Shopneck Boys & Girls Club Member
Typically, youth growing up in low-income households rarely get the opportunity to travel outside of a five-mile radius of their home. For youth living in the metro Denver area, this means that without assistance, many of these kids will never get the opportunity to step into the Colorado Rocky Mountains and explore the great outdoors.
That is why Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver works hard to provide Club members like Dominic an opportunity to venture outside of their neighborhoods and into the mountains to spend a week at our summer Gates Camp.
“Gates Camp is a great way for youth to learn how to be a leader while stepping outside of their comfort zone,” said Dominic. “At camp, you push yourself mentally and physically beyond anything you have ever done before. You also get the opportunity to make new friends.”
Thanks to Team Xcel Energy for participating in the Epic Ski Challenge!
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver was grateful to be a beneficiary of this year’s Vail Resorts Epic Ski Challenge. We are also grateful to our partner – Xcel Energy – who chose our organization as their charity of choice when selected by Vail Resorts to participate in the Challenge. Continue reading
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver focuses our daily after-school programming around three main priority outcomes: academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character & leadership. Of the many programs offered to encourage academic success, the computer and technology labs help to get Club members involved in a variety STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects. Most recently, many Club members enjoyed putting their thinking caps on to collaborate on several different technology-based projects for the TechZilla Extravaganza. Continue reading
April is National Volunteer Month and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver would like to thank all of our supporters who have volunteered their time to make our Clubs a positive place for Denver youth to grow and learn. The continued support that we receive from caring community members helps to enrich the Club experience and create countless events that Club members will never forget. Continue reading
Competing 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
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
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
“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