Welcome Brad Parr as BGCNCG Operations Director

BGCNCG Promotes Brad Parr to Operations Director 

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The Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia is proud to announce the promotion of Brad Parr to the position of Director of Operations. Parr will assume his new role within BGCNCG April 1, where he will be responsible for overseeing membership safety, staff development and management, supervision of Club Directors and budget management. His role will be in support of the execution of programs to include Character & Leadership, Education & Career Development, Health & Wellness, Teens, Sports & Recreation and the Arts. 

“Operations are the lifeline to any organization. We value our commitment to the communities we serve and have become good stewards of change and development. In order to effectively lead, we must effectively grow. With growth comes the obligation of providing a safe & secure environment and fostering educational outcomes that change the trajectory for our youth.” Bob Mackey, BGCNCG, shared.

In 2016, Brad Parr was hired as the Education Coordinator for the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club under the direction of Bob Mackey. There he was responsible for facilitating and implementing academic programming such as Power Hour, Summer Brain Gain, First Tee Program, Volunteer Management, and the Novelis Partnership/Lake Project. In 2018, Brad was promoted to Club Director for the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club where he was able to work with staff to bring in new programs, create community partnerships and maintain the strong relationships within the community, and build up the Youth of the Year Program. 

Brad Parr is a graduate of Sequoyah High School, attended Georgia College and State University where he obtained his Bachelors’ Degree in Community Health and a Masters’ Degree in Recreation and Sports Administration from Western Kentucky. During his senior year, he worked for Communities in Schools as an intern. He oversaw volunteers and tutored students throughout each week. After graduating, Brad was named a Site Coordinator with Communities in Schools where he planned and implemented school-wide programs and tutoring services for students who were likely to drop-out based on academics, behavior, or demographics. 

Brad has been able to empower our youth to share their stories and use their platform to create change and plan for their future. 

“Being a Club Director has provided me with the opportunity to meet many important community members and build relationships for the betterment of the students in Greensboro,” Parr shared. “It has been an honor to work with the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club as the Club Director.” 

To learn more about Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club visit, www.bgcncg.com/petenance or call 706-920-1400.

 

 

Welcome Stacy McClendon as PNBGC Director

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McClendon local champion for youth  

Position Effective April 1, 2019

The Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club is proud to announce theappointment of Mr. Stacy McClendon as Director. McClendon is no stranger to the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, as he has held various part-time positions over the course of a four-year period. 

For BGCNCG President & CEO, Bob Mackey bringing Mr. McClendon into the movement was an obvious choice.

“Mr.McClendon aspired to do more. His smile, his presence, andprofessional candor will bring any strangers to their feet. He is a born leader ready to impact the world and tobe an example of Hope & Promise in his community and beyond,” he shared. “We’re fortunate to have Mr. McClendon lead the Pete Nance Boys& Girls Club.”

McClendon is a graduate of Greene County High School where he excelled as a student and acquired a love for science. In high school, he played basketball for three years and was offered two college scholarship opportunities to continue his education at Georgia College and Augusta State University. 

Considering his options, McClendon decided to attend the Professional Career Institution in Norcross, Georgia where he earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. After completing his degree, he returned to Greensboro and dedicated 20 years to the Lake Country.

His professional profile attracted an opportunity at Reynolds, which capitulated him to his dream job -a hotel manager for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Lake Oconee. During his time in hotel management at Lake Oconee, his focus remained on youth development. He cultivated a program for Greene County High School students to offer them an opportunity to experience workforce development at Reynolds Lake Oconee. McClendon has won numerous high-profile awards, such as the Five Star of the Year Award and a Malcolm Bridge Award nominee by the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. 

McClendon's managerial experience also includes working in real estate with the Reynolds Family where he learned a great deal about salesmanship, community service and marketing. He spent some time as a personal assistant, which he used to increase his management skills. 

What has centered McClendon’s drive throughout his 20-year career in Lake County are the youth. He observed a trend of youth falling short in their educational pursuits and decided he had a responsibility to be a part of the change. He donated his time, talent and treasure back to his hometown. 

