Important Dates!
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BGC365 Session Begins
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February 19th
Club Closed for President's Day

February 26th
Camp Grosvenor Registration Opens

March 2nd
Lifeguard Course Begins
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March 24th - Save the Date!
2nd Annual Awards Gala
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

April 9th - 13th
National Boys & Girls Club Week

May 21st - Save the Date! 
33rd Annual Grosvenor/Cushing Memorial Golf Tournament

May 27th
Camp Grosvenor Open House

May 28th
Club closed for Memorial Day

June 3rd
Camp Grosvenor Open House 

June 3rd
BankNewport 10 Miler

June 10th
Camp Grosvenor Open House

June 17th 
Camp Grosvenor Open House 

June 25th - August 24th
Camp Grosvenor 

June 25th - August 3rd

July 4th
Club Closed in observance of the holiday 

July 28th & 29th 
Gala Preview Party July 27th
The Newport Show
Antiques, Art & Exquisite Objects

August 10th 
Newport Yacht Rendezvous

September 3rd
Club Closed for Labor Day

News Features 

Salve Basketball Team Runs Basketball Clinic at Florence Gray Site
January 2018

The Salve Regina University's Men’s Basketball team ran a clinic at the Florence Gray Center on Friday January 12th. More than 20 Boys & Girls Club members between the ages of twelve and fifteen participated in shooting competitions and drills to help improve offensive skills. The clinic ended with a brief question and answer session where Club members asked the Salve players and coaches what it is like to be a college athlete and how to balance college school work and sports.

A big thank you to Coach Sean Foster for dedicating his time and his team to helping improve and enhance the knowledge of the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County’s experience with basketball!

Champlin Foundation gives $750,000 to local organizations
December 2017
Newport Daily News
Daily News Staff

Eleven Newport County nonprofits are receiving $750,000 in grants from the Champlin Foundation.

The Preservation Society of Newport County is getting $250,000 for the construction of The Breakers welcome center, according to the Champlin Foundation. The foundation will distribute a total of $18.1 million in grants to nonprofits across the Ocean State.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County will receive $196,000 for various projects, and the Common Fence Point Improvement Association received $94,000 to match state funds for the expansion of the community hall into an arts center.

The other area recipients are the Newport Historical Society, the Seamen’s Church Institute, Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice, the Aquidneck Land Trust, the Portsmouth Free Public Library, the Newport Art Museum and the Newport County YMCA. The Community College of Rhode Island also received funding, including support for the Newport campus.

Funding for Aquidneck Island has totaled $20 million since the Champlin Foundation was founded in 1932.

This fall, Joe Pratt was joined at a ribbon cutting celebration of a Cox Technology Center and a $100,000 grant at the Boys and Girls Club by Newport School Committee chair Dave Hanos and School Superintendent Colleen Jermain. (Photo by Joseph T. O’Connor)
Conversation with 
Joe Pratt on His Return 
to the Boys & Girls Club
December 2017
Newport This Week  by Amy Martin

When you walk into the CEO’s office at the Boys and Girls Club on Church Street, you’ll find a framed, weathered photo of a little boy climbing a rope. When you turn around you’ll see that boy as a man, now sitting behind the desk as the current CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County.

Joe Pratt has truly experienced a lifelong journey through those hallowed halls beginning as a young boy in the afterschool programs, then as a teen mowing the lawns and cleaning bathrooms, and eventually becoming a counselor. He has lived in Newport his entire life despite a career that’s led him all over the state. Pratt has come full circle back to the club where he learned lessons that carried him through his life, and has dedicated himself to bettering communities and changing paths of thousands of youth.

What is your role at the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County?

I run the club making sure we have a sustainable business model and focus on our three primary goals: to reach as many kids as we can, to keep raising the quality of our programs, and to drive the revenue to support our programs.

How long did you attend the Boys and Girls Club as a child and which activities did you take part in?

I came here after school starting at about 7 years old. My parents worked, so it’s the same story as today. Kids don’t have anywhere to go after school and that’s when they can get into trouble. I went to the club, the camp, all of it. I grew up here.
Do you stay in touch with people from those days?

Oh yes. I have friends that have grown up here at the club who are now business professionals, attorneys, judges. They go to the camp and cut back trees, mow lawns, put docks in. It’s great to have them come back and have an impact here.

What is your favorite local festival?

Jazz Fest. It celebrates what’s unique about Newport. It sets us apart from other communities.

How do you unwind?

Running. It lets me clear my head.

Do you have an annual tradition?

On Jan. 1 we do a Swim for Jim, a good friend of mine that passed away about five years ago. We raise a little bit of money, have a great time with friends and give the money to charities.

How have your previous positions helped you in your current one?

My work at the United Way, my first job, was nonprofit, community fundraising. Then I was in the private sector in higher education at Bryant College. At Fidelity Investments I was on the corporate affairs side, which was all about partnerships, collaborations, becoming a good corporate community citizen. Then I was chief of staff for our current governor [Gina Raimondo] when she was general treasurer. The government sector melds the connection between government, nonprofit, private and corporate.

Who does the Boys and Girls Club serve and what does it offer?

We serve 1,900 members, but we impact 5,500 kids in our community. We charge members $30 a year, but we never let finances be a barrier for the kids and families so we scholarship those in need. The mission of the club is to enable all youth to achieve their full potential, especially those most at risk. We deliver that mission by focusing on three key areas: healthy living, academic readiness, and character and leadership.

What is your vision for the 
Boys and Girls Club?

It's about serving all youth to enable them to have great futures. The three areas we always focus on are quality, numbers of kids served, and revenue because revenue drives the club. Serve the youth, listen to the community’s priorities, help the community become stronger.
What changes are you the most proud of since you started?

Two items, the collaborative and innovative work we are doing: essential skills, mentoring, partnering with schools and the housing authority. It lets us reach so many more kids and families. The next is our team. We have a talented team of employees.

What projects are currently underway?

We are close to completing three significant projects: the childcare space, the kitchen and the courtyard. We are 95 percent done with the upgrade and renovation of our lower level, which houses our childcare facilities. The courtyard now is a resurfaced and colorful space filled with recreational items to make fitness fun.

We are working closely with the housing authority on the north end. The Florence Grey Center is the community center for housing authority. We are working with housing and many partners to find out how that facility can best serve the community.

What are the greatest challenges facing 
the club?

There is so much need here. Newport is an incredible dichotomy: amazing wealth, but staggering amounts of poverty. Sixty-five percent of the kids in the Newport schools are eligible for free or reduced lunch. Our membership is similar, about 65 percent in poverty. The need is the biggest challenge, and trying to find the resources to deliver solutions to those needs.

You serve adults as well.

We do, during the daytime, the off hours. We have swimming, fitness programs in the pool and the gym, and yoga. We are trying to really see what the community needs and leverage the resources that are here.

What can residents do to help promote and support the Boys and Girls Club to further its growth and success?

We have hundreds of volunteer opportunities across the board, homework help, tutoring, specific programs, coaching, working on the facilities, fundraising and so many more.

The Boys and Girls Club’s success isn’t driven by any one person. It’s a real community effort. We are fortunate to have strong community support, to help us meet the staggering need in our community.

Ruth and Edward “Ned” Corcoran have spearheaded fundraising campaigns for Newport Hospital and other organizations on Aquidneck Island for five decades. They say they could never have done it without the generosity of the entire community.
Celebrating 50 Years of Philanthropy
December 2017
Newport This Week  - NTW Staff 

It was 1967 and Lyndon B. Johnson occupied the Oval Office. Gas was 33 cents a gallon and Carl Yastrzemski was patrolling left field at Fenway Park during the Red Sox’s “Impossible Dream” season.

That same year, Ruth and Edward “Ned” Corcoran became involved with Newport Hospital, chairing the capital campaign to fund what would be the tallest building on Aquidneck Island. The Turner Building is located at the center of the island, and hospital administrators say it was also central to making their facility into a first-class medical institution.

To fund the project, Newport Hospital needed to raise more than $1 million, a goal the Corcorans weren’t sure they would be able to reach. “It was a lot of money in those days,” Ned recalls, “but with the community solidly behind us we ended up raising over $2 million.”

While the Corcorans spearheaded the 1967 campaign, Ned says its success hinged on local residents who contributed funding. The opportunity was also Ned’s first chance to work with the late John A. “Archie” van Beuren, a philanthropist in his own right.

“Archie was an amazing man,” Ned said. 
“He was so positive about the hospital 
and the campaign [and] recognized the Turner Building as a resource our community needed.”

Affectionately known as “The Tower,” the Turner Building now houses Vanderbilt 
Rehabilitation Center, the Noreen Stonor Drexel Birthing Center, the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Newport Hospital, and other patient care units. It was Ned and Ruth’s first successful fundraising effort and it would not be their last.

Thirty years later, in 1997, the Corcorans were at it again, volunteering to chair 
the hospital’s Vision 2001 campaign. With 
a goal of raising $16 million, the campaign would effectively transform the Newport facility into a modern community hospital at a time when medicine was experiencing 
a shift to enhanced diagnostic capabilities and a move toward more outpatient services.

“Like everything she’s done in support of the hospital, my wife put her heart and soul into the Vision 2001 campaign,” Ned said. “We knew the economy was difficult in the late ‘90s, so when there were concerns about being able to raise the funds, it only inspired us more and we took it as a challenge to meet our goal.”

