October's Youth of the Month!
October 20th, 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 OCTOBER's Youth of the Month Winners:
Steil Club (Elementary): Lanar’iyah
Why Staff Selected Lanar’iyah: Lanar’iyah has been helping in the Club every day. She is a great example to our Club members because she is positive and giving. She has been helping Mr. Josh clean after meal service every day.
Steil Club (Teen): Micheal
Why Staff Selected Micheal: Micheal is Lanar’iyah’s older brother. He is an OUTSANDING member of Steil Boys & Girls Club. He is respectful and commands the respect of his friends. He helps the people around him to succeed and works hard every day for his Club Family and truly makes Steil a better place. He is also a great older brother!
Paul I. Phillips Club: Brihonna
Why Staff Selected Brihonna: Brihonna helps clean up after lunch every day and does an awesome job. She is definitely deserving of Youth of the Month!
Seidman Club: Milton
Why Staff Selected Milton: Milton has grown into a strong leader and role model in the Club. He is one of the first kids checked in at the Club each day and always asks how he can help staff throughout the Club. Furthermore, he is very active in programs and community activities at the Club.
Thank You BLEND Volunteers!
October 18th, 2015
Recently, BL²END volunteers came to our Clubs to lend a hand. BL²END serves as an outlet for young professionals of color to learn, network, grow and become engaged in the Grand Rapids community.
Hear what one volunteer had to say about their experience:
"Having the opportunity to volunteer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth through BL²END was amazing. There is nothing greater than making the time to give back to our community. I believe that the time spent at the Paul I. Phillips Club was both valuable for both the youth and the volunteers. It was eye opening to experience the multiple ways that volunteers can give back through studying, checking in, meal prepping, and playing games. As BL²END volunteers we were able to split up and share our time in different ways. I’ve been very fortunate to be an active volunteer in the community for the last eight years. I’ve been interested in volunteering due to the fact that it provides me with the joy of being able to positively influence others to grow. I believe that it’s important to volunteer because giving back and helping others is the meaning of life."
October 15th, 2015
Our very own Director of Programming, Erin Crison, has been nominated as a finalist for the YNPN GR's Advocate Award!
The Advocate Award goes to an individual who is always advocating for their cause. You can’t see this person anywhere without hearing about their favorite green organization, how many children are hungry in our community, or how voting will change everything! This person is on the street talking about their cause and raising community-wide awareness each and every day.
We are so proud of her and all the contributions she has made to our Clubs and youth.