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Award Winning Recruitment, Outreach, and Membership

The Boy & Girls Club of Delaware County, located in Jay, OK, recently was awarded the Recruitment, Outreach, and Membership award for their outstanding efforts and hard work! Chief Professional Officer, Randy Keller, attributes their success to their National Children's Day Parade and Event which started with a vision from their Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country AmeriCorps*VISTA member, June Hinderliter!

During the first annual event, the day began with a parade through town that involved Club members and youth, as well as organizations such as churches, businesses, and civic groups. One boy Club member and one girl Club member were each selected to be the parade Grand Marshalls by nominations of the five Unit Directors. The parade ended at the city park where free lunch and many great activities were waiting for parents and youth alike to enjoy. The event incorporated fun activities such as face painting, inflatable toys, and free swimming in the city pool. In addition to the Club, other youth serving organizations joined in on the fun by having informational booths about their programs and services.

The Club is excited for their second annual National Children's Day Parade and Event to take place on June 7, 2014! Congratulation again to the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware County and their success on recruitment, outreach, and membership!

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Native Clubs Experience Success with Robotics Programs

The Boys & Girls Club of Gallup in New Mexico recently announced that they will once again take part in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition. The event involves over 71,000 students showcasing their best robotic design and construction skills through team robots competing in a challenge that is unique to each annual competition. Participants bring their best skills in hopes to win scholarships sponsored by NASA!

The Club’s robotics program has not only inspired Club members but community members as well! According to the team coordinator, the Club has witnessed a greater interest in the program as well as the area of study from local schools, businesses, and media because of team and community involvement and demonstrations. Club team members are busy working hard to ensure even more success this year!

The Boys & Girls Club of Tahlequah in Oklahoma has also experienced success with robotics. This year, five teams from the Club qualified for the Oklahoma State VEX IQ tournament. For this competition, teams had to build a robot according to the VEX IQ platform to solve an engineering problem that was presented in the form of a game. The challenge also incorporated a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) based research project that included a written or media presentation.

Club members that were part of three teams brought several awards back to share with the Club. Not only did they achieve the STEM Research and Robotics Skills Award and the Excellence Award, but they were also crowned OK State Champions! The award winning teams qualified for the 2014 VEX Robotic World Championship VEX IQ Challenge presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation in Anaheim, CA!

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T’lingit Member Wins Youth of the Year in Alaska

Mason H., also known as Gaanyaa to the T’lingit Tribe, has found that hard work can go a long way. The 15 year old freshman at Klawock High School of Klawock, AK was recently named Youth of the Year (YOY) for the state of Alaska!

Mason, the oldest of four siblings, won a $1,500 grant from the UA College Savings Plan and the chance to compete for the 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National YOY title by exhibiting his sound character, care skills, and eagerness to give back to others through active involvement in his community. As president of the Klawock Boys & Girls Club Youth Council, he lead various community service projects such as giving flowers to Elders on Mother’s Day and a community clean-up and litter patrol initiative.

Mason is also actively involved in a variety of traditional Tlingit activities and even speaks in Tlingit at certain events. He currently plays the role of a symbolic warrior and this past summer he worked alongside his uncle to learn the traditional fishing method of beach seining in order to provide food for his family. Mason is a member of the Klawock Tribal Canoe Team that is known to paddle over 100 miles without the use of modern navigation systems and is able to navigate by using the stars and sun.

During his freshman year, Mason maintained a 4.0 GPA while participating in extracurricular activities such as wrestling, Varsity basketball, cross country running, school band, and is a member of his student government. He even represented his high school in the Prince of Wales Island Wide Spelling Bee. Congratulations to Mason, Alaska’s Youth of the Year winner!

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Conehatta Boys & Girls Club Dreams Big as a Contest Finalist

Conehatta Boys & Girls Club, located in Conehatta, MS with an affiliation to the of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, dare to dream has paid off as they are now a finalist in the Blue Door Decorating Contest presented by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Lowes Home Improvement in preparation for National Boys & Girls Clubs Week. Through this annual contest, Clubs were invited to open their doors and tell the story of their Movement by decorating the symbolic blue doors to illustrate why great futures start with Boys & Girls Clubs. After reviewing hundreds of applicants nationwide, the field was narrowed down to six Clubs who hope to win the grand prize, a $5,000 gift card from Lowes.

With their “Dare to Dream” theme, the Conehatta Club youth created a door to depict a personalized look at how great futures start with Club involvement. The Club encourages their members to dream about a great future through preparation for higher education by arranging visits to universities as well as hosting volunteers who are enrolled in college to help youth recognize their potentional. Want to help the Conehatta Club become the grand prize winner? Voting is available online now until March 25, 2014. Click here for more information about the Blue Door Contest finalist and National Boys & Girls Club Week. Cast your vote today!

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Eight Boys & Girls Clubs Receive Donations from Cherokee Nation

Great things are happening for several Native Boys & Girls Clubs and it is all because of the generosity of the Cherokee Nation. Eight Boys & Girls Clubs located within the Cherokee Nation’s jurisdiction received donations from Cherokee Nation totaling near $200,000 at a presentation in the Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex. The recipient Clubs, combined, serve approximately 11,000 youth who are involved with afterschool programs that aim to continue character and leadership development among both Cherokee youth and non-Native youth.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker applauds the work of Boys & Girls Clubs in the Cherokee Nation communities. “The benefits Cherokee youth receive from these organizations are tremendous,” said Baker, “Club participation means access to potential lifelong friends and mentors. Our young people deserve every opportunity to grow into their full potential, and the Boys & Girls Club is another avenue where we can have a positive influence in the lives of Cherokee children.”

Clubs who were awarded funding include Adair County, Bartlesville, Chelsea, Tahlequah, Delaware County, Green Country- Pryor Unit, Nowata, and Sequoyah County. Congratulations to these Clubs and thank you for the great things you do for Native youth!

Photo: (L to R) Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Joe Byrd, Tribal Council Speaker Tina Glory-Jordan, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club Board Member Sandy Crosslin, Tribal Councilor David Walkingstick and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.

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