CATCH UP ON THE LATEST BGCMB NEWS!

  • Shop Amazon Smile this Holiday Season!

    Wrap-up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/26-4371125 and Amazon donates to Boys & Girls Clubs Of Metropolitan Baltimore.

  • 5th Annual #StayHungry Tailgate Raises Over $100k!

    5th Annual #StayHungry
    Purple Tailgate Hosted By
    Adam Jones RAISES $100K+

    Stadium Square Purple Tailgate Lot
    Monday November 27, 2017!

     Click here for details from BMORE Around Town about the tailgate.

  • #GivingTuesday

    This #GivingTuesday we want to shine a light on what our Clubs provide to our kids. Our Club members wanted to share with you how their Club helps to create positive change in their lives. If you would like to help make positive change for youth/kids in Baltimore, please donate to #BGCMB. To find out about volunteer opportunities, visit our website or call us at 410-637-3838. We are so thankful for your continued support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore!

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 5th Annual #StayHungry Tailgate Hosted by Adam Jones!

    Join us November 27 for the 5th Annual #StayHungry Tailgate hosted by Orioles Center Fielder Adam Jones!  With performances from LoCash and a special appearance by Trey Mancini, it is sure to be a great time!  Tickets and more information are available at http://www.bmorearoundtown.com/events/view.php?event=NGQ so get yours now!!


  • BGCA Mentoring at Boys & Girls Clubs: Engaging Local Law Enforcement

    We are thrilled that our "Boys Club" unit in the Baltimore Juvenile Justice Center was featured in BGCA's first Engaging Local Law Enforcement Newsletter!  Click the link below to read the newsletter and article featuring our club!

    BGCA_LEI_Clubs_Newsletter_Volume1_Issue1_v2 FINAL.pdf

  • Thank You to All Our Supporters for a Successful Event!

    Baltimore Museum of Industry

    November 2, 2017

    6pm

    View Pictures & Highlights from the Night

  • Board Member Spotlight - Damion Tucker

    Our very own Damion Tucker was featured in the Summer 2017 Edition of the Lovick Diversity Journal!  The article highlights the amazing work he has done throughout his 15 year career with Toyota.  As a senior administrator in Toyota Financial Services' Corporate Social Responsibility Department, Damion has taken his passion for helping others and turned it into a career that benefits countless organizations, communities and people.  Read the full article on pages 18 and 32 of the journal here!  We are so proud of the work all of our board members do on a daily basis!!


  • Built Upon a Dream

    Thanks to ABC2 and their Built Upon a Dream initiative, our Brooklyn O'Malley Club has undergone extensive renovations to improve the overall look and capacity of the club!  It will be highlighted in the September 7 airing at 7pm on WMAR-TV ABC2 to show off the new improvements.  Read ABC2's article here for more information and a list of all those involved in making this dream a reality!

  • Fall 2017 Newsletter

    Stay up to date with us by checking out our Fall Newsletter!

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    It's Back2School Time!

    It’s that time of year again! Click here to learn about who we’re partnering with this back to school season and see how you can get involved today!

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    Old Navy Helps Take the Next Generation to the Next Level

    As part of Old Navy’s Onward! Program, ten kids from our Gilmor Club were afforded the opportunity to spend the day at their Lutherville location and learn what it takes to make it in the retail business. Throughout the day they were able to learn customer focus and how to run the cash register, how to process items and the organizational aspects of a customer’s fitting room experience, how to style mannequins and restock the floor, and even participate in mock interviews! After the interviews, they were given valuable feedback and tips from the experienced Old Navy staff. Thank you Old Navy for having us and for supporting our youth!

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    ABC2 Runs Story On Our Board Member Jill Wiechert!

    It takes a village to keep the Boys and Girls Clubs up and running every year. They offer hundreds of kids in the Baltimore area a safe place to go. Even though this organization helps kids in need, it gives back so much more to those who choose to get involved like board member, Jill Wiechert.


    "From that day I asked her to get involved and she said absolutely," said Boys & Girls Club President & CEO, Kenneth Darren. "She was just ready to jump right in with both feet without hesitation."

    READ MORE

  • Youth of the Year

    Ananda is a 4 year member of the Webster Kendrick Club who has dedicated her time in giving back to the Club. She is an advocate for helping make a change in the lives of the children. After graduating from high school she plans on attending Bowie State to study nursing. Ananda has a passion for basketball and staying fit. She works out everyday to live a healthy lifestyle. Her club experience has taught her that the no dream or goal is never too small to accomplish. Her experience has led her to winning the organizational Youth of the Year and representing the organization at the State level. She exemplifies courage, success, and determination.  Ananda is currently working at the Webster Kendrick Club where she will continue to mentor and coach kids in the same manner that she received. 


  • Amazon.com Donations

        Amazon has been a tremendous blessing to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. Since October 2016, they have  made various donations to our Clubs.  These items have been used as incentives for parent meetings to increase attendance, and as prizes for our members!

     

         

    We send a rousing cheer and applause to the Donation Department of Amazon.com warehouse in Baltimore, MD! THANK YOU for your favor and giving back to our families.

  • BGCMB's Brooklyn O'Malley Club Recieves $1,000 Grant for Teen Character & Citizenship Program

    January 5, 2017 – The Brooklyn O'Malley Club will launch a new Keystone Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier teen character and social engagement program, thanks to a new start-up grant from Aaron’s, Inc. The $1,000 grant will support the newly chartered Keystone Club and thought-driven projects that address key social issues.

    The Keystone program is a teen-driven initiative designed to inspire service and leadership for members ages 14-to-18. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for teens to participate in activities in four focus areas: community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

    “We believe teens have a great opportunity to be change agents in their communities,” said Kenneth R Darden, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. “From food and clothing drives to career fairs, we can’t wait to see what our teen members will achieve as part of our newly chartered Keystone Club.”

    “As sponsor of the Keystone Club program nationally, we’ve seen how much potential teens have to make a difference in the lives of their peers, community members, and themselves,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “With 2016 designated as the Year of the Teen, we are proud to offer 20 new start-up grants to help Clubs like Brooklyn O'Malley across the nation serve more teens.”

    In 2015, Aaron's Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million commitment to the Keystone Club program. Its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America also includes sponsorship of the National Keystone Conference, bringing teens representing Keystone Clubs from around the globe together each year for a character and leadership development experience.

    About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
    For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has changed and saved lives, enabling young people to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,200 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in neighborhoods throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing a wide variety of youth development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

    About Aaron’s, Inc.
    Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) is a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and currently has more than 1,930 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada. Progressive Leasing, a leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 19,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc. (DAMI), d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through a federally insured bank. Aaron's was founded in 1955, has been publicly traded since 1982 and owns the Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com brands. For more information, visit www.aarons.com.

    About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB)
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore seeks to inspire and enable all young people, particularly under-served, at-risk youth in severely distressed communities in Baltimore City, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs provides a safe haven for over 5,000 of Baltimore’s children and are making a difference by providing them with life-skills training, meals, academic enhancement programs, and many more services.


