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AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates to Implement Summer Food Service Program

Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country will partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to provide AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate positions in Native Clubs throughout the country this summer. Summer Associates funded through this initiative will expand and strengthen the capacity of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program, which ensures that children in underserved areas continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.

The USDA has targeted specific states for this program, and 34 Native Clubs in those areas have been selected to participate. Summer Associates will be recruited from within or in close proximity to the host site’s community, which makes this a perfect opportunity for teens and young adults aged 18-24 who have “aged out” of Club programming. Selected Associates will have the unique opportunity to learn leadership skills while serving their communities over eight weeks.

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Red Nose Day on May 26 Will Support Native Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs of America is proud to be a nonprofit partner for the second Red Nose Day to take place on May 26, 2016. The aim of Red Nose Day is to bring about real and lasting change by tackling the root causes of childhood poverty and social injustice through the power of entertainment. Proceeds from Red Nose Day events are awarded to projects “on the ground” that address the immediate needs of children. In 2015, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Native Services received Red Nose Day funds, and 90% of those will be used to build capacity and support increases in average daily attendance in Native Clubs.

As part of their “50 States, 50 Stories” web series for Red Nose Day, Walgreens and Comic Relief (two of the lead sponsors of Red Nose Day) produced a short video showing the amazing work that is being done in the Sipayik Boys & Girls Club in Perry, Maine, a unit of the Penobscot Boys & Girls Club. The video features the Club, located on the Pleasant Point Native Reservation in northeastern Maine, and the dedicated staff who give local children a safe, warm place to go after school where they can play and learn about their traditions and rich culture.

“The most important thing we do here is culture,” Unit Director Joe McLaughlin remarks during the video, “That is our foundation. I think it is a very important thing for them to feel comfortable in who they are. In our language, there is no word for ‘I give up.’ To me, that means we do have to figure out a way to invest in our youth.”

This year, Red Nose Day events will culminate in a two-hour entertainment TV special on NBC featuring comedians, musicians, and Hollywood stars. Viewers at home will be encouraged to make donations by phone and online to support Red Nose Day and their organizational partners, including BGCA Native Services.

Please join BGCA Native Services in celebrating Red Nose Day and having some fun on May 26th!

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BGCA Offers Easy Way to Highlight Clubs’ Impact

Did you know that BGCA has an online resource to help your Club create and customize reports to help highlight your successes? The Impact Report Template allows you to produce a high-quality, visually appealing report to tell your impact story. It includes 54 fields that you can choose from to generate a custom report. The BGCA marketing team has even written up instructions to walk you through the process and provided a one-click connection to your local FedEx Office to print your report! Now your Club can produce polished, branded reports even without extensive design experience.

To access the template, log into http://Marketing.BGCA.org and follow this link: https://marcomcentral.app.pti.com/marketing/bgca/addToCart.aspx?uigroup_id=24371&product_id=929&node_id=1538838

In addition to the report template above, the marketing site also has several flyers available that you can customize with your Club’s information, including recruitment and Back to School flyers in English and Spanish.

For even more resources and templates, visit the Marketing.BGCA.org site and navigate to “marketing resources.” Before long, you’ll have everything you need to spread the word about your Club’s amazing work!

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Keep in Touch with BGCA’s Alumni “Stay Connected” Campaign

Over the next few months, many of your Club’s high school seniors will be making decisions about the next steps of their educational and professional journeys. After experiencing the consistency and care of your Club community throughout their lives, there may be some anxiety for them (or for you!) about how to stay connected with Boys & Girls Clubs. An estimated 45,000 teens graduate from high school and transition out of Boys & Girls Clubs each year – and as the future employers, volunteers, donors, and advocates for the Movement, how can we keep them connected?

To answer this question, BGCA has launched the Alumni “Stay Connected” Campaign, designed to support Clubs in staying connected with their graduated seniors and young alumni through the Alumni & Friends Club. Through this program, Clubs can access a database of their alumni, as well as local Alumni & Friends Club members. Soon Young Alumni can also access important college and career resources, such as scholarships, internships, and professional mentorship opportunities.

Encourage your graduating seniors or young alumni to visit BGCgrad.org or text “Teen” to 51555 and follow the instructions to register. Anyone who registers between April 1 and June 30, 2016 will be eligible to win one of five $1,000 gift cards to support their Club’s teen program!

Additional resources about the Alumni “Stay Connected” Campaign are available on the BGCA Marketing site and include a Young Alumni video, social media assets, email templates for spreading the word, posters, graduation cards, screen savers, and more!

While your teens may be leaving your Club, you can ensure that they stay connected with you and the BGCA community through by registering from “Stay Connected” today.

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National Women’s History Projects Recognizes Two Native Women as Honorees

Two Native women are among the 16 honorees designated for 2016 Women’s History Month by the National Women’s History Project, a nonprofit established in 1980 to advance women’s stories and contributions to society. The Project, which played a key role in pushing Congress to officially designate March as Women’s History Month, will honor Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) and the late Betty Mae Tiger Jumper (Seminole).

This year’s National Women’s History Month theme is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government”, and honors women who “have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership,” according to the Project.

Harjo, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner in 2014, is being recognized for her 50-year career working in journalism, writing poetry, curating museum exhibits and drafting policy. She has assisted in the return of Tribal lands and sacred garments to their rightful owners, and advocated for the passing of the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act. Harjo was also the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in the 1980s.

Tiger Jumper was the first female Seminole of Florida chief, according to the National Women’s History Project. She worked as a nurse to bring modern medicine to several reservations and worked to preserve language and culture for the young people of her Tribe, particularly through the founding of the Seminole Indian News in 1961. She was also awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Native American Journalists Association.