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AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates to Implement Summer Food Service Program

Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country will partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to provide AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate positions in Native Clubs throughout the country this summer. Summer Associates funded through this initiative will expand and strengthen the capacity of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, which ensures that children in underserved areas continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

The USDA has targeted specific states for this program, and 34 Native Clubs in those areas have been selected to participate. Summer Associates will be recruited from within or in close proximity to the host site’s community, which makes this a perfect opportunity for teens and young adults aged 18-24 who have “aged out” of Club programming. Selected Associates will have the unique opportunity to learn leadership skills while serving their communities over eight weeks.


Red Nose Day on May 26 Will Support Native Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is proud to be a nonprofit partner for the second Red Nose Day to take place on May 26, 2016. The aim of Red Nose Day is to bring about real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of childhood poverty and social injustice through the power of entertainment. Proceeds from Red Nose Day events are awarded to projects “on the ground” that address the immediate needs of children. In 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Native Services received Red Nose Day funds, and 90% of those will be used to build capacity and support increases in average daily attendance in Native Clubs.

As part of their “50 States, 50 Stories” web series for Red Nose Day, Walgreens and Comic Relief (two of the lead sponsors of Red Nose Day) produced a short video showing the amazing work that is being done in the Sipayik Boys & Girls Club in Perry, Maine, a unit of the Penobscot Boys & Girls Club. The video features the Club, located on the Pleasant Point Native Reservation in northeastern Maine, and the dedicated staff who give local children a safe, warm place to go after school where they can play and learn about their traditions and rich culture.

“The most important thing we do here is culture,” Unit Director Joe McLaughlin remarks during the video, “That is our foundation. I think it is a very important thing for them to feel comfortable in who they are. In our language, there is no word for ‘I give up.’ To me, that means we do have to figure out a way to invest in our youth.”

This year, Red Nose Day events will culminate in a two-hour entertainment TV special on NBC featuring comedians, musicians, and Hollywood stars. Viewers at home will be encouraged to make donations by phone and online to support Red Nose Day and their organizational partners, including BGCA Native Services.

Please join BGCA Native Services in celebrating Red Nose Day and having some fun on May 26th!

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