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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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$1,000 Worth of School Supplies Donated to the Westside Boys & Girls Club as Part of Injury Board Day of Action

This August, member firms of The Injury Board – a professional association comprised of trial attorneys – from across the U.S. are collectively working to support children in their hometowns ...
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Baxter Subaru Shares the Love with $24,363 Check

On Monday, April 25, 2016,  Baxter Subaru stopped by the Westside Boys & Girls Club to present a check for $24,363.73. (view image) From the month of November 2015 to January ...
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Club Members Awarded $152,000 in College Scholarships

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) awards $152,000 in college scholarships to 50 BGCM seniors and alumni as a commitment to enabling its members, especially those who need ...
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Brandon McMiller named Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2016 Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. On Thursday, February 4, six Boys & Girls Clubs of ...
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Groundbreaking for New Club at Millard Central Middle School on Omaha Gives! Day

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) on Wednesday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m. in conjunction with Omaha Gives!

Students, staff, parents, community members and invited guests will celebrate the new partnership and investment in our community’s future – our youth.

This project represents a unique School-Club partnership, adding a Club to existing schools, connecting underserved youth with hope and opportunities. Boys & Girls Clubs will help provide the resources our youth need to succeed.

“We are honored to be partnering with Millard Public Schools to provide our programming to deserving young people of the Millard Community,” Ivan Gilreath, BGCM President & CEO said. “This model removes the barrier of transportation that so many of our young people face when deciding on after-school programming.”

The Club, scheduled to open in fall of 2018 will have 14,590 square-feet of dedicated space for Club members that includes a significant teen space. The Club will consist of a shared secure entry for both the Club and the school, space for younger members, teen center, learning center with computers, and an innovation center/multi-purpose area that can be used for flying drones or a basketball game. Transportation from Millard South High School will be provided by the school district. The Club will serve 325 youth per day, with the expectation that there will be a large number of teens.

“We are grateful for the investment the Boys & Girls Club is making in our community,” Dr. Jim Sutfin, Superintendent of Millard Public Schools said. “Their dedication to young people will create a ripple through the lives of our students. We are proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club. They are the gold standard!”

Mt. View Boys & Girls Club is proven success of the School-Club model that will be replicated at Central Middle School. Students will walk down the hall to the Club where they will receive a nutritious meal, academic support, mentoring and a fun place to continue to grow.

“Hot meals at night, homework help and overall fun will be available for these wonderful young people every night and will put them on the right track for eligibility for our scholarship and internships programs when they are older. This is a win for the youth, community, Millard Public Schools and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands,” Gilreath said.

All monies raised through Omaha Gives! will go to fund the construction and operation of three new Clubs in Omaha, including the Millard Central Club. BGCM will celebrate this day of giving and witness the strength of a community coming together to build a Boys & Girls Club for youth who are in need of quality after-school programming.
The groundbreaking ceremony will include remarks from Dr. Jim Sutfin, Superintendent MPS; Mike Kennedy, MPS Board President; Ivan Gilreath, BGCM President & CEO; and Tim Holland, BGCM Board Chair.


Jaime Valadez Named Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2017 Youth of the Year

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 the Year said in a speech.

On Thursday, February 16, six Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ (BGCM) members competed to represent the organization at the state level Youth of the Year competition.

Representatives from each of the Clubs included:
• Alice Christensen, Carter Lake Unit
• Destiny Howard, Westside Unit
• Janaeco Richard, North Omaha Unit
• Alexis Rocha, Council Bluffs Unit
• Leon Stubblefield, Mt. View Unit
• Jaime Valadez, South Omaha Unit

Jaime Valadez, freshman at Omaha South High School, was named Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ 2017 Youth of the Year.

Youth of the Year (YOY) recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve and is a nationally recognized program through Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The program promotes and celebrates a youth’s service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. The program distinguishes youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.

“I aspire to become a leader and to set an example for my little brother and my peers,” Valadez said.

Valadez and other Club members competing, spoke about their Club experience, personal brand and their vision for America’s youth. They also went through an interview process with each of the judges.

“The South Omaha Boys & Girls Club is one of the few places I can say that I trust and always feel safe in while I am here,” Valadez said. “I don’t have to worry about being hurt or attacked in any way; it also provides me with a place to express who I am and who I wish to be later on in life.”

Valadez will go on to compete at the State level on March 16 and 17 in Sioux City, Iowa. If selected as Nebraska’s State Youth of the Year he will move on to Regionals in Chicago to compete for one of five spots that go to Washington, D.C., to earn the coveted title of National Youth of the Year.
Historically, the five regional winners have been honored at a Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill and have a chance to meet the President of the United States at the White House.

Tupperware Brands Corporation, the programs national sponsor, awards each state winner a $1,000 college scholarship, each regional winner a $10,000 college scholarship and the National Youth of the Year receives an additional college scholarship totaling up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.


ATTENTION: Open & Closed Locations for Tuesday, Jan 17th


All BGCM Club locations are closed on Monday, January 16.


Trivia Buffs of the Bluffs raises more than $50,000

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 of the Midlands’ “Trivia Buffs of the Bluffs” fundraising competition.

