Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver receives $10.75 million donation from Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

Arthur E. Johnson Boys & Girls Club in Denver, Colo.

Arthur E. Johnson Boys & Girls Club in Denver, Colo.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded a $10.75 million donation from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation. This is the largest gift in the organization’s 54-year history. Funds will be used to create an endowment and make capital improvements for the Arthur E. Johnson Boys & Girls Club located in west Denver.

“With 15 Clubs throughout the metro Denver area, it is a relief to know that one of our Clubs now has long-term security to support the families and kids who need us most,” said John Barry, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver CEO. “This significant donation further demonstrates the Johnson Foundation’s investment in the young people in our community. We are proud to honor their incredible legacy every year at our Youth of the Year celebration.” Continue reading

With a little help from her Club…

Regina_HeadShotWhen Regina was a high school sophomore, she joined a group of fellow Boys & Girls Club members to visit Colorado State University. While touring the campus, Regina got a glimpse of what college life had to offer and she knew that she wanted that experience for herself. This CSU visit gave Regina the motivation she needed to make the most out of her time spent in high school in order to attend college.

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Celebrating the achievements of local teens

TACO BELL® FOUNDATION AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO DENVER TEAM UP TO CELEBRATE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF LOCAL TEENS

Event kicks off the partnership focused inspiring teens to stay the course to graduation

WHAT:  Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver will host an event to honor more than 50 outstanding high school Club members who graduated in the Class of 2015. The special celebration is being held at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club and will feature a short program with special awards for outstanding accomplishments, refreshments and other activities. This event was made possible through a $1,000 grant from the Taco Bell® Foundation.

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club | 4397 Crown Blvd., Denver, CO 80239

CONTACT:  To RSVP and/or to set up an interview, please contact: Gail Bransteitter, Director of Marketing & Communications, at Gailb@bgcmd.org or call 303-446-6785.


About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is to empower every Club member, through safe and impactful experiences, to: graduate high school with a plan for college or career, contribute to their community and live a healthy life. Since 1961, BGCMD has been helping kids, ages 6 to 18, achieve academic success, live healthy lifestyles, and develop good character and citizenship. The organization operates 16 safe neighborhood sites throughout metro Denver, and a residential summer camp. Learn more at www.GreatFuturesDenver.org.  

About Taco Bell® Foundation
Taco Bell Foundation Inc., also known as Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation committed to inspiring and enabling America’s teens to graduate from high school and achieve más through its programs, partnerships, and direct financial assistance. Since 1992, the Foundation has served over 3 million teens in 6,000 communities across the country where Taco Bell restaurants have a presence. Through the support of our customers, franchisees, employees and vendor-partners over the last 20 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $75 million in grants and scholarships focused on education and career readiness. For more information on the Foundation and its commitment to teens – Taco Bell team members, friends and future leaders – visit  tacobellforteens.org or www.graduateformas.com.

About Taco Bell Corp.
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican -inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet- inspired Cantina Bell® Menu and lower calorie Fresco Menu. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its  Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell  Foundation for Teens™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 36 million customers every week.

 

Schools are out. Clubs are in.

As schools are winding down and closing for the summer learningsummer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is gearing up for summer programming. Clubs will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through August, and will offer Club members opportunities to stay active, continue learning and give back to their communities.

Each summer in America, an estimated 43 million children in the U.S. miss out on expanded learning opportunities. More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be connected to unequal access to summer learning programs.

To combat summer learning loss, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) will provide Club members with fun activities to stay educationally engaged all summer long.

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Blast-off into learning

STEM Week_002Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education is critical to the ultimate success of young people. To inspire more kids to become the innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver extends beyond the normal school hours to offers hands-on opportunities to empower Club members to develop these 21st century skills. 

With the help of several different community partners, Club members at Force Boys & Girls Club recently had a blast participating in STEM Week. Club members had the opportunity to interact with volunteer mentors while participating in exciting learning activities. Continue reading

Place Boys & Girls Club Announcement

Place Bridge Academy recently received a grant that will allow the school to provide onsite academic and enrichment programming for students who attend Place Bridge Academy. With this new funding, Boys & Girls of Metro Denver will no longer oversee out-of-school programming at Place Bridge Academy.

The organization is currently transitioning the programming to the school, where it will become an ingrained, core part of the overall school day and environment, taking whole child education to a new level for years to come. Boys & Girls Clubs is working to make this transition as smooth as possible. For parents and families looking to stay involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, we recommend contacting our Boettcher Boys & Girls Club at 303-364-0039.