January is National Mentoring Month

In January 2002, the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership came together to bring attention to the importance of youth mentoring. Their combined efforts gave rise to National Mentoring Month, a nationally recognized campaign now held each January!

This month is an opportune time for Boys & Girls Clubs to plan special events around mentoring. Not sure where to get started? Two days of special importance to mark on your calendars are January 15, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and January 25, #ThankYourMentor Day. The Day of Service is an opportunity to select a community project service with mentors and mentees either at the Club or in the community and ask parents/guardians and others to get involved. #ThankYourMentor Day is a campaign geared towards mentees taking the time to recognize and thank their mentors for all they do.

No matter how you decide to celebrate this January, know that mentoring makes a difference in the lives of our youth, and finding ways to boost your programs will only better serve them. For additional ideas and resources on celebrating National Mentoring Month, visit the sites below!


DIY STEM (Native Adaptation)

Do It Yourself (DIY) STEM is an activity-based program for 9- to 12 year olds to help them make connections between scientific principles and real-world applications. This program uses common items that Clubs may have on hand, or can procure easily to introduce youth to STEM concepts. The DIY STEM program can be implemented in its entirety or as separate units. Every unit details alignment to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and provides step-by-step instructions, facilitation tips and extension questions to ensure fun and learning.

Additionally, this DIY STEM Native Adaptation features history, achievements and current news related to STEM applications in Native culture to increase youth interest in activities and future career aspirations.

Click here to view the Native Adaptation on our page.


AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Application 2017-2018

We are pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country (BGCIC) AmeriCorps VISTA Leader position. We invite you to share this opportunity with past VISTAs or anyone else you may know who qualifies to serve as a VISTA Leader. Please note that VISTA Leaders must have completed at least 1 year of AmeriCorps service.

VISTA Leaders support and help coordinate larger VISTA projects in their efforts to address the needs of low-income communities. Leaders serve as recruiters, coordinators, trainers, mentors and resource providers who strengthen the capacity of VISTA members, VISTA projects, and community members. Just as VISTA members work to expand and build the capacity of community projects, Leaders work to expand and build the capacity of individual VISTA members and their respective project sites. VISTA Leaders serve different functions depending on the needs of the overall and local projects. These include recruiting and coordinating VISTA members, preparing VISTAs’ in-service training, mentoring, and identifying new funding sources.

BGCIC VISTA Leader Priority Areas:

  • Participate in professional development opportunities and connect them to the overall project.
  • Serve as a mentor and operate as a liaison for VISTA members to help facilitate a successful year of service.
  • Research funding sources and opportunities.
  • Support the Sponsoring Organization with monitoring and evaluating the overall project.
  • Develop an outreach strategy to increase awareness and knowledge of the project to all Native Boys & Girls Clubs.
  • Develop state and national marketing strategies to increase awareness of the project.

Click here to learn more about the BGCIC AmeriCorps VISTA Project.

Application Tips! 

  • Read all of the directions in their entirety prior to submitting any application materials.
  • Make sure your AmeriCorps application is current and up-to-date.
  • Applications should be completed in full. Each section should have content.
  • Full sentences, complete thoughts, spelling, and grammar do count.
  • References can be no more than 1 year old. References should not be related to you.

To view the listing, please click here.

To Apply, Follow the Steps Below:

Step 1: Create a My AmeriCorps Account
All applicants must create an account in My AmeriCorps in order to submit an official AmeriCorps application.

Click here to be directed to My AmeriCorps Account.

Step 2: Submit an Application to the BGCIC VISTA Leader Position
All applicants must submit an official application via their account. The application must be submitted directly to the specific VISTA Leader position for this project.

Click here for a direct link to the official AmeriCorps VISTA Leader position application.

Step 3: Submit a Cover Letter and Resume
Each Applicant must submit both a Cover Letter and Resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The Subject line should say ‘VISTA Leader Applicant’.

The Application Process closes on Friday, November 17, 2017. 
All applications via My AmeriCorps, Cover Letters, and Resumes must be submitted by 11/17/2017. Applications will be reviewed, in full, on a rolling basis. The position is open until filled, which may be prior to 11/17/2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Justine Davenport at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (443) 302-2080.


