Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Reception for Annabelle
The Boys & Girls Club advisory board will be hosting a reception honoring Alyce Barrington, the Texas Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, on Sunday, May 5 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Prima Pasta. Please come help us show Alyce how proud our town is to have her represent Gatesville and the state of Texas when she competes in the Southwest Regional Youth of the Year competition in Dallas on June 4.
Monday, 22 April 2013
Youth of the Year
GREAT FUTURES START HERE: EXCEPTIONAL GATESVILLE TEEN WINS YOUTH OF THE YEAR HONOR FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS
Annabelle Alyce Barrington Vied for State Title and Scholarship
[Austin, TX], [April 9, 2013] – Representing the North Texas Area, Annabelle Alyce Barrington competed against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Texas State Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas – Gatesville, seventeen-year old Alyce is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
“Alyce is a hard worker and has many responsibilities at home. In addition to being a good role model for her two younger siblings, she demonstrates high moral character in all that she does and expects the same from others.” said Ronnie Skinner, Chief Volunteer Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas.
“It’s hard to imagine that she represents over two hundred thousand club kids in our state”, said Jon Charles, Chief Professional Officer. “Besides maintaining a high GPA in school, Alyce is President of the Gatesville Organization’s Keystone Club – a teen group dedicated to leadership and community service,” he said. “Her faithful commitment to working on community service projects, volunteering over four hundred hours offered by the Boys & Girls Club, taking on a leadership role within the club and suggesting ideas for future projects shows her true character and leadership,” he added.
According to Julie Hudson, Branch Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville, “She is kind-hearted and cares about the feelings of others. And she is extremely loyal to her friends. By holding her peers to these same expectations, she encourages them to be the best they can be too.” Ms. Hudson also described her as having excellent judgment when faced with choosing between right and wrong. “She makes the right choice even when it is harder or will make her stand out among her peers.”
Miss Barrrington’s road to the State Youth of the Year started when she was selected out of 16 other Unit Youth of the Year participants from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas at a local competition held in February. From there, she competed against several other Club organizations from North Texas including Dallas, Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, and Arlington. As one of two finalists from the North Texas area, she competed against the area finalists from around the state this week in Austin.
Miss Barrington’s plans are to spend two years at Central Texas College and earn a Degree in Behavioral Psychology with a Minor in Education. With that, her goal is to become a High School Special Education Teacher.
Now that she has won the state competition, she will compete for the title of the Southwest Region Youth of the Year in Dallas in June and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2013, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.
Monday, 25 February 2013
COMMUNITY YARD SALE!
Our Resale Shop will be hosting a Community Yard Sale, Friday, March 2.
Doors will open at 7:30am behind the Boys & Girls Club on 7th Street.
All items must go and will be priced to sell!!!!
Thursday, 14 June 2012
The Resale Shop
The Resale Shop- Benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville
Open on Thursdays and Fridays, 8 am - 5 pm; Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm
Located at 604 East Leon Street near the Driver's License office on the south side of the square.
Only clean, gently used clothing, shoes and toys are placed in the shop. We take pride in being able to recycle most everything that is donated.
Donations are accepted on Wednesdays 8 am - 12 pm at the back of the B&G Club building, and Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm at The Resale Shop.
We cannot accept: Mattresses, pillows, large furniture, appliances, computers & accessories, printers, copies & fax machines, TV's, VCR's, children's car seats, and anything operating with a plug, electricity, and/or batteries.
Monday, 19 September 2011
It Just Takes One ...
The 2012 Annual Campaign for the Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville
An Ongoing Mission
At the Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville, we serve with one purpose: to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
A Continuing Need
Today’s youth are growing up in a world much different from that of previous generations. The structure and patterns of family life in America have undergone dramatic changes. Families have become increasingly mobile and often function without assistance from extended family members. The divorce rate remains very high. More children are born to and raised in single-parent households. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high across the country. Many young people are confronted with dangerous influences, like drug use, gangs, and violence in their schools and neighborhoods.
Young people need to be surrounded by people who love, care for, appreciate and accept them. This support can come from family members or from other adults, such as Club staff, neighbors or teachers. Children need to have a place where they are physically and emotionally safe; a place with structure and clear limits.
Keeping Our Promise
For the past 8 years, Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville has provided positive programs and activities for youth in the community, helping them become productive, self-sufficient individuals. As Boys & Girls Clubs across the country begin a second century of service, the Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville is dedicated to keeping the promise to provide a safe, positive place for young people and to have a significant impact on their lives.
Childhood is guided by excitement and eagerness to learn. Most of us reflect upon our youth with dear memories of an adult who helped guide us to become the person we are today. Mentors have the ability to share and mold a young person into who they will be tomorrow.
