Native Club Wins Alaska Club of the Year

In a small village of about 800 people on Prince Wales Island in Alaska, you will find the Boys & Girls Club of Klawock. Most of the island’s people are of Tlingit Haida descent. And although the Club is located in a small community, they are doing big things; including winning this year’s prestigious Alaska Club of the Year Award!

The Club is very active in the Klawock community, and this year they hosted and participated in a variety of activities for youth; including hosting the 14th Annual Prince of Wales Island International Marathon and Half Marathon, a basketball camp, sleepovers, pool days, various sports, concerts, spelling bees, and science fairs. Basketball is a favorite among youth at the Klawock Club; the high school’s basketball team won the state championship this year! A highlight for fans of basketball was when Prince of Wales Island Alaska Native Damen Bell-Holter, player for the NBA Boston Celtics, was a guest speaker at the Club.


Penobscot Boys & Girls Club Leader Receives Maytag Award

For the past three years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and one of their partners, Maytag, has been honoring dependable leaders throughout the BGCA movement with the Maytag Dependable Leader Award. Recipients of the award are given a $20,000 check for their Club, as well as a plaque. This year, one of Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country’s (BGCIC) greatest leaders, Carla Knapp of the Penobscot Boys & Girls Club (PBGC), received the award.

Carla, an enrolled member of the Penobscot Nation, served as Chief Professional Officer (CPO) of the PBGC for 13 years. During her tenure as CPO, Carla brought the Club from being a unit with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville to its own organization, and later took on other units on Native lands in Maine. In 2013, she was promoted to serve with BGCA’s Native American Service Unit to assist other Clubs on Native lands across the country.


2013 Camp Hercules: Beluga whales, a harp seal and Native youth

Club members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County - Tulalip Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Three Affiliated Tribes recently attended Camp Hercules in Mystic, CT from July 9-12. They represented their Clubs in this Immersion Mentoring-centered camp which explored many aspects of underwater life throughout the exciting four days of events. The youth participated in activities such as touring the Mystic Aquarium, attending a sea lion show, completing a Coastal Field Study Program at Rocky Neck State Park, sailing aboard the Argia Schooner, exploring the Mystic Seaport, and competing in the Camp Hercules Olympics. In addition, the campers were able to witness a harp seal being released into the ocean! At the conclusion of the camp, each participant received their own graduation certificate. Club members showed off their knowledge of the Immersion Learning Program and even got the chance to listen to Dr. Robert Ballard speak! Dr. Ballard not only discovered the Titanic, but is also the founder of Immersion Learning.


Club Alumni Bowen Fear - Living Drug Free

As with many teens, drugs threatened to become a problem for Club Alumni, Bowen Fear. Luckily, the Boys & Girls Club of Lac Courte Oreilles staff helped steer him in the right direction. Bowen attributed part of his turnaround to former Club staff, Matt Crow. He described Matt as, “kind of my mentor. He always gave me good advice and he was always someone I could talk to if I had problems. He was a good coach and a good influence.”

Bowen now works as an early childhood educator with Head Start, as well as teaches Ojibwe language and culture. He and his wife of six years, Rena, are raising seven kids. Bowen has proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve over the last five years. His willingness to serve is apparent in all aspects of his life, including his work, his kids, and even his Club basketball team in the men’s league.


Club Alumna Does Big Things

You may have heard of former Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale - Red Mountain Branch Club member Daryl Lynn Jay. She was their Youth of the Year in 2004, and is a member of the Komatke Village of the Gila River Indian Community. She also won the titles of Junior Miss Gila River, Miss Gila River, and Miss Indian Arizona. She was a member of the NCAI’s Youth Commission, Governor Napolitano’s Youth on Education Board Member, and Akimel O’odham PeePosh Youth Council Member and President. Daryl Lynn was also a game room instructor and teen director at the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley.

Daryl Lynn still hasn’t slowed down!  She is currently majoring in public administration at Scottsdale Community College, and wants to pursue a master’s degree and maybe a doctorate. She works for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community’s Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs as a youth development specialist. Daryl Lynn also runs a non-profit called Shining Stars. Shining Stars helps young Pima women with life skills, self esteem, and goal-setting.

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