On Thursday April 5th Cheryl Wendell came and spoke to our Teen Center Club members. She is part of the BGCDT program committee and works for Arbonne Company. She spoke to the Teens about then finding passion in their ideas and goals even if friends and others don't think its a good idea. Cheryl continued with topics such as empowerment and becoming leaders. Opting out of reading books, she instead will show videos of encouragement.
Crochet has become more popular over the past few years and the BGCDT members are jumping on this creative bandwagon! Parkview has started a Crochet Club and it is becoming a hit with our members. Not only is crochet creative and fun, but it is known to have calming benefits by reducing anxiety, increasing focus and assessing patterns. We are looking forward to see this program continue to blossom and what great things these members create!
Community Day presented by Buffalo Wild Wings!
10% of sales will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township on April 18th.
Community Day is 11:00am-1:00am
Come enjoy some wings and help support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township!
Locations: Alqonquin, Crystal lake, Hoffman Estates, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Old Orchard Mall, Round Lake Beach, Skokie, & Vernon Hills
'She's a trailblazer.' Dundee-Crown senior named Boys & Girls Club 'Youth of the Year'
"It's not about where you come from, it's about where you are today."
Those words hold deep meaning for 18-year-old Kajira Blunt, who credits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township for her growth and success in the last six years.
Clay hands is a program that Jesus at the Golfview site came up with this year. He wanted to do an art program that was a little different than the arts and crafts program we currently have. We were excited to see the outcome. The site started off with a small group of twelve 4th graders. Throughout the 5 week course the kids got to learn about the color palette, the difference between a shade, shadows and tint, and how mixing certain colors would give a whole new color. They also got to make their own animal out of clay. Some of the kids even made a snowman!
On Friday March 16th the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township had the opportunity to attend the Windy City bulls Basketball team at the Sears Center to which they played against the Westchester Knicks. The Tickets were provided by Johnsonville Brats. After the game the kids were able to meet the mascot, get a few autographs, and have their pictures taken in front of the trophies. Thank you Johnsonville Brats for providing our kids with a fun night filled with new memories!
The Boys and Girls Club would like to thank the Carpentersville Police Department. The officers took time out of their day to take thirty club members to see the Black Panther movie at the Classic Cinemas. Officers had stated how important it is to give kids the opportunity to have a positive interaction with police at a young age and to know that they are just like them. The kids and officers were even interviewed by one our Teen Center members about their dream super power and interaction between officers and children.
Last Tuesday March 6th Chris Smith of Comcast visited our Teen Center to speak to the boys of our Passport To Manhood participants. Chris is the Vice Presidents of Sales and Marketing and is currently the youngest person in the company to hold this position at the age of 39. The kids asked him various questions ranging from his childhood to what his goals were in high school to what his job entails.
Author Joe Brown visited our Lakewood site Friday March 9th for a read aloud with our Lakewood kids. He is the author of Come On, Get On. The story is about a young boy who imagines a bald eagle swooping him away on an adventure to a land that only your imagination can take you. Part of his presentation not only included a read aloud of Come On, Get On, but also paintings used in the illustrations. Joe’s books encourage children to use their imagination to create their own adventures.
Twenty one years ago the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township was formed to give kids an opportunity. It has been the dedication of our leaders- full and part time employees that have created a mentor relationship with thousands of kids over the past two decades. Nourishing character and inspiring potential has given The Club a base of current Alumni who are now employees.