“What the Boys & Girls Club Means To Me…”

During Boys & Girls ClCreative Minds at workub Week, held March 23-March 27, 2009 the members of the Bill Carey Brandon Boys & Girls Club were given the assignment to type: “What does the Boys & Girls Club mean to me?” The members found this question easy to answer.  They simply typed what was in their hearts:

 

Latray J. stated: The Boys & Girls Club is a place where kids can go after school and if you have a bad day, the Boys & Girls Club will make it better with fun games and nice coaches.  The Boys & Girls Club is a big help in the Brandon community. They help lots of kids to be something good when we grow up. So, I look forward to going to the Boys & Girls Club everyday.  So, I wish this letter inspires somebody to come here.  I will highly encourage everybody to come.

Nahimar R stated: To me it means that kids can come to a place where you can learn and have fun like dancing, playing sports, playing games on the computer, and learn how to type on the computer.  Parents can trust the coaches to keep their kids safe.

 

Elijah R. stated: The Boys & Girls Clubs means to me is that I can have fun might make a few friends here, so we can get along and play with each other.  We go on fun field trips that I like.  Also, I can make good choices about things.  What not to do. So it is lots of fun being here and I can learn stuff when Coach Mapps teaches the kids in the Smart Kids.  That’s a group of kids listening to Coach Mapps.  I learned how to play sports and have a great attitude about life.  I feel safe here.

 

Tabrasia W stated: What the Boys & Girls Club means to me…Well it’s not hard at all to respond.  The Boys & Girls Club is to me an honor to be here.  I encourage everyone and everybody to come down and enjoy kickball, staff, and tasty snacks.  At the Bill Carey Brandon Boys & Girls Club one thing I have learned is to live, laugh, and grow.  One thing that inspires me is Smart Kids. It teaches a lot.  Let’s just put it this way… I love it here.

 

 

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa is truly living up to the statement “ A Positive Place for Kids” Boys & Girls Clubs programs emphasize character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation.

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The Importance of Internet Safety for Kids

On March 4, 2009 Bright House partnered with the Garry & Mavis Smith Salesian Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay to present Virtual Bright Eyes Summit.  Guest speakers for the event were Ben Tillis from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Rachel Macias from Cable in the Classroom.  Keeping Kids safe was the topic of discussion.  The speakers focused on the importance of parents monitoring their kids while using the internet.  

 

Our children are so internet savvy that parents had no idea what their children were able to do on the internet.  Parents were introduced to terms that are starting to be used more frequently.  Terms such as

 

  • Sexting (the act of sending inappropriate pictures through text),
  • Cyber bullying (bullying peers through electronic devices such as computers, cell phones etc.).  

The speaker reiterated to the parents that there are consequences for these behaviors.

 

The group was separated and children left to experience an interactive presentation. During the presentation the members were exposed to some of the unsafe things that happen on some of the popular sites like Myspace and facebook.  The Speakers gave the members the harsh reality of what could happen to them if they are not careful while using the internet. 

 

In the conclusion of the presentation parents were left with three important tasks:

 

1. Use parental controls and set rules for your children

2. Help your children be media literate when online

3. Help your children make the right choices when online

 

 

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Teen entrepreneurs in the making – thanks to JA and the Boys & Girls Clubs

 

 

ja-logoRecently the TBTF teamed up with the Junior Achievement program to help youth at a local club develop a technology-based company. Teens from the Interbay Boys & Girls Club are presently going through a ten-week program developed by Junior Achievement to create a business from beginning to end. The teens will vote on company officers, choose a name, develop a product to sell and, eventually, make a profit. The entire experience will be captured on video, in a “reality show” format.

Three volunteers from local companies and members of TBTF — Jack Rybicki (LarsonAllen CPA’s), Robert Riddell (Alvarez & Marsal) and Kathy Killingsworth (Tribridge Consulting) — are helping the team with the process. The pilot has been underway for two weeks, and the mentors teaching the program are very eager to see the results. This breakthrough program will help create future entrepreneurs and will eventually extend to other clubs.ja2

 

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New reading program is music to club members’ ears

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay has recently collaborated with Electronic Learning Corporation and the University of South Florida to pilot a new computer-based reading program.  The program is called “TUNEin to READING” and incorporates reading to music. 

