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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 view 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!

Youth of the Year
May 2016


Follow up- H. Robert McBride did not win the state competition that was held on May 18th. However, his experience as a participant for Youth of the Year is one he will never forget. Robert and Youth of the Year candidates from all 6 Rhode Island Boys & Girls Clubs participated in a state competition. Participants were interviewed by a panel of Judges at the Rhode Island State House. They were given a tour of the State House, introduced on the Senate Floor and House of Representative Floor and met with State Representatives, Senators and Rhode Island Governor, Gina Raimondo. We are all very proud of Robert as a representative of The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County. 


Full Story- Robert McBride was recently selected among several local 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). The Honorable Colleen Hastings presented the award at the Club’s first Youth of the Year Reception on Thursday, March 10, 2016. 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 2016 Youth of the Year nominees - Niayja Boyd, O’rail Moses and Robert McBride 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: the Honorable Colleen Hastings, District Court, Second Division, Deb Hervieux, the General Manager of the Ninety-Nine Restaurant, and Deborah Linnell, the Program Officer for the van Beuren Charitable Foundation. 

As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, seventeen-year old McBride is a true example of an extraordinary young man recognized by BGCA for his leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. As a member for 12 years, Robert has made a respected name for himself throughout the Club. Over the last few years McBride has become actively involved in numerous Club programs especially those that emphasize Healthy Lifestyles and Character & Citizenship Development. 



McBride says that his favorite part of the Club is the gym where he enjoys playing basketball and practicing teamwork skills. McBride possesses the same values and philosophies as the Club and we are so excited and proud of him for his success, his nomination for this great award, and most importantly for the person and role model he has grown to be.

After being nominated as the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County’s Youth of the Year, McBride will go on to compete in the statewide Rhode Island Boys & Girls Club competition on May 18th in Providence where he could win additional scholarships for his achievements. Following the state competition, the RI Youth of the Youth will compete 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., in September 2016, 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.


Member of the Month!
May 2016

Jinzell Coffield

Jinzell Coffield is 8 years old and in 2nd grade at Pell School. His favorite part of the Club is going to the Art Museum. Jinzell can often be found helping out staff cleaning up! When he's not at the Club, Jinzell likes playing outside. When he grows up he wants to be a police officer.

Save a Life...Be a Lifeguard
 
Interested in achieving a lifeguard certification from the Boys & Girls Club of Newport?
April-May 2016

Lifeguard Re-Certification - April 26th at 5:30 p.m. - Cost is $100
Lifeguard Certification - May 13th 5:30 p.m.-May 14th 2:00 p.m.- May 15th 9:00 a.m - Cost is $250

*A 50% discount applies if employed with the Club for a minimum of three months. 

Youth 15 and over must possess the following skills in order to participate. 

Have the ability to continuously swim 300 yards using the 
crawl stroke and breaststroke. 
(Participants must use rotary breathing in the crawl stroke)

Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to surface, swim 20 yards back with your face out of the water to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using ladders or steps, within 1 minute - 40 seconds.
(Participants must have two hands on the brick at all times) 

Tread water for 2 minutes with legs only
(Hands must remain in both armpits)
Sessions Include: 

Session 1: The Professional Lifeguard and Facility Safety
Session 2: Facility Safety, Patron Surveillance & Injury Prevention
Session 3: Injury Prevention and Rescue Skills Pt. 1
Session 4: Rescue Skills Pt. 2
Session 5: Before Providing Care, Victim Assessment & Breathing      Emergencies
Session 6: Cardiac Emergencies & Using an AED
Session 7: First Aid
Session 8: Caring for Head, Neck, and Back Injuries
Session 9: Final Written Exam & Final Skill Scenarios

Certificate: Lifeguard Training, CPR, AED and First Aid

The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County is also seeking qualified lifeguards to join our team!

Payment for certification may be made payable to:
 the Boy's & Girl's Club of Newport County
Credit Cards may be taken over the phone: 401-847-6927. 

For more information about the certification or working at the Club as a lifeguard, please forward your email, name, address, and phone to Scott Nicholson at snicholson@bgcnewport.org

Member of the Month
April 2016
The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County is proud to announce its member of the month for the month of April. Giovanni is 13 years old and is in 7th grade at Thompson Middle School. He has been a member at the Boys & Girls Club for 1 year. Giovanni likes to volunteer at the Club, especially for special events, service projects or just helping serve dinner at the North End Club. When Giovanni is not at the Club he is either playing squash on the Rhody Squash team or is reading. His favorite subjects in school are Math and Social Studies. When Giovanni grows up he wants to be either a game designer or a lawyer.

Congratulations Giovanni for being chosen as the Member of the Month! Keep up the great work!


Blue Wave Car Wash
April 2016

The Blue Wave Car Wash Fundraiser has been rescheduled for 
Sunday, April 10th from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Proceeds benefit both the James L. Maher Center and the  
Boys & Girls Club of Newport County.

