Boys & Girls Clubs work to strengthen communities and offer a safe space for kids to continue learning and growing. Over the past few weeks, as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have devastated parts of our nation, we have been reminded of the power of community.
For the seventh consecutive year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro has earned the heavily coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator – America’s largest independent charity evaluator. In demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is now among a mere 3% of the charities who have received this consecutive rating.
As the nonprofit sector is advancing and expanding, donors are seeking accountability, transparency, and concrete results to inform their giving decisions. Outperforming most other charities in America, Charity Navigator sets Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver apart from other non-profits. “This is our highest possible rating indicating that Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” noted Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This exceptional designation demonstrates to the public their trustworthiness.”
Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled and celebrated Charity Navigators method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector.
Written into Boys & Girls Clubs strategic plan is an overarching goal to manage finances with integrity through maintaining transparency to donors and stakeholders on the annual budget, and provide updates to current policies, audits and tax returns for public viewing on the website on a quarterly basis. After a comprehensive review of data from fiscal year 2016, Charity Navigator awarded the 4-star rating to Boys & Girls Clubs confirming that these goals are being met.
Help us celebrate this remarkable rating and kick your year-end giving off early by donating in support of Club members today!
It surely feels like fall at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) now that our sports teams are back in full swing. As our Club members step onto the playing field, we could not be more thankful for the support that Buffalo Wild Wings, our Corporate Partner of the Month, has provided to our athletic programs.
The Denver Broncos will launch their Fall 2017 NFL PLAY 60 Challenge with Gatorade Junior Training Camps on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. MDT at two different Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver locations.
Nearly 100 kids from 15 Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver branches will be in attendance for each of the events. The first camp will be held on Tuesday at the Owen Boys & Girls Club (3480 West Kentucky Ave., Denver). The second camp will take place on Wednesday at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club (4397 Crown Blvd., Denver). Continue reading
According to the After School Alliance, in Colorado 17% of children go unsupervised after school – a time of day which correlates with the peak hours in which kids are most likely to engage in risky behavior indicating the necessity of providing youth with quality afterschool programs.
A substantial and growing body of research points to the positive academic, social and emotional outcomes associated with participation in quality after-school programs. At Boys & Girls of Metro Denver, our kids continuously reaffirm this:
Melissa – Johnson Boys & Girls Club
Growing up in a Spanish speaking household, 8-year-old Club member Melissa serves as the main translator for her parents. She is working to improve her English skills and Melissa knows she can turn to the Clubs’ Learning Center to receive reading and writing help. Through participating in the Accelerated Reader and Youth One Book One Denver programs, Melissa stays academically motivated. “These reading programs help me improve my English. I get to read the books multiple times and then turn to a group to discuss my findings and learn new words,” said Melissa.
Anai – Jeffco Boys & Girls Club
Social influences can greatly impact the trajectory of a childhood – both for the good and the bad. For 16-year-old Anai, the positive social connections that she has made at the Boys & Girls Club are what’s important to her. “Over the years the Club has taught me the benefits to growing strong relationships with my peers and teachers,” said Anai. “Through my interactions at the Club I have grown to become more outgoing.” Anai has big dreams that the communication skills that she has developed at the Club will one day help position her to run her own Boys & Girls Club.
Stephen – Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club
In the nine years that Stephen has been attending the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club, he has become emotionally invested in all of the Clubs’ programs. “The Club is an extension of who I am. It has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” said Stephen. In the beginning, Stephen remembers engaging in reading programs, technology focused groups, and sports teams. Stephen is involved in leadership programs and works as a Junior Staff member. His support system at the Club has grown so strong that he feels out of place if he is unable to go to the Club for more than two days in a row.
With Club doors open to youth in need year-round, Melissa, Anai, and Stephen are just a few of the thousands of kids whose lives are positively impacted by Boys & Girls Clubs every year!
In partnership with Katy Perry on her new “Witness” album and tour, we #WitnessTheFuture where all young people, especially those who need us most, can reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Katy fans can win tickets to her 2017-2018 tour by getting involved and showing support of our Boys & Girls Club.
Boys & Girls Clubs provide safe, fun and affordable places for kids and teens to go during out-of-school time, where they connect with caring mentors, make new friends and get access to life-changing opportunities. Clubs all across the country have partnered with advocacy organization Global Citizen to encourage Katy Perry fans to take action to win rewards.
There are three ways fans can participate and earn points:
Fans can sign up for a chance to win tickets to WITNESS: The Tour by:
– Tweeting a photo of themselves holding a sign with the hashtag #WitnessTheFuture.
– Including how they could support Boys & Girls Clubs of America in the tweet.
– And tagging @BGCA_Clubs and @GlblCtzn.
DONATE OR GIVE
Fans can provide a financial donation or give school supplies to a local Boys & Girls Club by:
– Going to BGCA.org and finding a Club near them
– Visiting the Club and taking a photo of themselves at the donation bin or with the Katy Perry poster
Lastly, fans can sign up to volunteer at their local Boys & Girls Club
Learn more at: http://bgca.org/KatyPerry
Every summer, we spice up our programs with some fun, healthy competition. This summer more than 120 kids incorporated engineering and arts skills to participate in our annual Pinewood Derby race. In the days leading up to the event, Club members spent weeks in the Cultural Arts room preparing their derby cars. Wooden cars were carefully sculpted into many different shapes and sizes, crafting some to be built for speed and others for style. Using paint, clay, sparkles, and more, each kid also got to put their individualized final touch on their car.
Every summer, over 500 Boys & Girls Club members get the chance to venture into the mountains to spend a week up at Gates Camp. During this time, campers from the ages of eight to thirteen spend a week away from home getting the chance to meet new friends and explore nature while trying their hand at rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, archery, and much more.
For many campers, this week offers a time for immense personal growth overcoming fears while experiencing a lifestyle that varies greatly from that at home. Some grow to love spending their summers at camp so much so that they develop the passion and leadership skills necessary to become a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) at age fourteen.