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June 10th, 2016

On May 26th, Club members from all three Club locations gathered at Steil Club to celebrate our 4th annual Rising Stars ceremony. This event recognizes and uplifts our 5th graders transitioning into middle school, 8th graders transitioning to high school, and our graduating seniors. 

The evening began with a spectacular spread of food prepared by our fantastic Club and Camp kitchen staff, Bob Gumbert and Linda Reed. Our 2015 and 2016 Youths of the Year Chelsea Flemings and Ana Sosa took the stage as our Emcees and set the joyful tone for the evening from their first words. Members and their families enjoyed a keynote speech by Chana Edmonds-Verley from the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation in which she stressed the importance of believing in yourself and reaching for your dreams.

Certificates were presented to all our Rising Stars as their names were called from the podium by our Club Directors. Program Awards were announced and presented to high-performing members from each area of the Clubs including the games rooms, gyms, art rooms, performing arts and teen spaces.

We also announced and celebrated our Volunteer of the Year, Beth Wierenga, and Volunteer Group of the Year, Sherwin Williams.

We couldn’t have had a better time championing our transitioning members as the school year came to a close! And a huge thank you goes out to MassMutual of Mid-Michigan who sponsored the event!

"We appreciate the opportunity to partner with a program that makes such a significant impact on the families and communities it serves," said Mark A. Keating CLU, CLTC
President/CEO of MassMutual of Mid-Michigan. "The Rising Stars Ceremony is reflective of the values we share in recognizing the achievements for these extraordinary students as they transition into the next stage of their journey."

SEE PHOTOS FROM THIS EVENT!

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May's Youth of the Month!

May 17th, 2016

 

Our Youth of the Month (YOM) program spotlights a Club member who truly represents the mission of our Clubs. Staff will decide on a YOM based on their involvement in different activities and behavior. It is a program that helps to build our participation in the national Youth of the Year program.

Congratulations to MAY's Youth of the Month Winners:

Paul I. Phillips Club: Jalen
Why Staff Selected Jalen: Jalen participates in all of our programs and field trips. He is a leader, a helper, and a role model to younger students.

 

 

 

Seidman Club: Kamuri
Why Staff Selected Kamuri: Kamuri has proven to be a leader in the Club and has a bright future. We are so happy to name him Youth of the Month!

 

 

 

Steil Club: Aiden
Why Staff Selected Aiden: Aiden is a great example to his friends and brother. Aiden is kind and compassionate. When he gets irritated, Aiden has learned to turn things around instead of losing his temper.

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April's Youth of the Month!

April 20th, 2016

Our Youth of the Month (YOM) program spotlights a Club member who truly represents the mission of our Clubs. Staff will decide on a YOM based on their involvement in different activities and behavior. It is a program that helps to build our participation in the national Youth of the Year program.

Congratulations to April's Youth of the Month Winners:

Paul I. Phillips Club: Josiah
Why Staff Selected Josiah: Josiah is always an enthusiastic helper around the Club. He always does his homework and participates in a variety of programs.

 

 

 

Seidman Club: Germaine
Why Staff Selected Germaine: Germaine is the Keystone Club Secretary at Seidman Club and a true leader and volunteer for the Club. Germaine wants study photography in college one day and to become a business entrepreneur after completing college.

 

Steil Club: Edwin
Why Staff Selected Edwin: Edwin is a great example to others. He shows Club members what hardwork looks like by spending hours each day working on difficult math homework with one of Steil’s most helpful volunteers Tom. Edwin has finished multiple assignments through his hardwork and dedication. Others are starting to follow his example...

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March's Youth of the Month!

March 16th, 2016

Our Youth of the Month (YOM) program spotlights a Club member who truly represents the mission of our Clubs. Staff will decide on a YOM based on their involvement in different activities and behavior. It is a program that helps to build our participation in the national Youth of the Year program.

Congratulations to MARCH's Youth of the Month Winners:

Paul I. Phillips Club: Luke
Why Staff Selected Luke: Luke is the PIP Youth of the Month because he's always a nice friend; he loves floor hockey; and he does his homework every day. This month it was Luke's idea to go pick up litter in our neighborhood to celebrate National BGC Week!

