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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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#1 dontarrie said:

awwwww look at lakesha

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2016 Camp O'Malley Sessions

January 10th, 2016

Session 1: June 20-23 | MLK Week (Ages 8-12)

This special session is set aside just for Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy students. A thrilling week of adventure awaits those students who come to experience the best that Camp O’ Malley has to oer. Swimming, biking, campres, rock climbing, shing, and more! Important: This session does not accept online registrations.

Session 2: June 27-July 1 | Super Hero Week (Ages 8-12)

Grab your suitcase and your favorite super hero costume and y (or drive) on out to Camp O’ Malley. Super Heroes will have to work together and use their amazing creativity to counteract the villains and stop the spread of their negative inuences.

Session 3: July 6- July 8 | “Where The Wild Things Are” Week (Ages 6-8)

Let the Wild Rumpus Start! We mean – calling all 6-8 year olds. Come on out to Camp O’ Malley for 3 days of adventure and discovering truly what wild things exist at Camp. No need to grow a forest in your bedroom, because we have plenty of forest right here. So come on out and join the fun.

Session 4: July 11-15 | Holiday Week (Ages 8-13)

What’s this – Christmas in the summer? That’s right, Camp O’ Malley will be committing a whole week to celebrating some of our favorite holidays along with the festivities and traditions that make these holidays truly special to us.

Session 5: July 18-22 | “Mission Impossible” Week (Ages 12-14)

Are you ready for Mission Impossible – not “Rogue Nation” – but Camp O’ Malley? Join us as we embark on a variety of special missions with our fellow cabin mates and some pretty cool sta! Whether your mission is to try a zip line for the rst time, scale the climbing wall, or just make new friends, our goal at Camp is to help make the Impossible, Possible.

Session 6: July 25-29 | Survivor Week (Ages 10-13)

Are you a survivor? Well, come nd out for sure at Camp O’ Malley’s Survivor Week. Throughout the week you will get to complete in friendly competitions to see which cabin is once and for all – “The Sole Survivor”!

Session 7: August 1-5 | Olympics Week (Ages 8-12)

Think you have what it takes to compete in the Olympics? Well, perhaps you’re not quite ready for the Olympics to take place this summer in Rio, but then there are always the Camp O’ Malley Olympics. That’s right, this summer the Olympics will be coming to Camp O’ Malley and you are one of the featured athletes. Start training and get ready for all of the fun and fanfare that make the Olympics (and the athletes who participate) so special.

Session 8: August 8-12 | Adventure Week (Ages 8-12)

Pack your bags and get ready for one of the greatest adventures of your life! Camp O’ Malley will be punctuating the end of its summer season with a week full of fun, adventure, and making memories. Help us end the 2016 Camp season in style by signing up today and joining us for an “adventure of a lifetime”.

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#1 alan pawloski said:

my kids have been going here for 4 years now and they love it but now that you lower the age limit they cant go and they really loved it I wish you could make more of them at a 14 or 15 age limit and what ever happend to high school night

#2 Melissa Valkier said:

I went here probably 20 years ago. I had so much fun. I wish I would have known they were still opened. I would have sent my daughter there. Great experience. Thank you for the memories.

#3 Toria M said:

Why are so many sessions only for ages 8-12 why isn't there one week for ages 13-15? Other more expensive camps offer this can you have at least one week for teens ?

#4 Toria M said:

Why are so many sessions only for ages 8-12 why isn't there one week for ages 13-15? Other more expensive camps offer this can you have at least one week for teens ?

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Use H&R Block This Tax Season!

January 10th, 2016

Tax season is upon us, and H&R Block is here to help! For every new client that brings in this flyer, $20 will be donated to our Clubs. Get your taxes done and support our youth at the same time!

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Winter Arts Showcase 2015

December 20th, 2015

On Thursday, December 17, 2015 members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids' Performing Arts Program descended upon Wealthy Theatre for our 4th annual Winter Arts Showcase. The evening began with an art reception featuring works from the Visual Arts Program in the lobby. Friends, family, and supporters enjoyed appetizers and some social time. The theatre doors opened, and the audience paraded into the auditorium for the concert portion of the evening.

First up, were the 6-8 year olds performing "Snowflakes, Snowflakes" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." They even threw in some Whip and Nae Nae dancing for fun! Smiles abounded as the youngest members performed for the energetic crowd. Next, we had some small ensembles and solo performances including a middle schooler who showed off his skills on the trumpet. Fourth grader Amillianna Peters, who performed a solo as a first grader at our very first concert in 2012, returned to the stage for a jazzy rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."

Teens took over the stage for the next few numbers. It’s been great to see Club members who started in the program when they were younger continue to engage into their teen years. They put on a performance worthy of candles and blankets by the winter fire with Sam Smith’s "Lay Me Down."

The BGC Carolers of 2015, who a few weeks ago traveled all over town for 12 performances in one day including a TV spot on eightWest, came back for an encore performance of "Silent Night" which also brought the comfort of the holidays to the forefront.

Next up, 2015 Youth of the Year Chelsea Flemings grabbed the mic and brought us all to the verge of tears with a spoken word piece she composed in memory of a teen who was shot and killed this past summer. To bring some balance, four middle school boys brought the house down after that with a spirited rendition of Drake’s "Hold On, We’re Going Home." This portion of the program closed out with Chelsea Flemings and Jasmine Jackson performing the Black Lives Matter-inspired "Powerful" from the TV show Empire, with Director of Performing Arts Casey Stratton on keys and background vocals.

