As many students return to class following spring break, a sense of excitement is in the air with the promise of warm weather and the end of the school year in sight. For thousands of students in Colorado, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver provides a safe space for school breaks and out-of-school hours. Most notably, the Clubs have identified the hours between 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. as the peak hours for juvenile crime, and remain committed to providing a space for children to engage in programs that will positively impact their lives. The Allstate Foundation is supporting the work of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver by announcing a $20,000 annual grant in addition to a large multi-agent volunteer event that is expected to generate up to $100,000 on April 15.
Source: Colorado State University website
“When we found out that she made it into CSU we were so excited, so proud of Demi for all the hard work and not giving up,” Julio said.
Fast forward four years, and Demitria will graduate in May with a Human Development and Family Studies degree and a minor in Spanish.
She’s planning to attend graduate school and work with middle school students internationally through an established – or her own – nonprofit organization.
Demi can boast involvement in university and civic clubs, travel and volunteering, and employment while finishing her degree. Yet, as a first-generation student, she’s taking much more than all of that from her time at CSU.
Congratulations to Maxine Warren for being recognized as Boys & Girls Clubs’ most recent Volunteer Pillar Award winner!
The Pillar Award is presented quarterly to a volunteer who demonstrates the highest level of dedication and adherence to BGCMD’s mission and values.
In the eight years that Maxine has volunteered at Cope Boys & Girls Club, she has gone above and beyond the call of a typical volunteer and served nearly 1,000 hours! During this time, Maxine has been involved in every aspect of the Club from field trips, to dance class, to mentoring dozens of Club members. Maxine is the type of volunteer every non-profit strives to find as she has become a staple figure at the Cope Boys & Girls Club.
For more than 75 years, Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation have celebrated National Boys & Girls Club Week by recognizing the invaluable service Clubs bring to communities.
National Boys & Girls Club Week shines a spotlight on our more than 4,000 Clubs throughout the United States and on military installations worldwide, showing the public how Clubs unlock the door to Great Futures for our nation’s youth. We do this by providing a fun, safe and caring environment where kids and teens participate in programs that promote learning, inspire leadership and motivate them to live a healthy lifestyle.
Every day, Boys & Girls Club members have access to programs that are mindfully shaped to help them build a strong character, develop unique leadership skills and engage in their community. In the Keystone program (Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier teen character and leadership program), youth from the ages of 14 to 18 engage in community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach activities.
This year’s Statewide Youth of the Year winner exemplifies how Boys & Girls Clubs help mold youth into high-achieving leaders. In the nine years that Karol has been attending the Suncor Boys & Girls Club, she has grown to become a hardworking and driven student that has high expectations for her future.
“The Club has taught me to never give up on my dreams,” said Karol. “Whenever I question my abilities and begin to doubt myself, the Club always reassures me that in the end I will be successful.”
Kids like to be active and try new things, and the great outdoors are just the place to accomplish this. Over the past few months Boys & Girls Club members challenged themselves through a variety of outdoor activities including rock climbing, snowboarding, urban bird watching and much more!
The programs at Boys & Girls Clubs have a knack for making learning fun – this is especially true of programs that focus on promoting healthy lifestyles through educating youth on the importance of maintaining social emotional well-being, making healthy nutritional choices, exercising daily and much more.
This winter, teen Club members Malachi and Rachael (a brother-sister duo from the Boettcher Boys & Girls Club) are helping their peers learn about health through fun and engaging programs like the following: