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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.

 

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of New Haven kids make the promise to graduate! Celebrating our 8th grade and high school graduates today! Next up high school, college and so much more!!! Keep soaring!!

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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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Celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week!

National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 7-12, 2016, is not only a fun week for Club members and staff, it’s also an important time for all Clubs to share with our community how we are advocating for New Haven’s youth.

Join BGCNH in celebrating “Red, White and Boys & Girls Club Blue!”

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Join us for a panel discussion on Mentoring. Discussions about the influence a mentor can have on creative minds will be the centerfold. The panel will consist of Tattoo/Graffiti, Acting/ Performing, Poet/Spoken Word, Musician/DJ, Author and Hip Hop artists. Also, there will be discussions on how individuals, businesses, faith-based communities and not for profits can work together to increase the number of mentors to ensure a bright future for the Youth in New Haven.

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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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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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