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United Way of the Midlands Awards $715,200 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands Grant to Fund Basic Needs and Academic Success for Children in Poverty

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a $715,200 grant from United Way of the Midlands. BGCM programming will focus ...
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Readers to Leaders Wins National Award for Outstanding Program

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) received an Honor Award for Program Excellence in Education and Career Development at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 111th National Conference ...
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BGCM Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ (BGCM) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency has earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity ...
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Groundbreaking for New Club at Millard Central Middle School on Omaha Gives! Day

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) and Millard Public Schools (MPS) announce the groundbreaking ceremony of the Millard Central Club at Millard Central Middle School (12801 L Street) ...
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Jaime Valadez Named Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2017 Youth of the Year

“The Club gave me a peaceful place to be; it became a second home and a second family,” Jaime Valadez, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ 2017 Youth of ...
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South Omaha Boys & Girls Club receives $50,000 grant as part of Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

OMAHA, NE 10/21/16 Lowe’s launched a national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America called Renovation Across the Nation to support one Boys & Girls Club per state with ...
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ATTENTION: Open & Closed Locations for Tuesday, Jan 17th

Weather related Club hours for Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017: CLOSED CLUBS: Carter Lake Club Mt. View Club Druid Hill Club Morton Middle Club Spring Lake Club Skinner Magnet Club King ...
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All BGCM Club locations are closed on Monday, January 16.

All BGCM Club locations are closed Monday and all Club activities are canceled for Monday, January 16. Locations include: North Omaha Club South Omaha Club Council Bluffs Club Carter Lake ...
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Trivia Buffs of the Bluffs raises more than $50,000

Thirty teams of up to eight brainiacs flexed their collective mental muscles at the Council Bluffs Country Club on Saturday, October 8th for the 5th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs ...
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Stock Market Championship® Event Raises Over $100k for BGCM

Stock Market Championship® Event Raises Over $100k for BGCM

On Thursday, November 20, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) hosted the 7th Annual Stock Market Championship® at the Hilton Omaha, raising over $100,000 .
Stock Market Championship® is a real-life stock market simulation fundraising event in which four-person teams from the area’s business community compete. Teams buy, sell and trade fictional stock from local and national companies as they vie for the title of “Stock Market Champion.”
The evening kicked off with gourmet pasta, h’ourdourves and cocktails at 5:30pm. Ivan Gilreath, BGCM’s President & CEO, welcomed our community business team sponsors and friends and 8 of our Boys & Girls Clubs kids teams, followed by the ringing of the bell at 6:30pm which signaled the opening of the trading floor.
UNO’s College of Business was instrumental in funding and creating the software for Stock Market Championship®. “It is such an honor for me to be able to help organize an event that is not only fun and exciting for guests, but truly making a difference,” said Jonna Holland, Ph.D., of UNO’s College of Business & Administration. “Stock Market Championship promotes friendly competition, teaches the kids financial literacy, and brings awareness to the Clubs and our community’s youth that are in need.”
The Stock Market Championship® top 3 adult team winners from the evening were as follows: TCM Energizers (Tenaska), 1st place; Tenaska Marketing Ventures, 2nd place; Kuehl Capital Corporation, 3rd place. The winning team for the Club kids division was Morton Boys & Girls Club’s Panther 3, taking home $2,000 in scholarship funds from NEST for each team member.
“NEST is proud to support Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands by presenting $8000 in college savings scholarships to the winning youth team in the annual Stock Market Championship,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, College Savings Plans at First National Bank of Omaha. “We are continually impressed by the talent and spirit of the kids competing in the championship, which reflects the impact Boys and Girls Clubs has had on their lives. On behalf of NEST and First National Bank of Omaha, I would like to congratulate this year’s winners.”
Other highlights from the evening include a special Boys & Girls Clubs video, a live auction for mentoring and trading services for the evening, and an enthusiastic “Great Futures Start Here” chant at halftime from the Boys & Girls Club team members.


