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Keep in Touch with BGCA’s Alumni “Stay Connected” Campaign

Over the next few months, many of your Club’s high school seniors will be making decisions about the next steps of their educational and professional journeys. After experiencing the consistency and care of your Club community throughout their lives, there may be some anxiety for them (or for you!) about how to stay connected with Boys & Girls Clubs. An estimated 45,000 teens graduate from high school and transition out of Boys & Girls Clubs each year – and as the future employers, volunteers, donors, and advocates for the Movement, how can we keep them connected?

To answer this question, BGCA has launched the Alumni “Stay Connected” Campaign, designed to support Clubs in staying connected with their graduated seniors and young alumni through the Alumni & Friends Club. Through this program, Clubs can access a database of their alumni, as well as local Alumni & Friends Club members. Soon Young Alumni can also access important college and career resources, such as scholarships, internships, and professional mentorship opportunities.

Encourage your graduating seniors or young alumni to visit BGCgrad.org or text “Teen” to 51555 and follow the instructions to register. Anyone who registers between April 1 and June 30, 2016 will be eligible to win one of five $1,000 gift cards to support their Club’s teen program!

Additional resources about the Alumni “Stay Connected” Campaign are available on the BGCA Marketing site and include a Young Alumni video, social media assets, email templates for spreading the word, posters, graduation cards, screen savers, and more!

While your teens may be leaving your Club, you can ensure that they stay connected with you and the BGCA community through by registering from “Stay Connected” today.

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National Women’s History Projects Recognizes Two Native Women as Honorees

Two Native women are among the 16 honorees designated for 2016 Women’s History Month by the National Women’s History Project, a nonprofit established in 1980 to advance women’s stories and contributions to society. The Project, which played a key role in pushing Congress to officially designate March as Women’s History Month, will honor Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) and the late Betty Mae Tiger Jumper (Seminole).

This year’s National Women’s History Month theme is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”, and honors women who “have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership,” according to the Project.

Harjo, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner in 2014, is being recognized for her 50-year career working in journalism, writing poetry, curating museum exhibits and drafting policy. She has assisted in the return of Tribal lands and sacred garments to their rightful owners, and advocated for the passing of the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act. Harjo was also the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in the 1980s.

Tiger Jumper was the first female Seminole of Florida chief, according to the National Women’s History Project. She worked as a nurse to bring modern medicine to several reservations and worked to preserve language and culture for the young people of her Tribe, particularly through the founding of the Seminole Indian News in 1961. She was also awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native American Journalists Association.

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