After Hurricane Katrina destroyed her family’s home in 2005, Kirsten’s life was uprooted when her family moved to Colorado. The transition was difficult for Kirsten who had a hard time adjusting until her mother discovered the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club.
“I was very anti-social after moving to Colorado and my parents were worried about me,” said Kirsten. “They put me in different daycares and summer camps to see if I would open up to any of my peers but nothing really worked for me. My mom had come across the Club from a co-worker who told her that her kids went there. She came to the Club and signed me up right away.”
After a warm welcome from Club Director Rich Barrows, Kirsten realized the Club was different than the places she’d spent time before. Barrows assured her she would be making friends in no time. He was right.
Most schools have handled discipline the same way for decades. When students act out or disrupt learning, they face escalating punishments potentially resulting in suspension or expulsion from school. Recent research has shown that this conventional approach is not the most effective way of improving behavior – and worse, it may be hurting students’ future chances at academic success.
Fortunately for many Denver students, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver has been offering a different approach through our Promoting Academics & Character Education (PACE) program. PACE is a partnership between BGCMD, Denver Public Schools and the Safe City Office (City & County of Denver) that’s designed to keep students learning and provide a targeted, supportive approach that identifies the cause of negative behaviors and recognizes students’ strengths and values.
For the past three years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver has been the lucky recipient of ViewHouse’s philanthropic partnership. The three ViewHouse locations in the Denver metro area (Ballpark, Centennial and Littleton) have worked together to strengthen their incredible support, which benefits our Club kids all over Denver.
The ViewHouse’s commitment to Healthy Lifestyles makes them a perfect partner for BGCMD. Chef Jose Guerrero (featured on top Food Network shows and former Club member) has an affinity for the work of Boys & Girls Clubs, which inspired him to create and run his own Farm to Table Garden program at the Owen Club. His dedication inspires others and we are thrilled to see his efforts go from seed to harvest this year.
ViewHouse’s amazing staff has shown their dedication to our mission by giving their personal time, from judging in the Youth of the Year competition to volunteering in the Clubs, including the annual Thanksgiving feast they prepare and share with our members and families. Thank you for all of the support ViewHouse!
Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs’ highest honor, celebrating our most inspiring members. Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
The honor is the end result of a year-long program that starts at the Club level. Each Club holds their own competition and names their own Youth of the Year in up to three categories: 10-13 year olds, Juniors (14-15), and Seniors (16-18). The winners advance to the Metro Denver competition. Senior winners can then advance to the state, regional, and national competition. Continue reading
Angelina, the 10-13 City Youth of the Year Winner, tutors another Club member
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is excited to announce our 10-13 year old Youth of the Year. Congratulations to 13-year-old Angelina from the Jefferson County Boys & Girls Club!
For Angelina, applying to be Youth of the Year was an opportunity to reflect on her life at the Club and show her appreciation for the programs that have improved her life.
“I’d be lost without the Club,” Angelina said. “I love the way the Boys & Girls Club has affected my life. It has made me a better person and helped shape who I am today.” Continue reading
Every year, nearly four million young people are served by Boys & Girls Clubs. To celebrate these extraordinary efforts, Ross Stores, Inc. announced that it is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America with a four-week program called, “Help Local Kids Learn.” Beginning Feb. 3, customers Denver can make a monetary contribution at their local Ross Dress for Less location during checkout to be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver this February. Continue reading
The grand prize for the 2018 Dream House Raffle is this beautiful home or $2 million cash. All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is pleased to announce the launch of the tenth annual Denver Dream House Raffle, offering participants a chance to win the Grand Prize of the Denver Dream House or $2 million in cash. An additional 2,750 prizes will be given away throughout the raffle period (now through April 27, 2018). A limited number of tickets will be sold and the odds of winning a prize are 1 in 20. Continue reading
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Nuggets Player PAUL MILLSAP Shares NBA Season of Giving with families at Suncor Boys & Girls Club
Who: Nuggets Player PAUL MILLSAP will host dinner for 250 guests at Suncor Boys & Girls Club
When: Tuesday, December 19
6:00-7:15 p.m. Continue reading