“I discovered the need for positive male mentors in my hometown,” McClendon said. “I soon became a mentor for the Greene County School System, as well as Athletic Coordinator for the Recreation Department. I also provided a helping hand to the Lake Oconee Academy, where I coached basketball, soccer and softball.”

After spending more time in the community, McClendon transitioned to volunteering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia and for four years under the guidance of Mr. Bob Mackey, serving as a dedicated staff member at the Pete Nance Club and the Interim Director of the Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club. 

Currently, McClendon is the assistant girls’ basketball coach at Lake Oconee Academy and the Director of Player Development. His hobbies include: spending time with his family, attending church, watching movies, reading, swimming, playing basketball, and cooking. He is also currently pursuing a degree in Sports and Recreation Management with a minor in Psychology. Mr. McClendon believes it is very important for all youth to pursue their dreams passionately and take their education seriously by being engaged in educational activities and taking full advantage of the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club because it is one of the keys to their overall success! Stacy been married to his best friend Janet, for over 22 years. He is blessed to have three amazing children Stacy, Destiny, and Ryan. 

Stacy McClendon will assume his duties with the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club effective April 1, 2019. Brad Parr, the current director has been promoted to Director of Operations for the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia. 

To learn more about Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club visit, www.bgcncg.com/petenance or call 706-920-1400. You can contact Stacy McClendon at smcclendon@bgcncg.com

NBGC Welcomes Dedicated Youth Advocate 

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Williams to take Director Position

The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia is proud to announce Nakita Williams as the Newton County Boys & Girls Club Director. Nakita is an award-winning Youth Advocate, mentor and community leader. She has a strong passion for youth development and strives to motivate and inspire the youth she encounters.

“We look forward to Ms. Williams leading the development of the Newton County Boys & Girls Club,” Bob Mackey President & CEO of BGCNCG share.  “Her leadership and experience will help provide a safe, fun, clean and productive environment for the youth of Newton County.”  

In 2013, Nakita began fulfilling a promise to give back to her community. She started volunteering with the teens at Daniels Mardak Boys & Girls Club, located in Milwaukee and shortly after joined the team as a Health and Life Skills Specialist. In that role, Nakita implemented many new programs and created several community partnerships. She led her club in winning first place overall in an Organization-Wide PSA Competition on Teen Pregnancy prevention. Nakita implemented a health fair dedicated to youth that has allocated re-occurring funds for her site form organizations such as Wheaton Franciscan Hospital and Children's Hospital Wisconsin-Milwaukee Campus to support the continuation of youth-focused health fairs. Nakita was able to engage stakeholders and funders in her efforts to support teen programming. Her success in this role led her to be promoted to Assistant Club Manager and Character Leadership Supervisor. 

Nakita served as a leader, allocated resources and grants for the organization, all while building relationships and serving as a mentor to hundreds of youth within the community. She was able to increase the memberships of teens, as well as the Average Daily Attendees. In 2015, Nakita was the recipient of the Ruby Groote Mat award, an award that is rewarded to one employee a year throughout the organization.Nakita is instrumental in supporting the professional development of others and serving as a mentor for other colleagues.  

"Nakita has always been able to inspire and motivate anyone she encounters.”Nakita served on various committees including the Youth Arts Initiative which focused on allocating resources funding Art Programs for youth,” The CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee shared. “To prevent more youth from experiencing the traumatizing experiences that she had as a child, she served as an advocate with the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare and provided insight on policies and procedures that were recommended to be in place to protect children.”

Nakita has over 15 years of experience working in the Human and Social services field.  She exhibits a broad knowledge in youth engagement and support as well as a proven commitment to ensuring the highest quality of services. The foundation of her success lies in her talent and passion for the youth and bringing real-world learning experiences to them.  Nakita has had much success in implementing best practices for youth growth and development throughout her career at organizations.

She has her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Bryant & Stratton College, Graduate Certificate in Counseling specializing in Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services as well as a Graduate Certificate in counseling specializing in Contemporary Theory in Couple and Family systems from Capella University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree. Her goal is to not only have a better understanding of youth development, but to provide awareness on how family systems contribute to the growth and development in adolescents. While also developing different techniques to train staff on how to deal with at-promise youth that have experienced trauma. 