Cox Communications Funds Tech Center for BGCM Ensuring Tech-Savvy Workforce for the Future

Cox Communications Funds Tech Center for BGCM Ensuring Tech-Savvy Workforce for the Future

Omaha, NE (Oct. 9, 2014) – A new technology center, funded by a grant from Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation, officially opened today at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands – Westside Unit in Omaha. The grant is part of a $150,000 gift that Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation provided to create seven new Cox Technology Centers nationwide.

The technology centers are the centerpiece of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Club Tech program, which provides students access to curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. These technology centers also help bridge the digital divide for children who have no access to a computer or Internet connection at home.

“Cox is dedicated to the Omaha community and to providing youth access to technology and best practices for staying safe online,“ said Cox Communications Omaha Market Vice President Kim Rowell.

“At the Clubs members have opportunities to actively develop 21st Century skills. Research shows that youth who have access to science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and math projects are more likely to be prepared for secondary and post-secondary education and are more likely to be successful in future careers. Youth participation in Art encourages curiosity and creativity along with scientific and technical skills. 21st Century kids, particularly underrepresented youth in STEM education and activities, need a variety of opportunities to learn skills needed to strive and compete in the 21st Century. Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe environment for kids to try-on new skills, to ask ‘what if questions,’ and to explore the possibilities,” said Ivan Gilreath, CEO/President of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands.

Valued at more than $25,000, each Boys & Girls Club Technology Center includes state-of-the-art computers, along with desktops, monitors, laptops, printers, docking stations, wireless routers, wireless cards and proprietary Microsoft and Club Tech software. Through the Club Tech suite of programs, kids learn the basics of business software, plus stay safe online and move on to advanced hardware and networking skills.

Cox Communications and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have partnered for more than ten years to provide club kids with a safe place to learn and grow.  In Omaha, local Cox teams have contributed more than $1.1 million in cash, in-kind support, media services and volunteer efforts to the organization since 2008.

The Omaha Technology Center is located at the Westside Unit (1414 Robertson Drive, Omaha), a club attached to Westbrook Elementary School, serves nearly 200 Westside Unit club kids daily and is open to more than 800 club kids from around the metro area.


On the Road 2014: BGCM Raises Over $330K

On the Road 2014: BGCM Raises Over $330K

The 18th Annual On the Road Event was held on Saturday, May 31st at Happy Hollow Club where the 340 attendees were encouraged to sport festive golf attire in light of this year’s Country Club theme. The VIP Patron Party kicked off the evening at 5:30 pm, followed by a cocktail reception. Guests were greeted at the doors by Club kids as they were seated for a sit-down dinner, program and live auction. The evening festivities concluded on the front lawn with a live performance by local band Pat O & The Show giving guests the opportunity to dance the night away and enjoy the beautiful summer evening.

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March Madnezz a Slam Dunk!

March Madnezz a Slam Dunk!

On Saturday, March 29th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands hosted the 5th Annual March Madnezz fundraising event at Spillway Grill & Bar in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

“To experience success like we did at the 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs March Madnezz Event, you need two things: a strong, engaged committee and a supportive business community, and we are fortunate to have both,” said Phil Higgins, President of the Southwest Iowa Board of Trustees. “I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it all.”

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2014 Nebraska State Youth of the Year

2014 Nebraska State Youth of the Year

On Wednesday, March 19th, three Nebraska teens met before a crowd of more than 60 supporters to compete for the title of Nebraska State Youth of the Year. The youth shared their stories of the challenges they faced and the impact the Boys & Girls Clubs had on their growth and development as a young adult.

Three judges determined Jabaree Culliver, an 18-year-old graphic design student at UNO and 10-year member of the Westside Boys & Girls Club winner of the Nebraska State Youth of the Year Title, making Jabaree the most distinguished among over 10,000 members in the state of Nebraska.

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My life and my family's foundation was established at the Boys Clubs back in the late 60's. My mother believed in what the Club meant in our lives and I will celebrate my 35th year in the Movement this year. I am so honored to have learned from the some of the best men around…Bill Hinckley, Tom Davis, Ike Snell, Dwight Day, Fred Schott, Don Preister, Maurice Lambert, Lonnie McIntosh, Walter Henderson, Wayne Houston and Bob Solonynka.