“My husband and I were both brought up to give back; it’s a big part of who we are,” Ruth said. “And once you’re hooked on something like this, you stay involved, especially when it’s so critically important to your community.”

During the Corcorans’ five decades of fundraising for Aquidneck Island’s only hospital, which was founded in 1873, the couple’s influence can be found on every floor and care unit.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that Ruth and Ned have been instrumental in transforming Newport Hospital and propelling us into the 21st century,” said hospital president Crista F. Durand. “The Corcorans are part of a small, select group of philanthropists who are the backbone of Newport Hospital.”

Fundraising for the hospital is one example of the Corcorans’ lifetime of giving in the community.

One of The Boys Club's original incorporators, in the 1950s, Ned was instrumental as the board president in the merger in 1980 that formed the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County. 
Joe Pratt, executive director and CEO of the Newport chapter, pointed to the Corcorans’ involvement in countless organizations and community efforts to improve the lives of Aquidneck Island families.

“Ned and Ruth Corcoran are true treasures of the community,” Pratt wrote in an email to Newport This Week on Dec. 13. “Their work at the Newport Boys and Girls Club 
is a perfect example of the vision, passion and dedication they displayed that to this day is still delivering value to members of our community.”

The Corcorans’ connection to the community, as well as to Newport Hospital, runs deep. As longtime volunteers, they delivered Meals on Wheels for years, and dedicated their time to many other philanthropic causes. Ned was born at Newport Hospital, along with his four siblings, and the Corcorans’ seven children and grandchildren opened their eyes for the first time at the hospital as well.

“We feel a great sense of obligation to the community and the hospital,” Ned said.

With a burgeoning summer population 
and more seasonal festivals and events, Ned sees the hospital’s role becoming 
even greater in the future. In 2017 alone, Newport Hospital’s emergency 
department has seen an average of 100 people each day, a 35 percent increase 
over just two years ago, according to the hospital press release.

“With larger numbers of people in Newport, it is inevitable that more people will need to rely on the hospital for care,” Ned said. “And for those who live here, there is little question that if they haven’t already benefited from the hospital, they will at some point during their lifetime.”

The greater Aquidneck Island community gave Ned and Ruth Corcoran a lifetime of joy, and the Corcorans, in turn, have spent that lifetime returning the favor.

“My husband and I were both brought up to give back; it’s a big part of who we are,” Ruth said. “And once you’re hooked on something like this, you stay involved, especially when it’s so critically important to your community.”

Program Highlight/Staff Highlight
December 2017

This month the Boys & Girls Club highlights Nathan Goncalves and the DramaMatters (a.k.a. Improv) program.  Nathan is teaches the introduction to improv class at the Club.  His program gets kids up on their feet and moving. By playing improv games that require creative thought and communication from the kids, not only do they keep their bodies moving but their brains too. 

One of Nathan's goals is to allow the kids to free themselves of judgmental thoughts towards performing with each other and to let loose and find themselves evolving into creating various characters and scenarios in the moment. His long term goal is to have a culmination of improv scenes presented by the kids for an audience where they will engage their friends and family by allowing them to have input on various scene choices.  

Nathan grew up in Pawtucket and attended 
Jacqueline M. Walsh School of the Performing and Visual Arts where he studied theatre. Since entering College, he has set his sights on tackling the various roles of film making including acting. He currently attends the University of Rhode Island and plans to graduate in the spring of 2018.

For information on the improv program, Please contact Nathan at 

November Members of the Month 
Congratulations to Patricio & Yarelis!
December 2017

Patricio B. has been a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County for about 3 months and began as a member of the Kid’s Clubhouse Afterschool Program. Patricio spends his time at the Club with his friends and staff playing pool, making jokes and bringing smiles to those around him. One day Patricio hopes to become an engineer at NASA and work on rockets. 

Yarelis G. has been a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County for 5 months now and started as a member of Camp Grosvenor. Her favorite activity at the Club is DramaMatters with Nathan G. She is a great role model for the kids in our program and strives to help out our staff wherever she can. 

Lower Level Renovations
Open Doors!
December 2017
Renovations on five classrooms including the tech room, redefining the main multi-purpose area including the games area, sliding wood doors throughout, newly renovated bathrooms and the installation of a new bathroom bring new life to an old building. 

Youth in the Kids Clubhouse Licensed Childcare enjoy STEM activities, mentoring, meals and snacks and endless possibilities! The Club thanks all who helped make these changes come to fruition.
  Sliding doors make for easy passage.
Above: Renovated classrooms provide more opportunities. 

Left: Divider doors separate each classroom. 
Above: New cubbies frame the space. 

Below:  Gameroom is much better. 

Happy Thanksgiving
November 2017

Members of the BGC community enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, November 21st at the Central Clubhouse located at 95 Church Street. More than 90 guests, which included youth, parents, Board members, families and BGC staff were in attendance. 

Youth members' photos and 3D printed models were on display. Their voices were pre-recorded over holiday music sharing holiday blessings which aired during dinner. Parents also filled out "What We Are Thankful For" cards and provided feedback on their overall Club experience. The cards will be on display at the Club throughout the holidays. 

Orlando Peace, coordinator of the Boys & Girls Clubs 
of Newport County's North End Clubhouse, speaks Saturday about all the people who helped the club 
get to where it is now.
Kayla Ebner photo
Clubhouse Celebrates Reopening
Newport Daily News 
By Laura Damon, NDN Staff Writer
November 2017
NEWPORT - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County's North End Clubhouse, located at the Florence Gray Center, celebrated its renovation on Saturday, inviting guests to see the fresh paint, new lighting, furniture and gym equipment to benefit the young members.

Joe Pratt, executive director and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs, gave a tour of the facility on Saturday at the reopening celebration.

Island Carpet Tile & Hardwoods of Middletown donated the new wood 
floors in the cafeteria, he said. The 
Housing Authority of Newport donated 
the lights and scoreboard in the gym
and individuals donated the new gym equipment and furniture.

One Stop Building Supply Center in Newport donated the paint and the Boys 
& Girls Clubs donated new computers.

Orlando Peace is the student attendance facilitator at Rogers High School and coordinator of the Boys & Girls Clubs' northend location. The other Boys & Girls Clubs facility is on Church Street.

Peace, a Middletown resident originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been coordinator for the North End Clubhouse for about a year.

“My passion is right here,” Peace said as he watched the kids check out the new equipment and explore the new facility; Saturday afternoon was the first time the youth members saw the complete renovations.

Peace said he wanted “a place that they 
can be proud of and a place that they 
can invite their friends.”
The renovations came about because 
Peace asked the youth members what 
they wanted in their center. “I always ask kids, 'What would you like?'” he said.

Peace recently started the 365 Athletic  Training Camp Program which stresses both both physical and academic 
excellence for kids ranging from 10 to 17 years old. “We wanted to use sports as a catalyst” for academic success, Peace said.

The program runs in four- to six-week increments, depending on the length of
the sports season. A high school or middle school football, basketball or other sports player reports to the clubhouse after school, works on homework for at least 30 minutes and then partakes in sports conditioning.
Above, 9-year-old Yavier Gonzalez did not let his lack of height get in the way of exploring the new gym equipment.
Kayla Ebner photos
Peace said the idea is to keep the students in great physical health, even off the practice field, and the increase in physical discipline helps them excel in academics. The program stresses self-respect and respect for others, teamwork, professionalism, coping skills for stress and outside pressures, accountability and the importance of a positive attitude.

About 50 kids are enrolled in the program, and Peace said it's important to start such balanced regimens early.

“If we actually start strengthening our smaller kids, when they get to high school they're already going to know, 'We have to keep our grades up,'” he said.

Physical health is vital but Peace said the program isn't about excelling at sports. “We're actually inspiring them through sports to actually do homework before sports is done,” he said.

Mike Yates of Middletown is a Boys & Girls Clubs staff member and tutor for kids in the 365 program.
From the center's renovated loft, Yates watched as community members enjoyed Saturday's celebration. “I think it's great,” he said of the renovations, “because now they have a place to do school work” and also receive athletic help.

“It's bright and beautiful now; it makes 
the kids want to come here and do 
work,” Yates said.

“I think the renovations are going to help attract more kids,” said Mike Coelho, another staff member.

“I think sports and athletics is what will 
get kids in the door,” Coelho said. The renovations at the clubhouse were “sorely needed,” he said.

Mayor Harry Winthrop, who spoke at the celebratory event, said the new center is a “tremendous transformation.”

“It's making a huge difference to the people of the north end of the city,” Winthrop said.

Jenn Folkes, an employment specialist 
with Looking Upwards, an organization 
that helps adults with disabilities find employment, has an office in the Florence Gray Center and called the new facility for the Boys & Girls Clubs “awesome.”

The gym equipment “gives them the 'out' that they need for their energy,” she said.

“It's good,” said Kyshaun Pemberton, a sophomore at Rogers, of the renovations.

Pemberton plays running back and corner on his school's varsity football team. He said he likes going to the center because “we get to come here and play ball.”

Manny Hernandez said the newly renovated center “looks nice.”