Nakita has overcome many obstacles which makes her “relatable” to youth. These obstacles fuel her passion for youth development. She also lives by the quote “I want to inspire people, I want someone to look at me and say, Because of you I didn't give up." This mindset has helped her become a pillar in the community.

Nakita welcomes the opportunity to provide the youth in the Newton County community with the Optimal Club Experience, by guaranteeing unlimited possibilities for all youth. She is honored to take on the role of Club Director at the Newton County Boys & Girls Club and support the mission of the Boys & Girls of North Central Georgia, which is “To enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” 

To learn more about Newton County Boys & Girls Club visit, www.bgcncg.com/newtoncounty. You can reach Nakita Williams at nwilliams@bgcncg.com.

BGCNCG Youth Named Semi-Finalist at State Comp

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Griggs “shines” a message of positivity 

Ricquaria Griggs believes in empowering others – it’s a message she’s been spreading since joining Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club in 2012. It was there within the walls of her Boys & Girls Club that she found her inner voice and confidence to start sharing her positivity. And, it was on stage at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Georgia Youth of the Year competition she heard her inner voice say, “I’m here.”

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‘Here’ was hearing her name being called as a semi-finalist in the state-wide competition, where she competed against more than 30 youth from Georgia Clubs. 

The statewide competition was a three-day competition, which consisted of interviews, essays and speeches focusing on how Boys & Girls Clubs impacted the youth.

For Griggs, the impact was easy to name – “the Club taught me to love myself and how I can in return take that love and give it to my community.”

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And even though she didn’t take home the title of state-wide Youth of the Year, Griggs keeps echoing two words, “I’m here.”

“After the winner was announced a fellow Youth of the Year said to me, ‘but, I’m here’ and I couldn’t help but reflect on the meaning of those two words for my life and my future,” she shared. “Wherever I am meant to be and whatever I am truly meant to pursue, I will get there because I was here – because this Club and organization believed in me and because I believed in myself.”

Among those gathered to support Ricquaria was Greene County High School Principal, James Peek, who shared his excitement in her successes. 

“It has been a tremendous experience attending this Youth of the Year ceremony. We at Greene County High School are very proud of Ricquaria’s accomplishments,” he shared. “She is an outstanding student and tremendous leader in our community. I know that she is on the path to do great things in the future.”

For Mike Conrads, a Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia advisory board member and donor toward the Youth of the Year program, watching Ricquaria grow was an immense honor to participate in. 

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“Shine is the word – Ricquaria is amazing,” he shared. “She’s such a great representative and she truly has her act together. She knows where she’s going, so humble and just a wonderful spirit. It’s been wonderful to watch her grow through this last year.”

Conrads added, “She’s going to be a superstar in the future – she already is.”

“She’s going to be leader and she is going to come back to our community and give back – that’s her.”

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During the course of the last year, Ricquaria was been named Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, as well as the organization wide Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia Youth of the Year. Her accomplishments are marked by her unrelenting dedication to grow as a leader, as well as an individual. 

Bob Mackey, President & CEO of BGCNCG, said “We are so proud of Ricquaria. She truly lives and breathes our mission statement in her own community efforts to ensure every youth reaches their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

“Her accomplishments also echo our core commitment to continue fostering great futures for our youth in North Central, as this marks the second year a youth from our organization was named a semi-finalist in this competition,” he added. “We’re also so grateful for the individuals who helped prepare Ricquaria for this competition. Thank you, Linda and Mike Conrads, June and Michael Tompkins, Terressa and Kim Jensen for helping prep her for the sessions.”

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For Ricquaria, her future is bright and sure to be something “amazing.”

“Because of my local Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, I was given the opportunity to share my story and inspire others along the way,” she shared. “I now have the confidence to keep striving to be successful. I can’t wait to see what’s next for me because I know it is going to be something amazing!”

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program empowers young people to reach their full potential by providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine.

Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia’s vision is to provide a world-class experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters its doors.

