September's Youth of the Month!
September 27th, 2014
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 September's Youth of the Month Winners:
Seidman Club: Cristina
Why Staff Selected Cristina: Cristina was chosen because she has been helping out the staff and has showed leadership and responsibility within the Club.
Paul I. Phillips Club: Emmanuel
Why Staff Selected Emmanuel: Emmanuel is our Youth of the Month because he not only is one of the first students through the door every day, he is always smiling. Emmanuel loves to help out the staff with any project from moving furniture to serving supper.
Round Up at Olive Garden!
September 21st, 2014
As part of a national partnership between Olive Garden and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), our local Olive Garden is making a special delivery to kick off Olive Garden’s annual Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion by providing pasta, salad and breadsticks. In addition to the special meal, Olive Garden is inviting guests to round up their checks to the nearest dollar and make a donation to support Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the seven-week Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion (Sept 22-Nov 9).
Never Ending Pasta Bowl is Olive Garden’s most popular promotion all year. In fact, they served more than 13 million bowls of pasta during last year's promotion. The restaurant’s “never-ending pasta bowl” promotion gives customers unlimited pasta, plus soup or salad and breadsticks – all starting at just $9.99.
From September 22 through November 9, Olive Garden will be inviting its customers to round up their checks to support Boys & Girls Clubs.
By simply rounding up their checks and donating the difference to Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, customers can help make a big difference for kids in our community.
Great Futures Challenge!
September 2nd, 2014
Boys & Girls Clubs of America have sounded the alarm – at 3 pm when school is out our Clubs are in. Help Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids kickoff the start to a great school year where hundreds of GREAT FUTURES will start in our Clubs.
On September 2nd, we will be launching a #greatfutures social media campaign. The goal? To have as many people as possible wear a BGCGRYC shirt and post the picture with the hashtag #greatfutures.
To help drive this campaign, we will be hosting an internal competition in the organization. The team with the most people wearing their shirt color on September 2nd will win a $250 dinner out with their Club team. The dinner can be redeemed anytime between September 30th and May 31st. To redeem the dinner the winning team can select a day where they cash in their night out and close their individual Club early.
Teams and their corresponding team color are listed below:
Team Blue: Admin, Performing Arts & Camp staff
Team Orange: Paul I. Phillips staff
Team Purple: Seidman staff
Team Green: Steil staff
Points breakdown listed below:
1 point will be awarded to each individual that takes a photo wearing or with a BGCGRYC Club shirt and posts the picture to social media with the #greatfutures.
To help push this campaign we will award the following bonus points:
Public School Employees (i.e. teachers, KSSN workers, Principals, Counselors, Secretaries): 1 bonus point
College or University Employees: 1 bonus point
BGCA Employee: 1 bonus point
Minor League Players (Whitecaps, Griffins, Drive): 2 bonus points
Firefighters, Police Officers: 2 bonus points
Grand Rapids City Employees: 2 bonus points
BGCGRYC parents: 2 bonus points
BGCGRYC Alumni: 2 bonus points
Partnering Agencies/Organizations: 2 bonus points
Elected Officials (including individuals currently running for office): 5 bonus points
Local Media: 5 points
Any School District Superintendent: 5 bonus points
Mayor George Heartwell: 10 bonus points
Jim Clark, President & CEO of BGCA: 25 bonus points
Any National Celebrity: 50 bonus points
Each team will be provided with a box of their color shirt and a sign with the #greatfutures. There will be a panel of 3 judges that will be tallying the points.
Let the games begin!