Fully equipped and ready to learn

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.

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From groundbreaking to grand opening

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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.

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Achieving goals in the Club

Sam HeadshotWhen 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.

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Club members welcome special visitor – Misty Copeland!

misty c2Yesterday Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver opened the doors to our new Suncor Boys & Girls Club a little early for a very special visitor.

World famous dancer Misty Copeland (American Ballet Theatre) stopped by the new Club to take a tour, meet with Club members and watch a special dance performance. Misty is a former Boys & Girls Club member and her first exposure to dance was at her local Club in California at the age of 13. She now serves as a national spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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Battle of the Bots 2015

battle of the botsThe annual Battle of the Bots took place on July 22 at Shopneck Boys & Girls Club in Brighton. Nearly every Club in the Metro Denver area had one or more teams dueling it out in the 18 rings on the gym floor. This event helps Club members learn more about technology, building, teamwork and engage in a little friendly competition. The kids rushed into Shopneck excited and anxious for the day, as they saw the six huge trophies sitting on the front table they buzzed with anticipation of a win.

“Even though this is my first year doing Battle of the Bots, I love the building process. I have always been interested in technology and it keeps me doing something in the Club,” said Chantel, an 11-year-old from Boettcher Boys & Girls Club.  Continue reading

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver receives $10.75 million donation from Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation

Arthur E. Johnson Boys & Girls Club in Denver, Colo.

Arthur E. Johnson Boys & Girls Club in Denver, Colo.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded a $10.75 million donation from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation. This is the largest gift in the organization’s 54-year history. Funds will be used to create an endowment and make capital improvements for the Arthur E. Johnson Boys & Girls Club located in west Denver.

“With 15 Clubs throughout the metro Denver area, it is a relief to know that one of our Clubs now has long-term security to support the families and kids who need us most,” said John Barry, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver CEO. “This significant donation further demonstrates the Johnson Foundation’s investment in the young people in our community. We are proud to honor their incredible legacy every year at our Youth of the Year celebration.” Continue reading