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$25,000 GRANT FROM COMCAST SUPPORTS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF NEW HAVEN’S NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER

 

Grant will provide new skill-building and educational experiences for more than 200 Club members and open doors to new opportunities and brighter futures

 

NEW HAVEN, December 14, 2015 – The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) was joined by Mayor Toni Harp and representatives of Comcast on Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the Club’s new “Center of Innovation,” which was built with the help of a $25,000 grant from Comcast.  This computer lab will provide Club members with state-of-the-art technology and is being outfitted with brand new top-of-the-line computers, a media center, smart TV, surround sound, tablets, cameras, printer, furniture and a fresh coat of paint.  The Center includes project-based, hands-on activities that teach digital literacy, while developing creativity and self-expression. Club members will have ample opportunities to explore, experiment and test their own ideas using these new tools.

 

In addition, the Center will allow the Club to roll out more programs, like the My.Future technology initiative, a cutting-edge technology education program that provides hands-on experience and enables Boys & Girls Club members to select from more than 40 activities to help them understand how to safely and productively engage online, and identify and develop digital interests – from Internet basics for technology beginners, to robotics, coding, game design and online journalism for advanced learners.   Comcast is the Presenting Sponsor of the My.Future technology initiative and in 2015, the Comcast Foundation invested more than $3 million in Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) My.Future technology initiative. 

 

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, eighty percent (80%) of jobs in the next decade will require a solid foundation of technical skills. Based on these statistics, it is imperative that BGCNH provide resources that helps better prepare Club members for the global workforce.  By incorporating innovative digital, group-orientated learning, like the My.Future initiative, the Club will assist young people to strengthen their character development, leadership and college/career readiness skills.

“We are extremely grateful to Comcast and excited about the new opportunities that await our Club members,” said the Club’s Executive Director, Stephanie Barnes. “This grant allowed us to build our “Center of Innovation” that will allow an estimated 200 New Haven-area youth to experience new and stimulating programs, like the My.Future initiative, that combine education, technology, workforce preparation and the arts.”

“We’re pleased to support the New Haven Boys & Girls Club and thank them for all they do in the New Haven community,” said Kristen Roberts, Vice President of Public Relations and Community Investment for Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes Connecticut.  “Comcast is dedicated to expanding digital literacy, promoting service and building tomorrow’s leaders, and support of this technology center helps to bridge the digital divide so that all students have access to computers and the internet, along with the training to understand how to use them safely.”

 

 

About the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven

The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is one of the largest youth serving organizations in the city, serving nearly 1,000 children and youth each year. The Club provides programs for children and teens ages 5 to 18, including an After School Program, Summer Vacation Camp, and “The Club” for teens. Core program activity includes Fitness and Recreation, Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, and the Arts, as well as computer technology. In addition, the Club conducts an extensive program of team sports for children and teens.

 

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

 

About Comcast in Connecticut:

Comcast is committed to providing an unparalleled entertainment experience to residents and businesses in the 83 communities the company serves in Connecticut.  Comcast’s Western New England Region, which includes five states, is headquartered in Berlin, Connecticut, and customers are served by a team of more than 1,200 Connecticut employees.  Comcast also boasts a call center in Enfield, Connecticut, service centers throughout the state, and six state-of-the-art Xfinity Service Centers where customers can experience Comcast’s Xfinity products and services firsthand. Comcast’s popular Xfinity brand is also featured on the Xfinity Theatre, one of Hartford’s premier music venues.  The company helps to strengthen the communities where its customers and employees live and work by supporting local nonprofit organizations.  In 2014, Comcast provided more than $1.3 million to community partners in the state, in the form of Comcast Foundation grants, sponsorships, volunteer hours, courtesy services and in-kind donations.

                       

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$10,000 GRANT FROM NEWALLIANCE FOUNDATION FOR TECHNOLOGY CENTER HELPS LOCAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUB PROVIDE YOUTH ACCESS TO DIGITAL LITERACY SKILLS FOR FUTURE WORKFORCE & ECONOMY.