Using the program, club members sing the words they are reading. The program calculates the reader’s singing pitch, and the reader continues singing until he/she achieves a score of 75 or better. This program has been piloted at three clubs to date (North Tampa, West Tampa and Nick Capitano Clubs), and the youth involved have improved their reading an average of two grade levels. This is an excellent example of using technology to help our youth.

 

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Club member uses technology to DJ

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In a drive to increase teen membership, Boys and Girls Clubs have been hosting weekly Teen Dances at various locations. One of the teen members of the Joe & Anne Garcia Salesian Club has even been hired as a DJ at these events. His name is J.D. Vera but he goes by “DJ JAY-D.” 

DJ JAY-D plays “clean versions” of recent R&B, Hip Hop and Reggaeton music. He is very technologically savvy and uses a laptop with DJ software and digital turntables when he performs. His appearances have become a big hit with the teens at the dances, and the organization pays him for his services through funds from a National Teen Outreach program. 

 

“Boys and Girls Clubs has given me the opportunity to share something that I like doing and make money while doing it.” said J.D. when asked about his recent popularity.  He is planning to start his own company and wants to begin performing at BGCA Teen Events nationwide.

 

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NFL donates HOPSports system to youth

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited the Jim Walter/Interbay Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited the Jim Walter/Interbay Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay

The NFL/United Way “Hometown Huddle” is an NFL-wide day of service that provides NFL players, coaches and staff from each team the opportunity to participate in a variety of community-service activities.  This year as part of this program, the Buccaneers visited a local Boys & Girls Club to introduce a new interactive computer system.  At the event, long snapper Andrew Economos, linebacker Adam Hayward, cornerbacks Elbert Mack and Phillip Buchanon and tight end John Gilmore helped debut the new HOPSports Training System to a group of 100 young members of the Interbay Boys & Girls Club.

The HOPSports system, which was the first of multiple systems that will be donated to Bay Area Boys and Girls Clubs by the Buccaneers, United Way and HOPSports, features a projector and a large video screen that displays exercise routines, plays music, and offers an all-around interactive experience that is fun, exciting and engaging, but also gets heart rates up and promotes fitness.

The five Bucs that attended split the children into groups and helped them run through rotating stations with the guidance of the new system.  As music played and images flashed across the large projector screen showing the proper way to perform various balance, stretching, skipping and jumping drills, the players worked up a sweat along with the youth.

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IBM community service day at Tampa Bay area Boys and Girls Club

 

The IBM community day was a huge success.  Twenty-two employees from the IBM Software Group  

Southeast Business Unit participated at the Interbay Boys and Girls Club on Thursday October 23, 2008.  They formed five teams, each of which had a goal for the day.  There was a frenzy of activity during the day and it was an excellent team building event for the IBM employees. 

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IBM Software Group - Community Day at the Jim Walter/Interbay Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay - Oct 2008

By the end of the day, the teams had accomplished an amazing amount of work: they painted all of the hallways/stairwells, removed old computers from the technology center/installed new ones, pressure washed sidewalks, removed weeds from the front entrance, created a new area for a digital arts center, assembled desks, and organized the computer storage area.  It was amazing to see how much they accomplished in one day!  Our youth will benefit immensely from IBM’s hard work.  Thank you IBM, we are looking forward to your next community day.

IBM Software Group - Community Day at the Jim Walter/Interbay Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay - Oct 2008

IBM Software Group - Community Day at the Jim Walter/Interbay Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay - Oct 2008

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IBM Software Group - Community Day at the Jim Walter/Interbay Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay - Oct 2008

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IBM Software Group - Community Day at the Jim Walter/Interbay Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay - Oct 2008

IBM Software Group - Community Day at the Jim Walter/Interbay Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay - Oct 2008

IBM Software Group - Community Day at the Jim Walter/Interbay Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay - Oct 2008

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