Hernandez, 17 and a junior at Rogers, said he's been going to the center since he was 5 years old. “I just like coming in, playing basketball (and) being with my friends,” he said.
From left, Bubble Visor band members Glavine Waldner, 17, Franklin Littlefield, 14, and Weller Littlefield, 16, perform during a reopening celebration Saturday for the North End Clubhouse, located at the Florence Gray Center. 
Kayla Ebner photos

Central Clubhouse Gets Some Well -Needed Playground Upgrades 
October 2017
Renovations to our Central Clubhouse playrground were finished this fall. The basketball court was resurfaced, soft padding was added to the play area, a new Gaga Pit (i.e. dodgeball) was added a colorful back drop was included. This is now a space that everyone can be proud of!

Before Photo of the Outdoor Playground - Basketball Court needed some TLC! 
After Photo - Shows the newly added Gaga Pit!  

North End Clubhouse
Getting a New Look 
September 2017
Thanks to our Athletic Director Orlando Peace and to Sharon Cameron Lawn, the North End Clubhouse lounge area is getting a new look. A fresh coat of paint 
and some new furniture is just what 
the space called for!  

Additional improvements have also taken place in the past few months which have included improved lighting in the gym and the addition of work-out equipment. 

  Before Photo of the Upstairs Lounge
Gym lighting was yellow in color. The photo to the right shows a much brighter space. 
After Photo - We look forward to seeing 
the continued changes! 

Day For Kids 
September 9, 2017
The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County hosted a 
'Day of Kids' Celebration on Saturday, September 9th from 
12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Florence Gary Center in Newport, RI. The Club is grateful to all those who joined us in support our local youth including Mayor Harry Winthrop and our community partners: FabNewport, Double Dutch Jump Rope by Ray Malone, Newport Housing Authority, Child and Family of Newport, and Carrageenan Nelson who provided the entertainment. Youth enjoyed games, raffles, food, touch-a-fire truck, K-9 Demo, music and more! 

Boys & Girls Clubs all across the country hosted similar events to help youth experience the richness of a positive and healthy childhood. 
Neighborhood Health Plan of RI
Donates Backpacks
August 25, 2017
Neighborhood Health Plan of RI joined our youth at Camp Grosvenor in Saunderstown, RI on Friday, August 25th to pass out backpacks and school supplies.

It is through our partners such as these that we  'Shape Great Futures!" every day. 

Thank you Neighborhood Health Plan of RI for helping to make this a special day for our kids.  

New Kitchen 
Comes To Fruition
August 2017
Generous donations made at our Newport Yacht Rendezvous event provided the critical funding needed to renovate our kitchen in our Kids Clubhouse (licensed childcare) area. The goal is that the new space will be used for teaching opportunities to educate youth about proper nutrition, and to provide workforce skills and hot meals on site. Last year, throughout all facilities, the Club served more than 28,000 meals and snacks (up from 13,000 in 2015). Thank you to all who made our new kitchen come to fruition! 

Cox Communications Give 100K 
to R.I. Boys and Girls Clubs 
Newport This Week
August 3, 2017  
Broadband and entertainment behemoth Cox Communications spent Aug. 2 touring Rhode Island cutting ribbons for their new 
Cox Technology Centers and celebrating a $100,000 technology investment from its James M. Cox Foundation to four Boys and Girls Clubs around the state.
The clubs, in turn, used the funding to enhance their digital footprint and to reinvest in the future by purchasing technology
in the way of laptops, 3D printers, cameras, tablets and iPads, among other devices.

The $100,000 was divided evenly among four Boys and Girls Clubs located in Woonsocket, Cumberland, Providence and Newport. State and city dignitaries in attendance for the day’s 
final stop at the ribbon cutting ceremony in Newport included Rhode Island Rep. Marvin Abney, Newport City Councillor 
Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, and Newport Mayor Henry Winthrop.

A number of speakers took to the podium to give addresses, including Mayor Winthrop, Joe Pratt, who is the executive director and CEO for the Boy and Girls Clubs of Newport County, and representatives of Cox Communications.

“This center will be used well,” said Mark Bowser, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Cox. “It will provide equal access [to technology] to kids who might not have access at home, and will prepare them for the tech jobs of the future.” 
– Joseph T. O’ Connor  

$25K grant helps Boys & Girls Clubs upgrade its technology offerings 
Newport Daily News
August 3, 2017
By Sean Flynn, Staff Writer  
Newport CIty Council member Jeanne-Marie Napolitano looks on as Jeremiah McDowell, center, and Enzo Montefusco of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County's summer learning program examine a graphic they printed on a vinyl printer as part of a T-shirt-making process.   Contributed Photo. 
NEWPORT — Camp G.R.E.A.T. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of 
Newport County got a little greater this summer with the official opening of a Cox Technology Center on Wednesday in the club 
on Church Street.

Cox provided $100,000 to four Boys & Girls Clubs around the state, so the Newport club had $25,000 to purchase 11 laptop computers, a 3D printer, a heat press and the technology to tie 
the computers to a vinyl printer. An art room on the second floor was converted into the technology center.

The center already has been incorporated into the Hasbro 
Summer Learning Initiative that is underway at the Boys & Girls Clubs. The purpose of the program is to combat the phenomenon called “summer learning loss” that can occur if children are not engaged in active learning during the long vacation. The local name, Camp G.R.E.A.T., is an acronym for Grow Respect 
Experience Accomplish and Transform.

The initiative has been offered through the United Way and 
funded mainly by Hasbro since 2012, but this is only the second year the locally developed program has been offered in this city 
to rising fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Sixty children are enrolled. The program is offered at 11 sites around the state.

“The tech center is a great addition to the kids’ learning 
experience,” said Mayor Harry Winthrop at the ribbon cutting. 
“You can see how enthusiastic they are.”

The kids were busy on a project coordinated by three Newport public school teachers, including JoAnne Ritchie who was overseeing the work on Wednesday; Steve Heath, executive director of Fab Newport; and volunteers from Clean Ocean Access.

Earlier, the children had all visited Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium in the Easton’s Beach Rotunda and then participated in a scavenger search along the beach to find at 
least 10 examples of marine life.
“I found a mermaid’s purse,” said Miranda Bentura, 8, a rising fourth-grader at Pell Elementary School.

Miranda explained that it is a casing that surrounds the fertilized eggs of some sharks and skates. The egg cases that wash up on beaches are usually empty because the young fish already have hatched out.

The students on Wednesday used the new computers at the tech center to find line drawings of marine life at websites, or used a drawing program to make their own images. They transmitted the images to the vinyl cutter.

They then were busy cutting away the excess vinyl for the finished design — in this case a T-shirt. The students used the new heat press to transfer their designs to their own custom-made Save The Bay T-shirts.

“The whole shirt program is about creating awareness of the need to save the bay,” explained Noemy De Souza, 8, a fourth-grader at Pell School.

Her brother, Nathan, 11, a sixth-grader at Thompson Middle School, created a T-shirt design that said, “Sharks are awesome. Save the Bay.”

“Just think, we go on the web to start making a shirt,” said Jeremiah McDowell, 10, a fifth-grader at Thompson Middle School.

“The computers are innovative,” said Tyanaliyah Rodrigo, 10, also a fifth-grader at Thompson. “I’ve already used them a lot. They’re fun to play with.”

It has not been just play, according to Ritchie.

“We taught them about conservation and how protecting the marine life in the bay and the ocean is necessary,” she said. “They are learning about the concepts.”

Mark Bowser, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cox Communications at the Atlanta headquarters, was a featured speaker at the ceremony.

Creating tech centers at Boys & Girls Clubs around the country brings technology access and skills training to children who may not have access to a computer or an internet connection at home, he said. The training is necessary to help prepare them for advanced education and careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math, he said.

Cox and the James M. Cox Foundation donated a total of $650,000 this year to create 22 technology centers around the country, Bowser said. He and other Cox executives and staff also visited new centers at clubs in East Providence, Woonsocket and Cumberland-Lincoln on Wednesday.

“It’s a give-back to the communities,” Bowser said.

Woodstock Photographer Elliott Landy
Presents Lecture at Newport Antiques 
Show Mapping Exhibit and Booth Talks 
Also Featured
Scheduled For July 28, 2017 
June 2017 – Newport, RI – Each summer the Newport Antiques Show features over 40 of the country’s finest art and antiques dealers during the three-day event. The 2017 Show will include educational programming with a lecture by Woodstock photographer Elliott Landy, a series of dealer booth talks and the exhibit Mapping the Newport Experience: A History of the City’s Urban Development. 

Elliott Landy, the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival which was billed as "Three Days of Peace & Music", captured images of the greatest music legends of the sixties from Bob Dylan to Janis Joplin and the new rock music counterculture. On Friday July 28, 2017 at 11am, Landy will discuss what it was like to attend Woodstock, which was one of the most important cultural events of the twentieth century and defined a generation. He will also comment on the importance of preserving the vision and essence of the festival, whose impact far exceeded three days. Elliot Landy’s photographs will be featured at the Show, on display and for sale, at Jessica Hagen Fine Art & Design.  
John Tschirch, the Newport Historical Society’s Visiting Curator of Urban History, will present Mapping the Newport Experience: A History of the City’s Urban Development. This exhibition highlights selections from his project Mapping the Newport Experience, which illustrates a visual timeline for urban development in Newport using maps, photographs and written descriptions. The city reads like a colorfully illustrated book on the history of urban planning in the United States with each of its districts a window to an age illustrating the approaches to urban planning of Newport’s builders and inhabitants.