Grant will provide new skill-building and educational experiences for More Than 200 Club Members and Open Doors to New Opportunities and Brighter Futures

NEW HAVEN, CT. OCTOBER 26, 2015 – Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is being recognized with a $10,000 grant from the NewAlliance Foundation- Technology Grant Program for Club Members to provide youth access to new skill-building opportunities and other supports to improve their educational and career success. The Center for Innovation will allow the Club to address diverse styles of learning. Youth will participate in project-based, hands-on activities which promote creativity and the development of participant self-expression. Club members will have opportunities to explore, experiment and test their own ideas through new digital tools.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, eighty percent (80%) of jobs in the next decade will require a solid foundation of technical skills. Based on these statistics, it is imperative that young people have the technology resources to build upon the digital literacy skills needed for the future global workforce and economy. Youth will have the technology tools they need to improve their academic skills in core subject areas. By incorporating innovative digital, group-orientated learning, the Club will assist young people in strengthening their character development, leadership and college/career readiness skills.

The grant, awarded by the New Alliance Foundation for our young people, will allow an estimated 200 New Haven-area youth to experience new and stimulating programs which combine education, technology, workforce and the arts.

“We are extremely grateful to the NewAlliance Foundation and excited about the new opportunities that await our Club members,” said the Club’s Executive Director, Stephanie Barnes.

The NewAlliance Foundation- Technology Grant Program was designed in 2015 to support organizations with limited capacity to upgrade, maintain or expand technology needs, NewAlliance Foundation recognizes that it is challenging for organizations to keep technology current, which is vital to their ability to carry out their missions with efficiency and competence.

 

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Boys & Girls Club of New Haven’s- Believers’ Bash

At the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven:

  • We believe every child deserves a good education.
  • We believe that every child deserves to live in a community free from fear and violence.
  • We believe that every child with family, school and community supports can achieve.
  • We believe that every child deserves a great future.
  • We believe that as a community, WE MUST invest in the kids that need us most.

At this inaugural fundraising event, we are celebrating prominent members of our community that believe in great futures for New Haven’s kids and support the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven’s work to help young people succeed in school, learn critical life skills, prepare for adulthood and have a safe, fun and affordable place to spend their out-of-school hours. During this event, we will also recognize and celebrate the Club’s 2015 Youth of the Year, Ms. Kelcey Perez, a true success story and outstanding example of our collective work to inspire and develop kids that need us most.

We would like to take a minute to thank our TITLE SPONSOR:

CHUBB GROUP OF INSURANCE COMPANIES

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Date:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Location:

New Haven Lawn Cub (193 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT.)

Time:

5:30 PM

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 If you choose not to register online, you can download our Believers’ Bash – Reply Card, fill it out and mail it to 253 Columbus Avenue, New Haven, CT. 06519 by clicking HERE.
 
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When school’s out, clubs are in!

EVERY DAY, 15.1 million kids are left unsupervised after school. The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is there to provide kids with quality after-school programming to keep them on track to academic success, a healthy lifestyle and a GREAT FUTURE.

Our After School Program provides a safe, positive and educational environment where children spend their afternoons learning and growing.

We strive to provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Success Equation

Academic Success + Healthy Lifestyles + Character & Citizenship =

Successful Kids & Positive Community IMPACT

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More than 180 youth participated in a high-energy day of fun with participants and alumni from INROADS. Hosted by INROADS interns, the National Day of Service will bring an exciting day of physical activity and education in support of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. Let’s Move is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the first lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

The day’s activities will included a full on obstacle course with an “inflatable” obstacle course as an added bonus, Wii Games, board game competition, game room competition, Michelle Obama’s- Let’s Play Campaign activities.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America are partnering with INROADS, an organization devoted to developing and placing talented underserved youth in business and industry while preparing them for corporate and community leadership, to get kids excited about being physically fit.