Stop by 1379 W. Main Road in Middletown and support both organizations!


For the Love of Hip Hop 2
 April 2016

Project 401 presented For the Love of Hip Hop 2 event on Saturday, April 2nd at 1 York Street in Newport.

A great time was had by all! 

Member of the Month
March 2016

The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County is proud to announce its member of the month for the month of March. Izayah K. has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club for 3 years. This year he excelled on the 6th grade boys basketball tournament team. He finished the season leading the team with not only points but rebounds. Izayah works hard every day during teen open gym to work on improving his game. More recently, he assisted in coaching the kindergarten and first grade basketball clinic.  

We are proud of his hard work outside of the Club as he made the Thompson Middle School basketball team as a 6th grader. He excels in the classroom and is an honor roll student.

Congratulations Izayah!

BGCRI Marketing Campaign
February 2016

In a collaborative effort, a new marketing campaign has been created to bring awareness to the seven Boys and Girls Clubs throughout Rhode Island:

Cumberland-Lincoln
East Providence
Newport
Pawtucket
Providence
Warwick
Woonsocket

Clubs throughout Rhode Island help youth in so many ways such as with homework assistance, mentoring, field trips, summer camps, sports, swimming and more. 

Look for the campaign on billboards, TV commercials, radio and print ads throughout Rhode Island. If you haven't been by the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County lately, stop by and see us soon. 

We look forward to sharing all the exciting new changes! 


Thank You to Hibernians!
February 2016

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County would like to thank The Ancient Order Hibernians for a recent fundraising event in support of the Club.  Among those that supported the dinner, which raised funds for Athletic Programming were: The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Dan Corrigan, Kathy and Gary Loftus, Ken Haslam– Newport Lobster, My Kitchen Companion 4 U and Taylor Rental.

The Boys & Girls Club Coat Rack
Winter 2015/2016

Once again throughout the month of December the Boys & Girls Club will conduct
 a Give a Coat -Take a Coat at our Central Clubhouse location. We invite you to donate a coat to the rack or take one as needed this holiday season. 
Vacation Week
February 16th - 19th
Click Here for Special Programming
Don't Miss Out on What the Club Has to Offer!
Holiday Assistance Chart
 Please Click Below
October - December 
Holiday Assistance Services
For individuals and families who may need assistance in the coming months, please click the link to the Holiday Assistance Services chart for more information. 
 

Gordon Johnson Memorial 
Scholarship Award
December 2015
Members of the Johnson family including Judith P. Rosenthal, Gordon Johnson and Alicia Jones were on hand Wednesday, December 16th to present the Gordon Johnson Memorial Scholarship Award to recipient, Jennifer Rivera. 

Rivera, the 2015 Boys & Girls Club of Newport County’s Youth of the Year, was awarded $1,000 in pursuit of her college education and hopes to pursue a Computer Science degree. She is currently a senior at Rogers High School, a member of the National Honor Society and is part of the ROTC. She has been part of the Club’s junior staff program for approximately three years and has worked at both Camp Grosvenor and the North End Clubhouse. She frequently assists Club kids with their homework. She is a great role model and a mentor to the younger kids at the Club.

New Program Plan for BGC North End
December 2015
The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County has a new program plan and design for the North End Clubhouse located at 1 York Street at the Florence Gray Center. The new winter session which will be offered to youth ages 11 to 16 years old will begin on Monday, January 11, 2016. 
The sessions will feature various activities focused around Arts & Music, Career & Leadership, Sports, and just having fun. “We are looking forward to offering an expanded set of higher quality programs that better align with our Programming Goals of Academic Success, Character and Citizenship Development and Healthy Lifestyles,” said Joe Tomchak, Assistant Executive Director. “We believe our partnerships and planning for higher quality, age appropriate programs will deliver an enhanced experience in a fun, safe environment for all of our participants.”

All youth interested in participating in the programs at the North End Club Clubhouse will need to have a Boys & Girls Club of Newport County membership and will need to register in advance by Friday, January 8th. Youth membership cost is $30 for the year and scholarships are available for those in need.

Contact the Club at 401-847-6927 for a North End Program Schedule. 

Thank You Marriott Hotels!
Marriott Hotels throughout New England support the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County.
December 2015
On December 4th, staff from the Newport Marriott presented the Club with a $5,000 check that was raised during the September Newport International Boat Show. The hotel hosted a silent auction which featured overnight stays to Marriotts throughout the country and a raffle with additional items from local businesses. During the four day event, the prizes would change each day, offering chances to stay at different destinations and win different raffle prizes than the day before. Proceeds benefited both the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County and the Miracle Network from Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
On November 20th, 22 General Managers from Marriott Hotels throughout New England including New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts visited the 95 Church Street Location as volunteers to help clean and organize the Club. While there, the volunteers worked on several areas within the Kid’s Clubhouse space including the games room and games cabinets, the art room, bathrooms and kitchen. They even buffed the floor, leaving it clean and scuff free.
Thanks to the efforts of the Marriott staff, the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County will end the year a bit brighter. 

