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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, CT, March 17, 2016– Selected among several local outstanding youth, Z’hane will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Connecticut Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). 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. As the new Youth of the Year for New Haven, 16 year old Z’hane is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by BGCA for her leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle.

“The Youth of the Year candidates make me incredibly proud each year. I know their stories -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, Executive Director.

LocalYOYEvent2016DSC_0436Z’hane has been a Club member at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven for a little over two years. Though she started off as a shy and reserved young lady, Z’hane has matured into a confident young woman. “My experiences at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven have helped me grow as a person and really learn to believe in myself.” As a counselor in training (C.I.T.) she began with the 7-8 year old group. She actively serves as a role model, mentor and homework helper. Recently, Z’hane was able to share her passion for fashion design with other members of the Club when she organized a Fashion Club at the Club. Z’hane 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 junior at New Haven Academy, Z’hane has received honors this year and looks forward to challenging herself academically throughout high school. She is currently using the Fashion Club as the platform for her Senior Capstone Project for school. 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.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA 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 committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a national education partner that has joined with BGCA to impact academic success among youth across the country, and the Taco Bell Foundation, BGCA’s premier partner for teen empowerment.

If Z’hane wins at the state competition scheduled to take place in Hartford, Connecticut on Thursday, April 28th, 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 2016, to compete for the title of BGCA’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.

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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- “Distinction made me feel I can do anything”, said Z’hane Ellison

 

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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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

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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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Boys & Girls Club of New Haven’s- 32nd Annual Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament 2015

Great futures start at the Boys & Girls Club
The club is a safe place for kids… a place where they can have fun, be free to dream of the future and work to make those dreams come true.
Our dedicated staff strives 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.
By sponsoring or playing in this year’s golf tournament, you will become part of a winning team – the Kids, the Club and You – working together to brighten their lives – today and tomorrow.
Date:
Monday, August 17, 2015
Location:
New Haven Country Cub (160 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden CT.)
Time:
Registration & Breakfast: 9 AM
Shotgun Start: 10:30 AM
Cocktails & BBQ, raffle & presentation of prizes: 3:30 PM
 
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 If you choose not to register online, you can download our Golf Brochure, fill it out and mail it to 253 Columbus Avenue, New Haven, CT. 06519 by clicking HERE.
 
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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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Kelcey Perez 2015 YOY

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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The Boys & Girls Club provides an after school environment for kids where they can safely learn and have fun as the build a great future.

Our dedicated staff strives 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.

To see this vision become a reality, we have adopted the Boys & Girls Club of America’s Formula for Impact, a research-based theory of change that describes how we will increase our impact – exponentially – on the young people in our community. It is a roadmap used to ensure that members have a life-changing Club experience and leave the Club knowing they will have a great future.

FORMULA FOR IMPACT

Formula for Impact

Academic Success

We want kids to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment. Our programs foster life-long learners by supporting academic success, goal setting and providing access to tools that prepare them for the 21st century.

“Our goal is simple to state but hard to achieve,” said Denzel Washington, BGCA’s national spokesperson. “We want to help every Boys & Girls Club member advance to the next grade level every year and graduate from high school on time, prepared with the attitude, knowledge and confidence to succeed and achieve.”

We believe that providing learning opportunities, holding high expectations for members and recognizing accomplishments are ways to ensure that kids are successful academically. The Boys & Girls Club plays a powerful role in making after school and summer a time for learning and developmental gains for young people.

Our Impact

Soon, more than half of all new jobs will require more than a high school diploma, yet more than a quarter of U.S. students are not finishing high school. America has fallen to ninth in the proportion of young people with a college degree.

The Boys & Girls Club is a part of the solution. The Club is working to impact key indicators for youth of all ages that will make high school graduation a most likely outcome: on time grade progression, regular school attendance, and members’ perception of academic success. These indicators of a child’s progress throughout their school years give us a picture of the likelihood of high school graduation. Boys & Girls Club plans programs and activities to impact these indicators.

