Denver teen wins state Boys & Girls Clubs leadership title

JahannaCompeting against 15 other Boys & Girls Club members from across the state, seventeen-year-old Jahanna Brunson was selected as the 2015 Colorado Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year – the most prestigious leadership title a Boys & Girls Club member can earn in the state.

The National Youth of the Year program, established by Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1947, recognizes Club members who, with the help of their Boys & Girls Club, have met personal challenges head-on and, despite the odds, have given back to their Club and community. Honorees are selected based on year-long efforts in the areas of leadership, academic achievement, community service and overcoming obstacles.

Jahanna will represent Colorado at the Southwest regional competition this summer. Winners from the regional competition advance to the national competition held each September in Washington D.C. Continue reading

Meet Club Member Darrius


Boettcher Boys & Girls Club

Club member Darrius has overcome many family circumstances in his life. For example, in the past two years he has lived with five different family members, including one out of state. In addition he’s attended four different high schools.

In a challenging relationship with his mom, who chooses partying and drinking over her responsibilities as a parent, Darrius has been kicked out of his home several times, sometimes resulting in him spending the night at the park, sleeping under a picnic table as his shelter.

Through all of this instability, the Boettcher Boys & Girls Club has been a constant in Darrius’ life for the past eight years. He comments that he sometimes doesn’t have food to eat because he doesn’t have a steady home. The Club guarantees that he will at least get a nutritious meal every night. Continue reading

Paving the Way to a Brighter Future

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is proud to present the Junior Winner of the 2015 City Youth of the Year competition. Congratulations to fifteen-year-old Savanna from the Johnson Boys & Girls Club!


Club Member Savanna, 2015 Junior City Youth of the Year Winner

Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year (YOY) competition is an annual nation-wide program that helps Club members develop leadership and communication skills through an extensive application and interview process. Participants spend several months polishing their resume and finalizing several essays to present to a panel of judges.

Every year, there is one Senior (contestant aged 16-18) and one Junior (contestant aged 13-15) YOY winner. This year Savanna, the 2015 Junior YOY winner, showed strong presentation skills and a genuine nature for truly caring for others that won over the judges votes. Continue reading

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the places you’ll go when you step inside a Boys & Girls Club; especially on a day like Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Continue reading

Igniting Creative Leaders

With a multitude of program options, Owen BoysBoys & Girls Club Members are exposed to unique opportunities to help positively shape their character and improve leadership skills.

The Torch Club at Owen Boys & Girls Club was recently awarded the 2014 National Torch Club Award by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for their collaborative work in creating a project which helped convey the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

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A Game-changer

NBA players often have a strong presence when they stepJusuf & Kids into a room. Often times towering above the crowd, their athletic stature naturally draws attention.

On Tuesday, February 24th, it was no different when Denver Nuggets players Jameer Nelson and Jusuf Nurkic stepped into the gym at Cole Boys & Girls Club. Through the NBA Math Hoops competition, Cole Club members won the chance to shoot hoops and practice math problems with Nuggets players.

As the event began, the kids quietly sat staring up in awe at these athletes that they idolize, “I have never seen them this quiet!” said Myra, the Cole Branch Director.

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Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Support Great Futures in the Metro Denver Community

In-store giving campaign to provide funds to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

From March 1st through the 31st, Jo-Anne Fabric & Craft Stores will partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) to help raise funds to support local youth. During the entire month of March, Jo-Ann store locations in the Denver area will be inviting their customers to donate $1.00 at the register to support BGCMD.

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