Additionally visitors can learn about many of the objects available at the Show through a series of dealer booth talks. The schedule is as follows: 
  • Friday July 28, 2017 at 2pm – Diana Bittel from Diana Bittel Antiques will discuss nautical works of art 
  • including sailor's valentines and woodwork ships 
  • Saturday July 29, 2017 at 11am – Paul Vandekar of Vandekar of Knightsbridge will highlight ceramics 
  • Saturday July 29, 2017 at 2pm – Lori Cohen from Arader Galleries will talk about prints 
  • Sunday July 30, 2017 at 11am – Karen DiSaia from Oriental Rugs Ltd will offer insight on Oriental Rugs
  • Sunday July 30, 2017 at 2pm – Peter Tinkler from the Silver Vault will feature historic silver 

The Newport Antiques Show takes place at the St. George’s School Ice Rink, 375 Purgatory Road, Middletown, RI, July 28-30, 2017. Doors open at 10am daily. General admission costs $15 per person or $20 for a three-day pass. The elegant Gala Preview Party opens the event on Thursday July 27, 2017 at 6pm; tickets start at $150 per person. Admittance to the lecture, booth talks and exhibit is included in the cost of the general admission ticket and the Gala Preview Party ticket. 

All proceeds from Newport Antiques Show sponsorships and ticket sales support its two beneficiaries, the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.   

About The Newport Antiques Show
The Newport Antiques Show, founded in 2007, is one of the country’s leading antiques and decorative arts shows. Proceeds benefit both the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. For more information visit or call 401-846-2669. 

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Newport Health Equity Zone

The Newport Health Equity Zone (HEZ) project is a place-based initiative focusing on the North End and Broadway neighborhoods in Newport, RI. The goal of the project is to mitigate current health disparities in these communities and empower residents with the skills they need to create community change. 

The Physical and Emotional Health working group is being led by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County. Physical activity has numerous health benefits. It reduces one’s risk of cardiovascular disease, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, strengthens your bones and muscles, and can improve your mood.
In year one of the Newport Health Equity Zone project, the Physical and Emotional Health working group is interested in exploring:
  • How can residents of all ages be more physically active?
  • What health concerns are impacting residents in the HEZ?
  • What physical activities are residents currently engaging in? What activities would they be willing to engage in with access?
  • What barriers exist to improving physical and emotional health in our neighborhoods?
Click Here to learn more about HEZ is helping the local community. 

Community effort aims to assist city's low-income families
Newport Daily News 
May, 16, 2017
Newport is among three cities in the state to be awarded $400,000 Working Cities Challenge grants to put their plans into action - plans that have the support of many organizations, businesses and individuals in the respective communities. 
NEWPORT — Social problems in the city are concentrated in the north end, where the poverty rate is 48.7 percent — a rate that is more than 300 percent higher than the city’s poverty rate as a whole, which is 15.1 percent.

Among children in the public schools, 64 percent of them qualify for free or reduced price lunches because of the families’ low incomes, and 17 percent of them have a parent or some other relative who is incarcerated.

“It’s staggering,” said Joseph Pratt, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.

The Boys & Girls Clubs is the lead agency in a new and broad community effort to lift families out of poverty through the development of a well-established, integrated and efficient workforce development system that will be open to everyone, but especially targets residents of the north end.

Just last week, the city was among three cities in the state that were each awarded $400,000 Working Cities Challenge grants to put their plans into action — plans that have the support of many organizations, businesses and individuals in the respective communities.

Providence and Cranston were the two other communities chosen by an independent jury to receive the three-year grants.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is the initiator of the challenge grant and bank President and CEO Eric Rosengren came to the city recently to announce the city’s success in the competition. He toured Newport Heights, Park Holm and Pell Elementary School, and heard about the city’s plans to create an innovation hub in the north end and other economic development efforts in the area.

More than 50 representatives of city organizations and agencies attended a welcoming breakfast held at the Florence Gray Center where the Boys & Girls Clubs has facilities, Pratt said.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has done research in recent years that identified “cross-sector collaboration and leadership” as the key ingredients in resurgent smaller cities across the country. That is what they want to see as a result of its Working Cities Challenge competition, not a new program.

The competition started in 2013 in Massachusetts and showed such success that the bank decided in 2015 to extend the competition to Rhode Island. The band determined 13 cities and towns were possible recipients of the grants and they were asked to submit proposals. Of that group, seven communities were awarded $15,000 design grants last year to sharpen their proposals.

“When we first started the competition, we targeted an efficient workforce development system,” Pratt said.

Besides the Boys & Girls Clubs personnel, the core team included representatives of the Newport Partnership for Families, which represents more than 40 public and private agencies in the city, Community College of Rhode Island, Newport School District, Newport Community School, city of Newport and its Department of Civic Investment, Newport Housing Authority, East Bay Community Action Program, Newport Health Equity Zone, FabNewport and the Newport County Chamber of Commerce.

“The Federal Reserve found in the past that agencies and other providers would tell people what they needed,” Pratt said. “We started out by asking residents and employers what the obstacles and barriers were to effective workforce development locally.”
Whether it was potential employees or potential employers talking, they concentrated on pretty much the same challenges: effective transportation to get employees from home to work and back again; affordable child care so parents can build workforce skills and then go to work; and finding an affordable place to live that is close enough to the workplace.

For example, William Corcoran, owner of the Newport Tent Company, has acquired housing units so his employees have a place to live, Pratt said.

The city’s Working Cities Challenge goal is to decrease the poverty rate in the city by at least 20 percent in the next 10 years. The implementation of the plan’s components to reach this goal will begin in September, Pratt said.One measure will be to establish a “Dream Room/Job Clearinghouse” that will serve as a one-stop career center for residents and employers alike.

“Low- and moderate-income job seekers need a place where they feel welcome,” Pratt said. “There will be a jobs board, skills matching of employees and employers, and help with referrals and mentorships.”

Organizations such as the East Bay Community Action Plan, Boys & Girls Clubs and the staff of educational institutions will provide staff.

“The state Department of Labor and Training once had job centers in the communities,” Pratt said. “We need the local presence of a center like that, to meet today’s needs.”

The effort plans to increase the number of teachers in Newport Public Schools who will serve as mentors to students in order to guide them on a path to success. The plan is for at least a 20 percent increase in the number of mentor-mentee matches in the first year.

The plan is also to increase the number of job training and internship opportunities available to residents. The partners in the effort will develop more specific career pathways, whether they are vocational, technical, military or require college education.

The initiative also will identify local and state policies that could be changed related to the “Cliff Effect.”

“If you are low-income and receive some type of services — housing assistance, food subsidies or child care, for example — the more you earn, the more of these services you lose,” Pratt said.Such policies can keep families trapped in poverty. Instead, policies should be developed that offer incentives instead of disincentives, he said.

A governance structure for the Working Cities initiative will be established that includes 23 representatives, including at least five residents, five employers, and five nonprofit organization staffers, Pratt said. There will be an initiative director and community coordinator to help oversee execution of the plan and the allocation of resources decided by the group, he said.

“We are hoping to raise additional dollars to supplement this effort,” Pratt said. “Our community was committed to this plan whether or not we were chosen to receive the Working Cities grant.”

Funding for the Working Cities Challenge was not provided by the bank, which is the organizer and sponsor, but by a collaboration of the state, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Department of Labor & Training and Rhode Island Housing.

Funding also was provided by local and national philanthropic organizations including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, Living Cities and NeighborWorks America, as well as private-sector firms including Delta Dental of Rhode Island, Bank of America, the Washington Trust Company, AT&T New England, Verizon and Webster Bank.

Sustaining a broad community effort of many organizations has been the key to success in the small cities that had a resurgence, according to the bank’s study.

“Perhaps most importantly, sustained collaboration across sectors was responsible for the ability to maintain focus and momentum, because resurgence in these cities played out over many decades,” the study said.

Boys & Girls Club Teen Attends State 
Youth of the Year Competition 
May, 12, 2017
Matthew Marshall represented BGC Newport at the RI Youth of the Year event in Providence on April 26th. Matt toured the State House and met Rhode Island Senate Senator Lou DiPalma, Rhode Island House of Representatives Joseph Shekarchi, Rep. Arthur Corvese, Rep Samuel Azzinaro and Senator M Teresa Paiva-Weed, this year's BGC Hometown Hero!
Newport, RI: Matthew Marshall was recently selected as the outstanding youth for The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County’s Youth of the Year award and a $1,000 Gordon Johnson scholarship (made possible by the Gordon Johnson family). Marshall was awarded at the Club’s 60th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their paths to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire.  
The 2017 Youth of the Year nominees - Matthew Marshall and fellow nominee Tisa Ford, are true examples of extraordinary youth and are recognized for their dedication to healthy living, leadership, service, and academic excellence. The candidates provided essays and a brief speaking presentation on how the Boys & Girls Club has impacted their lives. The judges for this year’s competition included: Deb Hervieux, the General Manager of the Ninety-Nine Restaurant, Robert Burnetti, Manager of the Hotel Viking and Lynne Tungett, the Publisher of Newport This Week.
After being nominated as the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County’s Youth of the Year, Matthew competed in the statewide Rhode Island Boys & Girls Club competition on April 26th in Providence. Matthew was eligible to win additional scholarships for his achievements. Following the state competition, the RI Youth of the Youth competes for the title of Northeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., 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 $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House. 

