Blue Doors for BGC Week!
March 24th, 2015
This week is Boys & Girls Club Week!
With the help of 17 amazing volunteers from Nestlé, our youth painted 3 blue doors and colored blue door print-outs to kick off the fun!
A special thanks to the Habitat for Humanity of Kent County ReStore for donating the doors!
March's Youth of the Month!
March 17th, 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 March's Youth of the Month Winners:
Steil Club: A'nijah
Why Staff Selected A'nijah: We chose A'nijah for Youth of the Month because she is someone who treats everyone with respect. She is a hard worker and has lots of determination. She resists peer pressure to be like everyone else and is refreshingly unique.
Steil Club: Jovon
Why Staff Selected Jovon: Jovon is a someone who is very helpful throughout the Club. You can often see him making good choices even when those around him are not. He is very respectful to staff and his peers. Jovon is a team player.
Paul I. Phillips Club: Derricka
Why Staff Selected Derricka: Derricka helps out around the Club a lot with cleaning and some administrative tasks. Derricka is also very happy to participate in any project or program.
Seidman Club: Naton
Why Staff Selected Naton: Naton is always very helpful around the Club and helps out around the office whenever asked. She is a great leader and role model for young members in the Club. Naton also was one of the three 2015 Youth of the Year candidates.
Vehicle City Challenge
March 16th, 2015
The Vehicle City Challenge is an annual event held in Flint, Michigan at the Averill Unit. The event features several games and challenges for students representing teams from all over the state. This year all three Grand Rapids Boys & Girls Clubs were represented and each Club took home at least one medal. Seidman Club came in third overall in the games behind the Troy Club and the hosting Flint Averill Club. Students had a lot of fun competing against other Boys & Girls Clubs in games such as two-ball, carpet ball, 9 ball pool, bumper pool, obstacle course, connect four, trivia, NBA 2k, and more.
Also Mr. Shawn took first in catchphrase. Coach Owens took second. :)
Meijer Volunteers Create Change
March 6th, 2015
On Wednesday, March 4th about 35 volunteers from Meijer joined us at our Paul I. Phillips Club to help get it ready for the construction of a new teen space. The group came together as a team building activity and to give back to their community.
“Meijer was built upon a fundamental philosophy of supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” said Charles Delgado, vice president of asset protection for Meijer. “That includes spending time volunteering with worthwhile organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids. My team and I really enjoyed helping the club get ready for a remodel. We organized, cleaned and painted. But most importantly, we helped an organization that does so much good in our community.”
Thanks so much to Meijer and all their volunteers! We could not do all that we do without the support of volunteers like you.
Want to get involved? Find out more here!
2015 Youth of the Year!
March 3rd, 2015
Youth of the Year gives us an amazing opportunity to spotlight our Club Members and hear how they are making a difference not only in the Clubs, but at school, in the community, and at home. We get the opportunity to hear from them about the Clubs are doing, and how our programming is affecting the neighborhoods and the community at large. The Youth of the Year Celebration Luncheon is our favorite event for that reason. We are able to sit down with 350 of our closest friends and listen to the stories of our Club Members. Supporters like you are crucial to our mission of building a brighter future for the children in our community, and through the gifts of all at the luncheon we were able to raise over $40,000 for the youth of Grand Rapids.
Most of our 350 attendees probably haven’t eaten a box luncheon in a gymnasium for a long time, but we wanted to bring that feeling back with our luncheon, and have everyone directly feel the Boys & Girls Clubs and what we bring to the children of Grand Rapids. We are grateful for our sponsors that were able to help bring this luncheon to life. Steelcase, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Genius Phone Repair, Reynolds & Sons, A1 Irrigation, and Handcrafted Systems all came on board in 2015. BarFly Events was able to provide the delicious lunch that everyone enjoyed. A huge big thank you to our committee members who worked hard for three months leading up to the event securing judges, sponsors, attendees, and donations.
This year, we wanted to make sure our three candidates also had a little fun, so we added the Hollywood-themed After Party for our Club members, Staff, Candidates, and Friends. We had 40 Club members celebrate the accomplishments of our Candidates and the new 2015 Youth of the Year Chelsea Flemings. We had dinner, a special dessert, dancing, and a performance by one of their favorite artists and former Club staff member.
Our Character and Leadership programs, like Keystone and Youth of the Year, teach kids their true strength and empowers them to transform their communities. Our Youth of the Year 2015 winner Chelsea Flemings says, “Throughout my Club experience I have seen several different characteristics and backgrounds in which many of the members come from. This makes my drive to help young people even stronger.” Our Clubs open the door to youth, like Chelsea, who are looking for a place to call their own.
Justice Summit with local officers
March 1st, 2015
At the end of February, we set up a Justice Summit facilitated by former Seidman Club Director, Mike Remo, and his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi. They brought the Wyoming Police Chief, Huemartin Robinson (Census control of Juvenile Detention), and Stacy McGinnis (Juvenile Detention Superintendent) over to Seidman Boys & Girls Club to sit on a panel with our own Grand Rapids Police Officer Mike Harris to talk to our members about recent national, state, and community events.
The summit was an open floor forum about community-to-police relations. It was built to shine a light on the current situation in the community and offer insight on ways to improve relations. "I feel like the summit had a positive impact on our Club members because it allowed them to get a look at the inside of the police department, and see the truth about expectations and operations," said Seidman Education Coordinator Kenneth Reed.
We look forward to bringing more summit nights to our Clubs!