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Summer Brain Gain

While summer may still seem far away, we know that as the next few months fly by, Club youth will be looking forward to their days out of school and more time at the Club! In the long summer months, it is important to balance their need play and fun with the unique opportunity that Clubs have to combat “summer slide”, or the loss of academic knowledge over the summer that puts kids at a disadvantage once they are back in school in the fall. “Summer slide” can be a devastating set-back, and one of many factors that can slow a student’s successful completion of K-12 education and advancement into higher learning.

Luckily BGCA has developed a curriculum that strikes the perfect balance of fun and learning: Summer Brain Gain! This fun, interactive learning program was designed for Early (K-3rd) and Upper (4th-5th grade) Elementary students, and includes materials tailored to your members’ needs and interests. Brain Gain was created to reduce summer learning loss in a way that is engaging and empowering for young people, and it was modeled after the most effective types of youth-development and out-of-school-time programs.

You can learn more about the program, register to participate, and hand-pick the program activities that you would like to run at your Club this summer on BGCA.net. Planning now for an enriching summer can give your Club a strong start to their next school year and keep them on the path to success!

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Bison is the New Beef

As people search to enhance their nutrition and improve their well-being, KivaSun Foods, a Native owned company, launched a line of antibiotic-free, no hormone added, bison jerky. Bison is one of the leanest proteins on the market and it is growing in popularity as part of a wider trend toward humanely-raised and organic foods, a small but expanding part of the food industry. Aside from the health benefits (bison is higher in protein and lower in fat than beef, pork, and chicken and is an excellent source of iron, zinc and important B vitamins like B12 and niacin), demand for a healthy alternative for meat signals a rejection of factory-farming methods that account for most protein eaten in the United States.

KivaSun Foods founder Notah Begay III, who is one-half Navajo, one-quarter San Felipe and one-quarter Isleta, is thrilled to bring bison jerky to the market.

“Native Americans have existed on bison for centuries and now everyone – from children to athletes – can experience this amazing product. The Native American heritage of KivaSun Foods is woven throughout every aspect of our company – from the company name to the development of our products, making KivaSun a truly authentic brand,” explained Begay during an interview with Native News Online staff.

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