Cultural Program Toolbox

Are you looking to establish more culturally relevant programming at your Club? Do you feel like there aren’t enough opportunities for your youth to engage in activities such as cooking traditional foods or playing traditional games? Look no further than the Cultural Program Toolbox! The Toolbox was developed by the BGCA's Native Services Unit (NSU). The NSU recognizes the need for culturally relevant services to provide for Native youth, and the Cultural Program Toolbox is one way they are fulfilling that need. The Toolbox can now be found on our Publications page.

The Toolbox is designed to give Native Clubs some examples and ideas of what they can do to run culturally-specific programs at their Club. It also includes sample documents such as a sample MOA, a sample Native Arts Grant template, and a sample job description for a Cultural Arts Coordinator. (Note: The links above to these Word documents can be edited directly by Clubs who plan to use them). 

Special thanks to the Native Advisory Committee (NAC) members for their contributions towards this amazing resource! The hope is that their vision of expanded cultural programming in Native Clubs will come to fruition with the development and use of this resource.

Click here to view the Cultural Program Toolbox! 


Native Clubs Featured in BGCA's Connections Magazine

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Boys & Girls Clubs in America (BGCA) serving Native youth! As a result, Native Clubs have been featured in BGCA’s fall 2017 edition of Connections Magazine!

In 1992, BGCA and HUD collaborated to provide quality youth services to public housing operated on Native lands, which led to the creation of the first Native Boys & Girls Club. Since 1992, the efforts of Native Clubs have only grown, with Connections highlighting the history of Native Clubs and our accomplishments achieved.

One major accomplishment was the creation of BGCA's Native Services Unit, to meet the growing needs of youth on Native lands. Native Services has assisted Native Clubs with fostering relationships with Tribal leaders, providing professional development for Native Clubs, and assisting with development of cultural learning opportunities. Another great accomplishment was Native Services signing a memorandum of agreement with the Indian Health Service back in May to address the needs of mental health wellness by allowing mental health providers to conduct informal visits to Native Clubs. This enabled youth to interact with mental health professionals in a casual manner and receive resources that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.

The hard work and determination to serve youth from Club professionals like you is the driving force to the success of Native Clubs. The accomplishments we have achieved in 25 years will further advance the lives of Native youth, and we look forward to continue serving with you for our next 25 years and beyond! 


World Habitat Day – Reflecting on Our Impact

World Habitat Day is celebrated every year all across the world on the first Monday of October. It is celebrated in many countries including Pakistan, Germany, Hungary, United States, Brazil, Belgium, Japan, Italy, Indonesia, Mexico, China, Kenya, Jamaica, the Netherlands, Senegal, and more. World Habitat Day was first declared by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in December of 1985. Each year since, it takes on a new theme to bring attention to UN-Habitat’s mandate to promote awareness of our joint responsibility to positively shape the world for future generations. Every one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future.

As part of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ vision to build great character and citizenship, local Clubs have the opportunity to engage youth by reflecting on our environmental impact, especially after the recent hurricanes. Teaching youth they can be good stewards of the Earth is one of the best ways for them to become stakeholders in their communities. Explore what Club members think are harmful to their communities, and allow them to examine how their actions contribute to them. Together, develop a community-wide initiative to bring awareness and preserve the Club and community.


Creating a Judgment Free Generation

The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness month! The purpose of taking to recognize this month as a special initiative is to create awareness, share prevention techniques, and educate communities about the effects of bullying. As rates of suicide continue to rise, it is important to recognize the effects of bullying on our Club kids as well as the community. Staff members are in the optimum position to start prevention practices. Defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involve a real or perceived power imbalance, bullying can come in many forms that include but are not limited to threats, rumors, physical and verbal attacks, and exclusion. As more people become educated on this topic, more people are stepping up and acting out against bullying on a local and national level.

Remember, it is important to honor and respect one another. Bullying behaviors should never be tolerated from anyone. Encourage youth to go to a trusted adult if they or someone they know is being bullied. Bullying can be prevented, especially with the strength of a community behind it. Work with your kids to create a judgment free generation!

Need ideas on how to address bullying with your Club youth? Check out these bullying prevention and Positive Club Climate resources from BGCA:


November is Native American Heritage Month

November has arrived once again, and we are thrilled to highlight the 2017 Native American Heritage Month Toolkit! This toolkit, having recently been refreshed to have the most up-to-date material, was originally created to aid Club staff in promoting and celebrating Native pride all month long. National Native American Heritage Month is recognized every November as a time to educate the public about Tribes and raise awareness on the unique challenges our communities face today. With this toolkit, your organization will be able to do just that! It includes: 

  • Brochure – includes event ideas, Club highlights, and information related to Native American Heritage Month that your Club can use to distribute to members and staff;
  • Social Media Flyer – find topics, quotes, and sample posts your organization can use to celebrate;
  • Traditional Clubs Flyer – here you will find useful information and tips on what your traditional Boys & Girls Club can do to support your Native Unit(s);
  • Large Poster – display this at your Club for members, staff, and visitors to see;
  • Facebook Cover Photo – have your Club’s Facebook page display this cover photo to remind users on the significance of the month of November
  • Signature Graphic – add this to the signature of your email as a fun way to display your November pride

We hope you find these materials useful to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Have a wonderful November!