For more information or to donate, visit www.bgcncg.com. If you’d like to get involved, please contact 770-267-8034. 

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Belles & Bowties Shines for Youth

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Walton County was dressed in its finest and ready to open its hearts for the Youth of the Walton County Boys & Girls Club at its annual Belles & Bowties fundraiser. As guests arrived, they were greeted and escorted in by Club members. The venue, The Engine Room, was dawned with hues of Boys & Girls Club blue and the faces of Club members were hanging from every wall to each guest table. 

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A silent auction kicked the night off, as well as unique raffle games and a center piece art table hand crafted by the WCBGC members. 

“We couldn’t be happier with the giving nature of our community,” Ross Bradley, WCBGC Advisory Board Chair shared. “During our live auction, I was blown away by the unrelenting support of those gathered for the greatest cause - our youth.”

The live auction featured Fox 5 News Reporter and Auctioneer, George Franco and it did not disappoint. 

Guests placed bids on lots of exclusive items, including such items as a trip to Cuba and a golf experience package in California. 

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Overall the evening was all about the youth, as Ronny Monford, WCBGC Youth of the Year shared his Club experience. 

“This place has changed my life forever,” he shared. “I’ve grown to understand the importance of giving back to your community, setting positive examples and taking care of the youth coming up behind me.”

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Monford shared that his Club experience has culminated in taking him from a “troubled youth” to a shining light – mentioning highlights like being named to a national Boys & Girls Clubs of America steering committee for Keystone Club. 

The funds raised from Belles & Bowties are used to assist the Club in all its daily operations and continue to foster great futures.

“Walton County Boys & Girls Club are celebrating their 17th year of serving this community,” Bob Mackey, Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia President & CEO, shared. “We couldn’t have made the impact we have without the helping hands of this community. It’s truly an exciting time for our Walton Club. We thank you for being a part of this movement.”

To learn more about Walton County Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.comor call 770-207-6279.

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Walton County Boys & Girls Club: February Highlights

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Walton County Boys & Girls Club

Lynn E. Hill

Club Director

I often speak with the Board of Directors, Staff, Parents, and especially the Members, of the idea of developing a positive and network within our community of Monroe, Georgia and Walton County through the Members of the Boys & Girls Club.  I often portray the picture to the Members to understand that they will create communities that will be positive, and one where they all can benefit from.  I want them always to understand that it will begin right here, at their local Boys & Girls Club.  I also emphasized how important it is for them to stay involved and participate in the programs that are given here at the Boys & Girls Club, so that they can be equipped to work out the vision set forth for them.  One of the components of building their network and communities is investing in the future of the youth financially

WCBGC Names Youth of the Month

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Celebrating our Youth 

Walton County Boys & Girls Club celebrates its members and their accomplishments. This month the Club is Youth of the Month Makai Robinson.

Makai has been a member of the Club ever since he was 6 years old.

“He always wants to you to know that he is special, and he proves it by being one of the first to want to read aloud his books in the Learning Center, as well excelling in all of the physical activities held in the gym,” WCBGC Director, Lynn E. Hill, shared. “His smile is always captivating, and his manners always captures your attention.”

Being named Youth of the Month is a credit to the youth’s character and shown leadership abilities within the Club.

“My Walton Club helps me excel in my homework, especially when I don’t understand the material. Everyone here cares about my wellbeing and I have fun here,” Makai shared. 

For one volunteer Makai helped showcase you can make a difference in a child’s life.

“As a volunteer of the Club, I found myself nervous as to whether I could make a difference in their lives with the activities that I would engage the Members in.  Makai would confirm my success with them.  He would always come back to me and tell me what he thought of my activity that I shared with them,” Sherrie Blare shared. “Whenever we have art projects to do in the Art Room he not only cleans up his work afterwards, but he helps other members clean up and that is something rare and unique.  Makai is a very smart kid, with a great future ahead of him.”

Makai’s character sparks joy for Club staff and reminds them why they’re work matters every day he enters the Club. 