With the help of existing donors and new supporters, Trivia Buffs of the Bluffs, raised, more than $50,000 for the metro area Clubs to continue to provide a safe nurturing environment for our youth.

This year the event honored Ted and Polly Hoff for their long time support to the Boys & Girls Clubs and commitment to the entire community. Ted was a former Southwest Iowa Board of Trustees president and has watched the Council Bluffs Club grow from a small office to the building on the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus.

Teams dressed up in their best Casino Royale James Bond themed attire and competed in the “Best Dressed” contest. The evening kicked off with a photo booth, music and a buffet-style dinner with cocktails.

Our celebrity guest host, Shawnte Passmore, KMTV’s morning reporter, took the teams through nine rounds of trivia. The night included a live and silent auction, as well as raise-the paddle.

“Trivia Buffs of the Bluffs is one of our two annual fundraisers and is becoming more popular every year,” Barry Cleaveland, Southwest Iowa Board of Trustees President said. “Everyone has a lot of fun dressing up and studying for our theme – this year Casino Royale – and trying to be the team that takes home the travelling winner’s trophy. It is very heartwarming to know that so many in the metro will come together to support a great cause.”

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There’s nothing trivial about the important cause this is all supporting. Each day after school youth ages 5 to 18 visit the H. H. “Red” and Ruth H. Nelson Council Bluffs Club on the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus and the Henry Ogram Carter Lake Club to get the homework help they need, share a hot meal with friends and find support and encouragement from the caring staff.

At the Clubs, kids play sports, create works of art, serve the community and learn about careers, college and finances. Club also have a chance to enjoy themselves with field trips and cultural activities – all of this for a membership fee of only $30 per year! Brandon McMiller, BGCM’s Youth of the Year shared his story and Club experience at the event.

Thank you to this year’s “Royal Flush” sponsors, Black Hills Energy, Doll Distributing, First National Bank, Ted & Polly Hoff and Truck Center Companies.


$1,000 Worth of School Supplies Donated to the Westside Boys & Girls Club as Part of Injury Board Day of Action

$1,000 Worth of School Supplies Donated to the Westside Boys & Girls Club as Part of Injury Board Day of Action

This August, member firms of The Injury Board – a professional association comprised of trial attorneys – from across the U.S. are collectively working to support children in their hometowns by providing in-kind donations of needed items, as well as volunteering their time to the local Boys & Girls Clubs as part of the Injury Board Day of Action.

Inserra & Kelley Attorneys at Law, Omaha’s member firm, will be partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) to support academic success by donating $1,000 worth of school supplies for kindergarten through 6th graders.

On Thursday, July 28th at noon, the firm will deliver school supplies to the Westside Unit located at 1414 Robertson Drive and volunteer for the day.

“We are very excited and proud to partner with The Injury Board and Inserra & Kelly Attorneys at Law to help our members prepare for the school year by having our partners provide the necessary materials to help them learn and succeed in the classroom,” Tom Kunkel, Chief Operating Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands said.

BGCM programming focuses on ensuring that kids in poverty are ready to learn and achieve academic success by providing them with the academic support they need. The goal is to deliver programs that create happy and healthy children and teens today while building a foundation of success for tomorrow, impacting a better future.

This is the 3rd Annual Injury Board (IB) Day of Action, a collaborative effort between IB member firms, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and other youth organizations across the United States.

Look for #IBDayofAction on social media and join the trend to spread positive awareness to children in need.

The Injury Board recruits attorneys based on their proven commitment to these four key areas: relationships, leadership, community and results. Injury Board members make an ongoing promise to donate a portion of their time, talent and resources to local causes and non-profit organizations in order to help make where they live a better place for everyone.

For more information about the 3rd Annual IB Day of Action, please contact Brittany Monbarren at bmonbarren@clarismarketing.com. To learn more about the Injury Board membership, please visit www.injuryboard.org/membership. 


Baxter Subaru Shares the Love with $24,363 Check

Baxter Subaru Shares the Love with $24,363 Check

On Monday, April 25, 2016,  Baxter Subaru stopped by the Westside Boys & Girls Club to present a check for $24,363.73. (view image)

From the month of November 2015 to January 2016, Subaru donated $250 for every new Subaru sold with their Share the Love campaign. Baxter Subaru matched that amount, giving another $250 for each Subaru sold. BGCM was chosen as the featured local organization to receive the donation.

Thanks to Baxter Subaru’s generous donation and commitment to the community, more kids can enjoy the life changing programs offered at the Club.

 

 


Club Members Awarded $152,000 in College Scholarships

Club Members Awarded $152,000 in College Scholarships

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) awards $152,000 in college scholarships to 50 BGCM seniors and alumni as a commitment to enabling its members, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as healthy, productive, caring and responsible members of society.

Inspired by this commitment, BGCM established a scholarship program in 1986 designed to benefit active members of the Clubs and alumni who plan to further their academic and vocational education in order to develop their potential abilities.

