August's Youth of the Month!
August 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 AUGUST's Youth of the Month Winners:
Steil Club (Elementary): Kaysen
Why Staff Selected Kaysen: Kaysen started off feeling a little shy this summer. She waited an entire week after her brother started coming to the Steil Club before she decided she wanted to go. After she made that decision, she was happy and comfortable. She made a lot of friends and started helping out in the Game Room without being asked. She is always respectful and is a good example to others!
Steil Club (Teen): Damien
Why Staff Selected Damien: Damien is a respectful young man who looks out for his family and others. He walks his younger sibling home every day without complaining. He helps out in the gym without being asked. He is the first teen we pick for field trips because we know he will help keep other members in line.
Paul I. Phillips Club: Kaila
Why Staff Selected Kaila: One of the things that the staff and the students look forward to each summer is the return of Kaila and her brother. During the school year Kaila lives in Florida, but she spends her summers in Grand Rapids and visits the Paul I. Phillips Club every day. She is always kind and funny and is excited to try any new opportunity we may have for her. We wish her and her brother a great school year, and we can't wait to see them again next summer.
Seidman Club: Reuben
Why Staff Selected Reuben: Reuben is always helpful around the Seidman Club. He is the example of what a Club member should be. Reuben's future is bright!
OnBase with GRPD
August 14th, 2015
Our final OnBase with GRPD games of the summer took place on August 13th. We are so thankful to all the police officers who took this progressive approach to reaching our Club members through the game of baseball and developing an even stronger community relationship with our Club parents.
"Other than what was taking place on the field, one of my favorite moments came when a mother of one of our kids yelled to one of the police officers 'Jeremy, come here we need to talk' in a very fun and laughing tone to discuss the score of the game," said Executive Director Rick Huisman. "The fact that she knew the police officer’s first name and that she felt comfortable enough to call him over and have fun with the rest of the parents in the stands was perfect."
We can't wait for more opportunities to stay partnered up with the Grand Rapids Police Department. They make such a difference in the lives of our youth.
Peter Secchia Family breaks ground on Camp expansion project
August 12th, 2015
The Peter Secchia family, along with local dignitaries, broke ground on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Camp O’Malley on a $500,000 dining room renovation project that will also include the expansion of outdoor dining area and a barbeque pit.
Since 1942, Camp O’Malley, which is operated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, has provided a world class camp experience each summer for the region's most underserved youth. The Secchia Family Foundation provided the gift through the camp's Building Bridges for Brighter Futures Capital Campaign.
"We are extremely grateful to the entire Secchia family and the Secchia Family Foundation for this very generous gift," said Rick Huisman, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids. "Each year, we are reminded just how special Camp O'Malley is for so many Campers. We have each come to know the power of this Camp, and what the great outdoors can do to completely change the life of a child. Through this gift from the Secchia family, we will be able to provide more space for Campers to dine, more space to go during inclement weather, and a beautiful outdoor space where Campers may enjoy dining and relaxing outdoors."
Camp O'Malley is located on 40 acres of beautiful woods on the banks of the Thornapple River southeast of Grand Rapids, The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2016.