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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.

 

Celebrate National Boys & Girls Club Week!

National Boys & Girls Club Week, March 27-31, 2017, 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.

Open The Door. Take The Tour.

Social Media Postings Below:

Take The Tour Date

SMART Girls/ SMART Moves Fitness Activities

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#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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Planet Fitness is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Stomp Out Bullying. Our Club is featured in this anti-bullying movement. Please click the link below:

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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

 

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

New Haven, Connecticut February 21, 2018 – Selected among four other outstanding youth, Kelcey has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for the 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 71st 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. Kelcey 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.

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“I am proud  to serve as Youth of the Year because it means that I can be the voice of my peers. I can stand side by side and lead my peers to become the best possible leaders,” said Kelcey Perez. “The Youth of the Year candidates make me incredibly proud each year.  I know their stories and how much every one of them has overcome to reach their goals. It has been amazing to watch their growth. Kelcey is an amazing young woman and there are no limits to her potential. 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.

 

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Kelcey has been a Club member at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for over five years.  Though she started off as a shy and reserved young lady, Kelcey has matured into a confident young woman.  “The club has helped me in so many ways. When I first arrived I was shy, however, the Club provided me with the confidence to do things I love, partake in activities that help me improve myself, get involved and most importantly have a voice. The staff has empowered me to be my best self and to speak my mind.” Kelcey comes to the Club each day to mentor the younger members. She enjoys leading the Club’s Dance Team and acting as a Teen Leader. Kelcey is also 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.  Kelcey is a senior at New Haven Academy, where she continues to receive high honors. Currently, Kelcey had decided to attend the University of Connecticut, where she will be accepting a generous scholarship offer.

 

 

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

 

 

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.

For more information click on link below:

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The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven would like to take a minute to thank everyone who came out for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. A special shout out to Comcast and NewAlliance Foundation for funding this project and Mayor Toni Harp for speaking at the ceremony.

The Center of Innovation will give club members access to a state-of-the art “Technology Center” with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), which is a key strategy of our The Great Futures Campaign.

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. 

“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.”

Please click on the following links to view our progress.

Comcast Universal Press Release
NewAlliance Foundation Press Release

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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

For more information click on link below:

After-school Program

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