Friday, 06 May 2016
Local club announces scholarship recipients
Valerie L. Valdez | Herald correspondent | Posted: Friday, May 6, 2016 4:30 am
On Thursday, Ellison High School senior Keana Shaw formed a new memory she won’t soon forget: It was the day she received a college scholarship.
“It means the world to me, and I’m going to do my best at Central Texas College and beyond,” Shaw said. She was one of nine seniors honored during the 2016 Education Celebration Luncheon held at the Boys & Girls Club of Central Texas on Elms Road in Killeen.
The Gordon Graves Green Vest Scholarships went to five seniors and pay for books, tuition and fees to attend two years of college at Central Texas College and then complete their bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Her mother, Phyllis Shaw, is an administrative assistant at the club and knows how much children benefit from the club’s activities.
“Keana has been a member of the club since 2009 and has a lot of volunteer hours that has helped her,” said Phyllis Shaw.
A crowd of about 80 people applauded winners as they accepted their certificates.
During her keynote address, Amy Bawcom, director of college development at Central Texas College Foundation, mentioned the excellent ranking of the local Boys & Girls Club.
“Out of 4,000 clubs nationwide, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas ranks 10th for number of clubs with 27 clubs and second in Texas for average daily attendance with more than 2,100 youths,” Bawcom said.
She focused on the four main components that each scholarship recipient showed, including a positive attitude, creative thinking and enthusiasm with lots of hard work.
“Optimism is what makes something happen that might not be a success, but with all of these qualities, you can turn them into a success,” she said.
Another Ellison High School senior, Dayjah Cobb, will use her scholarship to help her get a good job in the future.
“I want to become a radiation therapist and with this scholarship; that’s possible,” Cobb said.
Five other seniors received Ashley Furniture Homestore Killeen/Fort Hood Scholarships. One of them was Isaiah Valadez, a Lampasas High School senior, who wants to work as a child counselor. He shared the honor with his family.
“I had all their support and love to make this happen for me,” Valadez said.
Gatesville High School senior Allysen Hudson will start at Central Texas College in the fall with her ultimate career goal of education.
“It means that I have a head start on my future.” said Hudson.
Sunday, 07 February 2016
STEM Center of Innovation
Innovation center hopes to inspire youth Valerie L. Valdez | Herald correspondent | Posted: Sunday, February 7, 2016 4:30 am Boys & Girls Club Ribbon Cutting Girls write on a “wipeable” table in the tech room of the new Boys & Girls Club during the facility’s grand opening Friday. The new Center of Innovation is at 2900 E. Elms Road in Killeen. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas unveiled its new state-of-the-art Center of Innovation in Killeen at the grand opening ceremony Friday. Children, parents and staff filled every inch of the center amazed at the high tech equipment and tools. Some kids couldn’t decide which activity to try first. “It’s the most funniest place — you can do everything here,” said Brielle Gonzales, 11. A group of kids played with robotics on the main floor, some budding musicians had a jam session in the music room, while more kids tried their hand at billiards and foosball in the game room. The innovation center is located in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas Clements Teen Center on East Elms Road. “We have a big reach covering over 2,600 square miles and almost 12,000 kids a year, and it’s our pleasure to celebrate this new center,” said Jon Charles, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas. With support from the Raytheon Company and a $5 million, multi-year partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the center aims to bring a learning environment that provides a backdrop for science, technology, engineering and math programming for children of military families. “The center is designed to spark a youth’s interest in STEM and shape the leaders of tomorrow,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “It is one of six centers opening this year and it will serve as a model for all girls and boys club as we look to infuse STEM programs into them.” Even the ribbon-cutting ceremony, usually a routine event, took on a scientific and engineering aspect by using a large, standalone model with a series of intricate gears and levers to cut it. Then the crowd poured into the STEM room, which was every kid’s dream room. It has everything from a wall-mounted touch screen, a row of computers and a work table with a dry erase table top. John Downing, Raytheon representative, said supporting military members and their families is one of the most important parts of the center. “We feel military children shouldn’t miss the opportunity to study science and technology, so these centers of innovation are our attempt to help children of military families,” said Downing. Mylah and Iris Hale each liked the club but for different reasons. “To me, it’s very inspirational giving you something to dream about and accomplish,” said Mylah Hale, 13. But for Iris, the club represented something even more — her future. “This club gives me a jumpstart on my life,” said Iris Hale, 11.