Boys & Girls Clubs of New Haven believes that all kids deserve a great future. Through the organization’s Great Futures Campaign, Clubs and supporters are working to mobilize our country around the critical issues facing America’s youth. Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to leading the way, assuring that every young person who enters a Club is on track to graduate from high school on time, prepared to succeed in college or a career, demonstrating good character and living a healthy lifestyle.

 

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The Today Show, BGCNH, BGCAJust Aired, NBC featured a story on a Club member from the Boys & Girls Clubs of New Haven, Shanice P., and her family. The story aired on “The Today Show,” in conjunction with Matt Lauer’s bike ride from Boston to New York City in support of Red Nose Day this morning. The segment focused on the obstacles Shanice has overcome, and how her participation in the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven over the past 5 years has impacted her life and that of her family.

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Red Nose Day was started in the United Kingdom 30 years ago to have fun, raise money and change the lives of children living in poverty. This year is the inaugural Red Nose Day in the United States and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is one of 12 charities selected to receive funding. BGCA will use this funding to support vital programs dedicated to the academic success of Club youth, specifically Summer Brain Gain, which targets summer learning loss among school –aged youth. On May 21st, the Today Show on NBC will air a benefit event featuring stand-up, sketch comedy, music performances, and compelling short films about the cause and some of the individual children that Red Nose Day will help in this country and around the world.  You can root for Matt on social media using #gomattgo.

The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven has been a major resource in the New Haven community for over a century. Young people have relied upon the enriching opportunities and resources offered by the Club to help them succeed in school, learn critical life skills, prepare for adulthood and have a safe, fun and affordable place to spend their out-of-school hours. The Club is family –centered, working to break the cycles of generational poverty and providing critical support for working parents.

To view the story on The Today Show website click on link: Matt Lauer’s interview with Shanice Patterson

For more information please contact Stephanie Barnes, Executive Director at (203) 787-0187, x17; stephanie.barnes@bgcnewhaven.org. You may also visit our website, www.bgcnewhaven.org.

Thanks for making a difference.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Barnes
Executive Director

 

 

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During Spring Break Club members of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven visited the University of New Haven Campus! As part of UNH Students Adolescent Development Service Learning Course they were tasked with welcoming 22 club members from the Boys & Girls Club – Columbus Avenue Site to UNH.

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Club members arrived at 9 AM and began their day by being paired up with a college student. There were roughly 40 people in  the first class, the topic was about morality and why teens engage in destructive behaviors, at times. Our kids had a lot to say and it was an energizing class.

After lunch and various student activities. Amanda Bozack, Associate Professor of Education met up with everyone at 3:00 PM for departure. Some of the students she worried most about in her class were the ones who’d clearly had the best day–they felt like they made a real contribution and were sad to see the kids go. “One young man made quite an impression last year and he was back again, clearly pleased that I’d remembered him. I’m fortunate to get to see all of these students, club members and UNH students, rise to the occasion; it’s truly the highlight of my spring semester” said Amanda Bozack, PhD. Associate Professor of Education. “To the Boys & Girls Club, thank you for working so hard to help build strong foundations in the New Haven youth and for helping them see possibilities for themselves that they may not have otherwise.”

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On behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came out to support our 2nd Annual 3 on 3 Believers’ Basketball Challenge. This past Saturday, March 28th during “National Boys & Girls Club Week” fourteen teams comprised of 58 players not only competed for the Championship title and a $500 cash prize but most importantly to help the Club open doors to Great Futures for New Haven’s most vulnerable youth. A BIG thank you to our sponsors for supporting our 2nd Annual 3 on 3 Believers’ Basketball Challenge. Through your generosity, community members were able to win some cool raffle prizes. We were also able to provide family members and friends in attendance a day full of action & entertainment. As the day went on, the players intensified their game on the court and the real challenge began! This event would not have been a success with out you all.SPONSORS!
* Adelman Law Office
* Go To Services
* YALE University- Office of New Haven & State Affairs
* Cornell Scott Hill Health Center
* Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC
* The Mickelson Group
* Chubb
* The United Way of Greater New Haven
Congratulations to the 2nd Annual 3 on 3 Believers’ Basketball Challenge Champions, “Guilford-East Haven“.BGCNH- 3 on 3

Photographs from the event below….