Kids Clubhouse Expanding!
 November 2015

The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County has been approved to expand their Kids Clubhouse licensed childcare program from a 55 to a 120 capacity. The Department of Children, Youth and Families, the entity responsible for child care facility licensing, approved the expansion following increased outreach efforts to fill the program this past summer. In addition to a higher enrollment, the Club will offer some much needed changes in activity areas that will allow children to express themselves creatively. 
     Rob Perry, the new Kid’s Clubhouse Director, and Brian Sullivan, the new Student Attendance Facilitator for Newport Public Schools, began various outreach efforts in an effort to increase the KCH membership. With last year’s enrollment at 42 participants, attendance rose to 55 this fall and for a brief period had a waiting list as the BGC team continued to reevaluate the program. With high expectations that the Club could expand the KCH program to 80 children, efforts were underway to seek a higher capacity.  
    Joe Tomchak, the new Assistant Executive Director, reached out to DCYF to reevaluate the physical space that is used for Kids Clubhouse. “We were pleasantly surprised that capacity could be increased to 120 children”, said Joe Tomchak, the new Assistant Executive Director.  “The hope is to reach 80 children by spring and then open the program to the 120 capacity by the following school year.”
   With a new team in charge, the program is sure to be a continued success. Additional features added to the program will include new table games, play clothing, an imagination playground, puppetry and musical instruments that will allow the children a wide range of choice. 
   Some highlights of our new program include: Club Tech which teaches the fundamentals of technology, Healthy Habits a new cooking and nutrition instruction class, STEM Focus for a new mentoring component, Music Makers with Common Fence Music which will teach children different musical techniques and the Fine Arts Club with the Newport Art Museum which will allow children to learn different art styles as well as the ability to express themselves. The hope is to give children choices that cater to their interests, while allowing them to expand their creativity. 
   “We are excited about this change,” said Tomchak, “and look forward to creating an environment that enables our young audience to realize their full potential.” For more information on our licensed childcare program contact our Central Clubhouse location at (401) 847-6927 or visit us at 95 Church Street, Newport RI 02840.

Local GAP Coat & Donation Drive
October/November 2015

The Gap recently had a Coat & Donation Drive that supported the Club. Patrons visiting the GAP through the week of October 20th - 27th or through October 28th - November 2nd could donate a new/gently used coat or make a monetary donation to support BGC. Patrons received a discount or coupon. Thank you to all who contributed!

 
Ninety Nine Restaurant in Newport Supports the Club
October 2015

Throughout the month of October, patrons visiting the 99 Restaurant in Newport helped support the Club by purchasing a select appetizer, entrée or sandwich, purchasing a commemorative bracelet or adding a donation to their guest check. Additional activities throughout October included: Executive Director, Joe Pratt, as guest bartender, a kickball game between 99 Staff and BGC kids, Club Kids assisting with with guest seating, and kids selling pumpkins at the Restaurant.  
SMART Girls Raise Funds at Restaurant 99
October 16 , 2015 
      On Friday, October 16th, the Central Clubhouse SMART Girls went to Ninety Nine with Program Leader Jill Diffendaffer to sell baked goods and pumpkins. The baked goods were provided by Restaurant 99 and the pumpkins were painted by members of Kids Clubhouse, BGC's licensed child care program. While there, the SMART Girls were able to sharpen their social skills while mingling with restaurant patrons. 

SMART Girls is a Boys and Girls Club of America national program that guides young women ages 8-17  toward healthy attitudes and lifestyles, eating right, staying fit and getting good healthcare. Whether navigating through social norms or dealing with body image issues, SMART Girls goal is in empower young girls to be upstanding and strong individuals. 

The prior Friday on October 9th, girls from the North End Boys and Girls Club sold bracelets and raffle tickets. The girls seated guests and thanked them for supporting the Club. Raffle tickets sold during the month of October at Restaurant 99 will be drawn at the end of October. The winner will receive a dinner for two once a month for a year. 

The Club is grateful to Ninety Nine all those who visited the restaurant throughout the month. Your efforts helped to support our local youth! 

Boys and Girls Club of Newport County 
Open House 
October 29, 2015
      Guests came to learn about BGC programs and services at the recent Open House at the Central Clubhouse. They met the outstanding staff and saw the recent Club renovations and improvements. Activities included: testing out the vinyl cutter, Rock Band video game in the Teen Center, free swim, touring of the Club, and an interactive African Drum concert with Kera Washington.
        Representatives from AT & T were on hand during the Open House to witness the vinyl-cutting demonstration. AT & T was instrumental in providing funding that allowed the Club to purchase the computer-controlled cutter.

