Every evening, kids rush into the Club to find their friends to update their countdown to Winter Break. Energy resounds in every room as staff scurry about planning activities to occupy busy teens. Time without Club members is spent preparing for a new year of programs. It is December and another year is coming to a close. As we look ahead to a new year full of opportunity, we also take time to celebrate successes that have been achieved along the way.
Countless accomplishments, both big and small, have been shared in Boys & Girls Clubs on Native Lands. Girls from Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club were honored in a short film shown at the 2016 Tribecca Film Festival. The film showed the hard work and perseverance of a special group of girls that earned their right to play lacrosse. The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii- Nanakuli Unit was able to light up the night during a summer event that welcomed nearly 400 attendees! Members of the Nanakuli staff worked diligently to recruit sponsors so that the event was free for those who attended. That’s not all- staff from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale- Lehi Branch led their hoop dance troupe to compete in the 26th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition. Ten Club members were invited to show their skills at this year’s competition. This a small glimpse into the successes that Native Boys & Girls Clubs achieved during 2016.
In this time we have the opportunity to not only reflect on our successes but to also engage in self-care so that we can usher in 2017 with renewed energy and passion for serving our communities. Taking care of yourself is an important part of positively influencing youth. Be compassionate towards yourself. You work hard each day to ensure a community of youth have a safe place to build great futures. Take a breath and remember the meaning behind your work for what you are doing is making a great impact for many.
Thank you for all you have done this year to make 2016 a success for Native Boys & Girls Clubs. Have a happy holiday and prosperous New Year!