All young people have the potential to succeed; however, not all young people get the support and mentorship they need to thrive. Club alumni say that without intervention by caring adult mentors, they often would have made choices that could undermine their futures. For some 4.8 million youth across the country, staff members, junior staff members, and volunteers at Boys & Girls Clubs are the mentors that make a difference; and often that change and save young lives today.
Of special significance are the opinions of Boys & Girls Clubs alumni. An independent survey of Club alumni, conducted by Harris Interactive, revealed that BGC alumni firmly believe that Club membership had both an immediate and long-lasting impact on their lives.
- 62 percent of alumni said they became more committed to their education.
- 90 percent agreed that the Club was one of the best things available in their communities.
- 84 percent said that participating in the Club had a favorable impact on their families.
An amazing 57 percent of alumni said the Club saved their lives.
Making an Impact
We need the financial support of caring people like you to help us reach children who need us most. Your investment gives the Boys & Girls Club the chance to develop a generation of young Americans who are productive and caring citizens. They will become our community, national and world leaders, exhibiting strong character and integrity to build a better life for themselves, better communities for their fellow citizens and a stronger America.
You can make an impact in the life of a child by providing him or her with a safe, secure and stimulating environment through the Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville. Be the one!
Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville believes every child has the capacity to succeed and achieve greatness. Our aspirations reflect this belief by providing an environment where members can achieve:
a positive self identity: being connected to the Club provides a feeling of safety allowing Club members the freedom to develop their self confidence. Youth are happy and have a strong belief in their self worth, their ability to achieve and a sense of hope about their future. They are adept at setting goals and making decisions to achieve.
a healthy lifestyle: regular fitness activities and positive healthy behaviors are an everyday part of Club life. Giving youth the tools and knowledge to make good choices about their health and personal safety allows them to engage in positive, risk-free behavior and live healthy lives.
a strong character: ethical behavior is a Club expectation. By offering programs that instill social awareness and encourage volunteerism, youth develop a moral compass enabling them to have positive interactions with others. This includes exhibiting citizenship, honesty, integrity, caring, justice and fairness.
educational success: belief in the importance of education and the value of learning are critical to educational success. Club staff assist members to develop good habits (i.e. study skills, regular attendance, daily preparation). Proficiency in basic educational disciplines and the capacity to utilize technology give youth the motivation to pursue further educational and/or career opportunities.
social competency: positive interaction with Club staff and peers is a key factor. Cultivating supportive relationships along with the appreciation of cultural diversity help Club members develop positive relationships with family, friends and coworkers.
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It Just Takes One
Tuesday, 01 March 2011
The Wal-Mart Foundation Sponsors "Bright Spot for Reading"
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Launching Reading Rooms at 100 Clubs
$10,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation Offers Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville a
“Bright Spot” Reading Room
GATESVILLE, TX January 28, 2011 – The Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville has received a $10,000 grant to launch a new reading initiative that promotes both educational and leisure reading for adolescents. The Walmart Foundation’s Bright Spot for Reading initiative for adolescent readers will help create a reading center, provide training for staff and encourage relationships to ensure the success of young members.
Nationally, the Walmart Foundation awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of America with $1.15 million to help establish reading Bright Spots at 100 Clubs across the U.S.
Beginning in February, the Bright Spot Reading Center will feature books geared at youth ages 11 to 15 and will include programming to encourage adolescents to read more and develop a more positive attitude toward reading. Programming will include activities in drama, art and technology; field trips to the Mayborn Planetarium and UT Library in Austin, and service learning projects in order to create reading opportunities in every area of the Club.
The Boys & Girls Club of Gatesville has always had wonderful reading programs for youth of all ages including special summertime reading initiatives. “Our long-time partnership with the Gatesville Library has been instrumental in helping our youth succeed in reading”, said Julie Hudson, Branch Director.
“The Walmart Foundation’s Bright Spot for Reading Initiative is essential in preparing youth for academic and life success,” continued Jon Charles, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas., “We are grateful to The Walmart Foundation for the opportunity to create an environment that will encourage and allow our youth to enjoy and develop an affinity for reading.”
In addition, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Gatesvillewill also strengthen existing and develop new relationships with local libraries to enhance its programs and services.
Located at 206 S. 7th Street, the Club provides program opportunities for over 400 boys and girls each year. The Club is open Monday through Friday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM during the school year, and all day in the summer. Youngsters interested in joining the Club, learning more about The Walmart Foundation Bright Spot for Reading Initiative or other youth programs can contact Julie Hudson at the Club at 865-8347or visit www.bgctx.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has enabled young people, especially those who need Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 4.2 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.
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Bright Spot for Reading