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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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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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When School’s out, clubs are in! 
Winter Happenings 2015

Annual Board Meeting
At our Annual Board Meeting in early December, we recognized three community partners that have helped Club kids achieve success in our ‘three priority outcome’ areas. We thank them once again for their hard work and dedication!
  • Academic Success:

    Quinnipiac University

  • Healthy Lifestyles:

    Cornell Scott Hill Health Center

  • Character & Leadership:

    Arabic Temple #40

National Mentoring month
During the month of January, we kicked off a campaign to recruit new mentors for youth across the Greater New Haven Area. These mentors will help children in need to build character and confidence, expand their horizons, and become contributing members of our community.

Check out our latest Mentoring PSA:

Mentoring Works!

SOCCER WITH S.C.S.U.

As always, our annual Soccer Partnership with Southern Connecticut State University was a huge success. The Women’s Soccer Team ran skills & drills with club members ages 5-14, working on both soccer skills and teamwork.

COPS & KIDS DISCUSSION

New Haven Police Officers visited the Club and spoke to Club Members on the topic of “Building Positive Relationships with Law Enforcement.” This event was made possible through a collaboration between Boys & Girls Club of New Haven and New Haven’s Prince Hall Shrinners of Arabic Temple No. 40, 

 

 

 

 

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MLK DAY
Our members received a profound history lesson on MLK DAY when the Club sponsored a trip to view the movie SELMA at the Criterion Cinemas in downtown New Haven.

BOARD MEETING & GAMES

Board Members were invited to meet Club Members and participated in an evening of games, including ping pong, billiards, air hockey and board games.

TRIP TO S.C.S.U.

Lincoln-Bassett Club Members were invited to Southern Connecticut State University to watch the Women’s Basketball Team play against the University of New Haven. S.C.S.U. graciously welcomed us by naming the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven as their guest of honors. The kids had a fabulous time!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Next Week: Thursday, February 26, 2015

To learn more, follow this link:

The Mentoring Effect “Impact on Young Men of Color”

 

SAVE THE DATE- Saturday, March 28, 2015

To learn more, follow this link:

3 ON 3 Believers Basketball Challenge


 

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Please click on following link to rsvp:  The Mentoring Effect Event Page

The Mentoring Effect!

“Impact on Young Men of Color”

 

 

Come join us during Black History Month, as the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven brings attention to the need for mentors and how it impacts young men of color, as well as how each of us – individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based communities and non-profits – can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure great futures for New Haven’s youth.

On Thursday, February 26, 2015  the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is inviting the Community to come out and listen to a panel made up of Young People & Community Leaders! Conversation is scheduled to run from 6 – 7:30 PM at our main site (253 Columbus Avenue). Dinner will be included.

This inter-generational panel will discuss the importance and impact of mentoring from both adult and youth perspectives.

  

I didn’t know what a mentor was before I came to the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven, to me now being a mentor is being a friend.”

Panelist include:

Our Mentors: Asst. Chief of Police Anthony Campbell, Steve Ludwiko, State of CT. Judicial Branch, and Roland Harmon, Director of Program Planning & Development at The Governors Prevention Partnership.

Our Mentees: Gionni Burgos, North Haven High School Student, Thomas Oliver, Hill Regional Career High School, and Elisha Reaves, Southern CT. State University Student.

Moderator: Joshua Williams, Breakthru, Program Director

We strive to engage more of our community in mentoring and we are committed to recruiting new mentors for the 25 young people currently on our waiting list. Invest in the future.

                         Believe…….. Mentor a young person!

If you’re interested in mentoring you can sign-up at the event. If your schedule does not permit, please contact me, Carlos Collazo, Director of Program Services & Operations at 1 (203) 787-0187 ext.11 or sign up by filling out our online Volunteer Application.

Join us for Dinner and important conversation!

Carlos Collazo,

Director of Program Services & Operations

Boys & Girls Club of New Haven

Guest Panelist:

Assistant Chief of Police,

Anthony Campbell

 

Roland Harmon,

Director of Program Planning, The Governor’s Prevention Partnership

Steven Ludwiko,

State of CT. Judicial Branch Probation Officer

Date of Event:

02/26/2015

LOCATION: 253 Columbus Avenue

TIME: 6-7:30 PM.

Dinner

Conversation will include Dinner.

 

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The Mentoring Effect!

January is National Mentoring Month and the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is bringing attention to the need for mentors, as well as how each of us – individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based communities and non-profits – can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure great futures for New Haven’s youth.

On Saturday, January 31, 2015  the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is inviting the Community to come out and listen to a panel made up of Young People & Community Leaders! Conversation is scheduled to run from 10 AM- 11:30 AM at our main site (253 Columbus Avenue).

This inter-generational panel will discuss the importance and impact of mentoring from both adult and youth perspectives.

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Club members were given the opportunity to shop for the Holidays with local law enforcement in hopes to strengthen the relationships between police officers and children from the neighborhoods they serve and protect. Club members met their “partner” over a meal at the Bear & Grill in Orange, CT, visited with Santa and followed the police procession to the Milford Target to shop for themselves, their families and a child that their “partner” has identified as a disadvantaged from the service area of the officer. Through REACH’s very generous sponsors, the kids purchased a gift, shopped for their family and shopped for another child. Teaching the children to help others is a selfless act and sends a very strong message.  Generosity is something the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven and REACH feel should be instilled in every child.

 

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The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven is highlighted in The Community Fund for Women & Girls, Winter Newsletter for Healthy Lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) has been a vital source of youth education for over a century. The Community Fund to awarded the BGCNH with a $3200 grant for the Triple Play Leadership Club. The Triple Play Club educated 47 girls ages 10-18 on nutrition, fitness, and character, and encouraged those girls to share that knowledge with others.

To read more click on link below.

The Community Fund for Women & Girls, Winter Newsletter

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The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven (BGCNH) will convene its Annual Meeting on Friday, Dec. 5th, 8:30am – 10am at the Club, 253 Columbus Ave., New Haven, CT.   BGCNH exists to provide educational and enrichment programs for children and families, especially those from underserved neighborhoods.  For over 140 years, the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven has served the children of New Haven and we continue to address the need for quality out-of-school time activities and programs for children and youth in our community. BGCNH supports families in nurturing children and youth and assisting them in mastering academic skills and gaining essential life skills, health and wellness information, and developing self-esteem.

 

In addition to comprehensive programming provided our main site in the Hill neighborhood, the Club provides afterschool and summer camp programs in two Housing Authority communities, Eastview and West Rock.  Just this past October, we took another important step.  We are now providing K-2 after school programs at the Lincoln-Bassett Community School in the Newhallville neighborhood.  In the past 4 years, BGCNH has nearly doubled its capacity.  In 2015, BGCNH will support over 1000 children in New Haven.  By 2018, we seek to serve over 2000 children in the Greater New Haven area.

 

To that end, the Club will launch the “Great Futures Campaign” during the Annual Meeting.  The campaign is a 3-year effort to support continued expansion, enhance programs and deepen our impact for New Haven’s most vulnerable young people.

 

The Club will also recognize community partners that have helped Club members achieve success in three priority areas this past year. They include:

  • Academic Success Partner – Quinnipiac University
  • Healthy Lifestyles Partner – Cornell Scott Hill Health Center
  • Good Character & Leadership Partner – Arabic Temple #40

 

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven’s Annual Meeting please visit www.bgcnewhaven.org or call (203)787-0187.

 

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 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. 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.  BGCNH staff members ensure the delivery of programs that are based on youth development principles that encourage competence, usefulness, belonging and influence 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.

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