Thursday, 04 February 2016
BGC Junior Youth of the Year
Union Grove student named Boys & Girls Club’s Jr. Youth of the Year, to compete at state competition Valerie L. Valdez | Herald correspondent | Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2016 4:30 am Youth of the Year Victoria Wright is seen Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, outside of the Boys &Girls Club of Central Texas, near Union Grove Middle School, in Harker Heights. Victoria was selected as the area Jr. Youth of the Year and will represent Central Texas at the state level competition in Austin. Victoria Wright, 12, has one speed — busy. She’s a straight “A” student at Union Grove Middle School, an excellent volleyball player and recipient of The Presidential Award for Academic Accomplishment — among a few of her achievements. And now she can add one more — Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas “Jr. Youth of the Year.” The local competition was Jan. 9 at the Lions Den at the Woody Hall Unit, where Victoria won out over 12 other entries, including the previous winner, who won the award two years in a row. She will represent Central Texas at the state competition in Austin later this month. “All I heard was my name and my body just stopped,” Victoria said, remembering her shock. “But I didn’t really win, because everyone is a winner. I feel like a representative.” The humble seventh-grader is known by everyone for her leadership qualities, an astute sense of focus and tremendous drive. “Victoria’s energy is amazing, and it’s something about her that can’t be denied,” said DeVaughn Allen, unit director, Union Grove Middle School, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas. The annual competition looks at the areas of a youth’s character, leadership, academic and overall body of work, including community service. The rigorous selection process required three written essays, three letters of recommendation and an interview with judges. Laquita Wright, a nurse at Killeen High School, shouted the loudest with joy and pride when her daughter’s name was called. “I knew she had what it took to get to that level, and I was hoping that everyone else recognized that,” Laquita Wright said. She added that she feels confident and comfortable when she drops her daughter off each morning, because of the great surroundings at the school and the Boys & Girls Club. At the club, Victoria Wright is involved with its numerous programs, like Smart Girls, the mentorship program, and the Torch Club. But with her eyes on the future, too, she is busy making college choices, narrowing it to Duke, Harvard or Penn State to study law with plans to pursue some field of equal rights and civil rights. Yet Victoria’s selection as Jr. Youth of the Year didn’t surprise Earlene Franklin, assistant principal, who has worked with her at Union Grove for several years. “Victoria puts her heart and soul into everything she does,” Franklin said.
Thursday, 22 October 2015
FOX Sports Southwest Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs Across Texas
2015 Great Futures Teen Program Partnership
FOX Sports Southwest, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Collin County, Arlington,
Greater Fort Worth, Central Texas, San Antonio, Austin, and Lubbock
Partnership between FOX Sports Southwest and Boys & Girls Clubs to showcase the best
and brightest teens in Texas.
July 27, 2015 – February 2016
On Television; FOX Sports Southwest.
FOX Sports Southwest has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs across Texas to showcase
the best and brightest teens. These students are leaders in their Clubs and school with
plans for #GreatFutures. On July 27, FOX Sports SW began airing clips that highlight the
accomplishments of one Great Futures Teen. Eight different teens from selected Texas
markets will air during Texas Rangers Baseball through the month February.
Through fun, life-changing Academic Success programs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
encourages kids to graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future. They
help prepare their members for great futures during every crucial step of their learning
journey—from expanding horizons in elementary school to unearthing passions in
middle school to embracing subject mastery in high school. In partnerships with schools,
families and community supporters like FOX Sports Southwest, Boys & Girls Clubs are
celebrating kids’ achievements and enabling our future leaders to fulfill their potential.
Monday, 13 July 2015
MCEC Presents Seal of Excellence to Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas
Dr. Mary Keller, CEO, Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), presented the MCEC Seal of Excellence in Service at the Bronze Level to Mr. Jon Charles, Chief Personnel Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America– Central, TX (B&GC-CT) in recognition of the B&GC-CT having achieved the key requirements of the MCEC Professional Development Certification Program. https://www.flickr.com/photos/militarychild/sets/72157655296634770
Acknowledging the program's success, Mr. Charles said, "We've seen great dividends on the training. We've put it into action and have had zero issues in this busy first half of summer." Mr. Abdul Subhani, Chief Volunteer Officer for B&GC-CT, added, "Professional development is the key, important feature for any staff to excel. Our focus on education, especially technical education, will be enhanced by this staff enrichment." The Professional Development Certification Program offers a systematic approach to professional development through research-driven strategies that address the academic, social, and emotional needs of the child. The program consists of three levels of certification: bronze, silver, and gold, which all represent increasingly advanced thresholds for professional development.
B&GC-CT Director of Student Services Tiana Marratta felt the training "helped leaders and staff have a better understanding of what military kids go through, and would allow the staff to play a bigger role in improving all aspects of service to the kids."
The B&GC-CT has successfully met all requirements and guiding principles to receive the Bronze level certification. MCEC CEO Dr.Mary Keller proudly presented the award, saying, "Truly, we developed this program with Boys and Girls Clubs in mind and to increase confidence and competence. We are learning together and together we're making a difference for our kids." For additional information about training and certification opportunities through the Military Child Education Coalition, please contact Todd Buchs, MCEC Vice President for Business Development at Todd.Buchs@MilitaryChild.org.
About the Military Child Education Coalition
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Thursday, 09 July 2015
Boys & Girls Club Receives Bronze Certification of Excellence
We are happy to announce that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas now holds the bronze certification of excellence provided by the Military Child Education Coalition for staff professional development. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas is dedicated to providing quality programs and services through ongoing training and development of our staff.