  • BGCMB Receives Grant from Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation

    Recently, The Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation
    awarded the Boys & Girls of Metropolitan Baltimore a
    grant in the amount of $40,000! The grant will go
    towards our newest Club - Gilmor Homes!! We will
    provide an array of BGCA nationally recognized youth
    development programs after school and during the
    summer. We are so grateful for this grant and are
    excited to provide GREAT FUTURES to our Gilmor
    Homes Boys & Girls Club members!


    THANK YOU to the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation!!

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    PLEASE NOTE:
    We do not allow our members to solicit funds from the public on our behalf. In fact, it is our policy not to use children for any fundraising and we not conduct street solicitations. Periodically, we get calls asking if we had our young people soliciting funds on our behalf. Please note that these individuals do not represent our organization.

    And remember, it is even easier to donate to BGCMB through our Amazon.com Wish List or through our PayPal page:

    BGCMB Amazon.com Wish List

    BGCMB PayPal

  • Port Discovery field trip with Brandon Williams


    Field Trip with Ravens player Brandon Williams

      Thank you Brandon Williams! Our youth are so delighted to have opportunities like this. The Port Discovery museum inspired our members to learn, play, and have fun through their interactive exhibits. 

         

  • #StayHungry Tailgate Party benefiting BGCMB

    $50k RAISED FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METROPOLITAN BALTIMORE

    November 6, 2016 marked the 4th annual #StayHungry #PurpleTailgate hosted by Adam Jones. Thanks to BMORE Around Town, this is one of Baltimore's greatest charity events benefiting BGCMB! In the past three years over $30,000 has been raised for our Clubs. This year we are thrilled to announce this event raised $50,000 making it the most successful tailgate to date. 

    WE ARE SO GRATEFUL!

    The day was filled with an awesome special guest performance by national country recording artists; LOCASH! Not to mention the highly entertaining MC's, Rob Long from 105.7 the Fan & Michael J from 93.1 WPOC. Delicious food was provided by Baltimore's finest food establishments, vendors were on hand with giveaways, the silent auction was stocked with one of a kind memorabilia, and a great time was had by all.

    Our staff and members sincerely thank all those who made this possible! It was a day to remember.


  • Webster Kendrick Gamesroom Opening!

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore unveiled a brand new Gamesroom on September 22, thanks to a $16,500 Triple Play grant from the Amerigroup Foundation. The grant provided much-needed updates in equipment and supplies for the Club’s Gamesroom, which is the central hub for kids and teens to learn about teamwork, getting along with others and leadership. The new room includes areas where kids can play educational games, enjoy fun physical activities and create and form friendships.

    Triple Play is Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s signature health and wellness program to teach kids about living a healthy lifestyle. It focuses on the mind, body and soul. Triple Play has made connections with more than 10 million kids over the last decade. The Triple Play program motivates kids to be healthy by providing nutrition and health education, helping provide access to healthy foods and encouraging avoidance of risky behaviors and a lifelong commitment to fitness. With the addition of the Club’s newest activity room, kids will have the opportunity to celebrate active, healthy living and continue building strong relationships with their peers and Club mentors


  • Baltimore School for the Arts Partnership

                                       

    Last year, 2015-2016, our youth in grades 1-5 participated in a 20-week instrumental and vocal music program through BGCMB’s partnership with the Baltimore School for the Arts! For the second year, our members experienced basic music theory, choral, and several instrument families. Not only did our members develop an appreciation for various composers but they also were given the opportunity to play an instrument for several weeks. Due to the success of this program.....again, we are proud to announce that our Brooklyn O’Malley and Webster Kendrick Clubs will have the opportunity to participate another year! We can’t wait for BSA to bring music to our members!

       

  • Gamesroom Grand Opening

  • Movie Night

  • Building a Creative Community - Awareness Event

  • Amazon.com Wish List

    It is now even easier to donate to BGCMB thank to the launch of our new Amazon.com Wish List! Our clubs are in constant need of supplies and tools to adequately support our youth, who truly need and deserve our help. These donations will allow our members to excel, and help our staff make a difference in their lives!

    To check out the items our clubs need, click here! Just add the item you wish to purchase to your cart, fill out the necessary information, and you're ready to go! The shipping address is already pre-set.

    WE THANK YOU FOR GIVING BACK

  • Day for Kids

  • Northeast Youth of the Year Celebration

  • Baltimore Orioles Community Hero

    Congratulations to Pamela Johnson on being honored as a Birdland Community Hero!

    The Baltimore Orioles chose to recognize Pamela, BGCMB Area Director, as a Birdland Community Hero at the ballgame on July 22, 2016. We are so proud and grateful for her dedication to our organization and the youth of Baltimore City. 

    Click HERE watch the video!

  • Building a Creative Community

       

    The Brooklyn O'Malley club members Community Awareness Event was a success! Thank you to our staff, parents, and guests for your support. We enjoyed our dancers, our poets, our artists, and our steppers!


  • New Club: Gilmor Homes

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 marked the grand opening of our new BGCMB club, Gilmor Homes, making this our ninth club!

    We are so proud to be able to continue to serve our families and youth in Baltimore City. Thank you to those who helped make it possible!

  • WWE Anti-bullying Rally

    "DON'T BE A BULLY, BE A STAR"

    On May 23, 2016, WWE and BGCMB teamed up to host a Be a STAR anti-bullying rally! Webster Kendrick members and Callaway Elementary School scholars learned the importance of bullying prevention from WWE Superstars Titus O'Neil, Sin Cara, and Becky Lynch. 

    WWE and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have launched a new partnership focusing on youth development and bullying prevention around Be a STAR. Through this anti-bullying initiative, they hope to encourage young people to treat each other with respect! 

    Our youth had an awesome time receiving the message! The energy and enthusiasm of the WWE Superstars was contagious and encouraging. 
    Join us in the fight against bullying!
















     

  • Opening Day

    Baltimore Orioles Opening Day!
    April 4, 2016

     

    Opening Day for the Orioles is a beloved and exciting day in Baltimore! This year our youth from Webster Kendrick were invited to help celebrate Opening Day by lining the orange carpet and wave the flags as the Orioles were welcomed by thousands of fans. It was a blast and we sincerely thank the Orioles for having us!

    BGCMB proudly wishes the team luck in their 2016 season!


  • Radio Interview with the Larry Young Morning Show!


  • Boys & Girls Club Week


      
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore celebrated its 6th Annual Boys & Girls Club Week event from March 13th through 18th, and what an exciting week it was!

    From Scavenger Hunts, Family Feud, & Wacky-Tacky Contests to our National Fitness Competitions, Teen "Mash-Ups", & Fun City Amusement Center field trip, a great time was had by all! Over 400 youth and teen members from our club sites participated, making this our largest Boys & Girls Club Week to date!

    A special thank you to all our volunteers from "Break a Difference", Howard University (Helping Hands initiative), Banana Republic, Bridgestone, and Merrill Edge.... and to our Board Members & Funders, Jill Wiechert (Pepsi) and Mark Lubin (Taco Bell)!

    Thank you Chick-fil-A and Utz Snacks for providing refreshments throughout the week! 