Although Matthew did not win the RI Youth of the Year Award, the Club is proud of Matthew’s achievements. 

Boys & Girls Club of America 
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by University of Phoenix, a national education partner that has joined with BGCA to impact academic success among youth across the country, and the Taco Bell Foundation, BGCA’s premier partner for teen empowerment.  

Boys & Girls Club Block Party 
Was a Lot of Fun!
April 21, 2017
During the week of Spring Break (April 17th – April 21st), the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County hosted fun activities culminating with the Block Party on April 20th, a free family event open to the community. 

Attendees enjoyed a bouncy house, sports & games in the gym, a rock wall, hip hop dance, African drumming sponsored by Common Fence Music, swimming, giveaways, and a fun cookout. Information about the Club’s offerings were available and several guests signed up for Club memberships, summer camp and swim lessons.

The Boys & Girls Club thanks the Newport Festival Foundations for supporting this event and providing music programs such as the African Drumming. 

Boys & Girls Clubs in Rhode Island Announce Hometown Hero
April 10, 2017
The Rhode Island Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs announced their 2017 Hometown Hero award will be awarded to Senator M. Teresa Paiva Weed. The Hometown Hero award is presented every year to the Rhode Island Company, Foundation, or individual who epitomizes the spirit of Community involvement and support. Senator Paiva Weed is known for her advocacy and consideration for vulnerable populations.  

“M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D – District 13, Jamestown, and Newport) was first elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 1992. In January 2009, Senator Paiva Weed was first elected by her colleagues to serve as President of the Senate. Senator Paiva Weed is the first woman in Rhode Island’s history to serve in this capacity. Senator Paiva Weed was re-elected President in 2011, 2013 and 2015. 
Before becoming Senate President, Senator Paiva Weed served as Rhode Island's first female Senate Majority Leader, a position she held for five years. She had previously served as Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee from 2002 through January 2004. From 2000 to 2002, she served as Deputy Chair of the Finance Subcommittee on Public Safety and the Environment. From 1997 through 2000, she served as the Senate's first woman Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Prior to her election to the Senate, Ms. Paiva Weed was Chairwoman of the Newport Affordable Housing Commission, and she has served as a member of the Newport Democratic City Committee since 1988.” 

The Rhode Island Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs consists of seven autonomous organizations, working together to inspire and enable youth across Rhode Island to realize their full potential. Now serving more than 25,000 youth, our Clubs are changing and saving lives with a wide variety of programs focused on Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.

The Hometown Hero Award will be awarded during the 2017 State of Rhode Island Youth of the Year Dinner and Celebration on Wednesday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Church on 97 Walcott Street in Pawtucket, RI.

Photo taken from internet is a Newport Daily News File Photo. 

60th Anniversary Celebration - A Success! 
March 25, 2017 
The Hastings, Cransons and extended families pose for a photo after Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Kathy Cranson and in honor of the late Thomas F. Hastings. Photo by Meri Keller. 

The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County’s 60th Anniversary Celebration which took place at the Hotel Viking Newport on Saturday, March 25th was a great success! Over 270 friends of long ago and of today gathered together to reconnect and share fond memories. Special guests included: Congressman David N. Cicilline, individuals who attended the Club as youth, past Executive Directors & Board Members, and friends and families who have supported the Club throughout the past 60 years. The Club paid tribute to key influential supporters in the Club’s history and standing ovations were in order as Lifetime Achievement Honorees shared humorous anecdotes and delivered heartfelt speeches. 
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed viewing the vintage photos that were on display and dancing the night away to the sounds of the Fat City Band. Proudly serving the community since 1956, the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County is proud to be part of this collective spirit. 

Chris Perrotti, the Club’s Director of Operations officiated the ceremonies. Perrotti and Kristin Reed, President of the Board, honored the Youth of the Year Recipient and presented 7 Lifetime Achievement Awards for dedicated service to our local youth. Joseph Pratt, Executive Director & CEO, spoke about the Club and rededicated the building on 95 Church Street in memory of Thomas F. Hastings. 

Honorees included: 2017 Youth of the Year Winner Matthew M., Edward B. Corcoran, The Grosvenor Family, Joseph T. Houlihan, the late Justice Florence K. Murray, Tony Ames, the late Glenn Rose, and Thomas F. Hastings and Kathy Cranson.

Sponsors for the evening included: an anonymous Diamond Sponsor, Crew Remodeling & Construction and Kiwanis Club of Newport, RI as our Silver Sponsors and Corrigan Financial, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI, Leslie & David Reed, and Judith Rosenthal as Friends of BGC Newport. 

The Club is grateful to all sponsors and participants who helped make this event a great success!

Visit our 60th Anniversary webpage to see photos from the event. 

Joseph Pratt, Executive Director & CEO, of the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County Visits Washington, D.C. to Advocate For America's Kids 
February 13, 2017
Pratt and others visited with Congressman Cicilline to discuss the importance of childhood nutrition. The guests also visited with Congressman Jim Langevin, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Senator Jack Reed's office. 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County’s Executive Director & CEO, Joseph Pratt along with CEO James Hoyt from Pawtucket and CEO Nicole Dufresne from Providence will be attending Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s fourth annual National Day of Advocacy in Washington, D.C. from Monday, Feb. 13th to Wednesday, Feb. 15th.

Leaders from major metro Boys & Girls Clubs will participate in a group session at the White House and meet independently with members of Congress to champion the needs of local youth. “With a Boys & Girls Club in every Congressional District, it is our duty to represent the kids and teens we serve by advocating for the programs and policies that matter most to America’s youth,” said Pratt. “I am honored to represent my Club and city as we collaborate with our friends on Capitol Hill. This is a rare opportunity to demonstrate the life-changing impact of federal funding that we’re able to witness on a daily basis.”

This collective movement serves as an opportunity for Boys & Girls Clubs to build awareness and garner support in their mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive,
caring, responsible citizens. The primary policies and programs to be addressed include Workforce Development and Education, Youth Mentoring, Meal Reimbursement and 21st Century Community Learning Centers, among others.

National Day of Advocacy will begin with a luncheon on Tuesday with Boys & Girls Clubs of America president and CEO Jim Clark. The next day, Club leaders will attend scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill with their respective members of Congress.

Boys & Girls Club Hosts RIYBA 
Basketball Tournament 
February 8, 2017
Darian P. 7th Grade from Thompson Middle School takes a shot. 
Photo taken by Meri Keller. 
The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County recently hosted a three-day Rhode Island Youth Basketball Association’s Travel Tournament on Friday, February 3rd to Sunday, February 5th. The tournament featured approximately 70 games with 54 teams of 4th - 8th grade boys vying for the championships. Games were held at the Club’s Central Clubhouse on 95 Church Street, the North End Clubhouse located at 1 York Street, and Thompson Middle School located at 55 Broadway. Participants came from as far away as Westport, MA, to West and East Greenwich, RI to our home teams of Newport and Middletown.

The Club’s 6th grade won their first game on Friday night and then lost in the elimination. The Club’s 7th grade team made it to the finals.  

All championship finals were played on Sunday and winners are listed below. 

• 4th Grade Champions Providence
• 5th Grade Champions Portsmouth
• 6th Grade Champions West Warwick
• 7th Grade Champions East Greenwich 
• 8th Grade Champions East Greenwich

Congratulations to all teams for a job well done! 

Newport Jazz Assembly Band Scheduled to Visit Boys & Girls Club with a Performance for Members and Their Families
February 2, 2017
The Newport Jazz Assembly Band, a program created by the Newport Festivals Foundation to educate young people about 
the Newport Jazz Festival®, is scheduled to perform at the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County (BGCN), 95 Church Street, 
February 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm. 
Club members will showcase what they have learned in the music programs funded by Newport Festivals Foundation. After the concert, Club members will get the chance to interact with the performers and enjoy an up-close look at their instruments.

For four years, Newport Festivals Foundation has supported the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County by providing funding for musical programming. Without the generous support of the Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County would not have the resources to offer a well-rounded music program for youth of Newport County. Throughout the years, Newport Festivals Foundation has funded music instruction as well as the instruments themselves. With the purchase of Djembe drums, guitars and keyboards, members are afforded the opportunity to explore their musical talents. Funds also help bring Connecting the Beats to the Club, a program administered by Common Fence Music that exposes members to African Drumming through lessons taught by master drummers. 
In addition, the Newport Festivals Foundation provides tickets to the Folk and Jazz Festivals for members to attend a fun-filled day at Fort Adams State Park, including meeting festival staff and artists. The organization also has produced concerts for the summer programs at Camp Grosvenor for the past two years. 

Member of the Month - November
November 2016

Makenzie M. has been a proud member of the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County for two years. Her favorite activity is Double Dutch with Mr. Ray. She is in first grade at Pell School where she loves to read. Her favorite way to help at the Club is cleaning up, especially on the playground! When Makenzie is not jumping rope, she can be found outside hula hooping. Makenzie always finishes her homework right away and is welcoming to all new members of Kids Clubhouse. Great job Makenzie! Keep up the great work!

