Native Services Unit Shines at BGCA National Conference

Native Boys & Girls Clubs were well represented in the ‘Big Easy’ this May at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Conference. Located in New Orleans, this year’s National Conference was full of special guests, inspiring sessions, and dazzling exhibitors including the Native Services Unit team. For two days, conference guests were able to roam the exhibit hall and learn more about the great things happening in Native Clubs across the country. Guests were greeted by a “Welcome” sign that incorporated a salutation from each team member’s language and were encouraged to grab resources and ask questions about Clubs in Native communities. Members of the Native Services Unit team also brought pieces that represented their culture to be displayed at the booth.

Additionally, guests were invited to participate in a session created just for Native Club staff and supporters. Since 2016 is the “Year of the Teen”, special guests and panelists shared their work to reach teens in their community and their goals for future out reach. Afterwards members of the Native Advisory Committee (NAC) joined together to discuss progress made thus far and create goals for future success of all Clubs, both present and future. With another National Conference in the record books and summer arriving, it is the opportune time to reflect on past successes and plan for more great futures starting in your Club!

Photo: Carla Knapp, National Director of Native Services, BGCA, connects with professionals from Native Boys & Girls Clubs.