“There is a uniqueness about this young individual that I haven’t seen in a long time, as I have worked with youth at the Boys & Girls Club,” Hill shared. “I find him very encouraging and an inspiration to myself personally and our Club members.”

To learn more about Walton County Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.com/waltonclubor call 770-207-6279. 

WCBGC Prepare Artwork for Belles & Bowties   

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Walton County Boys & Girls Club members have been busy over the last few weeks preparing artwork to be displayed at the Club’s Belles & Bowties special event. The artwork varies from paints to drawings. 

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Club members were given the opportunity to prepare for the event by learning protocol and procedures for the event, as they are advised by mentors in the Passport to Manhood Programs, while other Club Members participated by creating colorful art designs on canvass frames.  These projects will be transported to the Belles & Bowties event, in which the paintings, portraits, and projects will be held in a silent auction and the proceeds with help to benefit the Club. 

“We want to co-ordinate with the Advisory Board, volunteers and staff, who work with these Members to give it their best creative thoughts to express art in such a way that the guests of the event will want to not only bid on their work, but come out to the Club and meet these future artists and graphic designers. Great Futures in the Arts can really start here, too,” Lynn E. Hill, WCBGC Director, shared. 

Club member Allen Giddens looks around at the art being created and shares, “It feels good to know that I can do something to help out my Club.  It really means a lot to me!”

“The most fulfilling piece for the setup for the Belles & Bowties Event is to see these Club members feel important about their work, boosting their self-esteem, and having a healthy sense of pride in what they do and how they feel about themselves and the ways that they can influence others in their community,” Hill shared. 

Sherrie Blare, a volunteer at WCBGC, is leading the artwork preparation and said “The kids seem to really enjoy this project, not only because it is fun to create a project in art, but they are really excited that someone is going to view their work and buy their work so that we could raise monies for their Club.”

“I never realized how enjoyable painting at this level could be.  It just goes to show you how the simple things in life, such as creative art design can relieve stress and take you away from the problems of the world,” she added. “It is so healthy for these kids to escape the hardships at home, school, or community, and be at this Club where their creativity can help them overcome growing pains.  

To learn more about Walton County Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.com/waltonclubor call 770-207-6279.

 

WCBGC Step Team Shines

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Volunteer Gives Back 

Twenty-five young girls of the Walton County Boys & Girls Club spend Friday’s in the Club practicing together as the Golden Steppers – a step team. Their ages range from 8 to 12-years-old and in the month of March they’ll have their first debut performances – one placing them at the University of Georgia. 

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“When I first walked through the doors of the Club and met the step team, my heart immediately longed for the opportunity to work with these youth,” WCBGC Volunteer Taylor Butts, shared. 

Serving as their choreographer, Taylor has found a home in volunteering at the Club. 

“With so much energy and uniqueness, that I found here, I knew that this was the place for me to come and volunteer.  The director and staff were so welcoming that I felt a high sense of inclusion and they made me feel as if I belonged here to do good work for these youth,” she said.

Each Friday, the young girls begin by listening to Taylor share a positive lesson and begins each session and practice with a warm-up, stretch, and lecture on life lessons and she’s taking a page from the WCBGC way in what type of stories she finds to share. 

“The Director explained to me the three things that they accomplish in each member that attends the Club. That is for them to build good character, be healthy and become academically successful,” she said. “I come to the Club as a volunteer who believes in those same principles, and I am so happy to be a part of this success climb.”

For Club Director, Lynn E. Hill, Taylor has been such an asset to the Club.

“Taylor has been such a role model for our young girls and we’re so excited for their upcoming performances,” he said. “She shares an energy with these Club members that just displays a wonderful connection between the members and herself.”

The youth will perform March 16 at University of Georgia for a step show fundraiser, in which of the proceeds will return back to the Boys & Girls Club, here in Walton County. Their other performance in March will be a benefit program for drug awareness and crime prevention.

“I love to work with youth, especially in a place that is geared towards helping youth succeed,” Taylor shared. “Volunteering is truly fulfilling, especially when you can see the difference that you are making, while you are working.”

To learn more about Walton County Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.com/waltonclubor call 770-207-6279.



