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Musician Jack Johnson spends time with Club members in the Learning Garden

This past Monday, Club members at got a special surprise when musician Jack Johnson visited Vickers Boys & Girls Clubs at the Nancy P. Anschutz Center. He was in town to kick off his latest tour at Red Rocks and stopped by to hang out with some very lucky kids to help harvest food from the Club’s Learning Garden.

Jack Johnson joined Club members for a garden scavenger hunt lead by The Kitchen Community. They collected items from the garden that were all part of a recipe that they learned. After the scavenger hunt, they snacked on the fresh veggies they collected and tasted smoothies. Jack then surprised everyone with an impromptu performance and taught a few kids how to play the ukulele! The kids each went home with a bag full of fresh veggies and a new recipe to try with their families.

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National Fine Arts Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 National Fine Arts winners! Competing against artists across the nation, this year the following four Club members from the Denver Metro area were honored for their advanced artistic visions:

 Maboni Abdikadir – 8 years old from Commerce City

Monica Garcia – 15 years old from J. Churchill Owen

Lilianna Wickliff – 13 years old from Cope Branch

Malaya Hollins – 10 years old from Jefferson County Branch

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Helping kids navigate the grief process

by Tina Martinez, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Vice President of Program Operations

Boys & Girls Clubs are often the first place families turn when they need support. Whether it’s a safe place for children to go after school, a hot meal at night, homework assistance or development of a new talent, Clubs provide a multitude of services for youth and families. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, our professionals are trained in youth development and help our members find solutions to some of life’s most challenging situations. Sometimes, however, the youth we serve struggle with situations that even our highly trained staff is unable to fully address – situations like the loss of a parent or family member, the suicide of a friend or fatal violence in their neighborhood.

Read more in the Spring 2014 issue of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Connections Magazine

Thanks to our summer program partners

summer-learning-partnersFriday, August 1st marked the closing day for all Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s summer programming. From rocket launches to wooden car races, the 2,000 kids we serve each day were given access to engaging activities to continue the learning process throughout the summer months.

We would like to give a HUGE THANKS to all of our partners who made our summer programming possible. We could not have done it without you! Below are details about a few of the countless program partners and volunteer groups that we have been fortunate to work with. Continue reading

Escaping the Concrete Jungle

GatesCamp“Camp allows me to just get away and have a week where I can just relax. I don’t have to deal with the worries I have in the city.” Arath, age 13

Drive west for roughly fifty miles while gaining over 4,000 feet in elevation and Denver’s sky scrapers will quickly morph into trees while the street lights blinding glow diminish revealing thousands of twinkling stars. This summer 544 Denver kids got the opportunity to leap out of their comfort zone and explore nature’s playground at BGCMD’s Gates Camp. For many, this is a week full of firsts: first time spending consecutive nights away from home, first time hiking, first time rock climbing and much more.
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Students get a jump start on their college education

For many households served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD), sending their children to college can seem like an unattainable goal due to limited financial circumstances. Recent reports have shown that 71 percent of new bachelors degree graduates had student loan debt averaging at nearly $30,000.

Several months ago, BGCMD CEO John Barry participated in a CNN story about an exciting program happening at schools in the metro Denver area. The concurrent enrollment program allows high school students to take college courses for credit and these courses are being offered free of charge.
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Scream Scram

2014 scream scram monsterGet in the spirit of the season with Scream Scram, Denver’s only nighttime Halloween-themed 5K.

Join us Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. for this fun 5K event. Gather your family, friends and teams, dress in costume and head to Washington Park early to walk the Orange Carpet. After the race, cruise Trick-or-Treat Street for yummy food and fun treats. Don’t forget the 100M Spooky Sneak for kids to kick off the race!

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Fun in the Sun

rockies storyGetting outside and being active is an important element to staying healthy and Colorado happens to be the perfect state to accomplish this in! In efforts to encourage kids to be active, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver continuously provides fun events to promote healthy lifestyles. On Friday, July 11th, the Rockies Clinic and Triple Play Tour drew nearly 400 Club members outdoors to enjoy some fun in the Colorado sun.

While Club members at Owen Boys & Girls Club were learning how to swing a bat at the Rockies Clinic, Club members at Shopneck Boys & Girls Club perfected their jumping, running at catching skills at the Triple Play Million Minutes in Motion Tour.

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