Thanksgiving Feast
Newport This Week
November 23, 2016/Front Page 
In the foreground, Boys & Girls staff member Laura Echezabal helps five-year-old Kenoy F. juggle his 
plate and get it safely to his seat. The Boys & Girls 
Clubs is one of nine organizations on the island 
that provides food assistance during the holiday season. (Photo by Lynne Tungett).
After hearing about the personal experiences and expressions of heartfelt thanks from young adult members, on Monday, Nov. 21, close to 100 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County were served an early Thanksgiving meal of turkey with all the trimmings in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Newport. The meal is part of a longstanding tradition. One club member told the roomful of children and parents that she was thankful for all the years she has enjoyed at the club. Another said she is thankful for the opportunity to help other kids at the club, and especially her nephew. 

Many thanks to the Hyatt Regency Newport for providing this annual Thanksgiving Feast to our Club members and to to Viking Tours of Newport 
for assisting with transportation.  

Chipotle Fundraiser Supports BGC
November 2016

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Boys &
Girls Club Newport. Come in to the Chipotle at 11 East Main Road in Middletown on Wednesday, November 23rd between 11:00 a.m and 
10:00 p.m. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the 
cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the 
proceeds will be donated to Boys and Girls Club Newport.

Gift card purchase during fundraisers do not count towards total donated 
sales, but purchases made with an existing gift cards will count. 

Help our Club kids stay warm this Fall & Winter!
November 8th - 17th
Donate a new or gently-used coat at a Gap or Gap Factory in Newport 
and receive 10% off your purchase. No coat, no problem. Make a monetary 
donation at the register to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County. 

Roll Up the Rug Barn Dance 
Featuring The Rusty Pick Up String Band
Sunday, November 13, 2016
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Boys & Girls Club, 95 Church Street, Newport, RI 
The Roll Up the Rug Barn Dance is back once again featuring the East Coast edition of The Rusty Pickup String Band. This Free Family Event is a collaboration between Newport String Project, Common Fence Music and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County. 
There will be a special performance by the Newport String Project students just before the dance. 

Calling the dance will be Gentleman Jim Hicks, a congenial and welcoming indiviual who will guide old and new dancers through simple but enjoyable maneuvers. This is an all ages, toe-tappin', knee-slappin' good time for the whole family.

Also in The Rusty Pick Up String Band is Peggy Holmes on piano and EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, on fiddle. EmmaLee is an award-winning dance fiddler as well as a classical violinist. She is a co-director of the Newport String Project with Ealain McMullin. Mike Fischman (banjo) and Tom Perrotti (guitar) catch a lift in the back of the truck to round out the East Coast edition of the band.

The Newport String Project is a chamber music performance and youth mentoring initiative committed to making inspiring musical experiences accessible for all in Newport, RI.

Common Fence Music promotes culturally relevant but underexposed folk, roots and world music through concerts and educational activities. 

 Photo Credit: Juan and Diego Dancing, Jan Armor

Thank You Midnight Madness Supporters
The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County would like to thank the following for making the Midnight Madness a fun event.
November 2016
  • The Celtics Organization and 2008 Champion, Leon Powe
  • University of Rhode Island Men's Basketball Team 
  • Rogers High School Basketball Coaches
  • Carmella's Pizzeria 
  • HeavyHitters 

Powe knows
Ex-Celtics forward implores youngsters to contemplate future
Newport Daily News
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
By Josh Krueger, Staff Writer
Former Boston Celtics forward Leon Powe talks to youngsters Monday at the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County. Powe, whose NBA career was cut short by knee injuries, serves as the community ambassador for the Celtics. He told the youngsters who have their sights set on careers in professional sports to have a 'Plan B' and a 'Plan C'.
Dave Hansen Staff Photographer
NEWPORT — Like many kids, Leon Powe wanted to be a professional athlete when he was growing up. Unlike most kids, though, he achieved that goal, playing six seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies.

So while speaking with a few dozen children during the “Midnight Madness” event Monday at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, Powe didn’t dismiss those who said their goal was to play pro sports.

He didn’t discourage them, nor dampen their spirits with the harsh reality of how difficult it is to see those dreams come to fruition.

He simply encouraged all of them to have a Plan B.

“You want to have a Plan A and a Plan B, and sometimes, in my case, you might need a Plan C,” Powe told the group assembled in the gymnasium of the club. “It’s good to have a Plan A. You’ve got to know where you want to go. Sometimes you don’t know early, but you’ll figure it out. But once you figure out that Plan A, I want y’all to start working on Plan B.

“My backup plan, if I couldn’t play in the NBA, I wanted to be a lawyer, actually. And if I couldn’t do that, I wanted to be working for a basketball team or some type of sports team.”

For Powe, Plan A worked for a little while before knee injuries derailed his playing career. Plan B never panned out, but Plan C has. These days, the 32-year-old Oakland, California, native serves as the Boston Celtics community ambassador, a job that involves speaking engagements like the one Monday.

“I love talking to the kids, trying to give back in any way I can, just having a voice so I can talk to the kids and tell them what they can achieve if they really put their mind to it and work hard,” Powe said afterward. “Because everybody doesn’t have it figured out already, and it’s OK. Sometimes you’ve got to let them know it is OK, that you don’t have to figure it out, but you’ve got to work toward your goals.”

On Monday, Powe asked several children what their goals were. Nearly every one replied they wanted to play professional sports. Then Powe asked each of them what their Plan B is. One said he wanted to be an architect, another a firefighter, and one boy said he would like to join the Navy.

A few kids, though, had no Plan B.
“I try to tell them to have a backup plan, because sometimes your Plan A doesn’t work out, no matter what it is,” Powe said. “Your backup plan usually will work out if you put your mind to it, but you’ve got to have your goals in order and know what you want to do. You don’t have to have it figured out already, but you’ve got to do it in a timely manner before you get out of high school, to at least put that plan in place.”

He also pointed out that, while he achieved his goal of playing pro basketball, it didn’t come easily. He always had the height to play basketball — he’s 6-foot-8 — but didn’t possess much natural ability. He had to work at it.

And even when he worked on his game enough to make his high school team, he quickly found out all that work on the court was meaningless without a similar effort in the classroom. Powe was academically ineligible his freshman year of high school, and from that point on, he made sure it never happened again.

“My family was embarrassed, I was embarrassed, people who believed in me were embarrassed, but until I wanted it for myself, they couldn’t help me,” Powe said. “I had a whole city behind me trying to push me to do better, but when report cards came out, I didn’t do better. I didn’t do my homework, I barely went to class, but I loved basketball.

“I said, ‘I need to make a change. If I really want something bad enough, I have to be willing to make a change.’”

That change started with going to class and doing his homework. It evolved into a daily routine that involved getting up at 5 a.m. to get in his basketball workouts before heading to school about an hour and a half early to do extra work. Then he stayed after school to study, went to basketball practice, then studied with tutors.

The 1.8 grade point average that made him ineligible as a freshman climbed to a 3.8 by the time he graduated.

“It’s not easy, because sometimes you put your mind to something and it doesn’t happen,” Powe told the kids. “But when I put my mind to it and I really believed in it, and I really tried to make it happen, when I wanted it for myself, it happened and I achieved my goal.”

After Powe was finished with his talk, the kids got a chance to run some drills out on the court with four players from the University of Rhode Island men’s basketball team — E.C. Matthews, Hassan Martin, Jared Terrell and Andre Berry.

Some “friends of the club” used their connections to put together the event, according to Boys & Girls Clubs Executive Director and CEO Joesph Pratt. And Powe’s message fit in nicely with the mission of the organization.

“I think a Plan B is very important, and the focus on academics,” Pratt said. “At the Boys & Girls Club, our mission is to prepare all kids for their full potential, and we do it across three areas — health and wellness, education and career, and character and leadership — and it fits. … Sometimes having a professional athlete, college athletes come in can get their attention.”

Powe, who won an NBA title with Boston in 2008, retired in 2014 after a stint in Puerto Rico. Later in 2014, Powe was offered a job with the Celtics organization.

“It was tough, but I always knew what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to be in basketball, I knew I still wanted to help kids and do charity work, and I want to be a GM in basketball,” Powe said, referring to the end of his playing career. “There’s different basketball fields. I love playing — I miss playing and being able to dunk on people — but everybody’s time comes to an end.”

When it did, Powe knew what he wanted to do next. And while he’s not a general manager yet, his Plan C seems to be working out pretty well so far.

Member of the Month - October 
October 2016

The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County is proud to announce its member of the month for the month of October. 

Dajuan Hazard has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for almost two years. He is very respectful and knows how to conduct himself in and outside of the club. He loves to play all types of sports. Dajuan is always willing to help around the club, whether it’s helping someone with their homework or assisting a staff member. He enjoys the Club and looks up to a lot of staff. 

We are so proud of all his hard work. He is a pleasure to have at the Club. Congratulations Dajuan! 

Pell Elementary School Partners with the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County and the Newport County YMCA to Provide Swim Lessons to All Second Graders.
October 2016

Students from Pell Elementary School enjoy their first swim lesson 
at the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County. Photo taken by James
Psaras, Teacher Physical Education/Health. 
Starting this fall, all second graders will receive swimming lessons and basic water safety skills due 
to a newly-formed partnership between the Pell Elementary School, the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County and the Newport County YMCA. Nine groups 
of second graders are expected to visit one of the two sites once a week during the school day for a 4-week long swimming session. Classes begin this October and are expected to run until May of 2017. 

