Last month we proudly celebrated our Club members (140 in total) that will be graduating from high school this year. Both CJ Manning (a BGCMD Alumni and now current Associate Board Member) and Justin Simmons (a safety for the Denver Broncos) joined Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Erin Porteous in recognizing our teens over dinner and games at Dave & Busters. Amongst those celebrated, both Aaron (from Johnson Boys & Girls Club) and Josiahyia (from Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club) were honored as this year’s winners of the Outstanding Graduate Award.
Recently, as 50 students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver filed into a classroom at Moby Arena for the beginning of their day touring campus, several Colorado State University students held celebrity status.
The students aged 13-18, embraced and took selfies with Erik Medrano Martinez, Roxana Bustos-Flores, and Demitria Flores. The reason: Medrano Martinez, Bustos-Flores and Flores all were part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, and are now thriving as students at CSU.
As part of a panel discussion, the first-generation college students shared words of inspiration and advice with their younger peers, answering questions and sharing their own experiences.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver recently received a $124,000 Helping Hands in the Community grant from The Allstate Foundation. The grant is a result of Allstate’s annual partnership with the organization, and the work of 104 agency owners and staff participating in a one day volunteer event on April 15. This donation will help further Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s efforts to empower Denver’s youth to graduate from high school with a plan for college or a career, contribute to their community and live a healthy life.
More than 100 Denver Allstate agents and their families rolled up their sleeves on April 15th to complete various cleaning and renovation projects at the Wilfley, Suncor and Vickers Boys & Girls Clubs to ensure Club members have a clean, safe environment in which to learn, play and engage.
“The important work we do wouldn’t be possible without the help of generous partners such as The Allstate Foundation,” said Kendall Córdova, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s Chief Development Officer. “The Allstate Foundation’s commitment through financial support and volunteer service demonstrates their incredible dedication to the communities where they live and work. It was incredible to see over 100 agents roll up their sleeves and spend their Saturday making an impactful difference for the thousands of kids who come to our Clubs each day. I applaud Allstate for creating a culture of giving back to improve the lives of kids and communities and I thank them for choosing Boys & Girls Clubs as their partner in this endeavor.”
The grant is part of The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community program. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is one of thousands of organizations this year to receive Helping Hands in the Community grants secured by Allstate agency owners and financial specialists on behalf of the nonprofits where they volunteer.
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 15 safe neighborhood sites throughout metro Denver, and a residential summer camp. Learn more at www.GreatFuturesDenver.org.
About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.
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.