Encouraging kids to read independently is critical to their overall academic success. Studies have shown that a student who can’t read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate on time.
“A student who can’t read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. Add poverty to the mix, and a student is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient, wealthier peer.”
– Donald J. Hernandez, Annie E. Casey Foundation
At the Clubs, kids of all ages can participate in a variety of programs designed to encourage reading and make reading fun. Continue reading
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is gearing up for another great year of celebrating the amazing youth in our community through the Youth of the Year competition and we need your help.
WHAT IS YOUTH OF THE YEAR?
A nationally recognized program. Youth of the Year is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier youth recognition program for Club members. It is a year-long competition amongst high performing Club members which begins at the Club level. Top performing youth advance to the city-wide competition. Each city-wide candidate then has the potential to advance to the state, regional and national competition.
Boys & Girls Clubs receives 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the fifth consecutive time. Only five percent of charities have received at least give consecutive 4-star ratings.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fifth consecutive time that Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver has earned this top distinction. Only 5% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least five consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver outperforms most other charities in America. Continue reading
The Colorado Rapids and MLS WORKS announced today the official activation of the second mini-pitch in Colorado. The mini-pitch was initially revealed to the public at the Suncor Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City Grand Opening on August 25. The Rapids, in partnership with Boys & Girls Club members will “activate” the mini-pitch with a Futsal Clinic on Friday, September 11, at 5:00 p.m. Continue reading
Each year, the Denver Broncos invite Club members from our Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club football team to take on the mascots during halftime of the last home preseason game. Last night, our Club members managed to get the big win against a great group of mascots that certainly didn’t take it easy on our kids. The kids had a blast and were thrilled to have this very special opportunity.
Here are a few highlights from the game:
Thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s academically-charged summer programming, many Club members are starting the school year off on the path to success.
To keep youth reading during the summer months, Club members participated in a city-wide reading program called Youth One Book, One Denver. This program helps kids avoid summer learning loss and ensures that they are fully equipped with the tools and knowledge they need for the new school year.
Persistence is key. That is exactly what it took over the course of the last eight years to bring the new Suncor Boys & Girls Club to fruition.
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Suncor, Commerce City representatives and community supporters gathered together to open the doors to great futures for Commerce City kids.
When Sam was thirteen, her mom was looking for a way to keep her active during the summer and found the Wilfley Boys & Girls Club. During that first summer at the Club, Sam met her best friend in the Learning Center and developed a love for running.
Now, three years later, Sam relies on Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to help her achieve some lofty mental and physical goals.