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 and follow this link:

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 site and navigate to “marketing resources.” Before long, you’ll have everything you need to spread the word about your Club’s amazing work!


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 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.


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.


IHS and the Native Services Unit Partner to Deliver SMART Training

Dr. Beverly Cotton, the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Office of Clinical and Preventive Services at Indian Health Service (IHS) Headquarters, spent the morning with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Native Services Unit team members and National Director, Carla Knapp, to attend their SMART Moves training in Atlanta, GA!

In attendance were four of IHS’s Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) Purpose Area 4 grantees: Bay Mills Indian Community, MI; Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Community, NM; Aroostook Band of Micmacs, ME; and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, KS.

This training day for the SMART Moves/Meth SMART program was hosted at BGCA’s National Headquarters. The goal of the course is to help Clubs members develop healthy lifestyle through the implementation of the SMART Moves program, which is designed to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, as well as assist in postponing sexual activity. By the end of the workshop, participants were able to convey the philosophy and importance of SMART Moves, assess individual knowledge and attitudes, identify the program components, develop a plan to implement SMART Moves, and utilize the SMART Moves Evaluation guide and tools.


CNCS Takes Lead in Recognizing Tribal Leaders

Recognition is a vital process to incorporate into our daily, monthly, and annual routines. It helps partnerships grow and flourish so that good work will continue throughout our communities. The Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS) has created a special day to recognize and celebrate the hard work Tribal leaders, board chairs, and officials put forth to help our communities.

Known as “Recognition Day for National Service”, this day is designed to spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve. Tribal leaders, county board chairs, mayors, and county officials are all recognized for their service during this annual celebration. According to CNCS, 2,786 officials representing more than 150 million citizens participated in the 3rd annual Recognition Day in April 2015.

Recognition Day 2016

This year, on April 5, 2016, Tribal leaders, mayors, and county officials will participate by holding public events and highlighting the value of national service to communities across the country through available media outlets. Tribal governments have a broad range of responsibilities that includes strengthening communities and fostering civic engagement; these responsibilities mirror those of the CNCS. This coordinated day of recognition presents a unique opportunity to spotlight the key role that national service plays in solving local problems and challenges. CNCS encourages participation in Recognition Day to highlight the impact of citizen service, support national service groups and inspire residents to serve their communities.