 

MMBGC member shares Club experience

Celebrating Club Members

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Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Clubcelebrates its members and their accomplishments. This month the Club is highlighting new member, Kemaya B.

Kemaya recently joined the Basketball league at MMBGC and has enjoyed getting to meet new friends. 

“I’ve been learning this year how to be nice, kind and respectful,” she shared. “The Club staff are so easy to talk to when you’re struggling with homework or a personal issue. They’re always here for you.”

Karen Robertson, Senior Executive Club Director, said she’s seen Kemaya blossom since coming to the Club.

““I have noticed that Kemaya B. has been growing in character leadership since she has learned the BGC Way,” Karen said. “She’s truly committed to becoming a leader here.”

For Tabitha Lowe, MMBGC Program Coordinator, watching a youth grow at the Club is a joy.

“Kemaya B.  has a great personality and is excited about being at the Club,” she said. “I saw her very involved and engaged in basketball practice and Smart Girls Club. We want our youth to grow into who they are meant to become and help foster their desires here.”

Volunteer, Caitlin O., sees the intention of the MMBGC programming. 

“I enjoy helping and watching Kemaya leadership skills. Since the time I began volunteering, Kemaya embodies how impactful all programs are to members here at the Club.”

To learn more about Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.comor call 706-342-1117.

 

MMBGC Parent Dance Program Kicks Off!

Dance Program Kicks Off

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 For the month of February, you might have heard the music a little bit louder than usual at the Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club. To kick off Heart Healthy month, MMBGC invited Club parents in for a Dance class all month long.

 “We wanted our parents to come to the Club, have a fun time learning and engage with our staff members,” Tabitha Lowe, MMBGC Program Director shared. “Our Club members loved having their parents in the Club and enjoyed watching their parents set aside reservations to jump in line and learn to dance to different styles.”

 For Shontell W., a Club parent, the dance class was a thrill.

 “I am enjoying every bit of this class because I am learning how to use my feet and my body in direction that I never could before,” she shared. “This class has really brought our Club moms together and I’ve gained new friends, which I hear my child share with me all the time –  ‘I made a new friend.’”

 “We really wanted our parents to see first-hand the kind of bonding and learning goes on inside our Clubs by offering the experience to them,” Tabitha shared. 

 “I have noticed that parents look forward to the class every week and that they recognize that this class helps them physically, emotionally, and mentally,” she added. “It’s been such a joy to teach this class alongside our parents.”

 To learn more about Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.comor call 706-342-1117.


 

 

 

MMBGC Club Alumni: "This Club is Family to me"

Why Volunteering at her Club matters

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For former Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club member, Artelia B., coming back to volunteer at her local Club reminds her about the joys of being apart of the Boys & Girls Club movement. 

“I was a Club member for four years,” she shared. “This place taught me how to be a successful adult by helping hone in on my skills to showcase interests I could have in my future. I’ve excited to be a part of that teaching for the youth here today.”

If Artelia had to choose one word to describe the atmosphere of the Club she would choose “family.”

“When I was here as a Club member, my Club felt like my family and they helped me to surprise myself with the achievements I accomplished here,” she shared. “While I’m here volunteering, I’ll be focusing on helping Club members with their homework, confidence and assisting with our Smart Girls Program, which empowers our young girls within our Club.”

Tabitah Lowe, Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club Program Director, said having Ms. Artelia back in the Club is a joyous sight to see.  

“When we have Club members here, we always share how you’re a Club member for life – and you are,” she shared. “We care about the whole child and their development into adulthood and how we may support them as an adult. She’s been giving important insights to our members during our Smart Girls Program that I know these young women will never forget. This is what our movement is about – creating the next generation of productive adults giving back!”

To learn more about Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.comor call 706-342-1117.



 

 

 

PNBGC Announces Youths of the Month for March

Celebrating Club Leaders

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For Club members at Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club being named Youth of the Month is a high honor. Every month a youth is recognized for modeling their leadership abilities. 

