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2014 National Youth of the Year

Read the full 2014 National Youth of the Year press release HERE.

Save the Date: Faces of the Future Breakfasts

Faces of the Future

To find a Faces of the Future Breakfast near you, CLICK HERE.

BGCCF Partners with Heart of Florida United Way

HFUW

Did you know that in 2013, Heart of Florida United Way raised and managed $24.5 million to help Central Floridians in need? Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida was one of many local organizations that received a percentage of the money raised through the United Way employee giving campaign, and we are proud to partner with them again this year!

Does your company support United Way? We’re excited to spread the word about the great work that BGCCF and Heart of Florida United Way do in the local community. We’d love to come visit your business or fair for a presentation about our Central Florida initiatives. We also invite you to take a tour of one of our Clubs in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

Want to learn more? Contact Karla Kail at 407-841-6855 or kkail@bgccf.org to get involved!

Save the Date for Celebrate The Children 2015

CTC 2015

For more information about Celebrate The Children, CLICK HERE.

Maryah Sullivan Named 2014 Southeast Region Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Maryah Sullivan

We are so proud to announce that Maryah Sullivan of our Joe R. Lee Branch has been named the 2014 Southeast Region Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America! In September, Maryah will represent BGCCF and the entire Southeast Region at the National Youth of the Year competition where she and four other regional winners will have the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House.

“I was overwhelmed with emotion,” Maryah said shortly after the announcement was made. “I couldn’t believe it was me. I was crying. There were so many other amazing Club members, and they picked me. I’m honored.”

As the Southeast Region Youth of the Year, Maryah received a $10,000 college scholarship. She was already granted more than $6,000 in scholarships after winning the state competition in April. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000.

Maryah’s journey to becoming the Southeast Region Youth of the Year began locally with the 2014 Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of the Year process. A panel of respected judges, all chosen for their professional leadership roles in our Central Florida community, selected our organization Youth of the Year from a group of seven finalists. Participants were evaluated based on their one-on-one interviews, academic achievements, written essays, service to Club and overall personality and presentation skills.

Chosen from among these finalists, Maryah was named the 2014 Kiwanis Club of Orlando Foundation Youth of the Year in February and went on to compete at the state level. On April 28, she was selected as 2014 State of Florida Youth of the Year from a group of more than 20 youth from Boys & Girls Clubs across the state. She then went on to compete and win at the regional level.

BGCA’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. The Youth of the Year program, founded in 1947, celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments. These deserving young people are recognized for service to their Clubs and communities, academic performances and contributions to their families.

Maryah is the third BGCCF Club member to be named a Regional Youth of the Year in our 70-year history. We wish her all the best as she goes on to compete at the national level.

Catch Up With BGCCF!

Positive Press

Find out what’s been going on at our Clubs with the Spring 2014 edition of The Positive Press!

Cocoa Branch Grand Opening!

On January 15, BGCCF proudly unveiled our new Cocoa Branch to the local community. Nearly 100 guests and capital campaign supporters attended the official grand opening and toured the beautiful new Club… our third in Brevard County. The two story, 10,000 square foot Club features a youth game room, teen center, sound studio, tech lab, and much more. Thank you to everyone for helping to make this much-needed location a reality for children in the Cocoa/Rockledge area.

Cocoa Grand Opening

BGCCF Named Four-Star Charity By Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator

We’re proud to have earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator—only 3% of nonprofits nationwide can claim this accomplishment. We’ve worked hard to be fiscally accountable and demonstrate to our supporters that we are an open book committed to running a sound organization. Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America’s largest charities. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Please CLICK HERE to view our four star rating.

 

 

Mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as
productive, responsible and caring citizens.

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