     

  • Gala

     

    Get your tickets now at www.bgcmetrobaltimore.org/gala

     

    BGCMB is excited to announce our 

    Guest Speaker former Governor Bob Ehrlich

             


           Champion of Youth Honoree former Board Member Evan Davis


     

     Honorary Chairpersons 105.7 The Fan's Rob Long & his wife Yedda Long   

     

  • Partnering with P.F. Chang's

     

    BGCMB is excited to be partnering with P.F. Chang's at Towson Town Center (825 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson, MD 21204)

    On Thursday, February 25th from 5-9PM a select group of our teens will be working at P.F. Chang's as servers in addition to staffing an information booth at the restaurant. This is a wonderful opportunity for our youth to gain real world work experience and to spread the word about all the wonderful things Keystone does. We would love it if you could come out and show your support. 

     Raising Money for a Good Cause never Tasted so Good!   

    This is part of P.F. Chang's on-going program this month to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Throughout February you all can help support BGCMB just by enjoying some great food or spreading the word on social media! 

    Guests can participate in the month-long celebration and benefit the nonprofit in restaurants and through social media.

    • In restaurants: Order an item off the P.F. Chang's Chinese New Year menu, which features symbolically lucky options. The restaurant will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America each time a guest orders from the limited-time menu, which includes handmade-from-scratch Butternut Squash Dumplings, Sichuan Chili Garlic Chicken, Hong Kong Style Sea Bass, Long Life Noodles & Prawns and the Monkey Mule, a unique twist on the traditional Moscow Mule featuring Monkey Shoulder whisky and house-made ginger beer, available exclusively at P.F. Chang's. (TOWSON TOWN CENTER OR INNER HARBOR LOCATIONS)
    • On social media: Share a Chinese New Year wish on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #PFChangsWish to trigger a $1 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. P.F. Chang's will randomly select and grant customer wishes throughout the month.

     

     

  • Comcast Foundation supports My.Future Program

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore are so thankful for the Comcast Foundation's continued support of our
    My.Futures Program!

    "The grants will further develop the My.Future technology platform and curriculum and give more clubs access to the technology, tools and teachers to activate the program. My.Future provides hands-on technology training to equip club kids with the skills needed to compete in a 21st century economy."

    Read the Full Story Here.


  • Purple Tailgate raises over $11,000 in support of BGCMB!!!

    We are truly lucky to have such strong supporters here in the city!

    Thank you so much to Adam Jones, BMORE Around Town, and Biz Markie for making the 3rd Annual Purple Tailgate a huge success, and for all the support they show BGCMB all year round!

    This year marked the 3rd Annual tailgate, and raised an amazing $11,757 that will go towards supporting our youth here in Baltimore.
    For those of you who came out and showed your support, thank you! To those who weren’t able to make it—We’ll see you next year!

  • Thank you Adam! Thank You Orioles!

    Webster Kendrick to receive renovations to Technology Center 

    "Adam Jones came up through the Boys and Girls Club in San Diego.

    'Someone helped me. Someone kept funding the Boys and Girls Club where I grew up,' Jones said.

    And now he’s giving back, presenting the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore a big check of $75,000 on behalf of himself and the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation.

    The donation will help to renovate and expand the Technology Center and the Callaway Community School Tech Lab at the Club’s facility located at 4130 Callaway Avenue." 

    Read the full story now Here!

     

     


  • Military Family Appreciation Month

    As we prepare for Thanksgiving, BGCMB would like to offer its own thanks to the military members and their families serving around the world. We hope that you will join us in saying thank you to our military families for their countless contributions and sacrifices.



  • SMART Girls Luncheon 2015

    Thank you doesn't begin to describe our appreciation, but from all of us at BGCMB--thank you to all those who came out in support of our 3rd Annual SMART Girls Luncheon. 

    The event  was amazing!  Nearly 100 people joined us to recognize Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Baltimore City), Tracy Darrington (Enterprise Holdings), Carter Polakoff (Baltimore School for the Arts), Melody Locke (Westport Academy), and Shelonda Stokes (GreiBO Media) as our 2015 honorees.

    We would also like to offer a special thank you to our sponsors: T. Rowe Price, Pepsico, Baltimore Water Taxi, and Taco Bell. 


          


    Check out this great slide show of the event! 

     

     

  • Thank you!

    A huge thanks to the Lardarius Webb Foundation and Vibrancy21, who made a very generous donation to our Webster Kendrick Club of 15 new computers, as well as much needed school supplies and tables!

    For the past 5 years, these organizations have collaborated on many initiatives to benefit the Club, including Turkey Drives, Holiday Toy Drives, sporting-good donations, and significant improvements to the Center.

    As proud supporters of the BGCMB, the Webb Foundation and Vibrancy21 have been essential in the ongoing growth and continued enhancement of the Club’s environment. The computers and school supplies will provide students with endless educational, social, and technological programs. With a common goal in mind, the Webb Foundation and Vibrancy21 strive to really embody the BGCMB mission; "to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens."

    Thank You Vibrancy21 and the Lardarius Webb Foundation!

    Go to: www.vibrancy21.com to learn more!

      

  • SMART Girls Luncheon

    Our 3rd Annual SMART Girls Luncheon is only TWO WEEKS AWAY!!! 

    Get your tickets now, for what is sure to be a WONDERFUL event! 

    Click for TICKETS


    Keynote Speaker:  Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

    Honorees: 

    Tracy Darrington from Enterprise Holding and Carter Polakoff  from Baltimore School for the Arts)



     A Special THANK YOU to

    T. Rowe Price, Pepsico, and Baltimore Water Taxi

    for becoming SPONSORS of this great event!!

     

    If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Y'landa Simmons at ysimmons@bgcmetrobaltimore.org or 410-637-3838.

     

  • AMAZON Donates 70 Kindle Fires!!!

     Last week Amazon stopped by our Webster Kendrick Club to donate 70 Kindle Fires!!  These will be distributed to Club sites so that BGCMB can extend the impact of technology programs outside of our computer labs. Providing our members with access to technology and educational programs is central to our mission of “inspiring and enabling young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

    Our program works to support and supplement our member’s education, and these kindles will help us to broaden the impact of our STEM and literacy programs.

    Thank you Amazon!!!

  • SMART GIRLS LUNCHEON


  • New School Year

    It's that time of year, again!



  • BMore Love

    BMore Love Project!

    The staff at Peppermill Projects, a boutique branding and design firm in Annapolis, wanted to bring help and healing to our neighbors in Baltimore. They decided that the best way they could make a difference is to do what they do best: create. They believe that through art, they can help bridge political and social boundaries and begin the healing process for the citizens of Baltimore.

    On Tuesday, April 28th, they launched www.bmorelove.com to bring love, peace and respect to the city of Baltimore. ALL proceeds from sales will go directly to us, BGCMB. They will be featuring no more than 10 designs at a time, so designs will be rotated. To submit a design, please visit www.bmorelove.com/artists. To purchase a shirt, please visit www.bmorelove.com/shop.

    Please feel free to contact them at bmorelove@peppermillprojects.com if you have any questions or visit www.bmorelove.com for more information. We look forward to creating a better Baltimore through artist and designer collaboration!

    BMORE Love.

    BMORE Peace.

    BMORE Respect.

  • Travis Snider visits with Teens!

     

    On Tuesday July 1st, Baltimore Orioles’ Outfielder Travis Snyder stopped by to talk with teens about their futures. Snider encouraged teens to explore different areas of interests and to use the next few years to find a field they enjoy. He also urged teens to advocate for themselves, using their unique backgrounds, interests, and skills to make themselves stand out to future employers or college admissions officers.

