This Month at the Clubs – February 2017

Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs

Congratulations to our 2017 Youth of the Year!!!

KaeShawn S. – 2017 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Youth of the Year

Congratulations to KaeShawn S.from our Wyandotte County Unit, on being named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s 2017 Youth of the Year! On February 7 at the Burns & McDonnell auditorium, six outstanding teens, each representing one of our Club Units, competed for the title at the Youth of the Year selection event sponsored by McDonalds. From the moment that KaeShawn walked to the podium she displayed enthusiasm and confidence. She shared her story of having trouble making friends when she first moved to Kansas and battling loneliness until becoming a member of the Clubs.

KaeShawn is a 15-year-old sophomore at the highly regarded Sumner Academy where she excels in math and Spanish. KaeShawn’s post-secondary plans include majoring in Biology while she pursues a minor in Spanish. Her long-term goal is to become a neurologist. KaeShawn enjoys participating on the debate team, swimming and has found a passion for public speaking through theater class. At the Clubs, she actively participates in SMART Girls and Keystone Club programs. KaeShawn is an advocate for teens and hopes to spread S.L.O.Y, her Stop and Listen to Our Youth, message nationwide.

SMART Girls 2.0 Success!

SMART Girls 2.0 attendees

Did you know that over 60% of girls avoid participation in activities because of the negative way that they view themselves? In an effort to address some of these negative self-view issues, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City recently partnered with Unilever and Dove to bring the SMART Girls 2.0 conference to the Thornberry Unit.

On February 10, approximately 100 young women spent the evening laughing, dancing, sharing, and learning. Dove’s self-esteem project provided a model for teaching positive self-image through mindful activities and conversations. Fashion and hair experts, Vanessa of I Educate Inc., and Jasmine of the blog led two empowering workshops that covered the topics of healthy hair and how to project and protect a positive social media image. Our young girls are already looking forward to the next event! Thank you to Unilever for being our event sponsor!

Our Keystone Club Teens are Hitting the Road!

Every year Boys & Girls Clubs of America hosts one of the largest teen leadership conferences in the nation. Boys & Girls Club teens from all across the nation will come together to own their future at the 2017 National Keystone Conference being held in Chicago, Il. This event provides the opportunity for 14-18-year-old youth to develop character and leadership skills. They are able to explore current issues youth are facing and learn the abilities to tackle them head-on. National Keystone Conference, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, offers teens the chance to socialize with other teens from all over the country as well as build up their local Boys & Girls Clubs and communities.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City is excited to send 21 teens to the 2017 conference!

You can help our teens get to Chicago. Click HERE to make a donation to the annual Keystone Conference fund. Thanks for supporting our youth!

Come Celebrate With Us!

BGC week Gallery

National Boys & Girls Club Week will take place March 27-31, 2017. All six of our Boys & Girls Club locations will celebrate each day with a theme chosen to represent our core program areas.

Monday, March 27 – Academic Success
Tuesday, March 28 – Teen Voice
Wednesday, March 29 – Character and Leadership
Thursday, March 30 – Healthy Lifestyles, sponsored by Amerigroup
Friday, March 31 – Open the door and take a tour.

We invite you to stop by a Club during Boys & Girls Club Week to see Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City create Great Futures for our youth! Visit our website at for more information.

Have Fun, Work at the Clubs!


Consider a career with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. We are accepting applications from skillful, caring adults with a real passion for children – perfect for certified teachers looking for summer employment or college students home for summer break!

The Clubs are hiring the following positions for our Atomic Blast Summer Progam:
• Certified Teachers
• Site Coordinators
• Group Leaders

Learn more at the Clubs’ Annual Summer Job Fair on Wednesday, March 22 from
4:00 -7:00pm at the Thornberry Unit, 3831 E. 43rd St., KCMO.

Applications and interviews will be completed on site. Please bring photo ID (drivers license or passport) and Social Security Card.

To apply now, email your resume and/or an Employment Application to You may also drop off or mail your application, to: 4001 Blue Parkway, Ste. 102, Kansas City, MO, 64130.

Little Big Town to Headline 2017 Annual Kids Night Out

lbt_betterman_cover-photolowresKids Night Out, the Clubs’ largest annual event benefiting the youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, will this year feature a performance by Grammy-winning country artists, Little Big Town!

When: Friday, April 7, 2017
5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception , 6:30 p.m. Dinner, 7:30 Program

Where: Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66211

Presenting Sponsor: DST

Honorary Chairs: Nancy and Steve Hooley

Kids Night Out is about inspiring hope in and creating opportunities for the nearly 1,000 urban youth who come into our Clubs every day. We bring Hollywood’s brightest stars to the Kansas City stage for an evening of entertainment and celebration – allowing us to raise greatly needed funds for youth so we can continue inspiring these young people to dream big, and then help them plan for great futures.

Proceeds from Kids Night Out will stay right here in Kansas City to support the youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.

Limited sponsorship and individual tickets still available.



Special thanks to North American Savings Bank (NASB) for being our 2017 Kids Night Out with Little Big Town entertainment sponsor! Along with their generous financial investment, we are grateful for the engagement of NASB team members as volunteers and advocates that help make our impact possible.