A positive place for kids

According to the After School Alliance, in Colorado seventeen percent of children go unsupervised after school – a time of day which correlates with the peak hours in which teens are most likely to engage in risky behavior indicating the necessity of providing youth with quality after-school 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 BGC

Growing up in a Spanish speaking household, eight year-old Club member Melissa serves as the main translator for her parents. As she is working to improve her English skills, 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 BGC

Social influences can greatly impact the trajectory of a childhood – both for the good and the bad. For sixteen 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 BGC

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 as long as I can remember,” said Stephen. In the beginning, Stephen remembers engaging in reading programs, technology focused groups, and sports teams. Now, as a teenager, 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 hundreds of kids whose lives are positively impacted by Boys & Girls Clubs programming every year!

Support the Clubs and win tickets to see Katy Perry

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:

TWEET

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

VOLUNTEER

Lastly, fans can sign up to volunteer at their local Boys & Girls Club

Learn more at: http://bgca.org/KatyPerry

Spinning their wheels

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.

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Leading at Gates Camp

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.

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Broncos and partner U.S. Bank to unveil refurbished play space at Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club

Denver Broncos and team partner U.S. Bank will unveil a refurbished play space at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club (4397 Crown Blvd., Denver, CO  80239) on Tuesday, July 25, at 10 a.m.

Broncos executives will join U.S. Bank Colorado Market President Hassan Salem for a celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony. In addition, Broncos players, cheerleaders and 40 bank volunteers will host a field day and lunch for the kids.

As part of the company’s Community Possible Month of Play, U.S. Bank is investing $6.6 million in local nonprofits nationwide, including donations to 17 nonprofits in the Denver area. U.S. Bank’s contributions to the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club is $50,000.

“We believe in the power of play to connect and enrich our communities,” Salem said. “We are proud to work with our long-standing partners, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver and the Denver Broncos, to provide a safe sports court that will create opportunities for Denver area kids to play, grow and make lasting memories. We recently declared July as the U.S. Bank Community Possible Month of Play and there is no better way to reinforce that than by celebrating this new court at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club.”

About Community Possible

Community Possible is the corporate giving and volunteer program at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable employment, a safe place to call home and a community connected through arts, culture, recreation and play. Philanthropic support through the U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate giving program reached $54.2 million in 2016. Visit www.usbank.com/community.

About U.S. Bank

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $450 billion in assets as of March 31, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,091 banking offices in 25 states and 4,838 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

Abut Boys & Girls Club 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 14 safe neighborhood sites throughout metro Denver, and one residential summer camp. Learn more at www.GreatFuturesDenver.org.

Colorado’s “Ultimate Giving Experience,” Hosted by Cuvée, Aims to Raise $1,700,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

 

On Friday, September 15th, the 8th Annual Flight to Luxury will once again transform two of Denver’s private jet hangars at Centennial Airport into one of the city’s most prestigious charity events of the year. Produced by Cuvée, this red carpet hangar party will directly benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

Cuvée, a Denver-based, ultra-luxury travel company, has raised more than $5 million for Boys & Girls Clubs since the event’s inception in 2009. This year, Cuvée’s goal is to raise $1.7 million at the event to support thousands of Denver youth who benefit from Boys & Girls Clubs programs. “We have an amazing opportunity at Cuvée to use our business, network and properties as a philanthropic platform,” said Larry Mueller, Founder and CEO of Cuvée. “There is nothing more that we care about than being able to give back to the community in which we live and love.” Continue reading

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver hosts event to celebrate $50,000 Cope teen center renovation from Lowe’s

WHAT:  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s William E. Cope Club (808 Inca St.) is hosting “first look” special event where guests can attend the reveal of the facility’s brand-new Teen Center. The Cope Boys & Girls Club has one of our highest teen populations, serving between 40-60 teenagers per day. The newly renovated Teen Center features everything from new lighting, furniture and flooring to technology upgrades including a TV, computer stations, and updated teen-centric décor. For more than 200 Club members, ages 6-18, walking in and out of the Club daily, this transformed Teen Lounge will serve to inspire valuable focus on cultivating meaningful relationship among peers and post high school endeavors. Continue reading