    The teens present were part of the Graduate for Mas program. Graduate for Más is a program track offered to Club members in partnership with Taco Bell Foundation, as an extension of Taco Bell Foundation’s national initiative that provides tools and resources to teens while tracking their progress toward graduation and life goals. Through this partnership, we work to prepare rising 8th and 9th graders for a successful transition into high school, while introducing teens of all ages to higher education opportunities and career goals beyond high school.

    We are incredibly proud of all our teen members who continue  work towards great futures, and we are so grateful for Travis for stopping by and spending the afternoon with us!

    Check out this great write-up regarding the event!

      

     

     

  • 'Camp Old Navy'

               

    On Monday, July 13, our teens had the chance to experience retail work hands-on thanks to “Camp Old Navy.” As part of the job-readiness component of this program, teens have the opportunity to spend a day in an Old Navy store job-shadowing our passionate employees. Teens and young adults receive essential job and retail skills training that will help get them ready for their first jobs.

    Gap Inc. brands have been a partner of Boys & Girls Clubs for nearly 15 years! Old Navy’s 'Camp Old Navy' program has been supporting Boys & Girls Clubs through various programs around community involvement and volunteerism, specifically targeted to promote job readiness.



            

  • Toyota Financial Services and BGCMB host Teen Summit!

     TFS TEEN SUMMIT 

    On Saturday, June 20, 2015, 75 of our teen members aged 14-18 participated in a Teen Summit hosted in partnership by Toyota Financial Services and BGCMB. The event included mini-sessions on real life topics including things such as College Preparation, Financial Literacy, Current Events and Issues, Entrepreneurship, and Social Media—lead by guest experts in these areas. The Keynote Speaker for the Summit is Keion Carpenter, a Baltimore native and former NFL defensive back with the Atlanta Falcons.

    It was a great day, and we are looking forward to next year’s event already!

      

     

        

  • 2015 Advanced Leaders Institute Conference

     A Note From Our Youth of the Year!

    by: Saidah Sargent

    "I was fortunate enough to represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore at the 2015 Advanced Leaders Institute Conference in Atlanta, GA. These four days were full of new experiences for me-- one of which was staying on the campus of Emory University which gave me a taste of the college experience. During my time there I was able to connect with many other Youth of the Years from around the country. I was able to meet and connect with people from all different walks of life, which broadened my horizons and opened by eyes to different cultures. We attended sessions held by outstanding companies such as Toyota and Disney. In each session I acquired new leadership skills in areas such as entrepreneurship, team building, time management, creativity and more. Attending all of these different sessions with the other Youth of the Years have brought us closer together and I was able to walk away with friendships that I will have for a lifetime. I will also be able to bring these new skills and experiences back to my own club, Webster Kendrick, and share them with the other youth in hopes of inspiring them to become future leaders. This was truly a great experience and one that I will remember for the rest of my life."

     

     

  • Reflections from Gala Attendees

    Take a minute and listen to what our guests and supporters had to say about the fourth annual "Be Great" Gala, and the work that BGCMB is doing in Baltimore!

    Robert Brando - http://youtu.be/AXGsU70EAUE

    Cheryl Worthington - http://youtu.be/UO_5bapVnYY

    Brett Liniger - http://youtu.be/00cudcsAURc

    Stacia Dashiell - http://youtu.be/mz00cDRq_h4

    Mark Lubin - http://youtu.be/bg8khGU6HJE

     

     

  • Highlights from our 2015 "Be Great Gala"

     

  • BGGMB's 4th Annual "Be Great Gala"

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Y’landa Simmons

    410-637-3838

    ysimmons@bgcmetrobaltimore.org

    http://www.bgcmetrobaltimore.org

     

    The Blind Side Inspiration, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, To Appear at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore “Be Great” Gala, May 21

    BALTIMORE –The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB) will hold its 4th Annual “Be Great” Champions for Youth Gala, Thursday, May 21, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

    Approximately 250 guests in business attire are expected to gather for this evening of entertainment and inspiration, which will include a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, and musical performance by Tevin Brown, who is a Baltimore School of the Arts alumna. He also coordinated a music program partnered by BGCMB and BSA that introduced 60 city youth to various genres of music and theater arts.

    The keynote speakers will be Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, the couple featured in The Blind Side for adopting former Baltimore Raven, Michael Oher.

    Also speaking and giving a dance performance will be BGCMB’s Youth of the Year Honoree: Saidah Sargent, a senior at Western School of Technology and Environmental Science who teaches dance two days a week at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club. The 17-year-old Catonsville resident has served as a role model for young girls – both as a dance teacher and as a camp counselor.

    Rounding out the night, BGCMB will recognize its 2015 Champion for Youth Honorees: Dr. Tim Tooten (education reporter, WBAL TV 11 New), Joe Tristani (COO, Sound United) and Cheryl Worthington (associate deputy director, Baltimore City Housing Authority).

    “We’re both honored and thrilled to have participation from such a stellar group of individuals,” says Ken Darden, President/CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. “Most importantly, this event will highlight the needs of our city’s underserved youth and the success that can be achieved when the community comes together.”

    The Gala is intended to raise over $85,000 to support the operation of BGCMB Club sites. Tickets are $175/person and sponsorships are also available. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit http://bgcmetrobaltimore.org/be-great-gala or call 410.637-3838.

    About the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB)
    The Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore seeks to inspire and enable all young people, particularly underserved, at-risk youth in severely distressed communities in Baltimore City, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe haven for close to 5,000 of Baltimore’s children and are making a difference by providing them with life-skills training, meals, academic enhancement programs, and many more services.

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  • BSA Brings Music to our Members!

      

    In partnership with the Baltimore School for the Arts, BGCMB’s members in grades 1-5 had the incredible opportunity to gain experience and exposure to instrumental and vocal music. The 20-week program began in October and went throughout the winter, ending this past March. Through this partnership, our members learned an introduction to basic music theory, singing, and the brass, woodwinds, percussion, and strings instrument families. Each member had an opportunity to play an instrument from each of these families. Students were also able to develop an appreciation for various composers. Our members truly enjoyed their experience and are looking forward to next year!


     

  • BE GREAT GALA

    Get your tickets now for our 2015 "Be Great" Gala!  

    May 21, 2015 from 6pm to 10pm

    https://bgcmb-be-great-gala.eventbrite.com

            

     

  • BMore Love Project

     

     

     BGCMB would like to send a special thank you to Peppermill Projects. They have launched www.bmorelove.com/artists. Artists and designers are invited to submit designs for donation to be sold in the form of apparel. All monies raised will be donated to BGCMB.  We would like to thank Peppermill Projects for reaching out and helping our youth!!!If you are an artist and would like to submit a design, visit www.bmorelove.com/artists and to buy a shirt, visit www.bmorelove.com/store

     

     

     

  • A Message From Our President

    These are troubling times for our City, but we have to do what we always do, "put our children first!" Our clubs will remain open so that our kids will have a place to go, something to do and access to positive, caring people as they, and we try to process what is going on. We will use our best judgement to ensure that our staff and members remain safe but want the communities and families that we serve to be reassured that we are there for them as always.  