Club members can now learn how to safely cut adhesive vinyl sheets into professional looking signage or ready-to-apply paint masking and also gain an understanding of vector-based graphics and various software programs. The tool can also be used to make screens for silkscreen printing. The cutter is one example of how high school students can learn skills needed to compete in an advanced manufacturing environment. Exposure to different skill sets and opportunities for hands-on activities can start kids thinking about their futures in ways they might not have ever considered. In addition to the skills learned, the importance of the self-confidence that young members develop when they succeed at a new skill is invaluable.

The Boys & Girls Club is grateful to the many community partnerships such as that with AT & T that allow our youth to gain valuable workforce and vocational skills.  

The Club would also like to extend a special appreciation to both the AT & T Representatives and the many local officials who attended the evening. 

Fundraising Effort Boosts Children’s
Self-Esteem
September 13, 2015
 
NEWPORT, RI – Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County benefit from local donations.

The Red Buckle Initiative is a fundraising effort coordinated by Boys & Girls Club volunteer, Rochelle Ohrstrom, who along with friends, collected contributions to take our members back-to-school shopping. Families visited Old Navy on Sunday, September 13th where the children were allowed to pick out a few new outfits. Sending kids back to school with new clothes helps to boost self-esteem. Thanks to the generosity of volunteers and donors, many of the Club’s members returned to school full of confidence and hope for the new school year.

 
Senior Programming Expands 
September 2015

Senior programming expanded to include a new Meditation Class and a Second Yoga Class. Classes take place weekdays at the Central Clubhouse located on 95 Church Street.  Click Here to Learn More. 


Painting a Brighter Future at the BGC
September 9, 2015

The Boys and Girls Club receives a much-needed paint job thanks to our friends at  Rocky’s Ace Hardware, a TrueValue retailer. The TrueValue Foundation in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America have selected the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County to receive their grant “Painting a Brighter Future.” Recipients of the grant received 20 gallons of paint from their local TrueValue retailer. The grant, which started in 2009, was exclusively for schools that served grades K- 12 with a low-income population of students. TrueValue expanded the grant to include Boys and Girls Clubs across the country. The hope in doing so is to connect the BGC community with their local TrueValue retailer. United they help to give the children a fresh start and brighter future. 
       

 

 With the paint the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County received, they hope to paint the entire 95 Church Street location. The Teen Center on the second floor has been completed. The walls, which were a dark shade of red and blue, are now a lighter tan color that brings more light into the space. Sarah Jodrie, Teen Center Director stated “The paint gives the Teen Center a fresh start to the new school year with new opportunities for our kids.” The Club hopes to finish all painting for the start of 2016.

Surprise Visit from Nerlens Noel
August 26, 2015 
       
It was a great day to be a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County. During a basketball shooting clinic held August 26, 2015 hosted by Vice President of Operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rob Babcock. Members and parents received a pleasant surprised., the forward for the Philadelphia 76ers, Nerlens Noel, made a guest appearance at the 95 Church Street location.
 
      Noel, who is known for his defensive skills, came to Newport to work on his shooting - namely his jump shot. Noel’s manager Chris Driscoll and former Celtic coach John Carroll have been working with him at Salve Regina University on shooting and strength. The children were excited to get pointers from the NBA player. Izayah King, a Thompson Middle School 7th Grader and a Club member, was able to play against him with another member. "It was fun meeting him and playing against him." "He said I was so good that if I continued to practiced I could be in the NBA," said King. 
 


Sheldon Whitehouse Visits The Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport
August 12, 2015

           On August 12th, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse visited the Boys and Girls Club Central location, located on 95 Church Street in Newport. The Senator wanted to see the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County’s programs in action. During his visit the Senator was given a tour by the Executive Director and CEO, Joe Pratt, and was shown all the wonderful things the Boys and Girls Club is currently doing at this time. Children visiting for swim lessons where excited to see the Senator and exchanged high fives. In the gym, the 5th grade girl’s basketball travel team was practicing and stopped to take a photo with the Senator and Joe Pratt. Campers from Camp Grosvenor and their families were having an ice cream social at the time which the Senator stopped in to enjoy along with some ice cream.  
 
          Pratt thanked  Senator Whitehouse during his visit for the Senator's support of the 21st Century Funding, Food and Mentorship Programming. Programs such as 21st Century Funding help local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club provide academic assistance to meet state and local standards for at-risk and low preforming school areas. In addition to academic assistance, the Club  along with the help of Chartwells Food Service, provides healthy nutritional meals and snacks daily to Club members. The Club's mission is "to inspire enable all young people, especially those who need help most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens." In carrying out the mission, the Club continues to seek mentorship opportunities with local community partners to help give Club members a brighter outlook on the future. 
 


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