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New Year, Better Choices

New Year’s Resolutions are something most people try to make in an effort to make a positive change in their life. Whether it is health related, habit related, or introducing a new activity they haven’t tried before, many use it as their motivation to start making changes for the better.

However, January 17th is Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day, and in the spirit of that we encourage you all and your Club members to ditch the idea of a New Year’s Resolution and make a commitment to positive change all year ‘round! Keep reading for some ideas you can use to ensure positive change is always happening!

  • Encouraging your Club members, especially your Keystone and Torch Clubs, to commit to a monthly service project (and not just on the MLK Day of Service) is a great way to keep them engaged and be agents of positive change in their community all throughout the year. If possible, have them reach out through a community forum so that they have no shortage of ideas and will know exactly what the community needs/wants.
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Day is a federally designated holiday created to honor the work of Dr. King each January with a Day of Service. As such, it is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service!

This year, on January 15, 2018 celebrate the work of Dr. King with Club kids and staff by taking part in youth-led service projects! Projects will look different for each Club and each community. No matter what type of project your organization commits to, make it fun! Getting youth involved in choosing the project will promote their engagement and cultivate a meaningful connection to their work.

MLK Day of Service is a day on, not a day off. It is a time to share the gift of giving with others. Is your Club participating? We would love to see what is happening in each community! If you are on Facebook or Instagram, use #NativeClubs to have your project appear on the NAClubs.org homepage!

For more information, please visit this link.

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New Resources Available on the AMBER Alert Tribal Database

AMBER Alert, or America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, was first introduced in the United States in 1996. As a system designed to create public awareness of a missing child, AMBER Alert also serves as a prevention resource, deterring would-be predators, and sometimes causing offenders to release a child when they discover one has been issued.

Recently, Fox Valley Technical College developed a series of resources regarding AMBER Alert in Indian Country. These resources were developed to be used by law enforcement, youth development workers, and the broader community across a series of topics all focusing on protecting tribal youth. They can all be found on the Tribal Database. Visit the database to read up and share these safety and prevention resources with your Club staff!

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2017 Native Spirit Award Winners

During the 2017 Native Summit in Ft. Myers, Florida, regional and national Native Spirit Award Winners were announced. The Native Spirit Award is the most prestigious honor Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Native Services Unit presents to Club staff. It recognizes an individual in each region who most exemplifies service to members and their families, passion and commitment to their work, creativity and imagination, and support of the community.

Nominations for the award are submitted by Club Executives. From there the judges select a winner at each regional Native Learning Event where they receive $250 for themselves and $250 for their Club. Out of the group of regional winners, BGCA staff selects one nominee as a National winner. National winners then receive $500 for themselves and $500 for the Club. Regional winners were Fenton Jones from the Boys & Girls Club of the Penobscot Nation, Shelly Davis from the Boys & Girls Club of Chelsea, Candice Leapley from the Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills, Angela DiCicco from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, and Sesilynn Schleusener from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southcentral Alaska. Congratulations to all of the regional Native Sprit Award Winners!

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Engaging Teens During the School Year

It can be extremely easy for teens to get restless in school around the holidays, especially if they are juniors or seniors. We must remember that keeping them active, engaged, and involved at the Club can mean the difference between being successful or struggling during this time of the year. Of course, keeping a teen engaged is easier said than done. But we’d like you to consider the following:

Since teens do not always appreciate having restrictions imposed on them, think about implementing open-ended, creative, and/or teen-led activities during your scheduled programs. For those teens that are particularly uninvolved, consider conducting an interest inventory for them. This can take place in the form of a survey they can fill out, or have your staff members talk to them and record their answers. Knowing the interests of your teens can help your Club tailor lessons and activities so that they will feel personally invested in what is going on, since they will feel it is relevant to them. You could also have them choose from a list of activity options to gauge what they would be interested in participating in, while at the same time being mindful of what is possible to implement at your Club.

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BGCA Native Services Unit
Dallas Service Center
2107 N. Collins Boulevard
Richardson, TX 75080

Direct: 972-581-2374
E-mail: BGCANS@BGCA.ORG