Red Nose Day

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Put on your Red Noses and help us pull out all the stops to raise money for kids who need us most.  

Red Nose Day is a special day to come together, have fun and make a difference for kids. Red Nose Day is on a mission to lift kids out of poverty by fun-raising for several charities including Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Join us on May 26th and get seriously silly to raise money and change the lives of kids who need us most. Continue reading

Hats off to our graduates!

As graduation season approaches, our seniors are preparing to end their time as members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. While it is hard to say goodbye, we are excited to celebrate these outstanding members and everything they have accomplished over the years. Many members are moving on to college while others are getting ready to jump into the workforce.

College-bound Club members proudly celebrating high school graduation!

A few of our college-bound Club members proudly celebrate their high school graduation!

Thanks to the Taco Bell Foundation’s “Graduate for Mas” program, we had the opportunity to celebrate our outstanding graduating senior Club members one last time. Gathering at Dave and Buster’s, Club members got to enjoy an evening filled with fun games, refreshments and remarks from BGCMD’s CEO, John Barry, and Taco Bell’s marketing guru, Amy Shepek. Both shared their stories of inspiration and recognized our outstanding graduates

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Club member spotlight: Brylynn

Spending nearly more time at the Johnson Boys & Girls Club than at Brylynn-Head-Shother own home during the week, eleven-year-old Club member Brylynn thrives in the Club atmosphere. Remembering feeling right at home when her mom signed her up for a Club membership on her sixth birthday, Brylynn now participates in an array of Club programming which promotes healthy and positive outlets for her to learn and grow.

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Corporate Partner of the Month: Jansen Strawn

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Business development made social(ly impactful)

Jansen Strawn Consulting Engineers, co-founded by Tom Jansen and Chris Strawn, has been a consistent supporter of our Boys & Girls Clubs’ Gates Camp fundraiser. Over the past several years, however, they have applied their creative engineering mindset to designing and facilitating their OWN brand-new, amazing fundraiser, supply drive and business development opportunity that benefits several of our school-based Boys & Girls Clubs, and they started with a real need.  In our school-based sites, our staff work closely with the teachers and school administration to meet the needs of a highly vulnerable, overwhelmingly (often 95-97%) low-income population. Each year, teachers send them off for summer with a long list of school supplies that they’ll need when they come back in the fall. For many of our families, the prospect of buying all the school supplies, a backpack and a uniform can be daunting. That’s where Jansen Strawn steps in.  Continue reading

Setting sights on tomorrow’s jobs

Many industries across the globe are becoming increasingly dependent upon working professionals in the STEM sector– science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As employment rates in occupations related to STEM are projected to grow, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, to more than 9 million by 2022, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is committed to providing STEM programming to help prepare Club members for future career options.STEM_BoyGirlRobot

In 2015, over 2,500 Club members participated in a variety of different STEM programs intended to equip youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to solve complex problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. In early March, Club members put their knowledge to the test at the TechZilla Monster Extravaganza and Kodu Game Lab Competition.

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Denver Club teens win the National Keystone Project Award

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Denver’s top performing teens accept the 2016 National Keystone Project Award.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver recently sent 32 top performing Club members from five different Clubs to Dallas for the 2016 Boys & Girls Club National Keystone Conference. Keystone is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier teen character and leadership program focusing on Community Service, Academic Success, Career Preparation and Teen Outreach.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s CEO and Board Chair visit Washington, D.C. to participate in National Day of Advocacy

DENVER, Colo. March 11, 2016 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Chief Executive Officer, John Barry, and Board Chair, Laurie Korneffel, will be attending Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Day of Advocacy in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, March 16. Leaders from Boys & Girls Club organizations from around the country will gather in our nation’s capital to meet with members of Congress to champion the needs of local youth. Continue reading