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October's Youth of the Month!

October 27th, 2014

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 October's Youth of the Month Winners:

Seidman Club: Kiaeem
Why Staff Selected Kiaeem: We chose this individual because he has taken it upon his person to help out the staff when they need it. Also, when we have dinner he takes his time for free time to help clean up and direct the children to the gym. He has been very helpful and a leader!

 

Steil Club: Yadira
Why Staff Selected Yadira: Yadira is the Youth of the Month because she is a member who attends each day and helps in each area.

 

 

Paul I. Phillips Club: Ladell
Why Staff Selected Ladell: Ladell is our Youth of the Month because he is always enthusiastic about participating in any activity.  His sportsmanship, behavior, and energy add more fun to any game and increases the enjoyment of all Club members.

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Congrats! 40 Under 40

October 22nd, 2014

Grand Rapids Business Journal recently released their 40 Under 40 list to recognize the top young professionals making a difference in our community. With a recordbreaking 171 noimations, we are so proud of our Director of Development, Nicole Rodammer, for making the list for the second year in a row!

Also, congrats are in order for our Resource Development Committee Member David Hill for making the top 40!

We are so lucky to have such wonderful and driven leaders shaping our organization and helping to better the lives of our Club members.

View the full article in GRBJ here.

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Day for Kids!

October 13th, 2014

At Boys & Girls Clubs, we want to show our kids just how special and valued they really are. We did just that this past Saturday for our Annual Day for Kids Event. More than 300 children and families came to our Seidman Boys & Girls Club for a Fun Carnival. Kids were able to play more than 10 different carnival games from the classic Plinko game from The Price is Right to new games like Roller Bowler and Color Toss.  Guests were given opportunities to play unlimited amounts of games and use their tickets to claim all kinds of prizes. In true carnival fashion, kids got their faces painted, ate lots of popcorn and cotton candy, and dunked their favorite Club staff with water. What would the day have been without lots and lots of food for everyone to enjoy? Kids had so much fun at our Day for Kids event. Thanks so much to our sponsors, supporters, staff and volunteers to helped make this day happen! See more photos of the event here!

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Kids Adventure Challenge Complete!

October 10th, 2014

We had a great time at the Third Annual Kids Adventure Challenge hosted by Gazelle Sports. Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids was very excited to once again be chosen as the events partner charity. The event, which was held at the John Ball Zoo welcomed more than 500 children and their families. Each team consisted of two to five people who raced through the zoo and the surrounding park to compete in many physical and mental challenges together. This year's theme was sports, so all of the challenges were based on various kinds of sports from bowling, football, golf and soccer to name a few. Families even got to take pictures with several mascots from local sports teams and colleges who made an appearance at the event.   After two hours or when each challenge was complete, teams raced to the finish line to claim their prizes. The event was a huge success! Thanks to our many sponsors, including Spectrum Health, the event helped raise more than $5,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth.

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September's Youth of the Month!

September 27th, 2014

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 September's Youth of the Month Winners:

Seidman Club: Cristina
Why Staff Selected Cristina: Cristina was chosen because she has been helping out the staff and has showed leadership and responsibility within the Club.


 

 

Paul I. Phillips Club: Emmanuel
Why Staff Selected Emmanuel: Emmanuel is our Youth of the Month because he not only is one of the first students through the door every day, he is always smiling.  Emmanuel loves to help out the staff with any project from moving furniture to serving supper.

 

 

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Round Up at Olive Garden!

September 21st, 2014

As part of a national partnership between Olive Garden and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), our local Olive Garden is making a special delivery to kick off Olive Garden’s annual Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion by providing pasta, salad and breadsticks. In addition to the special meal, Olive Garden is inviting guests to round up their checks to the nearest dollar and make a donation to support Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the seven-week Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion (Sept 22-Nov 9).

Never Ending Pasta Bowl is Olive Garden’s most popular promotion all year. In fact, they served more than 13 million bowls of pasta during last year's promotion. The restaurant’s “never-ending pasta bowl” promotion gives customers unlimited pasta, plus soup or salad and breadsticks – all starting at just $9.99.

From September 22 through November 9, Olive Garden will be inviting its customers to round up their checks to support Boys & Girls Clubs.

By simply rounding up their checks and donating the difference to Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, customers can help make a big difference for kids in our community.

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Great Futures Challenge!

September 2nd, 2014

Boys & Girls Clubs of America have sounded the alarm – at 3 pm when school is out our Clubs are in. Help Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids kickoff the start to a great school year where hundreds of GREAT FUTURES will start in our Clubs.

On September 2nd, we will be launching a #greatfutures social media campaign. The goal? To have as many people as possible wear a BGCGRYC shirt and post the picture with the hashtag #greatfutures.

