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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

 
 

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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Volunteer Opportunities @ The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven
Orientation Dates: 12/10/2014 & 12/12/2014
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Volunteer Opportunities @ The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven
Orientation Dates: Wednesday, 1/21/2015 & Monday, 1/26/2015
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Volunteer Opportunities 2015

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The Boys & Girls Club is supporting opportunities to become a teen performing arts entrepreneur.

As part of the Wednesday evening teen club, BGCNH members may work toward a quarterly open mic event that allows participating teens to debut and develop their performance and digital technology skills. Members who are 13-18 years old will learn to express positive messages through the performing arts while generating money to sustain their program.

Teens will learn to bring together digital technology, singing, spoken word, and musical instruments for creative personal expression.  The program also builds individual self-confidence and collaborative skills as well as improve work habits.

This new dimension enhances our established teen club activities, including visual arts, sports, community service and workshops addressing issues and concerns faced by teens.  Our teen programs also guide member learning in the area of conflict resolution and coping skills.

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We are extending and enriching after school programs at Lincoln-Bassett Community School in the Newhallville section of New Haven. Approximately 100 additional K through 2 children will be served by BGCNH at this site. BGCNH is proud to participate in Lincoln-Bassett’s initiative to make this school a true community school with aspiration to revitalize the Newhallville community.

Lincoln-Bassett is part of a state-sponsored initiative that establishes schools as community hubs, accessible to children and families, including during evenings and weekends. Lincoln-Bassett is creating community partnerships to develop a unified focus on academics, services, supports and opportunities that lead to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. A key part of this effort includes optional before and after-school programs that provide extensive developmental support.

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Partnering for After School Programs at Lincoln-Bassett

In recent years, we have collaborated with the Housing Authority of the city of New Haven to deliver after school and summer camp programs beyond our main club house in the Hill Section. We now serve children, many who are at risk, in the Authority’s West Rock and Eastview Terrace communities. We are pleased to report contract extensions for another 3 years. In 2015, we will be serving over 1000 children at our 4 sites – that’s a new milestone for us!.

While working closely with Lincoln-Bassett’s staff, we also will be collaborating with other organizations including the Boost! initiative, a United Way facilitated and managed effort, and the Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology (ConnCat).

 

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We recently checked the youth unemployment numbers in New Haven.  Here’s the number: 25%.That’s really shocking.

STEM in New HavenHere’s another problem. Too many young people simply are not prepared for the good jobs available or the one’s that will be needed to be filled over the next few years. These are the jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.  According to statistics, STEM jobs in the United States are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2018. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of both interested and adequately prepared K-12 students in STEM subjects, especially among minority youth and young women.

STEM for New Haven Kids at Club Sites

At our four New Haven Club sites, we are seeking inspire more youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Research has shown that out-of-school programs advance STEM knowledge and increase interest in these careers. We have an exceptional computer lab in our main Club. We are looking for the program partners,volunteers and mentors to help more young people, especially those who need us most, develop passion for and aptitude in STEM.

Fun Step in  After School & Summer Camps

The recent report of the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) underscores the important role that both afterschool programs and summer camps have to play not only in developing STEM skills but also making STEM subjects fun and interesting. Key recommendations that we are actively exploring:

Change Young Peoples Relationship with Technology by encouraging them to analyze the challenges in their communities and create their own technologies and innovations to address them – becoming the makers and drivers of technology.

Re-imagine Club Spaces as “Centers of Innovation” to reflect an emphasis on innovation and creativity..

Expand STEM Learning Over the Summer — There is a monumental opportunity to expand STEM learning over the summer, and our Summer Brain Gain program is one example of we are helping to close the opportunity gap in STEM among underrepresented youth.

Download the STEM Great Think white paper.

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Our Clubs Launch the Great Futures Campaign

On Thursday July 31st, Boys & Girls Clubs of New Haven joins Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation to launch the Great Futures Campaign, which seeks to ensure that every child and teen has access to a safe place after school and during the summer, where they can acquire the knowledge, skills and positive behavior to put them on the path for success.

Every day, 15 million kids across America leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. The Great Futures Campaign is an unprecedented initiative to mobilize our country to reverse the negative trends facing America’s youth and raise awareness about the impact of Clubs and the critical role of Out-of-School Time.

As a leading advocate for New Haven’s youth, Boys & Girls Clubs of New Haven is committed to ensuring that every child has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path to a Great Future.

But we need your help. Now more than ever, we need your support to ensure New Haven’s children and teens receive the mentoring and education necessary to reach their full potential. To learn more about the Great Futures Campaign. visit www.greatfutures.org.

DONATE: Your gift today will help us provide the life-changing programs and guidance that makes our Club successful. Working together, we can reach the next generation of youth who will transform themselves, their communities, and New Haven for the better. Learn more.

VOLUNTEER: The Boys & Girls Club of New Haven offers volunteer opportunities for you to become involved and help shape the future of our community. Learn more.

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This past Saturday 15 Quinnipiac Students helped out the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven during their BIG EVENT 2014.

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About the BIG EVENT

Started over 28 years ago at Texas A & M University, the Big Event has grown the largest, one-day, student-run service project in the nation. It’s aim to give back presents students with the opportunity to say “Thank You” to residents of the surrounding communities.

On behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven we would like to thank the Quinnipiac University, Community Outreach Committee for selecting us as one of the many BIG EVENT sites. Great work was accomplished!

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