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National Arts in Education Week

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September 10-16, 2017

Event Description

Every year since 2010, the second Sunday in September marks the beginning of National Arts in Education Week. This week is dedicated to recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. The arts play an important role in education benefitting students of all ages in the form of artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities. To be a part of National Arts in Education, you are encouraged to:

  1. Celebrate. Host celebrations across the country. Whether big or small, an existing event, or a new one. Download and use the shared logo and be sure to register your event on ArtsMeet, a national arts event calendar. 
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BGCA Pacific Southwest Leadership Conference with Native Track

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September 12-14, 2017
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Native Track and NAC Meeting
September 13, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm

Event Description

This September, BGCA will host the Pacific-Southwest Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, NV! There will be a 1-day Native Track and NAC Meeting for all Native organizations attending the conference. More information will be forthcoming.

For more information, you can reach out to Robin Schmidt, Exhibit Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 360-223-2271!

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2017 Native Summit – Celebrating 25 Years of Native Clubs

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November 14-16, 2017
Fort Myers, Florida

Event Description

Save the date! Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Native Services Unit will be hosting the 2017 Native Summit in Fort Myers, FL. This year we will be celebrating 25 years of Native Boys & Girls Clubs! This year’s Native Summit will be an opportunity for youth performers to showcase their skills, tribal leaders to exchange best practices, and youth development professionals to learn new and effective programming strategies.

Additional details regarding the event, speakers, performers, as well as registration information will all be coming soon, so save the date and stay tuned!

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Mentoring in Real Life Webinar Training

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Webinar Recording and Resource

Event Description

As part of the Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the National Mentoring Resource Center, training webinars are held monthly which aim to guide collaborative mentoring practices that can be utilized among youth serving organizations who understand the mentoring in real life means staying up to date with current trends.

The Mentoring in Real Life webinar training, previously recorded, covered National Mentoring Month tools and activation of those tools. This included best practices with social media in order to drive recruitments, as well as building successful media relationships. Campaign tools from National Mentoring Month are for year round recruitment, visibility, and creation of innovative practices. Social media can also be a powerful tool for engagement of the community and increasing visibility within a community. To build a successful media relationship is to increase recognition and distribution of the importance of mentoring.

Click here to view the presentation, download the presentation slides, and find an additional resource on how mentoring organizations can engage with media.

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USDA Webinar Series Offers Farm to School Strategies for Native Communities

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If you are seeking ways to incorporate healthy eating and Native foods into your Club programs, you can learn from this free Farm to School webinar series. “Farm to Table” or “Farm to School” is the quick way to describe food’s journey from where it is grown to where it is eaten. In April and May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Community Food Systems hosted a four-part webinar series focused on strategies to integrate Farm to School models into Native communities. Each webinar features a different guest speaker who shares best practices for ways to bring Native youth closer to their local food traditions and to build sustainable partnerships for nutrition programs. These are a great resource for anyone looking to promote healthy eating and Native culture and for programs like On the T.R.A.I.L. to Diabetes Prevention.

Check out the four webinars below to learn more about Farm to School and what it could look like in your community!

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

Direct: 972-581-2375
E-mail: BGCANS@BGCA.ORG