“BGCM’s ability to provide these 50 scholarships to Club members is the result of so many people’s commitment to the mission and vision of Boys & Girls Clubs. The communities they choose to build their lives in will be enriched because of what we do here,” Keith Bushardt, Executive Board Member and Chair of the BGCM Scholarship Committee said.

The 2016 Scholarship Luncheon will take place Monday, July 11 at 11 a.m. at the North Omaha Boys & Girls Club, located at 2610 Hamilton Street, with special guest speaker Trev Alberts, University of Nebraska at Omaha Athletic Director.

In January, BGCM hired Jermaine Jones as Vice President of Community & Scholarship Outreach. Jones is a North Omaha Boys & Girls Club alum, former scholarship recipient and intern. He is responsible for growing BGCM’s Scholarship Program and implementing an Internship Program for scholarship recipients. Jones has a great appreciation for what these types of opportunities can provide for young people.

“Our scholarship program will continue to grow over the next several years, providing substantial financial assistance for our Club members pursuing post-secondary education,” Jones said. “The scholarship recipients will then have the opportunity to be part of an internship program which will offer real life, on the job experiences.”

Sponsors of the scholarship program include CenturyLink, Hawkins Family Scholarship, A.V. Sorensen, Charles E. & Florence Lakin Good Citizen Scholarship, Morton A. Richards Scholarship Fund, G. Robert Muchemore Foundation, Officer Tye Pratt Memorial Scholarship, Paul Stella Memorial Scholarship, Heider Scholarship, Corporal Shane Kielion Memorial Scholarship, Fred Arkoosh Jr. Memorial Scholarship, John & Harriet Wiebe Good Citizen Scholarship, Douglas County Sherriff Scholarship and Officer Kerrie Orozco Memorial Scholarship.

BGCM congratulates the following 2016 scholarship recipients:

Richard Adams, Carter Lake Unit
Tre’Vaun Ammons, North Unit Alum
Sheyenne Arduc, Carter Lake Unit
Asya Beasley, North Unit Alum
Caleb Brandon, Westside Unit Alum
Taymechia Bridgeman, Westside Unit
Alonzo Carr, Westside Unit Alum
Emma Clausen, South Unit
Megan Corey, Carter Lake Unit
Jabaree Culliver, Westside Unit Alum
Wylicia Dorsey, North Unit Alum
Alyssa Duval, North Unit
Abigail Fisher, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Jasmyn Flowers, North Unit Alum
Amber Franklin, North Unit Alum
Chance Hall, North Unit
Marcus Hall-Oliver, North Unit Alum
Alexia Hamilton, Mt. View Unit
Emily Hargrave, Council Bluffs Unit
Cedric Henderson-Smith, North Unit
Terry Henry, North Unit Alum
Allysia Holm, Mt. View Unit Alum
Skylar Huff, Carter Lake Unit
Deziree Kearney, Council Bluffs Unit
William Kearney, Council Bluffs Unit Alum

Brandon Kozac, Carter Lake Unit
Jorge Lara, South Unit Alum
Jonathan Leones, South Unit
Hannah Levelle, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Marquise Lewis, North Unit Alum
Devon Logan, Council Bluffs Unit
Jonathan Love, Carter Lake Unit Alum
Eris Mackey, North Unit Alum
Diante McBride, North Unit Alum
Nadia Metoyer, North Unit Alum
Coriana Moore, North Unit
Paige Muhammad, North Unit Alum
Imani Murray, North Unit
Joe Nash, North Unit Alum
Taylor Parks, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Shacara Pierce, Mt. View Unit
Devin Rollins, Westside Unit Alum
Cameron Schlotfeld, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Laterra Smith, North Unit Alum
Ronald Snow, Westside Unit Alum
Bailey Tague, Council Bluffs Unit
Alex Vargas, South Unit
Devalon Whitcomb, North Unit
Arriyan Williams, North Unit Alum
Nicholas Young, Westside Unit


Club Hours for Wednesday, February 3, 2016


First Responders Foundation donates more than $118,000 to nonprofits in honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco

First Responders Foundation donates more than $118,000 to nonprofits in honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco

Under the direction of Kerrie Orozco’s family, the First Responders Foundation selected the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands as one of seven deserving organizations closest to Kerrie’s heart. Kerrie’s mother and aunt presented the checks to each organization at the press conference on Monday, December 7, 2015.

OPD Officer Kerrie Orozco was tragically killed in the line of duty on May 20, 2015. She was known for her volunteerism, community activism and support for many honorable organizations making a difference every day.

Immediately following her death, the First Responders Foundation created Kerrie’s Causes, a public fundraising campaign to assure her name lives on forever.

Over the past few months, the community has been touched by the legacy of fallen Officer Kerrie Orozco. Seven local organizations received a portion of donations made in her memory to ensure the longevity of the causes closest to her heart.

Officer Orozco volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands as a baseball coach. She put a big focus on making sure the kids knew just how special they are.

The money awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs will go towards a Kerrie Orozco scholarship and fund a much needed van to transport Club members from school to Club everyday.

Other organizations awarded include:
University of Nebraska Foundation
Iowa COPS
Special Olympics of Nebraska
PACE
Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.
Black Police Officers Association


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.