For the month of March, PNBGC named Ja’Layla K. as Youth of the Month 

“Ja’Layla has grown into a leader within the Club by following Club rules and helping out despite being a Club member for only a short period of time,” Diedra Richbow, PNBGC Program Coordinator shared. “Our Youth of the Month is a Club-driven experience that fosters leadership within the Club and Ja’Layla is a shining example of what it takes to be a leader.” 

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For the month of March, PNBGC named Ariana R. as Junior Youth of the Month.

“Ariana R. has shown a huge growth in her attitude and takes the initiative to participate in programs and with helping out around the club. Ariana has also show a huge improvement in her grades and behavior,” Diedra Richbow, PNBGC Program Coordinator shared. “Our Youth of the Month is a Club-driven experience that fosters leadership within the Club and Ariana is a shining example of where a positive attitude can take you.”

PNBGC members read with a helping paw

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Reading is a crucial part of childhood development and according to the National Education Association, reading doesn’t just impact verbal and written skills, but mathematics as well. 

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With these statistics in mind, Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club members are currently engaged in a fun-filled program where children practice reading to their best fur friends. 

K-9 Angels is a reading program with Canine Assistants service dogs and volunteers geared to help Club members practice reading skills and become more confident in their ability to read.

“Our Club members really look forward to the dogs coming into our Club,” Diedra Richbow, PNBGC Program Coordinator shared. “Most of our youth seem to naturally love animals - especially dogs. Imagine the joy and excitement this gives to the members as they read to the dogs. They’re less focused on feeling uncomfortable reading in front of their peers and more engaged in reading their stories to their new-found fur friends.”

Club member, Kayden D., shares she loves reading books to her favorite dog Memphis.

“Memphis loves any book I read to him and it’s a lot of fun to reading to the dogs,” she shared. 

Richbow says that since the K-9 Angels program arrived to Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club, Club members have exceeded their growth in NWEA MAP reading. Currently, 80 percent of members participate in this program.

To learn more about Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.com/petenanceor call 706-920-1400. 

Volunteering to see ‘positive impacts’

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Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club volunteer Carol Kuhn sees the Club as an asset to Greene County’s community its families – that’s why she’s committed to being in the youth’s lives at the Club. Whether its tutoring during Power Hour or listening to younger Club members share their dreams, Carol knows it’s important to be present. 

“There’s no better way to make a difference in a child’s life than personal interaction and genuine interest in them,” she shared. “I see PNBGC as a needed resource to help offer that interaction and support and that’s why I keep giving back here – I want to continue to see that positive impact in our youth.”

When asked about an impactful moment to choose from Kuhn said it’s every day moments that tug on her heart strings. 

“During a one-to-one tutoring session with a high school student, I was able to connect with her on something she was having a difficult time understanding,” she said. “We were able to get her caught up in that one session so when she returned to class the next day she was on the same page with her fellow classmates. Being able to help that Club member was such a privilege and joy.”

Volunteering at the Club, for Kuhn, helps offer moments like this to Club members every day and gives members and even larger support group of adults cheering them on. 

“This Club is building better futures and instilling character-building qualities into its youth,” she shared.

To learn more about Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club visit, www.bgcncg.com/petenanceor call 706-920-1400.

 

PNBGC teens tours Georgia College

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BECOMING COLLEGE READY

College is an important next step for many teens approaching their junior year of high school. For the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club teens and tweens college preparation is a daily part of their conversation amongst peers and staff members, as a part of the Diplomas 2 Degrees program. During their winter break, youth of PNBGC visited Georgia College.

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“Our teens were able to observe anactive campus atmosphere while learning about the requirements and responsibilities expected of first-year students,” Brad Parr, PNBGC Director shared. “They also received an extensive overview of tuition requirements, housing options, majors offered, meal plans, intramural sports and extracurricular activities available at Georgia College.”

For Club member Annie H. walking around Georgia College’s campus was exciting, as she imagined what being a college student would look like after graduation. 

“We got the opportunity to walk around campus, which was exciting because we got to see college students going to classes and hanging out around campus. The tour guide showed us the dorm rooms, apartments, classrooms, recreational center, library and The Max,” she shared. 

More importantly Annie noted that she enjoyed learning how you pick your classes and where you can receive tutoring. 

