June's Youth of the Month!
June 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 June's Youth of the Month Winners:
Steil Club (Elementary): McKenna
Why Staff Selected McKenna: We chose McKenna for Youth of the Month because she is a friend to everyone at the Club. She is quick to welcome our new summer members and invite people to play with her. She participates in every program area and is a joy to have at our Club.
Steil Club (Teen): Jose
Why Staff Selected Jose: Jose is a respectful, helpful young man. He can often be found helping Ms. Katrina in the office. He often helps without being asked and he does not expect a reward.
Paul I. Phillips Club: Jerniya
Why Staff Selected Jerniya: She loves to help around the Club, especially at the front desk and the Learning Center. We appreciate all her assistance!
Seidman Club: Jose
Why Staff Selected Jose: He shows great character in our Club! We could not be prouded of Jose!
believe 2 Become : Young Bo$$es
June 14th, 2015
As part of the believe 2 Become initiative, 30 middle school Club members will participate in our Young Bo$$es program this summer.
Believe 2 Become is a collaborative partnership of hundreds of organizations and individuals who believe in the unlimited potential of Grand Rapids children, and expect them to succeed. Believe 2 Become is creating real opportunities for children and youth to become the people they aspire to be.
Young Bo$$es runs for six weeks, Monday-Friday from 2-6 PM starting on June 15th. Fridays will include field trips to local businesses and events.
The students will learn about what it takes to mount a successful business, develop financial literacy, and practice communication skills. Participants will be split into teams, and each team will develop a business canvas to present to the Board for up to $1,500 in funding.
Each team will give their presentations on Thursday, July 9 from 4:30-6 PM at our Paul I. Phillips Club location. After that, we will facilitate each team’s transition from planning and development to the launch of their businesses.
At the end of the six weeks, each team will donate 10% of any profits to a local non-profit or charity of their choice and split the remainder amongst themselves (any profits exceeding a certain dollar amount will then get placed in a scholarship fund for the team members).
Stay tuned for more updates on this program! Click here to follow along.
Meet NEW Camp O'Malley Director!
June 10th, 2015
It's time to get to know our NEW! Camp Director Tim Horton a little better...
Q: What is your background? What did you do before Camp O’Malley?
A: I have a bachelor's degree from Ferris State University in Recreation Management, and a Master's Degree from Central Michigan in Administration of Leisure Services. I have worked in other camp settings including a camp for emotionally impaired youth. I worked for several years in a school-based behavioral treatment program, in a residential treatment center, and even taught for three years. Prior to coming to Camp O' Malley, I was a transporter/youth care worker and a Family Treatment Facilitator. I even worked some construction for a year or so.
Q: What are you most excited about this Summer?
A: What excites me most about Camp is the opportunity to give young people who have had limited opportunities and experiences a chance to be at Camp and just enjoy being a kid.
Q: Did you go to camp as a child? What is your favorite camp memory?
A: I remember going to camp as a child and still have many vivid memories of those camp experiences. There is just something very unique and special about the summer camp environment. Specifically, I remember going swimming every day and getting to know new people. Though I would often miss home and my family, in the end it turned out to be a valuable growth experience for me.
Q: What unique experiences does Camp O’Malley provide youth?
A: Though sometimes individuals are not always certain about the benefits of camp, I would encourage anybody and everybody who has the opportunity to come to camp (especially Camp O' Malley) to take advantage of it while they can. There will come a day when those opportunities, like going to camp, are no longer available, and you may perhaps look back with regret. However, for those of you who still are of camp age, Camp O' Malley is replete with activities that will challenge you, humor you, encourage you, and help you meet new friends. Whether it's our ropes course, our climbing wall, our swimming pool, or the Up and Over Wall, Camp O' Malley has always been, and will continue to be, that special place for kids to have fun, discover new things, and create memories they can cherish for a lifetime.
Q: What’s a hidden talent you have?
A: Something unique about me is that I am an avid Ultimate Frisbee player, and have been known to throw a Frisbee almost the full distance of a football field.
Graduate 4 Mas
June 1st, 2015
Graduate 4 Mas is an annual BGCA event sponsored by Taco Bell and the YUM! Brand. Thanks to a donation from our partners at Taco Bell, we were able to throw a pep rally-style party at Seidman Club for our Clubs’ teens to encourage them to stay on track to graduate high school! Along with a generous monetary donation, Taco Bell donated a nacho bar to our cause to feed the teens and staff.
We had two special guest dance troops- one being the local Grand Rapids “Lil Mamas” dance group, and the other being three of our very own members from the performing arts program! The night was headlined by an inter-club dodgeball game and prize raffle where members won gift certificates to GameStop and Reynold’s & Son’s. Throughout the rally, all of the members used the Learning Center computers to make a pledge to graduate!
We would like to formally thank Taco Bell and partners for the opportunity to host the Graduation 4 Mas event this year!
And CONGRATS to our high school graduates!