Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver breaks ground for new Suncor Boys & Girls Club

Suncor Boys & Girls Club Groundbreaking 10.21.2014 (1)

Groundbreaking ceremony on October 21, 2014 for the new Suncor Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City, Colo.

Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford, Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), representatives from Suncor Energy and other community supporters joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver on Tuesday, October 21, for a groundbreaking celebration at the new site of Suncor Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City, Colo. Speakers at the event included: Commerce City Mayor Sean Ford, Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), Nancy Thonen with Suncor, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver CEO John L. Barry and Haramarys, a Boys & Girls Club member.

“Today we are a step closer in making the vision of a new Commerce City Boys & Girls Club a reality,” said Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07). “This new facility not only provides an invaluable resource for our community but it invests in future generations by providing a safe place for our children to learn and grow.” Continue reading

Club members catch healthy habits

oasis logo1Obesity rates in American have tripled for children in the last 30 years. To help fight this growing epedemic, Club members at Johnson Boys & Girls Club at Johnson Elementary are catching health habits thanks to the assistance of Oasis, funded by the WellPoint Foundation.

The grant will support Club members in grades 1st through 5th to participate in a special OASIS CATCH Healthy Habits program – a program designed to engage youth, teach them healthy living skills and empower them as leaders for their communities. Program elements include fun active games, healthy snacks and education about good food choices.

More than 16,700 children have benefitted from the program.

Janus employees volunteer at Cope Boys & Girls Club

photo courtesy of Janus

photo courtesy of Janus

On October 4th, more than 120 Janus employees and family members descended upon the Cope Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver for a major cleanup of the building. The volunteers had a wide variety of assignments, everything from pulling up carpet to planting perennials.

Cope Boys & Girls Club serves nearly 1,000 members each year, and with such heavy usage it is always valuable to have volunteers come and help spruce-up the Club. Before the volunteers began their work, Julius, the branch director, told the group how much Boys & Girls Clubs have helped him as he was growing up in a neighborhood where gangs were prevalent. When Julius was 16, his first job was working behind the counter at a local Boys & Girls Club. As an adult, he’s been working for the Club for several years and said it’s gratifying to give back to the organization that helped him as a youth. Continue reading

Club Kids Unite Against Bullying

An estimated 13 million children across America are victims of being teased, taunted and physically assaulted by their peers, making bullying a true epidemic. In efforts to mitigate this very real and terrifying issue that many kids deal with on a daily basis, the month of October has been named Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Many organizations across the nation are uniting to help put an end to this issue and it all starts with the simple act of educating the public and helping kids speak up about their hardships. Through Cope Boys & Girls Club’s Bully Out Program, many Club Members are receiving the education and positive reinforcement that they need to help end bullying. Continue reading

Club Kids Spread Energy Conservation Awareness

Torch Club is a leadership program offered for Boys & Girls Club Members between 10-12 years-old that have demonstrated exemplary behavior and continued participation within the Clubs. In order to qualify, members must volunteer within their Club for a minimum of one-hour per week helping different teachers and departments. There are many incentives to get involved in the Torch Club as Club Members get the opportunity to work on multiple engaging nation-wide projects and participate in special events such as Scream Scram and Fun Fridays. Continue reading

Running Made Fun

Ask them to run and not only will they run, but they will do it with a big smile on their face! Club members across Metro Denver have truly embraced the FrUNning Club (Fun Running). BGCMD’s Healthy Lifestyles Team is bringing the fun into running while teaching Club members much more than just proper running technique. With each running lap completed, kids are learning the importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle while also learning how to set goals and train for a race. Continue reading

Meet Club Member Hamdi

Hamdi WebpressSeventeen-year-old Hamdi has been going to the Wilfley Boys & Girls Club since 2009. For the past five years, the Club has become more than her “home away from home”; it is her “home away from the streets”. And for Hamdi, that means everything in the world. Migrating from Africa with nothing more than $20 when she was a child, Hamdi’s family is no stranger to life on the streets.

Hamdi recounts the long, rocky and uncertain road they had to endure upon their arrival, “We moved a lot from house to house, but it was never the houses that made us feel at home; it was the fact that we were together throughout the ups and downs.” Continue reading

Hunger & Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Make healthy life choices. Maintain a well-rounded diet and exercise daily to live a longer, healthier more energetic life. This concept is not new. However, for many, due to a lack of necessary resources while living in poverty stricken areas, this is easier said than done. The month of September is dedicated to drawing awareness to two specific health related issues that most would not guess are connected: Hunger and Childhood Obesity. Though drawing a connection between hunger and childhood obesity may seem counterintuitive, the trends of children growing up in poverty-stricken areas reveal an undeniable link between the two. Serving those who need us most, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver draws in many kids who live in neighborhoods which do not provide easy access to encouraging healthy lifestyles. However, with the help of our Healthy Lifestyles Team, Club members are provided outlets to learn about nutrition and how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. While our Healthy Lifestyles Team works year round with Club members to positively encourage and educate them on healthy life habits, here are a couple of things that have been highlighted during the month of September in recognition of Hunger and Childhood Obesity Awareness month. Continue reading