AmeriCorps VISTA Application November 2017-2018

Greetings Native Boys & Girls Clubs!

We are pleased to announce the opening of the November application for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country AmeriCorps VISTA Project for the 2017-2018 grant year. All Boys & Girls Clubs that serve Native youth are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

An online application, Letter(s) of Support, Video, and a Signature Page are due by 11:59pm EDT on May 10, 2017. Award of a VISTA member(s) will be announced via email by late spring 2017.

What is a VISTA member?

AmeriCorps VISTA members
Serve at the Club for 1-year.
Build capacity. They do not participate in direct service.
Receive a living allowance, health and dental coverage, relocation allowance, national training, and a Segal Education Award or end-of-service stipend.
Local or national recruits.

To apply, follow these steps:

Step 1: Review the Application Questions & Scoring Rubric.
The rubric is for your reference only. Do not try to complete the application on this PDF as applications will only be accepted through Survey Monkey.

Review a copy of the Application Questions and Scoring Rubric.

Step 2: Attend an Informational and Application Webinar for Club Organizations who want to host an AmeriCorps VISTA member. (Optional)
FirstPic, Inc. will host one Webinar to provide information about this project, as well as review of the application, and provide assistance on writing a strong application. The process is very competitive so we encourage attendance. Webinar details are below.

Register for VISTA Club Application Webinar: Tuesday, April 25, 3:00 PM Eastern Time (be aware of the time in your respective time zone). 

After you register online, you will be able to participate via phone using the conference line information below:
Dial in: 866-390-1828
Participant Code: 1518815 

Step 3: Letter of Support (Board, Tribe, Community Partner)
Each organization must submit at least one letter of support from a partner within their community. 

Step 4: Complete the Application in Survey Monkey.
Make sure to complete each page of the application. You must complete each required question before moving on to the next page. Please note that you also may not save the application and come back to it later. Review the Application Questions and Scoring Rubric described in Step 1 prior to beginning your application so you are aware of what information detail will be required. Complete the online application via SurveyMonkey. 

Step 5: Submit the Application Signature Page.
The application needs to be signed by the Organization’s Chief Professional Officer, Unit Director, and Site Supervisor (if you already have one). The Application Signature page should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or faxed to (443) 602-3749.

Click here for a copy of the Application Signature Page.

All parts of the application are due no later than 11:59pm EDT on May 10, 2017.
No extensions will be given since the application process is very competitive. If you have any questions, please contact Evin McFadden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (443) 302-2080.

Additional Information & Resources


Celebrating Success this Holiday Season

Happy Holidays

Every evening, kids rush into the Club to find their friends to update their countdown to Winter Break. Energy resounds in every room as staff scurry about planning activities to occupy busy teens. Time without Club members is spent preparing for a new year of programs. It is December and another year is coming to a close. As we look ahead to a new year full of opportunity, we also take time to celebrate successes that have been achieved along the way.

Countless accomplishments, both big and small, have been shared in Boys & Girls Clubs on Native Lands. Girls from Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club were honored in a short film shown at the 2016 Tribecca Film Festival. The film showed the hard work and perseverance of a special group of girls that earned their right to play lacrosse. The Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii- Nanakuli Unit was able to light up the night during a summer event that welcomed nearly 400 attendees! Members of the Nanakuli staff worked diligently to recruit sponsors so that the event was free for those who attended. That’s not all- staff from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale- Lehi Branch led their hoop dance troupe to compete in the 26th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition. Ten Club members were invited to show their skills at this year’s competition. This a small glimpse into the successes that Native Boys & Girls Clubs achieved during 2016.

In this time we have the opportunity to not only reflect on our successes but to also engage in self-care so that we can usher in 2017 with renewed energy and passion for serving our communities. Taking care of yourself is an important part of positively influencing youth. Be compassionate towards yourself. You work hard each day to ensure a community of youth have a safe place to build great futures. Take a breath and remember the meaning behind your work for what you are doing is making a great impact for many.

Thank you for all you have done this year to make 2016 a success for Native Boys & Girls Clubs. Have a happy holiday and prosperous New Year!

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

Direct: 972-581-2374