“It’s important to me to visit colleges, so I can have ideas about going to college and what college life is like,” she said. 

Other Club members enjoyed the in-depth look at the cost for college, which instilled the important of obtaining good grades in high school for potential scholarships opportunities.

“I loved touring the library and learning about class structures, as well as receiving credit for tutoring – it seems this school really cares about you succeeding,” Club member Adarius W shared. “I was also surprised to learn about the bus service on campus and loved the basketball gym.”

Ultimately, the goal for college visits are to help PNBGC teens and tweens, not only dream about their future, but discover ways to work toward their goals.

“We want our teens to succeed any everything they set their minds to and for some college can be truly a daunting new adventure,” Parr said. “Our program Diplomas 2 Degrees focuses on elevating the fear of college, while helping our teens file applications, practice interviewing and discuss where they may want to pursue a higher education past high school.”

To learn more about Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club visit, www.bgcncg.com/petenanceor call 706-920-1400


 

PNBGC Honors Community Supporters

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“You are the lifeblood of what we do,” Mike O’Neal, Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board President said to over sixty donors and volunteers gathered at Da Corrado Ristorante. The occasion was to celebrate the gifts given in 2018 and the gifts collectively the community can give by staying present in youths lives in 2019.

 “Time, talent and treasures are the gifts donors and volunteers offer to the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club,” he said. “Many of you have offered all three of these elements to our youth and cause. For me, this year my focus is on what’s best for our young people.”

O’Neal shared that he knew each of those gathered shared this sentiment and commitment to youth. 

The luncheon was comprised of businesses, donors, volunteers and staff members of Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club. It was the largest amount for PNBGC Donor and Volunteer Luncheon, which O’Neal said was a testament to the growth of those involved and seeing the need for changing lives in Greene County. 

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Brad Parr, PNBGC Director, shared a few words before awards were given at the celebration luncheon. 

Parr stressed the importance of community backing and thanked those present for being part of an exciting year at PNBGC.

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“In 2018 we increased our academic focus and added several new programs to our Club,” he shared. “Our First Tee program grew tremendously, and we were able to offer our youth a golfing experience at Harbor Club, which for many youths was a highlight for them.”

Parr said, “We are looking forward to continuing to bring on board new programming, which engage our youth in unique ways for positive outcomes.”

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Past PNBGC Advisory Board President, Jim Liebeck, took over the celebration to present awards.

Those who received awards were:

·     Business Partner of the Year – Harbor Club

·     Volunteer of the Year – Don Loft

·     Board Member of the Year -Millicent Zamirowski

·     Rookie of the Year – Bill Graden

·     Special Honoree of the Year – Kara Latz

Board members who are retiring from the PNBCG board were also honored at the luncheon. Those board members were:

·     Dottie Suggs

·     Paul Connolly

·     Jennifer Lackey 

·     Norm Agran 

Last but not least, Da Corrado Ristorante was honored for stepping in to help continue facilitating Thursday Dinners at the Club where youth get to experience different cuisines. 

To learn more about Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club visit, www.bgcncg.com/petenanceor call 706-920-1400.

Newton Federal Bank Shares Passion for Youth

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Newton Federal Bank knows first-hand the importance of providing for the community’s youth, as several employees personally put youth first. 

“We see the need in the community for Newton County Boys & Girls Club to be here – it’s a natural fit,” John Smith, Newton Federal Bank President, shared. “I’ve been involved in youth all my life. It’s very important to me and my family.”

Nita Thompson, a NCBGC board member, shared her excitement in Newton Federal Bank’s partnership. 

“It says a lot for a community business to have the foresight to see the importance of a Boys & Girls Club being here in Newton County,” she said. “Their continued support will help us provide the opportunity to make positive impacts in the lives of Newton County children.” 

“Because of community members like Newton Federal Bank we are able to bring hope & opportunity to Newton County youth,” Bob Mackey, Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia CEO & President shared. “We are excited for the ongoing partnership we will have with Newton Federal Bank.”

To learn more about Newton County Boys & Girl Club, visit www.bgcncg.com/newtoncounty or call 770-267-8034