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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 ?

#5 Aarie said:

No Girl Power Week? My girls love it here... THey will be happy either way!

#6 Nikki said:

#1. NOT HAPPY THAT YOU DO NOT OFFER A HIGH SCHOOLER'S WEEK ANYMORE!!!

#2. NOT HAPPY THAT YOU DO NOT OFFER A "GIRLS ONLY" & "BOYS ONLY" WEEK OF CAMPING!!!

#3. NOT HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER CHILDREN AFTER AGE 14?!?!

Can you please explain these changes and cutbacks?!?! Especially cutting off teen-age children from this positive and crucial outlet and extremely needed alternative to hanging out in the streets all summer long!!! These are-children are the ones that are falling through the cracks and right into the dark corners of crime and gang activity!!! PLEASE BRING BACK your AFFORDABLE options for parents who have children of this age group!!! I, for one, simply CANNOT afford the other, more exclusive, or Christian-Sponsored Summer Camps that DO STILL OFFER our teenage youth a Summer Camp opportunity!!!

#7 Nikki (corrections Made) said:

#1. NOT HAPPY THAT YOU DO NOT OFFER A HIGH SCHOOLER'S WEEK ANYMORE!!!

#2. NOT HAPPY THAT YOU DO NOT OFFER A "GIRLS ONLY" & "BOYS ONLY" WEEK OF CAMPING!!!

#3. NOT HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER CHILDREN AFTER AGE 14?!?!

Can you please explain these changes and cutbacks?!?! Especially cutting off teen-age children from this positive and crucial outlet and extremely needed alternative to hanging out in the streets all summer long!!! These AGE-children are the ones that are falling through the cracks and right into the dark corners of crime and gang activity!!! PLEASE BRING BACK your AFFORDABLE options for parents who have children of this age group!!! I, for one, simply CANNOT afford the other, more exclusive, or Christian-Sponsored Summer Camps that DO STILL OFFER our teenage youth a Summer Camp opportunity!!!

#8 Teresa said:

An absolutely incredible experience for my 7 yr old son. The counselors were awesome and energetic. The grounds were well kept and full of stuff for the campers to do. My son would tell there was a lot of good food. Thanks for providing such a positive environment. I will definetly send him next year.

#9 sara said:

where is a week for over 15 the previous poster is correct we cant afford camp henry camp roger cranhill all at 400-600$ a week

why cant u cut back on the 8-12 and have a week for 13-17 year olds other camps do

#10 Nicole H. said:

NO REPLIES?! IS ANYBODY EVEN READING THIS COMMENTS/QUESTIONS?! Or is there just NO easy...simple...or GOOD ANSWER to these difficult questions?!?!

Hello...?! Is ANYBODY there...?!?! 🤔

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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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Grand Rapids, MI
49504

Steil Club

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(616) 233.9370 x110

235 Straight Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI
49504

Paul I. Phillips

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(616) 719.0775

726 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI
49503

Seidman Club

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(616) 452.0061

139 Crofton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI
49507

Camp O'Malley

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7360 Thornapple Dales
Alto, MI
49302