    Kenneth R. Darden, President & CEO

     

     

  • BGCMB Is Proud To Announce Its 2015 Youth of The Year - Saidah Sargent

     

  • VOTE FOR BGCMB IN THE IKEA LIFE IMPROVEMENT CHALLENGE

    Please support The Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls club in The IKEA Life Improvement Challenge Makeover. Please vote daily until March 2nd.The grand prize is a $10,000 makeover for our club members!

    The contest is in full swing! CAST YOUR VOTE TODAY FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB METROPOLITAN BALTIMORE

    Click on the link below to vote:

    http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1965768/Vote-for-Your-Favorite-Life-Improvement-Project-2015

    The Life Improvement Challenge gives IKEA co-workers the opportunity to nominate local charities to win an IKEA makeover of a space that help to improve the lives of others in the community. 


  • Thank you to United Healthcare & Athletes Day of Service!

    The Westport Homes Boys & Girls Club received a make over due to United Healthcare employees taking part in the Athlete Day of Service!

     

  • Come Out & Support A Great Cause!

    Come out tonight and experience taste with a twist! All while supporting a great cause, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore is hosting a fundraiser at Plates Restaurant from 6pm - 9pm.

    Enjoy a great meal while supporting a great cause!

    Plates Restaurant
    210 East Centre Street
    Baltimore, MD 21202

    We hope to see you there!!!


  • Congratulations To Toyota Financial Services For Being Named One Of The Civic 50!

    Congratulations to one of our No.1 Supporters, Toyota Financial Services (TFS)! Toyota has been named to the Civic 50 list by Bloomberg and Points of Light Foundation, which distinguishes companies as one of the most community-minded companies in the nation.

    We are so proud of our partner and thank them for their undying commitment and passion in helping us fulfill our mission.

    Toyota Financial Services You Rock !


  • ESPN's College Game Day In Baltimore

       On December 13, 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore “Westport Homes” was afforded the opportunity to escort two members to ESPN’s College Game Day featuring the annual Army vs Navy game played in Baltimore at M&T Stadium.  The morning began with a light breakfast with the cast (Desmond Howard, Lee Corso, Chris Fowler, and Kirk Herbstreit) ESPN staff members, and other guests. Secondly, the youth were able to be a part of the festivities.  Speaking with both Midshipmen and Black Knights, Taking pictures in front of the ESPN College Game Day Bus, and collecting lasting memories.  Subsequent to the show, the youth were afforded an opportunity to take photos with the cast, visit the “Green” room, and have an autograph and Q & A session with Boys & Girls alumni, Desmond Howard.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Thank you Tarte for Supporting Boys & Girls Clubs!!

     

     

    On Saturday December 6th,  Tarte National Artists at Ulta Congressional Plaza, Rockville, MD did makeovers and made “Sweet Dreams” come true this Holiday season with the Boys and Girls club.

    Those who made donations, received Complimentary Makeovers and were 
    Entered to win over $200 in Tarte makeup with their donation to Boys and Girls Club. 

  • Support BGCMB This #Giving Tuesday

     

    We’re redefining giving this holiday season! Join the #GivingTuesday movement & make a difference in your community by donating to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.


  • BGCMB Salutes Our Veterans

     

     

    As we celebrate Veterans Day, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore salutes the brave women and men who have served our nation in uniform.

    Our veterans are mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends. They have made incredible sacrifices and exhibited amazing courage in defense of our freedom. We are humbled by their selflessness and bravery. And we honor the memory of those who have given their lives in service to their country.

    We also celebrate the strong connection between the U.S. Armed Services and Boys & Girls Clubs. For more than 20 years, our partnership with the Department of Defense has seen tens of thousands of the sons and daughters of military families join some 400 BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide, as well as Clubs in local communities. Our Movement has been deeply enriched by this unique relationship.

    As BGCMB work every day to instill the tenets of good citizenship, character and leadership in our young people, we look to our veterans, and our active-duty military, as role models. They exemplify the desire to give back to our nation through community service and civic engagement.

    Today – and every day – let us salute and thank our military veterans – true heroes who inspire us all.


  • Tailgate with Adam Jones & Raise Money For BGCMB

    Come tailgate with 4 time Gold Glove winner Adam Jones this Sunday while helping support the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore!

                                                 Click here to get your tickets

  • Buffalo Wild Wings - Teams Up & Provides BGCMB w/Football Grant

     

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore
    Y’landa Simmons
    ysimmons@bgcmetrobaltimore.org
    410-637-3838

    BUFFALO WILD WINGS AWARDS SPORTS GRANTS TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METROPOLITAN BALTIMORE FOR FLAG FOOTBALL
    ALL STARS Program is focused on promoting youth sports and sportsmanship


    BALTIMORE, OCTOBER 6, 2014 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore announced today that Buffalo Wild Wings is supporting their ALL STARS football program this fall with a $3,000 grant. As part of Buffalo Wild Wings’ Team Up for Kids® initiative and partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the company is supporting 285 Clubs across the country this fall, creating sports programs that promote physical fitness and good sportsmanship.
    The grants also includes team jerseys and tools and resources from the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) which provides education and training programs for administrators and volunteer coaches to use across all team sports programs.
    “During the out-of-school time, it is critical that we provide programming that helps kids learn about teamwork and the importance of good sportsmanship. These lessons become building blocks for skills that young people need as they move into adulthood,” said Kenneth Darden, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. “Thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings, our ALL STARS program is providing opportunities for kids to be part of a team – learning invaluable lessons and skills that will help them succeed at school, at home, at the Club and in life.”
    “Once again, we are honored to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of America for our ALL STARS program, impacting thousands of Club kids each year through team sports,” said Mary Twinem, Buffalo Wild Wings chief financial officer. “We are committed to providing support and programs to the communities we serve, creating opportunities to teach life lessons and ignite a passion for sports.”
    Buffalo Wild Wings is committed to donating $4 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America by 2016 including funds raised through sauce and seasoning bottle sales and events in their restaurants. Now through October 31st, Buffalo Wild Wings is promoting a fundraising campaign where 100 percent of every paper pinup Guests purchase in-restaurant will support BGCA youth sports programs. The paper pinups can be purchased for a $1 minimum donation and will be displayed in restaurants.
    Boys & Girls Clubs of America believes that all kids deserve a great future. Through the organization’s Great Futures Campaign, Clubs and supporters are working to mobilize the country around the critical issues facing America’s youth. Boys & Girls Clubs are committed to leading the way, assuring that every young person who enters a Club is on track to graduate from high school on time, and is prepared to succeed in college or a career, while demonstrating good character and living a healthy lifestyle.
    Thanks to Buffalo Wild Wings, the ALL STARS program motivates kids to lead a healthy lifestyle through team sports while building good sportsmanship and self-esteem for Club kids.
    About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore is a committed community partner in helping to shape the lives of thousands of young children and youth throughdevelopment programsand services with an emphasis on educational and prevention programming. The mission of the BGCMB is “To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” We accomplish this mission by providing a safe place to learn and grow, develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, participate in life-enhancing programs, build character development experiences, hope, and opportunity. In all of our programs we utilize a time-tested youth development strategy. For more information visit www.bgcmetrobaltimore.org

    About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
    For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter

    About Buffalo Wild Wings and Team Up for Kids
    Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. There are currently more than 1,030 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico.