 

Seidman Club: Alex
Why Staff Selected Alex: Alex is a student athlete in track and football. He is a leader at the Club and is a college bound student athlete. We are proud of his achievements!

 

 

Steil Club Teen: Da'Montrell
Why Staff Selected Da'Montrell: Da'Montrell has been a great example to his friends in the Club during the past month. When his friends are not listening, he helps them to quiet down. When staff around him need help, he is ready to offer it.

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March Madness Hits BGC!

March 13th, 2016

We couldn't help but get in all the action as the March Madness tournament heats up... Last week, was our first ever March Madness teen basketball tournament at Paul I. Phillips Club!

Seven BGC teams participated from as far away as Flint. It was an awesome event for our basketball superstars! Seidman Club beat Paul I. Phillips Club in the championship to win first place, and Kalamazoo NE won the sportsmanship award. ‬

Special thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint, Ron and Janet Knaus, Mary Ward, and Ken's Fruit Market!

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Ana Sosa Named 2016 Youth of the Year

February 28th, 2016

Selected among several local outstanding youth, Ana Sosa has been named 2016 Grand Rapids Youth of the Year and will receive a $2,000 scholarship provided by Lake Michigan Credit Union. She will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Michigan Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, 15-year old Ana is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by BGCA for her leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

 

“Today was a great day for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth,” said Executive Director Rick Huisman. “Not only did we have more than 300 special guests in attendance for our Youth of the Year Celebration Luncheon, we are also extremely proud to recognize Ana Sosa as our Youth of the Year 2016.”

Ana is a sophomore at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. She has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth since 2011 and is a member at the Steil Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society and actively volunteers with many organizations in the area. Ana is a member of the volleyball and basketball teams at her school and is a member of a dance group. She is also a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Performing Arts program. Ana’s goal is to attend Aquinas College following high school. Her dream is to start a non-profit and help people around the world.

“For me, what is missing in my heart, is a family of friends and other people who want to join me to help those in need around the world without any fear or regrets,” said Ana. “Mother Earth is a place where we live, a place where we can learn from, not a place that we can control or destroy. I want people to see and feel what we could do and accomplish when we come together.”

If Ana wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Midwest Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2016, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids local Youth of the Year event was sponsored by Barfly Events, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Meijer, Steelcase Inc., C.H. Robinson, Eastern Floral, Huntington Bank, PNC Bank, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Ron & Janet Knaus, Bluewater Technologies, and Redi Rental.

If you were unable to attend the event but would like to learn more about Youth of the Year, please contact Elyse Mathos at 616-233-9370 x104 or emathos@bgcgrandrapids.org.

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February's Youth of the Month!

February 17th, 2016

Our Youth of the Month (YOM) program spotlights a Club member who truly represents the mission of our Clubs. Staff will decide on a YOM based on their involvement in different activities and behavior. It is a program that helps to build our participation in the national Youth of the Year program.

Congratulations to FEBRUARY's Youth of the Month Winners:

Paul I. Phillips Club: Aiden
Why Staff Selected Aiden: Aiden is always a big help and a positive influence around the Club. He helps with the younger children walking to Paul I. Phillips Club from his school, and he is always welcoming and friendly to all Club members.

 

Seidman Club: Nyteria
Why Staff Selected Nyteria: Nyteria was chosen as Seidman's Youth of the Month due to her volunteer work throughout the Club. She helps out whenever asked in the office, Club store, and in the Learning Center. Nyteria has a bright future.

 

 

Steil Club Teen: Kaevon
Why Staff Selected Kaevon: Kaevon has come a long way since his first days in the Club. He has grown as a young man and is now an example for those around him. He is ready to be friendly and talk to staff and makes an effort to be friendly with those around him!

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Meet our 2016 Youth of the Year Finalists!

