Monthly News and Updates from the Clubs
Celebrating the Class of 2017
On Wednesday, April 26, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s high school seniors were honored with a special celebration, sponsored by Allstate Foundation, to recognize their high school graduations.
The Clubs’ strategic mission is to see all of our teen members on the path to successful futures. It is our honor to announce that 34 of 34 or 100% of our active seniors graduated from high school with post-secondary plans in place! Congratulations, seniors!
In addition to honoring our seniors, the Clubs awarded 10 scholarships amounting to just over $9,000! Nine outstanding Club members, ranging from ages 12 to 18 were the recipients of the scholarships to be used for anything from tuition and books to internships and educational programs. What GREAT FUTURES our members have.
Pictured above left to right: Damon Bryant; Joey Smith; Dave Smith, Club President and CEO; Charles Porter and Gerald Woods.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes:To complete the celebration, we inducted five community leaders into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s Alumni Hall of Fame.
Sports Alumni of the Year – Charles Porter and Jack Woods, received posthumously and accepted by his son and Class of 2016 Inductee, Dr. Gerald Woods
Service Alumni of the Year – Damon Bryant and Joey Smith
Alumni of the Year – Willie Arthur Smith
Good Character and Citizenship in the Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City begins working with youth as young as five years of age, teaching responsibility of self, of others and of their community. When young people step through the doors of a Club, they are stepping into a community of their peers who are learning the key principles of good character and citizenship. These principles include: caring for one another, listening, supporting, and working side by side to make a change. The foundation for good character and citizenship is established in Club programs such as SMART Girls, RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities), Passport to Manhood, Keystone Club and Torch Club.
Through a comprehensive, intentional and outcome-driven approach to programming, we ensure that if children participate in the activities and programs available to them, they are more likely to become productive, responsible citizens making a positive impact in their community.
Good character and citizenship are key to creating Great Futures for our youth. Click here to check out a video featuring our president, Dave Smith, and our great friend and Allstate partner, Tim Waltrip, discussing good character and citizenship at the Clubs.
Microsoft Brings Technology Workshops to the Clubs
Microsoft recently partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City to provide members with innovative technology workshops and hands-on experiences. Microsoft team members visited our Olathe Unit to teach essential digital skills through fun and interactive lessons. The PC skills training taught by Microsoft encourages creativity in digital media fields such as coding, graphic design, videography and much more.
Club Director of Volunteer & Alumni Relations, Joe Carignan said, “One of our ‘high energy’members became calm, collected and completely engaged during Microsoft’s presentation.”
It is our job to provide platforms for youth to find their talents and career interests. Thank you, Microsoft, for helping us expose our youth to career choices they may not have otherwise realized as possibilities!
It’s Not Too Late to Enroll in 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, this summer, 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 ages 5 – 12 (a teen program is available in the Club sites for teens ages 13 – 18)
• Includes academic enrichment and FUN extracurricular programming
• Members average one special fun activity per week
• Meal and snacks provided
• Program Dates –
o Club Sites: June 5 – August 4
o KCPS School Sites: June 5 – July 14
• Program Hours –
o 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)
o 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
It’s not too late – 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.
Hall-of-Fame Shortstop Ozzie Smith to Join the Clubs for the 3rd Annual SportsFest Event in August
Join the Clubs for the 3rd Annual SportsFest Event – the most FUN event of the Summer!
SportsFest will benefit the children served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and the Sports L*A*B™ (Lifestyle, Attitude, Behavior) Program.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium – North Club
The event features a tailgate dinner, cocktails, auction and a program featuring an interview with the legendary Ozzie Smith, Hall-of-Fame shortstop and 13-time Gold Glove winner!
After the program, ALL guests receive a ticket to walk across the parking lot to see the Kansas City Royals take on the Colorado Rockies at 7:15 p.m.
With your generous support and participation at SportsFest, we will continue to provide life-changing programs and opportunities to the youth who need us most. Your support will have immediate impact on Club members’ physical and mental well-being, and long-term impact on their understanding of teamwork, discipline, and responsibility. Your support will change lives.
Research has shown that children dedicated to sports are less likely to use drugs, and more likely to make better health choices.
National Physical Activity Month
Regular physical activity can have a positive effect on everyone’s health. Individuals of all ages and body types can make small choices to become more physically active, leading to healthier, hearts, minds and bodies. May is observed as National Physical Fitness & Sports Month and while physical fitness is a year-round lifestyle, here are some proven benefits of physical activity:
• Children and Adolescents: Physical activity can increase muscular strength, bone health, and cardiovascular endurance.
• Adults: Physical activity can decrease the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
• Older Adults: Physical activity can help maintain/improve balance to lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive function.
In addition, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:
• Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity like fast walking, dancing, and swimming.
• Perform muscle strengthening activities like lifting weights or using exercise bands, at least 2 days a week.
Corporations, communities, and health professionals are partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City to create opportunities for members and their families to become more physically active. The Clubs utilize a Healthy Lifestyle curriculum designed to educate our youth about their overall health and well-being. Under the Healthy Lifestyles umbrella is the “Triple Play” agenda which teaches game plans for a healthy mind, body, and soul. Through programming such as, SMART Moves, SMART Girls, and sports leagues, youth learn new ways to eat nutritionally, manage stress, maintain physical fitness, and form impactful relationships with peers.
Here are a few ideas to bring physical activity to your family and community:
• Encourage families to make small changes, like talking a walk after dinner or going for a bike ride.
• Motivate teachers and administrators to make physical activity a part of every student’s day.
• Identify youth leaders in your community who can talk to their peers about the importance of physical activity.
• Share your active and fun photos with us on social media at #helpkckids.
We hope that you are inspired to get moving. Together, we all, no matter what age, size or limitation, can rise to the challenge and get more active!
Along with being a key provider of tools and resources to help our members build character, confidence and achieve academic success, our friends at Allstate were the presenting sponsors of our 2017 Graduation Celebration.