    Buffalo Wild Wings’ charitable giving initiative – TEAM UP FOR KIDS® – centers on the vision: There is a champion in every child. We are committed to helping build communities where all kids can thrive, compete, and belong to a team. As part of this initiative, Buffalo Wild Wings has teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) to help thousands of kids play on sports teams each year. Buffalo Wild Wings is committed to donating and raising at least $4 million for BGCA by 2016. Guests can join the effort through donations from sauce andseasoning bottle purchases and in-restaurant fundraising events. For more information, visit www.buffalowildwings.com/giving.

    To stay up-to-date on all the latest events and offers for sports fans and wing lovers, like Buffalo Wild Wings on Facebook, follow @BWWings on Twitter and visit www.BuffaloWildWings.com.

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  • BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF METROPOLITAN BALTIMORE HOSTS DOVE SELF-ESTEEM WORKSHOP FOR 5th ANNUAL DOVE® SELF-ESTEEM WEEKEND

     

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore will host a self-esteem workshop for over 100 girls on Saturday, October 11, 2014. This event is part of the forthcoming fifth annual Dove Self-Esteem Weekend, a nationwide effort to raise awareness for the need to help girls develop a positive relationship with beauty. The workshop will support the ongoing efforts of the Dove Self-Esteem Project that is committed to reaching 15 million young people with self-esteem education by the end of 2015.

    72% of girls feel pressure to be beautiful. Dove believes everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in a girl’s self-esteem.

    On Saturday we are inviting young ladies to participate in a Dove sponsored self –esteem weekend which will include various workshops. In these workshops we will discuss how image is portrayed in the media, create vision boards, have physical fitness workshops, dance and much much more!

    WHEN: Saturday, October 11, 2014
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    WHERE: Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club
    4130 Callaway Avenue
    Baltimore Maryland 21215

    CONTACT: Y’landa Simmons
    ysimmons@bgcmetrobaltimore.org
    410-637-3838



  • Four BGCMB Youth Afforded The Opportunity to Attend Cal Ripken Sr. Baseball Camp

     

     

    The Cal Ripken Sr. Baseball Camp was an awesome experience for the four young men afforded the opportunity to attend: Xarien Lyday, Brett Poles, Antonio Dorsey, Nyckolas Allen. The youth had an opportunity to meet children from different states that attended various Boys and Girls Clubs. They got to see firsthand how large the Boys and Girls Club Movementis and immediately realized that they were a part of something big.The youth stayed at a camp ground from August 18-22. During that time they had an opportunity to rock climb, zip line, swim, as well as attend baseball clinics and participate in baseball games. The camp provided each young man with a uniform, baseball gloves and a backpack. They were encouraged to challenge themselves by doing things they considered uncommon. At the end of the camp each team chose a camper of the week, Xarien Lyday and Nyckolas Allen were chosen by their teams. This award was given to the camper that inspired the team and challenged himself. They were encouraged to keep up their positive behavior and bring that positiveattitude back to the club. They will never forget the experience afforded by the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.


  • GE Gives The Brooklyn O'Malley Club A Makeover

    Thanks to volunteers from GE The Brooklyn O'Malley Boys & Girls Club has a new look. The volunteers from GE spent all day Monday August 25th painting the games room and the main hallway with Boys & Girls Club blue, white and yellow. BGCMB can't thank them enough for the hard work put into the project and we are excited to see the youths expressions when they walk into the newly decorated Club.

            

  • Towanda Boys & Girls Club - Choose Life

    Youth Violence-Choose Life from Griot's Eye on Vimeo.

     

  • Meet & Greet w/Astronaut Christopher Ferguson

    Members from various clubs under the BGCMB umbrella were afforded the opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with Astronaut Christopher Ferguson.  The program was sponsored by Morgan State University, so in addition to receiving a wealth of knowledge from the astronaut, members took advantage on the opportunity to pick the brains of a few engineering students that were present.  The program exposed the youth to the world of math and science and a clearer vision/pathway for possible careers.



  • Family -to-Family Partnership

    BGCMB is excited to announce its new partnership with Family-to-Family. An organization that will help bring much needed resources to our families! Family-to-Family was started nine years ago by Hastings-on-Hudson, New York mom and entrepreneur Koner, who was heartsick after reading a newspaper article about the impoverished community of Pembroke, Illinois, one of the poorest towns in the nation. “We have to do something,” Koner told her two daughters. She convinced 16 neighbors to join her in buying and sending groceries to 17 needy Pembroke families. Since then, Family-to-Family has expanded to over 400 donating families who provide food and friendship to hungry families in 21 communities across the United States. We are honored to work with the Family-to-Family organization and look forward to more opportunities to continue supporting our youth and their families!

  • BGCMB RECEIVES ADDITIONAL $5,000 GRANT FROM CARMAX CARES FOUNDATION

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  • 2014 Be Great Gala

    Thank you for making our 2014 "Be Great" Gala  a resounding success!

     

  • Watch the USA documentary featuring BGCMB member Malachi Jan. 31st !

    In NFL Characters Unite, Ray meets 12-year-old Malachi, who, like Ray, lost his father to gun violence and has been experiencing verbal and physical abuse from bullies since he moved to Baltimore. Ray wants to help Malachi find the strength and courage to overcome the challenges he has faced and inspire him to focus instead on his passion for acting. Ray invites Malachi to be his special guest at his foundation's event that brings together thousands of kids in the Baltimore community to pledge support to stop and prevent bullying. At the rally, Ray shows Malachi that he is not alone and surprises him by introducing him to two actors -- Erik Martinez and Quinton Aaron, who played Baltimore Raven Michael Oher in "The Blind Side." Together, they will help give Malachi new opportunities to study acting in a safe environment and encourage him to Never Say Never to his dream.

     

  • PAYLESS PROVIDES FREE SHOES FOR BGCMB MEMBERS

    Media: Ylanda Simmons, 410-637-3838

    BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METROPOLITAN BALTIMORE  PROVIDES FREE SHOES TO CHILDREN IN NEED THROUGH PAYLESS GIVES,™ SHOES 4 KIDS HOLIDAY GIVING PROGRAM.

    Baltimore, Maryland, December 13, 2013 — Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore is pleased to announce that we have been selected as an official partner of Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. We are among 750 charitable agencies representing all 50 states in the United States, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and 11 Latin American countries. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore will be distributing merchandise certificates for children’s shoes to the families on our client list.

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore is a committed community partner in helping to shape the lives of thousands of young children and youth through development programs and services with an emphasis on educational and prevention programming. The mission of the BGCMB is “To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens”.  "Thanks to the generosity of Payless Shoe Source, we are able to provide our young people with new, quality shoes this holiday season. We can't thank Payless enough for helping to make this special time of year even more special for our Club members” said Kenneth Darden, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.

    This is the sixth year of the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program and the 2nd year that BGCMB has been selected. Although studies show that properly fitting shoes are important for children’s health and development, a striking number of children don’t own a pair of shoes that fit. We are working to remedy that here in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

    By helping families who struggle to provide their children with basic essentials on a daily basis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, in partnering with the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program, hopes to relieve some of the stress parents feel during the holidays and bring joy to as many children as possible.”

