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May 27th, 2016

TACO BELL® FOUNDATION AND BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GRAND RAPIDS TEAM UP TO HELP MORE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLERS GRADUATE 

Today, we will host an event in honor of the local high schoolers who graduated in the Class of 2016. The 90's throwback celebration, which will be hosted 6-9PM at our Seidman Club, was made possible with help from the Taco Bell® Foundation and donations from our local Taco Bell.

Graduate for Más is a program dedicated to igniting teens' full potential, starting with high school graduation. The Taco Bell Foundation and Get Schooled developed the program so thousands of teens are empowered to follow their path to reach their personal, educational, and career goals. Teens that participate in the Graduate for Más platform receive access to resources, mentorship support, prizes, and cool rewards like educational scholarships.

“Graduation season is our favorite time of year. We’ve watched the young men and women in our community work so hard to get to this point and it’s a thrill to share in their joy of earning that diploma,” said Rick Huisman, Executive Director. “We appreciate the Taco Bell® Foundation for recognizing and celebrating our new grads and committing to our future ones through the Foundation’s long-term support right here in Grand Rapids, MI.” 

The grant to our Clubs is part of a partnership between the Taco Bell® Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America that is expected to raise $30 million to support more young people through high school graduation and beyond. 

“At Taco Bell, you could say that America’s young people are at the heart and soul of our brand. They are our customers, our employees and our next generation of leaders,” said Frank Tucker Chief People Officer at Taco Bell and President for the Taco Bell Foundation. “We believe it is our responsibility to invest in these future leaders and help them succeed. Our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America is an extension of our commitment to ensure youth are empowered to graduate from high school and go onto achieve their dreams.” 

 

About Taco Bell Corp.
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power Menu™, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the Breakfast Crunchwrap® and signature burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have more than 6,500 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 42 million customers every week. 

About Taco Bell Foundation 

Taco Bell Foundation, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c) (3) public benefit corporation with the founded focus of investing in the potential of America’s youth through education and helping them realize their dreams. Since 1992, the Foundation has reached more than 5 million young people across 600 youth-serving organizations and about 1,700 high schools in the U.S. through partnerships and programs like GraduateforMas.com, and has awarded more than $75 million in scholarships and grants focused on education and career readiness. In 2016, Taco Bell and the Taco Bell Foundation launched the Live Más Scholarship, a program aimed at empowering the nation’s next generation of dreamers, innovators and creators – those whose passions don’t fall into the conventional “academic” or “athletic” qualifying categories of traditional scholarship programs. For more information visit

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Oh the places we will go

May 18th, 2016

May 19th is the official start of this year’s summer Field Trip Program. The first stop in the exciting line up is a trip to DeVos Performance Hall, where 24 teen members will listen to the "music of the night" as they watch a performance of the Phantom of the Opera.

Other trips this summer include the Sloan Longway Planetarium in Flint, the Air Zoo in Battle Creek, the Henry Ford Museum, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes, and special teen overnight trips to Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula and a trip to Cleveland in October to visit the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and NASA Glen Visitor Center.

We would like to thank the NSF Foundation for their continued support of this instrumental program. Because of their generous support for the past twelve years, thousands of Club members have been able to attend once in a lifetime experiences that have ranged from conducting actual research on a NOAA research facility boat, countless trips to the theater, picking cherries in Traverse City, and much more. We are truly grateful to be able to provide our members with these amazing opportunities. 

Stay tuned for updates as we chronicle our adventures this summer!

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#1 Rusty said:

Thank you for the shout out. It's a great way to keep us up to date with the field trip program. I'll make sure to forward this to the other board/family members.

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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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Comcast Cares Day

May 2nd, 2016

On April 30th, our local Comcast branch celebrated Comcast Cares Day at our Steil Club. We had about 80 volunteers that helped clean-up our garden and other outdoor areas, cleaned and organized all of our programming areas, built first aid kits, decorated cards, and more.

