Mayor Hancock Announces 2014 Mayor’s Design Awards Winners

Nancy P Anschutz CenterThis evening, Mayor Hancock and Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department will honor 15 projects for excellence in architecture, design and place-making during the 2014 Mayor’s Design Awards ceremony tonight at The Studio Loft of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Among those winning projects is the Nancy P. Anschutz Center featuring the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver launches the My.Future Technology Initiative

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Comcast NBCUniversal announced today the launch of My.Future, a new technology initiative designed to teach Club members about our digital world and ignite their passion for technology.

Comcast NBCUniversal is the Presenting Sponsor of My.Future, which is available to the nearly 4 million youth served by more than 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, including local students served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. My.Future allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy, including areas of exploring the web, communicating with others digitally and building media. Additional experiences allow members to explore advanced topics, such as robotics, coding and game design.
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Providing a Warm Meal

Jasmin's Winning Drawing

Jasmin’s Winning Drawing

For the 49.1 million Americans, including 15.8 million children, living in food insecure households, something as simple as having a warm meal can mean a lot. We know how important it is to ensure that kids have access to balanced nutritional meals. Through a long-term partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies, more than 1,200 hot meals are served to our Club members each day.

Working to end hunger in our community, last Tuesday, November 4th marked the 21st annual Serving Up Hope Luncheon in which all proceeds and 23,000 pounds of non-perishable foods were given to the Food Bank of the Rockies. In efforts to draw further awareness to hunger issues, Club members participated in the Serving Up Hope art competition. This year Jasmin, a Club member at Owen Boys & Girls Club, won the competition and was honored for her drawing at the luncheon!

Club kids participate in statewide games tournament

games roomOn November 8, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver hosted the statewide Games Room Tournament, giving Club members a chance to compete and showcase their skills. Kids competed in chess, checkers, billiards and other fun activities. The games rooms are popular at the Clubs and not only provide safe, fun activities, but teach our Club members teamwork, sharing, sportsmanship, social skills and encourage physical activity.

The Games Room Tournament was sponsored through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and WellPoint Foundation as part of the national Triple Play program. In addition to the tournament, the grant from WellPoint Foundation will help make improvements to the heavily-used games rooms throughout the Clubs.

Open the Door for America’s Kids

Family Dollar

Family Dollar is kicking off a new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America this year with a national program called, “Open the Door for America’s Kids.” This holiday season from November 1st through November 30th, Family Dollar customers in Denver will be invited to donate $1 at the register to help support Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

“After learning how many children are served by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country each year, we knew we wanted to lend a hand,” said Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar.  He hopes to leverage the beginning of the holiday shopping season to help impact Boys & Girls Clubs in a big way, “We are thrilled to be teaming up with such an incredible organization, and I know that together, we can help provide a happier holiday season to many children and families across the country.”

How can your donation help support BGCMD? Every $1 donation helps provide 20 minutes of after-school programming for a Club Member. Every $15 will help keep a local kid safe after school today.

For more information please contact cause@bgca.org.

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