We are proud to have recently won two top achievement awards from the Boys & Girls Clubs Florida Area Council for program excellence. The Club’s Police as Friends, Police as Mentors program was awarded as the top character & leadership program in the state and the Club’s ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) program was recognized as the top education & career development program. The awards were chosen among 50 applicants and were judged upon program needs assessment, description of the programs and the impact it has on youth and the community.
JCPenney in Naples also received the CARE (Children Are Reason for Excellence) Award which is given to an individual or business that has provided outstanding in-kind or direct support to their local Boys & Girls Club. Thank you JC Penney for all that you do for our youth.
The Club proudly welcomes Skip Robinson as Chief Operating Officer. Skip joins us from Milwaukee where he served as VP of community relations and player development for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks for 15 years.
Skip brings to the Club a long and personal history of helping at-risk youth. He worked in administrative roles at various Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the United States before landing in Milwaukee where he founded the Milwaukee’s Midnight Basketball League. The league combined his two loves – basketball and helping kids by providing them with an alternative to the streets and develop a love for the game.
Having overcome great adversity while growing up, Skip developed his passion for helping at-risk youth where he draws upon his own personal experiences to relate to and make a difference in their lives. Skip believes that every child needs a safe place to call home and makes it his mission to provide them with that stability and support.
The Club is honored to have Skip and looks forward to his service in carrying out our vision of providing a world-class Club experience that ensures success is within reach of every young person.
Congratulations Adolphe Francois and Laurisha Devalgras who were selected as National winners in BGCA’s 2015 National Fine Arts Exhibit Contest! Adolphe and Laurisha are among 37 finalists chosen out of 1,500 applicants to represent BGCA as national winners. Adolphe’s Tree of Life Collage and Laurisha’s Crazy Coil Pot Sculpture will be reproduced and sent to Regional and National conferences around the country. We are so proud of the both of you!
More than 100 members are attending a four day water safety camp put on by the ZAC Foundation at the Club. We are among 20 clubs in the nation that have been chosen as part of a partnership between the ZAC Foundation and BGCA to expand water safety programming. There are swimming pool lessons and safety classes with first responders ensuring that our youth can remain safe while enjoying the water.
In celebration of National Painting Week, 25 Sherwin-Williams employees volunteered their time to help freshen up outside parts of the Club. They painted everything from fire hydrants, to poles, hand rails, parking signs and so much more. Thank you Sherwin Williams for helping to make our Club look amazing.
As part of National Volunteer Month and Comcast Cares Day, Comcast volunteers visited the Club and packaged more than 900 meals that will be distributed to members to bring home. All food items were donated by Comcast.
We are excited to announce that we recently broke ground on the new Michael G. DeGroote and Gillian Campbell Youth Development Center in Immokalee. More than 100 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony, which included community leaders, donors and supporters.
The building is expected to be complete by January 2017 and will serve the unmet, out-of-school time needs of Immokalee youth. The 24,512-square-foot facility will house a full service cafeteria, kitchen, classrooms, computer labs, dance and music studio, arts academy, teen center and more.
The Great Futures Start Here Campaign is in full swing! We invite you to join others throughout the community and become a member of the Great Futures Club. All proceeds raised go directly to provide scholarships for local youth to attend the Boys & Girls Club's after school and summer programs.