    For more information about the ways in which Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore is helping our community this holiday season, please visit our website at www.bgcmetrobaltimore.org  or call 410-637-3838.

     

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  • COMCAST AWARDS $95,000 TO BALTIMORE ORGANIZATIONS

    COMCAST FOUNDATION AWARDS $95,000 TO ORGANIZATIONS IN GREATER BALTIMORE AREA

     Grants expand digital literacy, promote community service and build youth leadership skills

     BALTIMORE – December 20, 2013 – The Comcast Foundation today announced it awarded $85,000 in grants to six nonprofit organizations in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County and Cecil County. The grants support programs aimed at expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow’s leaders.

     “Comcast is proud to partner with these local organizations whose tireless efforts unlock doors to success and improve the lives of neighbors across our communities,” said Donna Rattley Washington, Comcast’s regional vice president of government and community affairs. “Through a supporting role in their good work, we are upholding Comcast’s commitment to closing the digital divide, empowering youth leaders and fostering a culture of volunteerism in the cities and towns we serve.”

     Baltimore area organizations receiving 2013 Comcast Foundation grants include:

     ·         Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chesapeake (Baltimore) -  $20,000 for a mentoring program connecting city youth with professionally-supported mentors who work with children to achieve success in school as well as social and emotional well-being.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chesapeake (Carroll County) - $10,000 for the organization’s mentoring program, which connects local youth with professionally-supported mentors who work with the children to achieve success in school as well as social and emotional well-being.

    ·         Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County - $20,000 for Club Tech, which teaches technology skills through interactive projects and activities. Members participate in basic orientation enabling them to use technology and understand the basics of how computers work.

    ·         Boys & Girls Clubs of Cecil County - $10,000 for Club Tech, which teaches technology skills through interactive projects and activities and provides basic computer orientation to Club members.

    ·         Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore - $15,000 for Club Tech, which teaches technology skills through interactive projects and activities and provides basic technology education and computer skills to club members.

    Living Classrooms - $20,000 to develop the Comcast Learning Lab at the organization’s Patterson Park facility, which will provide digital literacy programs and training to students living in the local area.

     

    Including its support of these Baltimore area organizations, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $17 million in 2013 to nonprofits in communities it serves nationwide. The Foundation has donated nearly $140 million since its founding in 1999.

     In addition to the grants from the Comcast Foundation, Comcast also responds to community needs through local sponsorships and in-kind support, such as airing public service announcements, employee volunteerism and providing technology equipment and services to organizations across the country.

     For these and other community efforts, Comcast in 2013 was named one of the most community-minded companies in America by Bloomberg, the Points of Light Foundation and the National Conference on Citizenship. Their Civic 50 ranking is a comprehensive survey of S&P 500 companies that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

     To learn more about Comcast’s community support, visit the Community Investment section of the Comcast website, explore and “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

     About the Comcast Foundation

    The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified nonprofit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting community service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow’s leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $140 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community.

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  • BGCMB Members To Visit Mummies of The World Exhibit

    **MEDIA ADVISORY / EVENT INVITATION TO COVER**

    Media Contacts:

    Erin Fields; Rogers & Cowan, Inc.; 561.391.5930 ext. 304; EFields@rogersandcowan.com

     MORE THAN 100 YOUTH FROM THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF METROPOLITAN BALTIMORE INVITED TO ATTEND MUMMIES OF THE WORLD: THE EXHIBITION
    Maryland Science Center presenting donation of tickets to

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore youth with Ken Darden, President/CEO

       WHAT:                  The Maryland Science Center and exhibition producer American Exhibitions, Inc. will host The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGC Metro Baltimore) to attend the Mummies of the World: The Exhibition  on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:30pm. Van Reiner, President of the Maryland Science Center will be presenting the tickets to Kenneth R. Darden, BGC Metro Baltimore President/CEO along with more than 100 youth members onsite to share in the occasion.

     Onsite Visuals and Interview Opportunities available:

     -       More than 100 BGCMB youth will experience the exhibit first-hand by way of ticket donation from American Exhibitions Inc. and the Maryland Science Center

        o    Viewing and discussing 40+ real human and animal mummies; 150 artifacts, including sarcophagi, tools and clothing

        o    Hands-on interactives

    -       Youth Members, Kenneth R. Darden, BGCMB President/CEO available for photos/film and comment

     

    WHEN:                  Friday, December 13, 2013 | 1:30pm

    WHERE:                                Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. Baltimore, MD 21230

                                    ** Presentation to take place at main entrance to exhibit

     

    DETAILS:              Mummies of the World

    Mummies of the World is the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, featuring an astounding collection of 150 objects including real human and animal mummies, and related artifacts from South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Ancient Egypt. Mummies of the World will be on display at The Maryland Science Center from September 28, 2013 through January 20, 2014. For more information, please visit www.mummiesoftheworld.com.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore has played an integral role in the Baltimore City community for six years, providing daily programs and services to over 4,200 youth. The Clubs are open Monday - Friday after school with programs that emphasize education and career enhancement, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. For more information on BGCMB please visit www.bgcmetrobaltimore.org.

    About the Maryland Science Center

    Named one of Parents Magazine’s Top 10 Science Centers in America, the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore makes science understandable and fun for more than 500,000 visitors a year. The Maryland Science Center inspires, fascinates, motivates and engages children and adults with dozens of interactive exhibits, traveling exhibitions, original presentations in the world-famous Davis Planetarium, larger-than-life movies in the five-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and hundreds of hands-on programs delivered throughout the state each year.  For more information, visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org.

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  • Adam Jones# Stay Hungry Purple Tailgate Raises more Than 10K for Boys & Girls Club

    Everyone who follows Orioles center fielder Adam Jones on social media knows how much he loves food. So, on Sunday morning, he combined that love of food with another one of his passions, raising money for charity. Jones held his first #StayHungry Purple Tailgate before the Ravens-Bengals game to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.

    With food catered by Blue Agave, Ryleigh’s Oyster and Abbey Burger Bistro, as well as Mouth Party Caramels, plus two bands, raffles and a silent auction, Jones announced that the event raised more than $10,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs.

    The event, which began at 8:30 a.m. and ended around noon, was announced as a sellout. People were lining up by 8 a.m. to get in. It was held in a Federal Hill lot not far from M&T Bank Stadium.
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  • ADAM JONES TECHNOLOGY CENTER RIBBON CUTTING AT BROOKLYN O’MALLEY

    Hundreds of members of the Brooklyn O’Malley Boys and Girls Club and the local community now have access to the latest technology thanks to an extensive renovation of the club’s Technology and Learning Center. The project, which began in July, was made possible through a $75,000 donation from OriolesREACH and Boys and Girls Club alumnus ADAM JONES. Jones joined youth from the club in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the facility, located at 3560 3rd Street in Baltimore, on Wednesday, November 6 at 4:00 p.m.

    Improvements at the expanded facility include 20 new computers, a new ceiling, florescent lights and carpeting. The Orioles also donated a player-used, autographed and authenticated regulation size ping-pong table to the Club.