''It is very exciting to know that all students in our schools will now have the opportunity to learn how to swim and be able to enjoy our beautiful beaches and waters here in Newport,'' said Colleen Burns Jermain, Superintendent of Schools. ''This was a dream of one our retired nurses Lillian Hargrove. Her passion and commitment to this idea and project for all Newport children was the driving force behind this initiative."                                                                       
"Mrs. Hargrove met with me the first month I was here in Newport and she shared with me statistics and the importance to the health, safety, and welfare for children in a water/seaside community to know how to swim was very convincing. Stories of children never going to the beach or enjoying our beautiful harbor because they did not know how to swim were very telling. It took only one meeting with our partners at the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, Principal Behan and her team, our teachers and our leaders and all agreed what a life changing impact this can and will have for our students and families. Now everyone can enjoy all Newport has to offer."

"It is so rewarding to have a dream come true," said Lillian Hargrove, Retired Nurse Thompson Middle School. "The rest of the dream is when the Rogers High School swim teams see the results of this beginning."

The Boys & Girls Club welcomed the first group of second graders on Monday, October 3rd and the Newport County YMCA welcomed the second group on Friday October 7th. At both locations swimmers practiced floating, treading water and getting in and out of the pool safely. 

"We are proud to partner with the YMCA and our Newport Schools to offer an exciting and critical new program, teaching all of our second graders to swim," said Joseph Pratt, Executive Director & CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County. "Congratulations to the Newport School leadership for their creativity in delivering this essential skill.”" 

In the upcoming weeks ahead, swimmers are expected to learn water safety skills such as wearing a life jacket, how to help a friend, breathing underwater and building their swimming skills. 

"Swimming is not only a fun, healthy activity, it is an important life skill for all children," said Mike Miller CEO of the Newport County YMCA "By participating in swim lessons our children will be learning a skill that will last a lifetime”"

“The Newport School Department and Pell Elementary school are so excited to work collaboratively with our community partners to offer our 2nd grade students swim lessons and water safety,” said Assistant Superintendent & Pell Principal Kimberly Behan. “This is a perfect pairing of community supports enriching our students and supporting our curriculum about living on an island and how to be safe while exploring our island resources. I am proud to be part of this project and working side by side with Newport YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County.” 

Camp Grosvenor Goes Gaga!
Thank You Naval War College
October 2016
Early in the month of October, Senior Chief Petty Officer, Joel Huval, organized a group of volunteers from the Community Relations Office at the Naval War College to come out and help the Boys & Girls Club. 
Volunteers arrived at camp and painted as well as built a Gaga Ball pit. Gaga Ball is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. A kinder gentler version of dodge ball, gaga is a welcomed addition to Camp Grosvenor!

BGC children will be on hand at the Restaurant 
on Friday, October 14th, 21st and 28th from 
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to help seat guests and 
sell raffle tickets. 

Come visit the Restaurant and help support the Club! 

BGC Benefits From Ninety-Nine Restaurant
In More Ways Than One
October  2016

Throughout the month of October, The Ninety-Nine has designated local Boys & Girls Clubs as their official charitable recipient. Patrons of the Newport Ninety-Nine Restaurant can support the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County in three main ways.: 
  • Ninety-Nine will donate $1 to BGC when patrons purchase the specified "Boys & Girls Club" Starter, Burger or Entree 
  • Patrons can purchase a commemorative bracelet for $5.
  • Guests can also add $1, $3, $5 (or more) donation to their check. 
In addition, the Restaurant will offer the following activities as additional fundraising opportunities.
  • October 16th - Ninety-Nine Restaurant Staff and Restaurant Patrons will compete in a softball game at Goldberg Field (located on Connell Highway). Payers pay to play! ($20). (Visit the Restaurant for more information)
  • The Restaurant will have 12 BGC balloons out each day and for $5 donation, guests can pop a BGC balloon and receive a prize such as free appetizer, gift card, etc. 
  • Additional raffles opportunities included throughout the month. 

R.I. Communities Face Crime, Poverty and Other Woes in Hopes 
of Winning Boston Fed Support
Providence Business News
By: Eli Sherman

Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2016 Edition

GROUP EFFORT: Newport's Working Cities Challenge team meets at     the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County. The group is focused on better preparing the city's residents with low incomes for jobs that pay better.

PBN Photo/ Kate Whitney Lucey

Disadvantaged neighborhoods, crime-ridden streets, a racial divide splitting a city into two and high unemployment rates among racial minorities: They are all problems Rhode Island communities say they are ready to tackle, with the help of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Working Cities Challenge.
The project has convinced private, public, nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in a handful of Rhode Island municipalities to take a look in the mirror and come face to face with some of the less-flattering characteristics of their communities.

"We are really focused on getting cities and towns to think differently," said Armeather Gibbs, director of the Working Cities Challenge in Rhode Island.

Mansions Mask Poverty, Exodus
Providence Business News
By: Eli Sherman

Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2016 Edition

Problem: Although known for its mansions, Newport has issues with poverty, education and mobility. The Newport Working Cities team reports subpar graduation rates – 79 percent – high child-poverty rates – 24.4 percent – and a mass exodus, as the city has lost half of its population in the past 50 years.

Pitch: To create an integrated workforce-development system to prepare Newport residents who have low incomes, are unemployed or underemployed with the skills for higher-paying jobs.

"REALLY THE GOAL is to prepare low-income and moderate-income residents of Newport for the modern jobs of the future," said Sarah Atkins of the Department of Civic Investment for Newport. "We want to put something together that's comprehensive for the city and results in a better-trained not only student body but also adults."

"People think of Newport and they think of mansions, but we have … a 79 percent graduation rate in our high school," Atkins said. "Clearly there's a community in need." •


BGC Announces September 2016
Member of the Month
September 2016

Tisa Ford, 14 years old, is a freshman at Middletown High School and has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County for 9 years. Tisa is always very respectful and is willing to help out at the Club whether it’s with the Kids Clubhouse licensed childcare program, serving dinner or assisting staff. Tisa enjoys doing artwork and expressing herself in a creative way. She also enjoys reading a good book during her free time. Tisa hopes to one day be part of the Boys & Girls Club team. 

Tisa is a pleasure to have at the Club. We are so proud of all her hard work. Congratulations, Tisa!

Newport Yacht Rendezvous - A Success!
August 2016

Not even a little rain could keep the sold out crowd of 330 guests from enjoying this year’s Newport Yacht Rendezvous event which took place on Friday, August 12th at the Newport Shipyard. The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County is grateful to the many sponsors, yacht participants, committee members, volunteers and guests who made the this year’s event a success! Karen & Perry Harris (Event Chairs), BGC Board Members, and Patti Rakolta-Keith (Board President) lead the efforts which raised in excess of $250,000 in crucial support for the Club’s programs and services. 

Event Sponsors included: Newport Shipyard and Yachts International/AIM Marine Group as Event Partners, Cox Communications and Newport Daily News as Contributing Sponsors along with Bill & Jacalyn Egan, Pamela & David Ford, Thomas & Jeanne Hagerty and Linda and John Purdy as Commodores & Helmsmen. 

Cilantro Mex Supports BGC 
August 2016 - January 2017

Visit our local CilantroMex Restaurant for Taco Tuesdays (3rd Tuesday of Each Month) from now until January 2017 during 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., show the BGC flyer for that month, and CilantroMex will donate 20% of the proceeds back to the Club. 

See Below for Monthly Flyers:

Program combats 'summer learning loss'
Newport Daily News - August 5, 2016
By Sean Flynn
Staff Writer 

From left, Carmie Pinz, 9, Marialis Ramos, 9, Boys & Girls Clubs
counselor Meredith Botelho, and Misheillys Merrero, 9, play ‘bug
bingo’ during an educational summer program on Thursday at
the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County. 
Photo taken by Phillip Sherman, Staff Photographer
NEWPORT — Tony Maione recently saw an 11-year-old learning ratio analysis while making smoothies as part of the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative that is now being offered at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.

 “If he had been sitting at a desk, the teacher would not have had as much success,” he said.

Maione is president and CEO of the United Way of Rhode Island. He joined Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, and others from the community on Thursday for a tour of the club on Church Street and a visit to the places where learning activities were taking place.

The Hasbro learning initiative has been offered through the United Way since 2012, but this is the first year a locally developed program has been offered in this city to rising fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Sixty  children enrolled.

A grant from Hasbro to the United Way makes the program possible for 1,100 children at 11 different sites in the state, Maione said. BankNewport funding helps pay for the local programming, he said.

Last year, a Hasbro program was offered to kindergartners and first and second-graders through the Boys & Girls Clubs at Camp Grosvenor in Saunderstown, but more success is expected this year with the older students, said Joe Tomchak, assistant executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

The purpose of the program is to combat the phenomenon called “summer learning loss” that occurs if children are not engaged in active learning during the long vacation. 

Research shows that all children, regardless of their socioeconomic
status, lose up to two months of math computational skills, while
children from lower-income situations also may lose up to two months of reading skills.

All kids in the learning initiative took a test before the six-week program began on July 5. The children have been engaging in learning activities seven hours a day, five days a week, for a 35-hour week.

To measure the effectiveness of the program, the children will take
another test when it ends Aug. 12.  

Last year, participating students statewide experienced average gains of 15 percent in math and literacy skills from pre-participation testing to post-participation testing.                                                          
“I think this year will be dramatically better,” Tomchak said of expected local results.

“I like cooking, art and math,” said Lucy Martinez, 9, of Middletown after a math activity. “I like all those areas because we are learning to do new things. I like to draw and paint. In math, I was at the low end, but now I’m high. That’s what my teacher said.”