January 21st, 2016

On February 25, 2016, Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids will celebrate the extraordinary achievements of three of its teen members at the annual Youth of The Year Luncheon. Since 1947, “Youth of the Year” has been the premier way for Boys & Girls Club of America to recognize Club members who embody the values of leadership service, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles.

Each of the three Grand Rapids Clubs have selected a Club member who will compete for Youth of the Year 2016. The finalists are Ana S. from Steil Club, Alim P. from Paul I. Phillip Club, and Makijha S. from Seidman Club. Each of these youth exemplifies the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people. This Luncheon is a chance to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of the Club members and announce the Grand Rapids' 2016 Youth of the Year.

Rick Huisman, Executive Director at Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, recognizes what extraordinary members attend the Clubs in Grand Rapids and hopes the community sees the benefits of participating in Youth of the Year.

“Youth of the Year is an opportunity for our kids to tell their stories about what Boys & Girls Club has meant to them,” said Huisman. “It is such an amazing thing for these youth to have the courage to stand up at the podium and share their experiencess to our community's leaders and Club supporters.”

Each of the three finalists will receive scholarships provided by Lake Michigan Credit Union. The Grand Rapids' Youth of the Year winner will also be eligible to compete statewide with members from other Boys & Girls Clubs around Michigan. The state winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional participants will move on to compete on the national level. The “National Youth of the Year” will receive up to an additional $50,000 scholarship.

The 2016 Youth of the Year Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 25 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and will be held at the Steil Club (235 Straight Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI). Members of the community are encouraged to join this free to attend event to celebrate Club members. Please RSVP to Elyse Mathos at 616-233-9370 x104 or emathos@bgcgrandrapids.org. If you are interested in more information on this event, you can visit www.bgcgrandrapids.org/specialevents/yoy2016.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids is a nonprofit that supports youth and community through programs at three Club locations. The organization's mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as responsible citizens through education, recreation, and other positive community experiences in partnership with the Grand Rapids Police Department.

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January's Youth of the Month!

January 20th, 2016

Our Youth of the Month (YOM) program spotlights a Club member who truly represents the mission of our Clubs. Staff will decide on a YOM based on their involvement in different activities and behavior. It is a program that helps to build our participation in the national Youth of the Year program.

Congratulations to JANUARY's Youth of the Month Winners:

Paul I. Phillips Club: Jermayne
Why Staff Selected Jermayne: Jermayne is very mature for his age and tries to be a leader for his peers. He is a great helper when we need anything cleaned up.
 

 

Seidman Club: Elliana
Why Staff Selected Elliana: Elliana is a member of the Torch Club and an active volunteer in and around the Club. Elliana is a rising star!

 

 

 

Steil Club Teen: Lakesha
Why Staff Selected Lakesha: Lakesha is a helpful and cheerful young lady. We are glad to honor her this month.

 

 

 

 

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awwwww look at lakesha

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December's Youth of the Month!

December 15th, 2015

Our Youth of the Month (YOM) program spotlights a Club member who truly represents the mission of our Clubs. Staff will decide on a YOM based on their involvement in different activities and behavior. It is a program that helps to build our participation in the national Youth of the Year program.

Congratulations to DECEMBER's Youth of the Month Winners:

Paul I. Phillips Club: Carmelo
Why Staff Selected Carmelo: Carmelo is an outstanding Club member because he likes to help with dinner, he works on his homework every day, and is a good friend that all of the other Club members like to play with.

 

Seidman Club: Isaac
Why Staff Selected Isaac: Isaac is a get it done member. Whenever help is needed Isaac is always ready to help out at the Club without asking. Isaac is a member of the Seidman Keystone Club and has a bright future.

 

Steil Club Teen: Damon
Why Staff Selected Damon: Damon is a helpful teenager who leads by example in the Club. He says "thank you" when someone does something for him, and he is ready to help without being asked. He makes the people around him better because of this!

Steil Club Elementary: Lashell
Why Staff Selected Lashell: Lashell is a very helpful young lady! She can often be found helping in the Learning Center or Art Room. She always has a smile on her face and is a great example to the young ones around her!

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