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GREAT FUTURES START HERE: EXCEPTIONAL NEW HAVEN TEEN WINS YOUTH OF THE YEAR HONOR FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF NEW HAVEN

Kelcey Perez Will Compete for State Title and Scholarship

New Haven, CT, March 26, 2015 – Selected among several local outstanding youth, Kelcey Perez will compete against other outstanding Boys & Girls Club members from across the state for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 scholarship and advance to regional competitions. Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Six youth, including five regional winners and a military and a military winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year competition for a chance at an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable up to $100,000 for four years. The National Youth of the Year represents all Boys & Girls Club youth.

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Kelcey with Governor Dan Malloy and Representative Toni E. Walker

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As Boys & Girls Club of America’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as how they have overcome personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.

“The Youth of the Year candidates make me incredibly proud each year. I know their stories -how much each of them have overcome to reach their goals. It also highlights the impact of our work with youth and their families. The parents and staff are beaming with pride each year. These young people truly inspire all of us.” Carlos Collazo, Director of Program Services & Operations.

Kelcey has been a club member at the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven for a little over two years. Though she started off as a shy and reserved young lady, Kelcey has matured into a confident young woman. “My experiences at The Boys and Girls Club of New Haven have helped me grow as a person and have given me a chance to be a role model to the younger generation.” Kelcey began as a member of the 11-14 year old girls group and now spends her time volunteering with the 7-8 year old group. She actively serves as a role model, mentor and homework helper. Recently, Kelcey was able to share her passion for dance with other members of the club when she choreographed a piece for the 7-8 girls for Black History Month. Kelcey is also a member of the Keystone Club, a leadership program for teens which provides opportunities to participate in activities that focus on Academic Success, Career Preparation and Community Service.

A freshman at New Haven Academy, Kelcey has received honors this year and looks forward to challenging herself academically through out high school. She is currently working on a project that allows her to work with children and provide assistance with keeping the community garden fresh as well as planting new vegetation. She strives to set an example for young children to overcome their insecurities and hopes to inspire them to never give up on their dreams.

The State Competition will be held on Wednesday, May 6th and 7th at the State Capitol. Let’s wish Kelcey the best of luck at the State Competition!!

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New Haven Independent: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/it_girl_named_youth_of_the_year/
New Have Register: http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20150528/new-haven-boys-and-girls-club-names-youth-of-the-year
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More Teens are trying E-cigarette products at alarming rates, even as scientists increasingly raise concerns about the negative effects these products have on youth. The battery-operated units contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals, which are heated to create a vapor inhaled by the user.

We are inviting Teens to come visit the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven on Wednesday, March 18th to attend our Be Smart, Don’t Start – E-Cigarette Forum. The Forum is scheduled to run from 6-7:30PM at the main site (253 Columbus Avenue). Light refreshments will be included.

Our guest speaker, Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin will discuss the potential health effects e-cigarettes will have on our young people.

GUEST SPEAKER:

Dr. Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on developing a bio-behavioral understanding of substance use behaviors in adult and adolescent substance users, with the goal of developing optimal prevention and cessation interventions. In the area of adolescent tobacco use, she has conducted qualitative research including focus groups and surveys to understand patterns and perceptions of use of tobacco products, clinical trials to develop and test the use of novel behavioral and pharmacological cessation and prevention interventions, and experimental evaluations of behavioral and neural predictors of use and cessation behaviors. Because of her expertise in youth tobacco use behaviors, she has contributed to the Surgeon General’s report on “Preventing Tobacco Use among Young People” and also serves as a member of the FDA’s Tobacco Product Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Krishnan-Sarin is the Co-PI on the Yale Tobacco Centers Of Regulatory Science which is using a multidisciplinary approach to understand the role of flavors in tobacco and nicotine addiction.

Thank your for your ongoing support,

Stephanie Barnes, Executive Director

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