This Month at the Clubs – March 2017

2017 Kids Night Out Auction Site – 

NOW LIVE!

The Kids Night Out Auction site is now LIVE!

You don’t want to miss the amazing items and packages up for bid!  Click HERE for a list that includes:
* AMC Special Pass with movies for a year for two
* Amazing dinners from local chefs and  restaurants such as Rye, Novel, Brewery Emperial, The Farmhouse, Joe Shirley and more
* EXOTIC TRIPS
* Fine wines
* And an array of fabulous experiences you’ll want to bid on!

Bidding is available NOW when you click the REGISTER button on the site. Can’t attend Kids Night Out? You can still bid on the silent auction! Simply register and start bidding!

New items and packages will be added frequently, along with Live Auction Preview coming soon, so check back often!

Help us continue to provide life-changing programs and opportunities to the youth who need us most right here in the Greater Kansas City area with a bid today!

Come Celebrate With Us! 

It’s National Boys & Girls Club Week!  All six of our Boys & Girls Club locations will celebrate each day with a theme chosen to represent our core program areas. Stop by a Club this week to see Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City create Great Futures for our youth!

Monday, March 27 – Open the door to academic success.

High school, college, and certificate earning course simulations, 4 – 5:30pm @ Hawthorne Unit

Group leaders will simulate high school, college and certificate earning classes to give Club members a first hand snapshot of higher education.  At the end of the day, members are given certificates of completion to act as diplomas or degrees.

Tuesday, March 28 – Open the Door to Teens (Teen Tuesday)

Lyricism 101 Session, 4:30 – 5:30pm @ Independence Unit

A discussion panel on teen-related topics involving 4-6 teen panelists and a teen moderator. Open to parents, board members and others from the community.

Wednesday, March 29 – Open the door to good character and citizenship.

“Character & Citizenship rooms”, 5:30 – 7pm  @ Olathe Unit

All grades will rotate through –

  1. That’s What I Like About You Room: Designed to help members assess their strengths and build self-esteem. According to Kids Health, children who understand their strengths and weaknesses feel good about themselves and seem to have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures.
  2. Role Playing Respect Room: Designed to teach members the concept of respecting others.
  3. How to be a Hero Room: Good citizenship involves many different things, from helping others to caring for and showing a personal interest in those we interact with.
  4. Conflict Ladder Room: Designed to teach building blocks to help members learn how to deal with inevitable conflicts.
  5. Good Character Bingo Room: Designed to teach members good character traits.

Thursday, March 30 – Open the door to healthy lifestyles. 

Healthy Lifestyles Activity Day, 4:30 – 6:30pm @ J&D Wagner Unit

Featuring healthy snack activities, a basketball clinic, and health experts.

Friday, March 31 – Open the Door. Take the Tour.

Hosting Club tours at all Club sites.

Visit our website at helpkckids.org for more information.

2017 Keystone Conference Review

BGCGKC Keystone Members arrive in Chicago

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City sent 21 teens to the 2017 conference. Along with the many eventful sessions Club members were able to attend such as the Networking in Action or Teen Voice Matters sessions, Keystoners were able to enjoy off-site college, career, or community themed excursions. The 50th National Keystone Conference was held in Chicago, IL from March 2 – 4. More than 2,500 teenage Club members, advisors, speakers, and guests were in attendance for the ultimate teen program experience. This year’s theme: Activate Your Legacy, focused on leadership skills and character-building traits teens can implement in their Clubs and communities. The conference showcased local and national celebrities including Grammy-award winning hip-hop artist and actor, Common, who performed his most recent work “Black America”.

This year’s Keystone Conference in the windy city left teenagers feeling empowered, enlightened, and uplifted to improve and impact society!

Now Enrolling for Atomic Blast 2017

Students can lose 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency in computation skills over the summer. That’s roughly a quarter of a school year lost!
During Atomic Blast, kids ages 5 – 12 learn math and science skills through fun activities and nurture a love of learning through reading comprehension and writing exercises all in a SAFE environment with CARING adults!
In addition to 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.
2017 ATOMIC BLAST PROGRAM FACTS:
  • Open to youth 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)
  • 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.

Atomic Blast Summer Job Fair

 During the first Atomic Blast Job Fair on Wednesday, March 22 at the Thornberry Unit, applicants started lining up 20 minutes prior to start. Staff worked feverishly until after 8:00 pm with 175 applicants coming through our doors!
With a number of positions left to fill we are taking advantage of the momentum gained during the first fair with scheduling a second job fair.
 
Second Summer Job Fair –  Wednesday, April 12 from
11:00am – 2:00pm at the Thornberry Unit, 3831 E. 43rd St., KCMO.
The Clubs are hiring the following positions:
  • Certified Teachers
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Site Coordinators
  • Membership Coordinators
  • Group Leaders
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!
Applications and interviews will be completed on site. Applicants should bring a photo ID (drivers license or passport) and Social Security Card.
To apply now, email your resume and/or an Employment Application to hr@helpKCkids.org. You may also drop off or mail your application to: 4001 Blue Parkway, Ste. 102, Kansas City, MO, 64130.

Join Us for Community Day at Buffalo Wild Wings

Come one, come all and support your Greater Kansas City Boys & Girls Clubs this Community Day, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, all day, at all Kansas City Metro Buffalo Wild Wings locations!
When you purchase a meal, 10% of your bill will be donated to our organization!
Help us spread the word!
Bring your family and friends and enjoy – Games,  Prizes, Good Food & Fun!
Participating Buffalo Wild Wings Locations:
  • 13749 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS
  • 7030 W 105th St Overland Park, KS
  • 9441 NW Prairie View Road Zona Rosa, KCMO
  • 20110 E Jackson Dr Independence, MO
  • 9207 M0-152 Kansas City, MO
  • 1806 NW Chipman Rd Lee’s Summit, MO
  • 1121 E. North Ave Belton, MO
  • 12110 S. Strang Line Rd Olathe, KS
SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Along with serving as an Entertainment Sponsor for this year’s Kids Night Out with 
Little Big Town, our friends at GEHA are actively engaged in numerous Club initiatives throughout the year.