Resources for Mentoring Success

Whether you are well acquainted with mentoring best practices or you are new to this type of programming, it is beneficial to know where resources are located to enhance program implementation in your Club. Check out these three resources to find what new information can be incorporated into your OJP Mentoring program today.

Are you looking for documentation specific to your OJP Mentoring grant or more information about available evidence based programming? is home to administrative, financial, and programmatic requirements that are explicitly for OJP Mentoring grant implementation. In addition to grant specific documentation, there are guides available for various Boys & Girls Clubs of America designed programs that are evidence based that can be implemented along with mentoring.


Walmart Donates $250,000 to BGCA to Support Healthy Habits Programs for Native Club Members

The Walmart Foundation announced today a donation of $250,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The donation will be used to provide Healthy Habits, BGCA’s outcome-driven nutrition education program, to more Native kids and teens.

Most U.S. youth do not meet the recommended health guidelines, which is especially true for American Indian and Alaska Native youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 31.2 percent of 4 year olds in these populations are obese and diabetes rates for these groups are 177 percent higher than the general population.

“We want to ensure that more people have access to the foods they want and need, and our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country will help an often underserved population learn ways to eat healthier,” said Angela Collier, Sr. Manager, Walmart Foundation. “We are proud to work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help Native kids and teens live a healthier lifestyle and make smarter choices.”

Boys & Girls Clubs are in a unique position to provide nutritional education for Native kids and teens. Clubs serve approximately 82,000 Native youth in 24 states, representing some 90 different American Indian, Alaska Native and Hawaiian tribal communities through nearly 179 Clubs.

Through this partnership 16 Clubs in Indian Country will be trained to deliver nutrition education that will equip Native children and teens with skills and information they need to eat healthy. Youth at these Clubs will learn about basic cooking techniques, smart food shopping, working around resource constraints and using resources from the local community to create healthy meals for themselves and their families. Healthy Habits is part of BGCA’s award-winning Triple Play program.


National Director of Native Services Unit Testifies on Behalf of Tribal Juvenile Justice

Carla Knapp, National Director of the Native Services Unit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, testified in Washington D.C. before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in support of legislative fixes and funding changes to clarify tribal authority involvement regarding juvenile justice. In a testimony adamantly maintaining that incarcerating Native American juveniles does more harm than good, Committee Chairman John Barrasso of Wyoming praised Carla’s work as National Director. In her testimony, Carla emphasized the importance of preventive intervention facilities and programs that the Boys & Girls Clubs can offer. Stating that in an informal survey of former members, 57% said that the Clubs saved their lives, and they meant this literally, Carla’s testimony put a spotlight on the impact facilities like Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of at risk youth.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has 171 sites established across the country serving Indian country with efforts in place to expand to 200 sites.

For more details on the full testimony, read the press release here.


8 Steps to Setting Goals with Help from a Mentor

Setting goals, whether they are long or short term, is an important life skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. However, it can be confusing to know where to start when setting out to create reachable goals. Before we get to how we can create goals, let’s discuss exactly what we mean when we use the term “goal”.

A goal is a plan of action that can be written, specific, measurable, visualized, timely, and manageable. For our Club kids a goal can come in all “shapes and sizes”, so to speak. One member’s goal may be to attend school every day for one week while another’s could be to make the junior varsity lacrosse team next season. No matter how long it takes or what the goal centers around, they are all important. It is important for mentors to help their mentees set goals during time spent together.


Humor Me: Using Entertainment to Fight Poverty

Red noses aren’t just for clowns and birthday parties. While they still symbolize fun and entertainment, they are taking on bigger meaning worldwide this May with the Red Nose campaign lead by an organization known as Comic Relief.

Red Nose Day is a key component to a revolutionary campaign that was started by Comic Relief UK. Before the launch of Comic Relief UK in late 1985, there had not been a social movement that involved such high-profile celebrities and humor to bring awareness to the poverty that communities were experiencing.

Now fast forward to 2015. Red Nose Day and the campaign surrounding the event is taking the United States by storm. Companies such as Walgreen and M&Ms are partnering up to make big contributions to young people who are living in poverty.