Data collected through attendance records, Youth Outcome Surveys and Parent Surveys at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven underscore the quality programming that we provide to youth ages 5-14:

  • 96% of the youth that participated in our Power Hour tutoring program progress successfully to the next grade
  • 69% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation helped them do better at school in general
  • 64% of parents agree that their child’s participation improved their overall performance at school
  • 58% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation has made them enjoy going to school more

Learn more about our Academic and Tutoring Programs.

Good Character & Citizenship

We strive to encourage youth to be engaged citizens who support and influence the Club and community and who sustain meaningful relationships with others. We also work to help youth develop a positive self-image and good character while respecting their and others’ cultural identities.

Every day our Club provides a wealth of programs and activities to prepare young people for real-world successes. By focusing on leadership and service, Clubs members will be better prepared to thrive as adults and contribute to our community.

Club alumni should be well-rounded individuals and a walking testament to what a successful program has to offer. Club members learn the value of themselves and others through a variety of character development and leadership programs such as Keystone & Torch Clubs and Youth of the Year. They establish relationships with caring, capable adults and they know that the Club is a safe place to just be themselves.

Giving back to the New Haven community is also important and Club members are taught that early on. Torch and Keystone Club members perform service hours to better our community. Helping with food, hygiene and book drives, starting a recycling program at the Club, and community beautification projects are just some of the ways that Boys & Girls Club members give back to the New Haven community.

Our Impact

Additionally, from information collected from our Youth Outcome Surveys and Parent Surveys, we found that:

  • 62% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation has improved their ability to get along with people at home and school
  • 61% of parents agree that their child’s participation has improved their child’s behavior at home and school

Learn more about our Good Character & Citizenship Programs.

Healthy Lifestyles

We teach Club youth how to adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and to make a lifelong commitment to fitness. Our programs help to develop our young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that help with their own well-being and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

Club members experience the healthy and correct way to eat and exercise daily. Programs educate students about fitness, nutrition and smart decisions. Club members are getting out, getting active and feeling better about themselves.

Learn more about our Healthy Lifestyle Programs.

 

Academic Success

We want kids to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment. Our programs foster life-long learners by supporting academic success, goal setting and providing access to tools that prepare them for the 21st century.

“Our goal is simple to state but hard to achieve,” said Denzel Washington, BGCA’s national spokesperson. “We want to help every Boys & Girls Club member advance to the next grade level every year and graduate from high school on time, prepared with the attitude, knowledge and confidence to succeed and achieve.”

We believe that providing learning opportunities, holding high expectations for members and recognizing accomplishments are ways to ensure that kids are successful academically. The Boys & Girls Club plays a powerful role in making after school and summer a time for learning and developmental gains for young people.

Programs

BE GREAT: Graduate – utilizes a community-wide strategy intended to prevent young people from dropping out of school and is meant to build on our current dropout prevention efforts.

Power Hour – helps Club members be more successful in school by providing homework help and tutoring and encouraging members to become self-directed learners.

Goals for Graduation – introduces academic goal setting to Club members ages 11-17 by linking their future aspirations with concrete actions today.

Career Launch – Club teens 13-18 years old embark on a journey to explore careers, make sound educational decisions and find success in the world of work.

Our Impact

Soon, more than half of all new jobs will require more than a high school diploma, yet more than a quarter of U.S. students are not finishing high school. America has fallen to ninth in the proportion of young people with a college degree.

The Boys & Girls Club is a part of the solution. The Club is working to impact key indicators for youth of all ages that will make high school graduation a most likely outcome: on time grade progression, regular school attendance, and members’ perception of academic success. These indicators of a child’s progress throughout their school years give us a picture of the likelihood of high school graduation. Boys & Girls Club plans programs and activities to impact these indicators.

Data collected through attendance records, Youth Outcome Surveys and Parent Surveys at the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven underscore the quality programming that we provide to youth ages 5-14:

  • 96% of the youth that participated in our Power Hour tutoring program progress successfully to the next grade
  • 69% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation helped them do better at school in general
  • 64% of parents agree that their child’s participation improved their overall performance at school
  • 58% of Club youth strongly agree that their participation has made them enjoy going to school more
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