Comcast Cares Day is a celebration of the company’s year-round commitment to service, and has grown to become the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event. In 2015, more than 100,000 volunteers improved more than 900 parks, schools, beaches, senior centers and other vital community sites. Since 2001, more than 700,000 Comcast NBCUniversal employees, their friends, family members and our community partners have volunteered more than 4 million service hours at nearly 6,800 projects in communities across the United States and around the world.

“Comcast Cares Day is truly an amazing day. We are honored to have several of these volunteers right here in our Grand Rapids community, helping at our Steil Boys & Girls Club," said Volunteer & Special Event Manager Elyse Mathos. "We had such a fun day with Comcast employees, their families, Club members, and community members while helping to prepare our garden for planting, beautify our facility, and much more. Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who helped make this day such a success!”

For information on how you or your company can volunteer at our Clubs and/or Camp O'Malley, please contact us.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Community Day 2016

April 25th, 2016

Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW) supports Boys & Girls Clubs in communities around the country. This year, Buffalo Wild Wings is donating as much as $40,000 in Team Up for Kids and ALL STARS grants to help more than 210 Clubs make significant improvements in their sports programs and facilities. These Clubs will be empowered to attract and serve even more members with fun and valuable sports experiences. 

On April 13th, BWW hosted their Community Day at more than 750 restaurants and donated 10% of their total sales to local Boys & Girls Clubs. It was a great way for their Guests to join their efforts in making a positive impact in our communities, and BWW gave over $540,000 to Clubs across the country.

“Buffalo Wild Wings strives on being involved in the communities we are a part of," said Alyssa Groth, BWW Manager of Marketing. "We feel there is a champion in every child and each should be given the same opportunity to participate in Team sports.”

The local Grand Rapids BWW Community Day raised $4,567.93 for our Clubs. We are so grateful to have such amazing partnerships within our Grand Rapids community!

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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!

See more photos here!

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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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Youth of the Year Keynote Speakers

February 22nd, 2016

Attending our 2016 Youth of the Year Luncheon? Find out more about our amazing keynote speakers:

Kristin Ekkens

Kristin Ekkens, MA, is a cultural intelligence strategist, speaker and consultant. With experience as manager of Inclusion & Diversity for an integrated healthcare system (23,000+ employees), TEDx speaker (2014), business owner, executive director of a national nonprofit, corporate intercultural trainer and language program director, Kristin brings a unique perspective to global leadership and talent management. Kristin is an activator, achiever, and includer, whose passion is helping organizations drive culturally intelligent innovation. 

In 2015, Kristin was recognized as a 40 under Forty Business Leader by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She was a nominee for Raising the Bar award from the Grand Rapids Young Professionals and the Bridge Builder award from the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  In 2014, Kristin was recognized as a "cultural entrepreneur" in the Grand Rapids Business JournalCalvin Spark, and a language journal in Taiwan.  Her workplace learning initiatives have received multiple awards for quality and innovation including international exposure in a 2008 broadcast of ABC World News Tonight with Charles Gibson and recognition in 2011 as a best practice by Singapore Workforce Development Agency. 

Kristin is an advanced certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center and Qualified Administrator of Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She earned an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University and a BA in Spanish and Linguistics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.  She currently serves as interest section Immediate Past Chair (2014-15) for an international language teaching association. Kristin’s international experience includes living in Spain, Mexico and Costa Rica, and traveling extensively throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Western Europe, and New Zealand. 

Cesar Vargas

Cesar Vargas was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He migrated to Grand Rapids, Michigan when he was six years old. Playing soccer on open gym nights led him to become engaged in other aspects of the the Boys and Girls Club, which includes the Keys Stone program, and competing for Youth of the Year. He graduated from Union High School, earned his BA in Sociology and Latino Studies from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education Student Affairs [HESA] at Eastern Michigan. As a first generation college student, he is interested in developing support services geared towards Student Access, and most importantly Educational Attainment. His ultimate goal is to help individuals find themselves as students. Most importantly he genuinely states that all his hard work, goals and objectives are God driven.

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