The final act of the show began with a moving tribute to Club Member Quemele Marshall who tragically lost his life in a car accident in July, performed by our 9-12 year olds. Wiz Khalifa’s "See You Again" was the perfect song to hold him in our hearts and minds. What came next was the teens joining the Junior Chorus for an inspired version of Adele’s "Hello" which had everyone singing their hearts out.

As we always do, a sing-along brought the night to a close as we brought everyone back to the auditorium and had the audience join us in singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," "Feliz Navidad," and "Jingle Bells." Performers had an after-party backstage where we celebrated our success with snacks and cookies. We went into the night with feelings of comfort and joy that brought the spirit of the holidays alive in everyone who attended. A magical evening, indeed.

What did the Club members have to say about the evening?

“It’s exciting to see people from other Clubs and do new things at the concert. I also love meeting wonderful new people.” – Taviona, Age 13

“You feel nervous but when you get comfortable it gets easier. I felt great when the audience clapped for us after our song.” – Jeriel, Age 13

SEE PHOTOS FROM OUR 2015 WINTER ARTS SHOWCASE!

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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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2015 Sports Awards Banquet

December 15th, 2015

On December 12th, our Seidman Football and Cheerleading teams gathered for our annual Sports Banquet. The turnout of Club athletes and families grew to over 120 people. All the Cheerleaders and football players received trophies and individual awards. It was an amazing evening to celebrate their hard work and dedication!

Awards given to individuals for outstanding performance during the season:

Cheerleaders:

Sophia Lindsay – Most Valuable Cheerleader
Aza Gray – Most Spirited
Precious Smith – Most Improved

Junior Football Team:

Kavari Phillips – Most Valuable Player
Terry Cross – Offensive Player of the Year
Nasir Prince – Defensive Player of the Year

Senior Football Team:

Duntarius Tate – Most Valuable Player
Draper Cribbs – Offensive Player of the Year
Bryshon Humphrey – Defensive Player of the Year

All three teams made it to the playoffs and the Novice Team made it to the championship game!

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Holiday Giving!

November 19th, 2015

'Tis the season for giving! And, we've got so many amazing community partners who are helping to make a difference for our Clubs this year. Please see how you can join in their efforts below:

1. Taco Bell – Bring in a hat, scarf, or mittens to your local West Michigan Taco Bell and recieve a free item off their dollar menu! November 19th is your last chance to take advantage of this great offer and help our youth stay warm this winter.

2. Younkers (Bon-Ton) – Younkers shoppers can purchase a teddy bear in-store or online through the holiday season or make a donation at any Bon-Ton store. The adorable, plush teddy bears are dressed up with a holiday bow and retail for $10.00. Your purchase generates a minimum donation of $2.75 to Boys & Girls Clubs. Beginning November 16th, in-store customers can donate $3.00 in exchange for a $15 coupon.

3. CD Barnes Construction – CD Barnes is helping share the warmth this winter season. They are asking for donations of new or gently used coats, hats, gloves/mittens, boots, and scarfs. Donations can be dropped off in their “Coat Tote” located at 3437 Eastern Ave SE anytime M-F 8am-5pm. They will be accepting donations through Monday, November 23. 

4. CH Robinson – CH Robinson is helping collect clothing for our Clubs. Stay tuned to find out more about their current clothing drive!

5. Gap – Gap stores partnered with our Clubs this October to help secure winter coats for our community! 

A big THANK YOU to all the community partners helping to make this season a little brighter for our Club members and their families!

 

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November's Youth of the Month!

November 18th, 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 NOVEMBER's Youth of the Month Winners:

 

Paul I. Phillips Club: Dierre
Why Staff Selected Dierre: Dierre is a big help around the Club. She helps clean up and serve dinner almost every night and is an active member of our Keystone Club.

 

 

 

Seidman Club: Skye
Why Staff Selected Skye: When you first meet Skye, you see a bright smile reserved teenager who is very charming. She is very well respected and very respectful. Skye obeys directions without hesitation and takes pride in being a good student. Skye is a natural born leader among peers as she does not follow the crowd. 

Steil Club: Jordon
Why Staff Selected Jordon: Jordon is a great leader at Steil Boys & Girls Club.  He is a great example to his peers.  He is also a caring older brother who looks out for his siblings and teaches them a lot about life.

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Volunteer Spotlight: St. Stephens Parish

November 17th, 2015

St. Stephens Parish was called into action eight years ago to provide Thanksgiving Dinner at Steil Boys & Girls Club. Not knowing the exact needs or the outcome, their community heard the call for service and collectively prepared and served dinner to over 200 members and their families. Since this time, John and Julie VanGessel have called upon the community of East Grand Rapids as a whole to purchase, prepare, and serve this holiday meal each year. Their friends, family, and even some strangers offer their time, talents, and treasures to ensure that this favorite tradition to share in fellowship with the families of Steil Club continues to happen. A special thanks to the Marianne and Roger Schlick and Suzanne Wickman for their assistance in organization of this event.   

THANK YOU! We cannot wait for this year's feast!

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