This Summer the Boys and Girls Club of Naperville launched the Power Hour Summer Program 2014 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church located on Mill Street. The Board members of the Boys & Girls Club of Naperville would like to express our utmost appreciation to Pastor Daive Miller for the six weeks we were given to make this a success for the children in our community.
The Boys & Girls Club of America began providing services nationally in 1860 when the first Club ever was established in Hartford, Connecticut. Since then, the national organization has grown to serve more than 4 million youth yearly in over 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country and now in Naperville, Illinois serving children in Naperville, Lisle, Warrenville and Winfield, Illinois.
The Boys & Girls Club offers a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals and hope and opportunity.
Your participation in this golf fundraiser and your donations will help to decrease academic failure, improve school attendance, improve student test scores, and decrease inappropriate school behavior, thereby making the community and the schools a better place for us all.
Misty Copeland, known around the world as the first African American soloist in the last 20 years at the prestigious American Ballet Company, visits Anderson Bookshop today at 2:00 pm. For ticket information please click here.
To all dancers and non dancers, Misty Copeland will soon be a household name. She has written a book to shares her memoir, Life in Motion.
Misty started her dance career at the age of 13, which is considered a late start for most dancers. She was shy when she began dancing in the gym of the San Pedro Boys & Girls Club. A volunteer dance instructor helped guide her and in just four years later, Misty joined the American Ballet Theatre.
Misty participated in the “Great Futures Start Here” PSA and works with local Clubs in the New York area.
“We are thrilled to have Misty Copeland as the new ambassador for our most prestigious program, Youth of the Year,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, BGCA. “Like many of our Youth of the Year, Misty was able to realize her full potential and great future with the help of caring, supportive staff at her Boys & Girls Club. Misty and all the Youth of the Year are shining stars and living proof that great futures really do start at Boys & Girls Club.”
To learn more about the National Youth of the Year program and to meet the finalists as they advance to the national event in Washington, D.C., visit www.greatfutures.org/YOY.
“I am a prime example of the need for a community-based safe haven like Boys & Girls Clubs,” said Denzel Washington, who joined the Club in Mount Vernon, NY at age six. “Without the support and mentoring of the Club, I’m afraid to think where I would be today. I certainly would not have the life I do now.” Washington will celebrate 20 years as BGCA’s national spokesperson in 2012.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of (Your City) provides high-impact, affordable programs, and caring adult mentors, to keep kids on the path to great futures, emphasizing academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
Some of the most recent accomplishments of the Boys & Girls Clubs of (Your City ) include (insert some details about success/impact of local Club programs ).
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Great Futures Start Here
“The purpose of the Great Futures Start Here campaign is to raise awareness about the critical issues that put millions of America’s youth, and the nation’s future, at risk,” said Roxanne Spillett, President and CEO of BGCA. She cited the following statistics:
- 3 out of 10 youth will not graduate high school on time
- 30% of kids are obese and overweight
- Juvenile crime escalates during the hours of 3 – 7 p.m.
- 1 in five children live in poverty
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Naperville Area, believes that every child – whether living in a big city or small town –- has the potential to achieve a great future. More importantly, the local Club here, established in (insert year) serves Naperville and reflects the findings of a national Harris Interactive survey of Club alumni, in which 57% said, “the Club saved my life.”
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“Great Futures Start Here” PSA Campaign Directed by Ron Howard
Boys & Girls Clubs of Naperville Area has joined thousands of others across the country in the launch of a star-studded new Public Service Advertising (PSA) campaign, featuring 21 notable Club alumni, dramatically showcasing the impact of the Club experience in transforming the lives of young people. The PSA made its national debut in Washington, DC.
“We are very excited about the new PSA campaign because it shows the dramatic impact of the Club on young lives,” said Anthory McCain/Vice President of Operations of NICOR Gas,of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Naperville Area. “Just like these well-known Club alumni, we see the importance of setting high expectations for every child we serve and believe that investing in them now ensures a better future for all,” said McCain.
The ad, which was filmed in Los Angeles, features 21 notable Boys & Girls Club alumni including Denzel Washington and Jennifer Lopez (co-national spokespersons), Ashanti, General Wesley Clark, Misty Copeland, John Paul DeJoria, Cuba Gooding Jr., Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mario Lopez, Ne-Yo, Edward James Olmos, Lucille O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal, Smokey Robinson, CC Sabathia, Martin Sheen, Courtney Vance, Kerry Washington, and Shaun White.
The Boys and Girls Club of Naperville would like to thank Nicor Gas for their support of our 2012 3rd Annual Golf Tournament. Nicor Gas has been a valued supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Naperville since it’s conception. The Board considers Nicor as its 2012 Premier Sponsor.
Jack & Jill, West Suburban Chicago Chapter representatives presented check in the amount of $2,880.46 to The Boys & Girls Club of The Naperville Area. Pictured above are; Left -Teri Ransom, President of Jack & Jill, center – Sherid Ann Smith, Founder and Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Naperville, and right- Helen Crawley-Austin, J&J WSCC Foundation Chairperson.
The Boys & Girls Club began partnering with Jack & Jill two years ago. The partnership has resulted in giving school supplies, art supplies, coats, mittens, and hats to several area schools. Those schools included, Mill Street Elementary, Naper Elementary, Ells-worth Elementary, Jefferson Jr. High School and Naperville North High School.
We are very thankful and appreciative of the partnership and support we are getting from Jack & Jill West Suburban Chicago Chapter.