2018 National Arts Contest Submissions Due Soon!

Event Details

Deadline: Wednesday, January 24

Event Description

The National Arts Contest will be accepting submissions through the end of the day Wednesday, January 24. The contest is meant to inspire creativity and develop 21st century skills through high-quality arts programming in fine arts, digital arts, performing arts and applied arts. Winners are recognized for their accomplishments in visual, digital and performing arts through several BGCA arts programs. These programs include:

  • National Fine Arts Exhibit- Features the categories of watercolor, pastels, oil and acrylic painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media, colored pencil, monochromatic and group projects.
  • ImageMakers National Photography Contest- Features the categories of portrait, nature and surroundings, fashion and design, culture and tradition, and editing and filter.
  • Digital Arts Festivals- Features the categories of music, app development, design and film.

All sites and Club members interested in participating in the contest under any of the categories above must register and submit their artwork using the online submissions portal here and mail artwork to the regional host site that can be found here.

For more information on the contest and how to submit, view the webinar!


Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Talent Search

Do you have talented Club members? If so, they could be selected to perform at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2018 National Conference or other BGCA sanctioned events!

The search is open to all Club members, ages 6-18, and all types of art forms are welcomed! Past acts include singers, hip hop dancers, musicians, spoken word and more! Clubs must verify performers are registered members. (Please do not submit performances involving staff or other adults.)

To submit your Club member(s) audition please complete this following form and provide a link to your audition video. All videos must be under 3 minutes (it is ok if the total performance is longer, but the video only needs to be 3 minutes in length) and be submitted via URL link – either YouTube or Vimeo – in the designated box below.

*Be sure your video submission is not password protected!

For those Clubs wanting more details on the submission process, follow this link or please review the recorded information webinar on our National Arts Contests!


Mentoring in Real Life Webinar Training

Event Details

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.


USDA Webinar Series Offers Farm to School Strategies for Native Communities

Event Description

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!


Generation Indigenous Youth Challenge

Event Details

In your local community
Cost: Free

Event Description

The Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Youth Challenge gets youth engaged in something positive by encouraging them to capture positive community impact and share it with others. As part of the process of establishing the National Native Youth Network, all Native youth are invited to take part in the Gen-I Challenge.

The Challenge is for youth ages 14-24, non-profits, and educational institutions; your Club can accept the challenge and follow the action steps below to join the effort!

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

Direct: 972-581-2374