This Month at the Clubs – April 2017

Little Big Town Helps Clubs Shatter Records at Kids Night Out

The Kansas City community came out in full force once again this year at the 21st Annual Kids Night Out with Little Big Town event on Friday, April 7th – raising over $1.6 million for local Club youth and programs. More than 1,200 guests packed the Overland Park Convention Center enjoying a Super Silent Auction, cocktail party featuring the popular Kendra Scott jewelry pull and Golden Ticket drawing, an exciting Live Auction with chef experiences, trips, a car lease and some priceless Little Big Town experiences. Upon taking the stage, Little Big Town delighted the Sold Out crowd with a string of their biggest hits and songs from their latest album.

Presenting sponsor, DST Systems, was supported by a stellar event committee led by Board members Andy Burczyk and Dean Newton.

One of many highlights of the evening included our 2017 Youth of the Year winners bantering with the Little Big Town onstage and participating in a Q&A with them between sets – and, of course, when Fox 4 emcee Abby Eden was able to announce publicly for the first time that KaeShawn had been named the Missouri State Youth of the Year – something due to timing of both events we’ve never been able to do at Kids Night Out. It was a truly special evening. We thank the Kansas City community for supporting the Clubs and all of our youth. With your help, we will continue opening doors to successful futures!

Click HERE to see photos from the event – tag yourself!

Boys & Girls Club Week Celebration

BGC Week Teen Panelists

During the week of March 27 – 31 the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City invited the Kansas City community to join in the celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week. The Greater Kansas City Clubs joined more than 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs across America and on U.S. military installations in the celebration.  BGC Week features the many ways the Clubs open the door to great futures through outcome driven programs that focus on encouraging youth to make healthy choices, build strong character and succeed academically. Club members and community supporters took part in high school, college, and certificate-earning course simulations, teen panel discussions, healthy lifestyle activities, and Club tours.

BGC Week 2017 was a success and we are already looking forward to next year! Click here to check out photos from the week.

Jackie Robinson Day at the K

RBI players show their delight in receiving brand new gloves courtesy of the Royals.

70 years ago, the great Jackie Robinson became the first African American baseball player to enter into the Major Leagues. A tradition of wearing his number, 42 , began on April 15, 2004 to celebrate the legacy and impact Jackie Robinson made on the world of baseball.

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Kansas City Royals hosted the California Angels at Kauffman Stadium. Players from both teams wore the number 42 on their jerseys to demonstrate their unified respect and admiration for Jackie Robinson’s achievements.

Robinson was honored during a special pre-game ceremony. A handful of our Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) players were invited to participate in the Jackie Robinson Day at the K events and were surprised with brand new baseball gloves courtesy of the Royals.

A big thank you to the Royals organization for honoring Jackie Robinson, an American hero, and for their commitment to Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities!

Atomic Blast Prepares for 2017 Launch

The countdown is on to the 2017 Atomic Blast Summer Enrichment Program!
This year’s program will blast off on June 5, 2017.  This awesome summer program will include fun activities, field trips, arts and crafts, technology rooms, sports and fitness programs, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and much more. In addition to programming at our six Club Units, through a partnership with Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS), the Clubs will run the Atomic Blast program in 10 KCPS school sites.
  • Open to boys and girls age 5-12. (A teen program is available in the Club sites for teens age 13-18)
  • Includes academic enrichment and FUN extracurricular programming
  • Members average one special fun activity per week
  • Meal and snacks provided
  • Program Dates –
    • Club Sites: June 5 – August 4
    • KCPS School Sites: June 5 – July 14
  • Program Hours –
    • KCPS School Site Hours
      8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (Breakfast)
      8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Instructional Hours)
      3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Club Programming)
    • Club Site Hours
      7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.(Arrival and Breakfast)
      8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Instructional Hours)
      3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Club Programming)
  • KCPS School Site Locations – Carver, Faxon, Hale Cook, Holliday, Longfellow, Melcher, Pitcher, Rogers, Trailwoods, and Whittier Elementary Schools
Space is limited, Enroll TODAY!
Attending a Club or School site in Kansas City, MO –  Click HERE to enroll online.
Attending a Club site in Independence, MO or Kansas – Enroll in person at a Club location.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

The month of April is observed as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Child abuse goes beyond the physical applications and can include:
  • Physical abuse; unlawful punishment or injury
  • General and severe neglect
  • Sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation
  • Willful harming or endangering a child; emotional maltreatment
Child abuse is a hidden epidemic in America.  According to the Children’s Bureau, over 7 million children are involved in an abusive situation. Additionally, 14% of men in prison and 36% of women in prison suffered from abuse as a child – that’s twice the frequency seen in the general population. The effects of child abuse for the victims continue on into their adult lives. Victims of child abuse are more likely to engage in self-destructive behaviors or criminal activities.
Central to the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City is to make a positive impact in the lives of child abuse victims, whether direct or indirect.  The Clubs have implemented holistic programming which cultivates environments for youth to release negative energy, feel emotional support, and, most of all, have a safe place where they can express themselves and learn strategies to overcome hurdles. Group and one-on-one mentoring, sports activities, and art classes are all tools used at the Clubs to provide long term therapeutic effects. Programs such as SMART (Skills, Mastery, And Resistance Training) Moves, aims to educate youth on resisting alcohol, tobacco and other harmful drugs, while also promoting sexual abstinence.
National studies show a nurturing environment can lay the foundation for a positive, thriving adulthood and pathway of success. The Clubs, by creating safe, fun, and positive environments that facilitate healthy relationships and self-images, will have a positive long-term rippling effect on generations throughout the Kansas City community.
Source:, Core Concepts in Health: Insel & Roth. Chapter 16-Personal Safety
You can help us continue to make a meaningful impact on the lives of Kansas City’s young people by sponsoring a member with a monthly gift.  Click HERE to learn more.
allstate foundation
Along with sponsoring this year’s upcoming Graduation Celebration, Allstate Foundation has been a long-term supporter of the Clubs’ Character and Leadership efforts focusing on teen empowerment and good citizenship.