Connie Byrans received the Lifetime Movement Award at BGCNCG annual Doors to Great Futures Donor, Volunteer and Youth of the Year Awards!
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia recently held an organization wide safety training session for staff and volunteers at its Walton County Club location. Staff and volunteers were provided with educational tools to determine the best course of action regarding safety measures for the youth who attend BGCNCG Clubs.
A review of BGCNCG safety regulations, which is upheld and guided by Boys & Girls Clubs of America, was provided by Karen Robertson, Senior Executive Club Director for Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club.
“The safety of our youth is our No. 1 priority in providing safe spaces for our youth to learn, grow and prosper into young adults,” Karen Robertson shared. “It was a delight to also be facilitating this training alongside a Boys & Girls Clubs of America representative, who’s purpose it to monitor, give feedback and provide resources for us to utilize at our Clubs.”
Bob Mackey, President and CEO of BGCNCG, closed out training by giving the staff and volunteers a talk about teamwork and commitment.
“I’m so proud of the team we have for BGCNCG. Changing a child’s life starts with these individuals who see our youth day in and out at our Clubs,” he shared. “We truly strive for excellence in our commitment to the youth, which is why training is such a vital way of being successful at impacting the youth of North Central Georgia.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia serves Morgan, Greene, Putnam, Jasper and Newton Counties. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia, visit www.bgcncg.comor call 770-267-8034.
When Madison resident Ashley Hunt first heard Liz Huntley speak she knew that Madison had to experience this woman’s story.
“It’s life changing – but it also is the story of the youth we serve at Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club,” she shared. “It’s the story of how going the extra mile does indeed save lives.”
As soon as she left the speaking engagement where Huntley was presenting, Ashley called up her MMBGC board and the planning began for the Liz Huntley Speaks event to be held Sept. 18 at the James Madison Inn.
Huntley, a Birmingham Lawyer and child advocate, penned down her personal experiences where those who went the extra mile saved her life.
Her book “More Than A Bird” talks about her Boys & Girls Club membership, church and teachers who went over and beyond to impact her life.
“That’s a message I am hoping will reach others in Madison,” Hunt said. “If we all do a little something. We can make a different in a life.”
And Huntley’s story isn’t an easy one.
From losing her mother to suicide to her dad being in jail, Huntley was faced with struggles she didn’t have any control over at a very young age. A parallel, Hunt says, several Club youth experience.
Since the Club opened in 2008 Hunt has been giving her time to the Club’s youth. “I wrote a check, reached out and said I'd love to be on the board,” she said. “This all stemmed from growing up with my dad who was always a mentor. He instilled in me to be involved in your community.”
Hunt says she believes in doing what “we can to instill in our children to be good people. I just think we are all liable. We are all responsible to help a child become a successful adult.”
When it comes to supporting the Club, this event is a two-fold effort.
“Attend the event because Liz Huntley will touch your life, inspire you and you’ll leave with a smile on your face,” Hunt says. “But what you’ll also do is continue to put smiles on the children’s faces we serve, who are all too familiar with parts are all of Huntley’s story.”
“Our Club is a place where our youth go after school to learn, grow and have fun in safety.
We are striving to make a difference in a child's life - that’s what it's all about. That’s Liz Huntley's whole philosophy and it works for her. It can work for our children - we just have to go the extra mile.”
To learn more about Liz Huntley Speaks visit or call 706-342-1117.
MMBGC hosting Inspirational Speaker Sept. 18
Local American Idol Finalist Performing
This September Madison and surrounding communities have the unique opportunity to be uplifted with inspiration while also giving inspiration to the youth that attends Madison-Morgan Boy & Girls Club.
Author, Speaker, Lawyer and Child Advocate Liz Huntley will visit Madison’s James Madison Conference Center September 18 to deliver her story during a fundraiser luncheon.
All the proceeds from the inspirational event will benefit the Club youth.
Liz Huntley is the author of “More Than A Bird,” an inspirational story, which follows her journey from a childhood marked by extreme poverty and violence to a career as a successful litigation attorney and passionate child advocate,” Nancy Vaughan, Co-President of the MMBGC Advisory board said. “Her story reflects the importance of early intervention in the lives of the young people who need us the most, which is exactly inline with the kind of work we do here at Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club.”
Huntley credits her local Boys & Girls Club as one of those positive influences, which helped her succeed despite the turmoil of her early life.
“We felt that offering the community a unique insight to how our Club influences children’s lives, while also hearing a story that echo’s a message of you can overcome obstacles, would lend itself to be an impactful event,” Vaughan shared.
$50 PER PERSON - INCLUDES CATERED LUNCH BY CABOOSE OF RUTLEDGE, GA
Huntley won’t be the only inspirational aspect of this event! Bria Anai Johnson, a former Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia Club member, will showcase her talents and speak to the positive impact of her Club experience.
Bria, who was an American Idol Top 10 Finalist during Season XIII, now attends Clark Atlanta University with her sights set on singing and acting.
“Your participating helps our Club provide life-enhancing programs and character building experiences to over 350 Morgan County young people we serve,” Karen Robertson, Senior Executive Director for MMBGC said. “These youth look to the Club to provide a safe place to learn and grow under the supervision of a trained and caring staff.”
Tickets for Liz Huntley include a catered lunch provided by the Caboose and are $50 per person. If you’d like to purchase tickets or see how you can partner with Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club for this fundraiser, please visit www.bgcncg.com/lizhuntleyspeaks.
MADISON, GA, July 25, 2018 – Community leaders recently gathered at the Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the organization’s brand new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Lab. The “Novelis Math & Science Lab” provides state-of-the-art software and resources that help build students’ computer skills and integrate technology in all core program areas. The doors officially opened July 25.
Novelis, the world leader in rolled aluminum products and largest recycler of aluminum, invested $7,000 to help equip the lab. Novelis employees also volunteered during the building process by painting walls, installing cabinets, laying flooring and more. In addition to Novelis, Lowe’s donated cabinets for the lab and Mannington Mills donated flooring.
“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club and the greater Greensboro community,” said Scott Palmer, Plant Manager, Greensboro. “At Novelis, we believe these types of progressive education programs will pave the way for the future of America’s youth.”
This investment marks the second STEM Lab Novelis has helped establish in the greater Greensboro community. The first lab opened in 2014 at the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club. Since 2014, Novelis Greensboro has donated nearly $120,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of America. In addition, Novelis was awarded “Business Partner of the Year” by the Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club in 2015 and by the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia in 2017.
“Partnerships with corporations, like Novelis, are the driving force behind our collective impact to serve the youth in our communities,” Bob Mackey, President and CEO of BGCNCG said. “Novelis is committed to the youth and we are thrilled to have their lending hand in ensuring that all youth have a bright future.”
For Karen Robertson, Senior Executive MMBGC Club Director, this is a milestone for the Club and the community.
“To be able to revamp our STEM education with Novelis’ state-of-the-art technology in our Club is a game changer for our youth,” she shared. “This education is the future of tomorrow’s jobs and we desire to see our youth master these skills. We are so excited to have this partnership with Novelis and for our future ahead.”
The Novelis Math & Science Lab furthers the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia’s mission to continue engaging underrepresented students in STEM. Similar programs and labs have been widely successful in advancing out-of-school time to create passion, innovation, and creativity within these disciplines and set students on the path to successful careers.
Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club provides a world-class experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors.
For more information or to donate, visit www.bgcncg.com. If you’d like to get involved please contact 706-342-1117.