To help drive this campaign, we will be hosting an internal competition in the organization. The team with the most people wearing their shirt color on September 2nd will win a $250 dinner out with their Club team. The dinner can be redeemed anytime between September 30th and May 31st. To redeem the dinner the winning team can select a day where they cash in their night out and close their individual Club early.

Teams and their corresponding team color are listed below:

Team Blue: Admin, Performing Arts & Camp staff
Team Orange: Paul I. Phillips staff
Team Purple:  Seidman staff
Team Green: Steil staff

Points breakdown listed below:

1 point will be awarded to each individual that takes a photo wearing or with a BGCGRYC Club shirt and posts the picture to social media with the #greatfutures.

To help push this campaign we will award the following bonus points:

Public School Employees (i.e. teachers, KSSN workers, Principals, Counselors, Secretaries): 1 bonus point
College or University Employees: 1 bonus point
BGCA Employee: 1 bonus point
Minor League Players (Whitecaps, Griffins, Drive): 2 bonus points
Firefighters, Police Officers: 2 bonus points
Grand Rapids City Employees: 2 bonus points
BGCGRYC parents: 2 bonus points
BGCGRYC Alumni: 2 bonus points
Partnering Agencies/Organizations: 2 bonus points
Elected Officials (including individuals currently running for office): 5 bonus points
Local Media: 5 points
Any School District Superintendent: 5 bonus points
Mayor George Heartwell: 10 bonus points
Jim Clark, President & CEO of BGCA: 25 bonus points
Any National Celebrity: 50 bonus points

Each team will be provided with a box of their color shirt and a sign with the #greatfutures. There will be a panel of 3 judges that will be tallying the points.

Let the games begin!

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Calling All High Schoolers! New Youth Advisory Board!

August 26th, 2014

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth is “Calling all High Schoolers!” They are currently looking for High School students in the Grand Rapids and surrounding areas to join them in creating a Youth Advisory Board to ensure the youth in Grand Rapids are heard and have a safe place to go after school.

"We looking for young individuals who are passionate and are out to make a difference,” said Nicole Rodammer, Director of Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids. “The ones that want to work with other young individuals from around the Greater Grand Rapids area to come up with a plan to gain more attention, retraction, and overall community support.”

All youth ages 12-15 are invited to apply to join Boys & Girls Clubs’ Advisory Board for quarterly meetings to advise on strategy, brainstorm creative ideas for communication, create an annual fundraiser, and volunteer at the Clubs/Camp for some of their biggest events throughout the year.  The commitment will be entail three meetings per school year.

Interested applicants should submit a resume along with one reference by September 30, 2014.

Please contact Nicole Rodammer, Director of Development, at nrodammer@bgcgrandrapids.org or 616-233-9370 x 111 to apply or learn more about this great opportunity for the future leaders of Grand Rapids.

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August's Youth of the Month!

August 21st, 2014

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 August's Youth of the Month Winners:

Seidman Club: Brianna
Why Staff Selected Brianna: Brianna is a big help around Seidman Club. She is always looking to assist other Club members or staff at the Boys & Girls Club.


 

 

Steil Club: Amy
Why Staff Selected Amy: Amy is an awesome Club member who is always respectful and willing to participate in all program areas.

 

 

 

Paul I. Phillips Club: Za'Keya
Why Staff Selected Za'Keya: She is always helpful and enthusiastic at the Club. She is a leader who is not afraid to try anything once.

 

 

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What a Summer! Camp O'Malley Wrap Up!

August 20th, 2014

Another wonderful summer at Camp O’Malley has come to a close. Whether it was riding down the zipline, roasting a s’more over the campfire, catching a fish on the Thornapple River, or learning how to swim, Campers had a blast trying new things this summer at Camp O’Malley. We had more Campers than ever, welcoming 624 kids from Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.  

This summer we added a new garden thanks to the support of Farmers Insurance and The Amir Project. The garden became a highlight for Campers as they helped tend to it each day. Some Campers even got to pick a variety of the vegetables as they became ready. Our chefs then prepared the vegetables, and Campers were able to eat the zucchini and squash that they picked during the week. Campers were able to learn that food needs to be grown and taken care of not and that it is not just something you get at the store.

Campers were also able to visit with horses each week thanks to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. Kent County Deputies brought horses from the Kent County Mounted Unit for Campers to learn all about and interact with. Our Campers really enjoyed it! In addition to horses, Campers also got to learn about birds, reptiles and amphibians thanks to our partnership with the Outdoor Discovery Center of Holland.

We are so thankful for all the individuals, corporations, and foundations that helped make Camp possible for our Campers this summer! More than 90% of our Campers came to Camp on scholarship, meaning that without the support of others they would have otherwise not been able to attend. This summer, Camp O’Malley has allowed so many children to make memories and gain new skills that will stay with them forever!

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