Strands of twinkling lights adorn entry ways providing a warm welcome. Around your community, you will find fragrant green trees in many shapes and sizes that are decorated with lengths of golden ribbon, homemade ornaments made of Popsicle sticks with sparkling glitter glue, and fragile bulbs that gleam with cheer. Red and white candy canes wrapped tightly in clear plastic are found resting in festive jars beside the register at your favorite store or restaurant.
It’s official. The holiday season is upon us and 2014 is coming to a close. What a year it has been! Native Boys & Girls Clubs have worked diligently to build thriving cultural programs, provide opportunities for youth, and open new doors on new buildings to ensure youth have a safe place to spend time. Successes that you have experienced, no matter how big or small, are a step forward for all Native communities.
Now stop for a moment. Take a moment to reflect. Seriously, this is important. We want you to recognize how great you are! Think about the times throughout the last year that have been a success. Remember- success can take on many appearances. It is finally making a breakthrough with an unengaged Club kid that has good attendance but is not ever really “there”. It is reaching more youth in your community by increased Club attendance. It is rallying around a beneficial cause with other community members to improve the life of someone else. It is getting parents/guardians of your Club kids to come to an event.
No matter how success found you in 2014, we hope that it continues and increases tenfold in the New Year. Here at naclubs.org we will continue to provide Training & Events, Funding Opportunities, Youth Connections, and other fun information through our Blog with the hopes that we can support you the best we can.
Most of all, thank YOU for all that you do and allowing us to share your amazing stories. We hope that everyone has a safe, fun, and fulfilling holiday season with a happy New Year!