In another area, the adults from the community watched the students playing “bug bingo” as they learned about various types of bugs in their environment. 

“It’s very fun and we learn a lot of different things,” said Ayana Mack, 9, of Newport. 

Outside, other students were playing math hopscotch as they learned about place value, addition and the proper vocabulary to talk about numbers in everyday life.

“At other camps I’ve been to, I didn’t learn as much as I do at this
camp,” said Samanth Gee, 9, of North Providence.
The children in the program are mostly from the three Aquidneck
Island communities and Jamestown, but they can be from other communities if they are part of military families.

Certified teachers work with the children, as well as staff members from the Boys & Girls Clubs.

June McGreavy, the librarian at Rogers High School, was helping a group of students make pancakes and waffles on Thursday.

Erika Hansson, a teacher at Thompson Middle School, and Meredith Botelho, at teacher at The Pennfield School in Portsmouth, also are teaching the students this summer, besides the club’s program providers.

The students with McGreavy were calculating serving sizes and measuring ingredients.

“We also learned what’s healthy to eat and what’s not healthy,” said Velincia Reddick, 9, of Newport. “For a project next week, we are going to make dog treats and give them to the Potter League.”

The learning initiative includes different community service projects.

“I most liked learning about the Clean Ocean Access programs,” said Paola Rosario, 9, of Newport. “I’m going to help clean the beach for our project next week.”

Some of the students will run a lemonade stand for a day on Queen Anne Square to raise money to purchase strategy games and puzzles to keep seniors at St. Clare Home mentally sharp 
and active.

The kids go on field trips to places like the Mystic Aquarium and Morris Farm on Fridays, and field trips to Camp Grosvenor on Wednesdays.

Besides Tomchak, Joe Pratt, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs, and Lauren Day, the club’s director of programs, led the tours on Thursday and introduced the local program to the community.

Joseph Morra, United Way’s senior project manager for expanded learning and community investment, talked about the expansion of the Hasbro initiative in recent years and the gains that have been made among students.

Don't miss out on a great deal and fantastic event!

Proceeds benefit the Newport Historical Society and the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County 
Newport Antiques Show 
Celebrates 10 year Anniversary!
July 2016

One of the premiere antique showcases in the country celebrates 10 year anniversary from July 22-24, 2016. The Newport Antiques Show is one of America's most upscale antique events. This event is full of distinguished antique vendors, lectures and loan exhibits. This year's event features a series of exhibit vignettes titled Curating the Future: Trends in Collecting Today.

In addition to the exhibit vignettes series, The Newport Antiques Show will feature a "What's It Worth" event on Sunday, July 24th featuring four specialist from Freeman's who will offer expert appraisal estimates. 

Get your tickets today! Stop by our Central Clubhouse location for a special $3.00 off coupon on admission. Click the press release below to learn more about the free shuttle service!

For more information regarding the Newport Antiques Show, click on
the press releases below!

Gap and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America 
are teaming up for Back to School Season!
July 2016

Gap and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America are putting on a Backpack/Donation campaign during the week of
 July 18th - July 24th. During this time customers of Gap specialty stores who make a donation will receive $10.00 off their purchase. 
Those who make a donation to at Gap factory stores will receive 10% off their purchase. 

This is Gap's second year conducting the campaign. Last year they raised over $1 million in one week's time and donated over 10,000 backpacks to various local Boys & Girls Clubs around the country.  

Photo courtesy of Philip Sherman, Staff photographer for 
The Newport Daily News

The Rhode Island Foundation awards 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County 
Two Grants for Crucial Programming.
July 2016

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County is one of 40 local non-profit organizations to be award a grant(s) by The Rhode Island Foundation. 
The BGC was awarded two grants for a total of the $15,000.

The first grant bestowed is $10,000 towards the College & Career Prep. program. This program aims to help of age youth be prepared and accepted into college programming as well as provide career skills training. 

The second grant in the amount of $5,000 will be put towards educational summer enrichment programming here at the Boys & Girls Club. Currently, the BGC is offering Eat Right Be Bright! to local youth. This program features field trips, sports, cooking/nutrition and educational activities daily. 

Executive Director Joe Pratt understands the importance of the grants. Pratt says, "The funding is so critical for education and creative training". All of us from The boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County would like to thank the Rhode Island Foundation for their generosity and support in helping us
"Shape Great Futures". 

For full coverage of this story visit the Newport Daily News.

Eat Right Be Bright Summer Programming
 July 2016

Sign up today for our Eat Right Be Bright Program! 

Youth enrolled in this program get to engage in Nutrition Activities, Field Trips, Team Building, Sports, Cooking and more!

Register today for our
 Summer Athletic Programs!
July 2016

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County are now offering a variety of summer athletic programs. 

Programs include tennis lessons, 
Middle School Girls Basketball training,
Middle School Boys Basketball training and
 fitness sessions!

For more information regarding dates, time/location and registration click the flyer on the left. 

New water raft donated to our Camp Grosvenor 
by Hazards Beach!
July 2016

Camp Grosvenor's water front just received an added addition. Thanks to those from Hazards Beach of Newport, Rhode island Camp Grosvenor now has a new floating raft! 

All of us at the Club & Camp Grosvenor would like to thank everyone from Hazards Beach for making this possible, 
we appreciate the support in providing our campers with memories that will last a life time! 

Thank You!
 Ancient Order of Hibernians of the Newport Rhode Island Dennis Collins Division 1, the Newport RI Fire Department and Vasco da Gama Portuguese/American Charitable Society
June 2016

Recently, the Newport RI Fire Department, the Hibernians of Newport and the Vasco da Gama Society donated their time to re-shingle, paint and repair the roof of the Camp Grosvenor Lodge. We deeply appreciate their time in helping make Camp Grosvenor a better place to "Shape Great futures". 

R.I. Association of Realtors donates Medical Transport Vehicle to The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County.
June 2016

Representatives from the Rhode Island Association of Realtors donated a medical transport vehicle to be used at Camp Grosvenor in 
Saunderstown, Rhode Island. The vehicle will benefit campers who may have fallen ill or injured out on our 95 acres of pristine camp ground. 

Realtors nationwide are supporting local Boys & Girls Clubs as part of a larger initiative set forth by The National Association of Realtors and 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America. President of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, Arthur Yatsko, said "It's great to be able to answer a need of the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County".

All of us at The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County would like to thank the Realtors Association of Rhode Island for their support in helping us
"Shape Great Futures". We really appreciate your generous contribution to
 our Camp Grosvenor. 

U.S. Senate Staff and Appropriations Committee visits the Florence Gray Center & Newport Housing Authority
June 2016

Staff members from the offices of U.S. Senator Jack Reed and
 U.S. Senator Susan Collins, along with members of the 
Appropriations Committee, visited The Florence Gray Center and 
Newport Housing Authority on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. 

After getting a tour of the area, the staff members and Appropriations Committee were greeted inside the Florence Gray Center by
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County Executive Director Joe Pratt. 
Pratt introduced tenants of the Florence Gray Center to the staff members and Committee. Each tenant was given a chance to talk about their programs or services they provide and how vital they are to the community. 

All of us from The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County and 
the Florence Gray Center would like to thank the staff members from Senator Reed's and Senator Collins' offices as well as the 
Appropriations Committee for taking the time to come visit 
The Florence Gray Center and Newport Housing Authority. 

Players from The NBA Development League visit 
The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County!
June 2016

Alex Davis and Nnanna Egwu of the Erie BayHawks, part of the Orlando Magic Organization; spent some time at the BGC gym working on their game and playing with our local youth! Davis and Egwu have been working out and staying with Assistant Coach Nate Babcock for the past week. 

After their workout on Wednesday June 15th, they played games with our local youth and took time to talk with the kids and answer questions. 

We would like to thank Alex Davis and Nnanna Egwu for spending time at The Boys & girls Club. Good luck this off season! 

Photo provided by Christian Winthrop of the Newport Buzz.

Photo provided by Governor's office. 

Governor Gina Raimondo Visits the BGC!
June 2016
Thank you to Governor Gina Raimondo and to our special guests for visiting the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County this past Friday, June 10th. The Governor met some of our BGC kids, received a tour of the facilities and learned about our youth programs focused on education, career and 
workforce development. 

Her visit was part of larger effort for education and skills training for youth. Executive Director Joe Pratt provided Gov. Raimondo with a tour of the
Central Clubhouse. The governor met with local youth playing basketball and working out as well as youth participating in our STEM Programs. After her tour, Governor Raimondo spoke to community leaders about her education programs. She also applauded the community leaders for their continued efforts in education and skills training. Community and non-profit leaders that were on hand to share information about exciting programs and collaborations included: Newport Public Schools Superintendent Colleen Jermain, Housing Authority Executive Director Rhonda Mitchell, Tom and Janice Kowalczyk, Chris Semonelli - community volunteers, Steve Heath - FabNewport, and Susan Schenck- East Bay Community Action Program.

All of us here at The Boys & Girls Clubs would like to thank Governor Raimondo and all who attended for taking the time to come see our Central Clubhouse and learning about our programs that help build better futures 
for our local youth! 

Congratulations to our 6th grade boys 
travel basketball team!
June 2016

The team recently won the Zero Gravity Basketball tournament National Finals in Boston, MA on Sunday June 12th! Way to go!

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