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EXCEPTIONAL TEEN RECIEVES MOST PRESTIGIOUS HONOR; NAMED LOCAL YOUTH OF THE YEAR BY BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NEW HAVEN

Z’hane Ellison set to receive college scholarship and vie for regional title this summer

New Haven, Connecticut April 28, 2017 – Selected among five other outstanding youth, Z’hane has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for second timeThe Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 70th year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. Z’hane will go on to vie for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

“I am honored to be selected again to serve as Youth of the Year for my Club.   I am looking forward to being a voice for my peers.”  Z’hane Ellison.   “The Youth of the Year candidates make me incredibly proud each year.  I know their stories and how much each of them has 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.”  Stephanie Barnes, CEO.

Z’hane has been a Club member at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for over three years.  Though she started off as a shy and reserved young lady, Z’hane has matured into a confident young woman.  “My experience at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven continues to help my sisters and I grow and improve our leadership skills.”  Z’hane comes to the Club each day to mentor the younger members. She enjoys facilitating the Fashion Club, a fashion design workshop for Club members she created.  Z’hane is a committed member of the Keystone Club, which is a leadership program for teens which provides opportunities to participate in activities that focus on Academic Success, Career Preparation and Community Service.  Z’hane is a senior at Sound School in New Haven, where she continues to receive high honors.  She was recently accepted to several colleges and has decided to attend the University of New Haven in the Fall of 2017 to major in their Biology and Pre-Med program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported the youth advocacy organization for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is dedicated to inspiring the next generations of engineers, thinkers and leaders who will help drive the American economy. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a committed partner who has worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of America on many Academic Success initiatives, and the Taco Bell Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier partner for teen empowerment.

If Z’hane Ellison wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Northeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in September 2017, to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit http://www.youthoftheyear.org.

About The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is to “Inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” Its goal is to provide children and teens with a safe positive fun place to learn and grow. It seeks this goal and fulfills its mission through delivery of five major programs: After School, Summer Vacation Camp, The Club for Teens, Weekend Kids Club, and competitive Sports programs.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (http://www.GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

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New Haven Register- City Teen Named Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of New Haven

 

Planet Fitness is proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the nation’s leading youth development organization, supporting millions of kids and teens during the critical out-of-school time, and STOMP Out BullyingTM, the leading and most influential anti-bullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S., to make a meaningful impact on the lives of today’s youth. Our Club was featured in the anti-bullying movement PSA, click below to access video.

What is The Judgement Free GenerationTM?

The Judgement Free Generation is Planet Fitness’ philanthropic initiative designed to combat the judgement and bullying faced by today’s youth by creating a culture of kindness and encouragement.

Bullying has become all-too-common in today’s society, with 1 in 4 youth reporting that they’ve been bullied and parents of school-aged children citing it as their #1 concern. With our Judgement Free Zone® and No Gymtimidation® policies as a solid foundation, Planet Fitness is the perfect company to tackle this issue.

 

#GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday! Did you know, that every gift donated directly impacts our youth?  A few examples are, free or reduced Club Memberships; access to great programs that teach, empower and inspire like Mentor2Win, Power Hour and Smart Moves, to name a few.  Join the movement TODAY to guide and assist our youth with building good character, leadership, and to promote healthier lifestyles. 

We encourage you to get involved with #GivingTuesday by donating today! We thank you for your generous donation! Donate Now

 

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The CLUB Presents- Year of the Teen

The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven helps Teens find their passion. Come join us on Wednesday evenings starting October 19th.

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The CLUB Presents- Year of the TEEN

 

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$50,000 GRANT FROM LOWE’S FOR FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS

 

Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America build pride at 50 clubs in 50 states through $2.5m Renovation Across the Nation

NEW HAVEN – Renovation Across the Nation. Led by Lowes, and in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, this major initiative is giving $50,000 to one Club per state, for a total of $2.5 million in critical repairs, improvements and refurbishments around the country. We are excited to share that the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven will receive the $50,000 grant for the state of Connecticut – and these funds will be put towards facility improvement. “The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is excited to receive this funding to make key improvements to our Columbus Ave. site. We plan to create a new learning center and multimedia room which will allow us to attract more young people to our programs,” said Stephanie Barnes, the Club’s executive director.

“Boys & Girls Clubs drive academic success, influence positive health and wellness, and build good character and citizenship for America’s kids and teens, putting them on a path to great futures,” said Jim Clark, president and chief executive officer of BGCA. “Our partnership with Lowe’s holistically impacts Clubs – addressing critical improvements needed while bringing the skills and dedication of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers to leave a lasting mark on Clubs and in the lives of our members, staff and local communities.”

To create the largest single initiative ever undertaken by Lowe’s and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, one Club in each state was selected from Clubs in need of significant repairs and improvements. Lowe’s will support a wide range of enhancements ranging from kitchen repairs to amenities that influence creativity and well-being like music studios and counseling spaces. To see a full list of Renovation Across the Nation Club recipients, visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America partner page.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.  Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.

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, serves over 1,000 children and teens at four program sites each year. The Club provides programs for youth ages 5 to 18, including an After School Program, Summer 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. The Club hours of operation during the Afterschool Program are Monday – Friday 3p – 6p and Summer Program 8a – 5p. Parents interested in having their children join the Club and learn more about its youth programs can contact the organization at 203 787-0187 or email Chantel Gray, Director of Programs & Family Services at chantel.gray@bgcnewhaven.org or visit www.bgcnewhaven.org

Boys & Girls Club of New Haven
253 Columbus Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519
www.bgcnewhaven.org

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Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul is BGCA’s premier healthy lifestyles program focused on improving the health and wellness of our nation’s kids and teens. As the second-largest utilized program at Clubs across the Movement, Triple Play has a significant impact on our young people, giving them the tools and education they need to lead a life of wellbeing, setting them on a path to a great future.

Our club members here at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven had a great time participating in #TriplePlayDay16 with our friends from Target, North Haven on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

 

 

Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal visit the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven to kick-off Summer Camp and Summer Meals Program…

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New Haven Register:

http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20160705/as-new-haven-summer-meals-program-launches-blumenthal-murphy-encourage-greater-participation

 

The Yale Glee Club partnered up with the Yale Alumni and the Yale Whiffenpoofs for a Sing-Off here at the Club last week during their Yale Day of Service!!

The Yale Glee Club has provided both individual and group mentoring by educating club members on the Art of singing. They are part of the clubs Mentor2Win program. Since November of last year, the Yale Glee Club has been coming the Boys & Girls Club every Friday between the hours of 2:30pm-4:30pm to provide both mentoring and musical instruction.

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Did you know that 40% of our youth participants attend summer camp at no cost?

Last year the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven youth experienced a memorable summer and were exposed to brand new partnerships and field trips. All due to your generous donations to The Great Give 2015. This year our goal is to offer this wonderful experience to twice as many youth in New Haven for this year’s summer programs to promote a safe yet fun filled summer experience.

Only you can make this happen by making a contribution through The Great Give 2016. This is a perfect time to leverage your financial support. This online fundraising event leverages every dollar donated during the campaign.

Take action and please click on over to givegreater.org to make a donation now.

Thanks for making a difference.

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