department will honor 15 projects for excellence in architecture, design and place-making during the 2014 Mayor’s Design Awards ceremony tonight at The Studio Loft of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Among those winning projects is the Nancy P. Anschutz Center featuring the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver launches the My.Future Technology Initiative

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Comcast NBCUniversal announced today the launch of My.Future, a new technology initiative designed to teach Club members about our digital world and ignite their passion for technology.

Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of My.Future, which is available to the nearly 4 million youth served by more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, including local students served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. My.Future allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy, including areas of exploring the web, communicating with others digitally and building media. Additional experiences allow members to explore advanced topics, such as robotics, coding and game design.
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Open the Door for America’s Kids

Family Dollar

Family Dollar is kicking off a new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America this year with a national program called, “Open the Door for America’s Kids.” This holiday season from November 1st through November 30th, Family Dollar customers in Denver will be invited to donate $1 at the register to help support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

“After learning how many children are served by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country each year, we knew we wanted to lend a hand,” said Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar.  He hopes to leverage the beginning of the holiday shopping season to help impact Boys & Girls Clubs in a big way, “We are thrilled to be teaming up with such an incredible organization, and I know that together, we can help provide a happier holiday season to many children and families across the country.”

How can your donation help support BGCMD? Every $1 donation helps provide 20 minutes of after-school programming for a Club Member. Every $15 will help keep a local kid safe after school today.

For more information please contact cause@bgca.org.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver breaks ground for new Suncor Boys & Girls Club

Suncor Boys & Girls Club Groundbreaking 10.21.2014 (1)

Groundbreaking ceremony on October 21, 2014 for the new Suncor Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City, Colo.

Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford, Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), representatives from Suncor Energy and other community supporters joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver on Tuesday, October 21, for a groundbreaking celebration at the new site of Suncor Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City, Colo. Speakers at the event included: Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford, Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Nancy Thonen with Suncor, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver CEO John L. Barry and Haramarys, a Boys & Girls Club member.

“Today we are a step closer in making the vision of a new Commerce City Boys & Girls Club a reality,” said Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07). “This new facility not only provides an invaluable resource for our community but it invests in future generations by providing a safe place for our children to learn and grow.” Continue reading

Club members catch healthy habits

oasis logo1Obesity rates in American have tripled for children in the last 30 years. To help fight this growing epedemic, Club members at Johnson Boys & Girls Club at Johnson Elementary are catching health habits thanks to the assistance of Oasis, funded by the WellPoint Foundation.

The grant will support Club members in grades 1st through 5th to participate in a special OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits program – a program designed to engage youth, teach them healthy living skills and empower them as leaders for their communities. Program elements include fun active games, healthy snacks and education about good food choices.

More than 16,700 children have benefitted from the program.

Club Kids Unite Against Bullying

An estimated 13 million children across America are victims of being teased, taunted and physically assaulted by their peers, making bullying a true epidemic. In efforts to mitigate this very real and terrifying issue that many kids deal with on a daily basis, the month of October has been named Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Many organizations across the nation are uniting to help put an end to this issue and it all starts with the simple act of educating the public and helping kids speak up about their hardships. Through Cope Boys & Girls Club’s Bully Out Program, many Club Members are receiving the education and positive reinforcement that they need to help end bullying. Continue reading

Club Kids Spread Energy Conservation Awareness

Torch Club is a leadership program offered for Boys & Girls Club Members between 10-12 years-old that have demonstrated exemplary behavior and continued participation within the Clubs. In order to qualify, members must volunteer within their Club for a minimum of one-hour per week helping different teachers and departments. There are many incentives to get involved in the Torch Club as Club Members get the opportunity to work on multiple engaging nation-wide projects and participate in special events such as Scream Scram and Fun Fridays. Continue reading

Running Made Fun

Ask them to run and not only will they run, but they will do it with a big smile on their face! Club members across Metro Denver have truly embraced the FrUNning Club (Fun Running). BGCMD’s Healthy Lifestyles Team is bringing the fun into running while teaching Club members much more than just proper running technique. With each running lap completed, kids are learning the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle while also learning how to set goals and train for a race. Continue reading