    The new Technology and Learning Center will enhance the Boys and Girls Club’s ability to provide educational support, computer skill development and career enrichment, college preparatory and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs to its at-risk and underserved members. The Center will also be utilized by community members for employment search, financial literacy, GED and career and educational support. The Brooklyn O’Malley Boys and Girls Club will partner with institutions of higher learning, local libraries, corporate partners and Baltimore City Public Schools to recruit adult participants as volunteers and mentors for the facility.

    Jones, who was a member of the Encanto Boys and Girls Club as a youth in San Diego, has been an active supporter of the Metropolitan Baltimore Boys and Girls Clubs throughout his time with the Orioles.

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  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore Receives Scholarship from Toyota


    Scholarships Are Part of Toyota Financial Services’ Expansion of Its 'Making Life Easier' Scholarship Program to $1 Million

    October 9, 2013 – Baltimore, Maryland – Through an award by Toyota Financial Services (TFS), Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB) announces $5,000.00 in scholarships to be provided to deserving students.

    Scholarships were awarded through Toyota Financial Services’ expansion of its Making Life Easier scholarship program to $1 million for 2013, of which $5,000.00 was presented to support Boys & Girls Club member Ebony Wynder.

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore is one of twenty Club organizations facilitating Diplomas to Degrees - or D2D, an intensive college readiness program funded by a $1.5 million grant from Toyota over three years to help provide tools, resources and support to Boys & Girls Club teens to better prepare them to transition from high school to college graduates.

    Making Life Easier Scholarships are awarded to underserved students through Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as other TFS non-profit partners. Close to 30 of the recipients attended TFS’ Community Day this past August in Torrance, Calif., where awards for all recipients were announced and celebrated.

    “We are committed to helping improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work” said Mike Groff, Toyota Financial Services CEO and member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Board of Trustees. “Through our partnerships with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore we are able to engage with really inspirational and courageous students and become a part of their lives.”

    As part of TFS’ national giving strategy, the TFS Making Life Easier Scholarship program allows economically disadvantaged youth to pursue their higher education goals by providing up to $20,000 for university, college, trade or vocational school tuition and fees. Since 2007, TFS has provided $2.4 million in scholarships to over 500 students.

    About Toyota Financial Services

    TFS is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota in the United States, offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust, and extended service contracts through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). Lexus Financial Services is the brand for financial products for Lexus dealers and customers. TFS currently employs approximately 3,300 associates nationwide, and has assets totaling over $95.3 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation. We announce material financial information using the investor relations section of our website (www.toyotafinancial.com) and SEC filings. We use these channels, press releases, and social media to communicate about our company, our services and other issues. While not all information we post on social media is of a material nature, some information could be material. Therefore, we encourage those interested in our company to review our posts on Twitter at www.twitter.com/toyotafinancial. For more information, please visit www.toyotafinancial.com.

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  • R-A-C Tech Center Opens At Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club


    Rent-A-Center donates new computer equipment to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore

    Baltimore, Maryland, October 4, 2007 – Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB) have a new computer facility to call their own at their Webster Kendrick’s location, thanks to a joint venture with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and Rent-A-Center, Inc. The recently installed “R-A-C Tech Center” houses the market’s latest equipment, including ten new computers.

    “Technology is an important part of the Boys & Girls Club experience,” said Kenneth Darden, President. “The R-A-C Tech Center will attract members because it is fun and interactive, but will also help youth develop the 21st century technology skills needed in today’s competitive workforce. We at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore are so grateful to Rent-A-Center for providing this state-of-the-art equipment, and supporting the future of America’s youth.”

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore R-A-C Tech Center is one of four such installments designed and donated this year to Clubs across the country. Rent-A-Center, Inc. has generously contributed in-kind and cash gifts to BGCA since 2007.

    “Rent-A-Center is honored to be a part of this initiative with Boys & Girls Clubs of America,” said Mark Speese, Rent-A-Center chairman and CEO. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore R-A-C Tech Center will provide youth with access to technology in a safe environment, and prepare them for great futures.”

    About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore has played an integral role in the Baltimore City community for 6 (six) years, providing daily programs and services to over 4,200 youth. The Clubs are open Monday - Friday after school with programs that emphasize education and career enhancement, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. For more information on BGCMB please visit www.bgcmetrobaltimore.org.

    About Rent-A-Center
    Rent-A-Center, Inc., headquartered in Plano, Texas, currently operates more than 3,300 company-owned stores nationwide, Puerto Rico and Canada. The stores generally offer high-quality, durable goods such as major consumer electronics, appliances, computers, and furniture and accessories to consumers under flexible rental purchase arrangements that generally allow the customer to obtain ownership of the merchandise at the conclusion of an agreed-upon rental period. Learn more about us at www.rentacenter.com.
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  • BGCMB's Own Dr. Sharon Jones-Eversley Earns The Prestigious Pride Award

    Sharon Jones-Eversley, BGCMB Board Member and assistant professor of family studies at Towson University, has been honored with the distinguished PRIDE Award by the National Institutes of Health.

    Assistant professor Sharon Jones-Eversley, recipient of the National Institutes of Health PRIDE Award for health disparities research

    PRIDE stands for Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research. The two-year, all-expense-paid award gives junior faculty of color the opportunity for career advancement while also conducting potentially transformative research.

    Jones-Eversley’s work focuses on cardiovascular health disparities in African-Americans, both individually and as a community. She recently finished her first summer of funded research at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

    Jones-Eversley has intense motivation for this work.

    “Professionally, I am very concerned with the alarming rates in which African-Americans are experiencing cardiovascular disease and succumbing to cardiovascular-related deaths,” she says. “African-Americans’ chronic stress, poor diets, physical inactivity, geographic locations (i.e., dense urban dwellings) and hypertension result in them dying from cardiovascular disease younger and sicker than any other racial or ethnic group in this country.

    “Personally,” she continues, “my father and husband both died at the age of 40 from cardiovascular-related illnesses. My granddaughter will never have the opportunity to know her grandfather and great-grandfather due to their premature deaths.”

    Jones-Eversley says 50 percent of the African-American community suffers from cardiovascular disease, despite making up about 13 percent of the national population. Those numbers comprise the highest prevalence of sub-population CVD in the world. Further, she says that where African-Americans live is a stronger predictor of their likelihood to suffer CVD than their genetic markers.

    Jones-Eversley’s PRIDE-funded research has four main goals: to increase understanding of chronic inter-generational disease and its impact on African-American families; to develop personal, familial and inter-generational strategies to help the community get and stay healthy; to empower individuals and families to talk with their doctors about their inherited risks; and to strengthen curiosity and participation in African-American genetic and clinical studies.

    Jones-Eversley says the regularity, financial strain and emotional pain involved in so many premature deaths and sick relatives are debilitating to the African-American community, but they’ve become the cultural norm. That translates to shortened life expectancy, leaving families deprived of valuable experiences between generations—like grandchildren knowing their grandparents—as compared to other racial or ethnic groups.

    Her first summer of research at the SUNY – Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn was “awesome,” and she calls the mentoring and consultation from NIH staff priceless. She plans to use this experience to enrich her students’ understanding.

    “I am a strong believer in Aristotle’s quote, ‘to educate the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.’  My aim is … to transform our students into scholars equipped with the skills, passion and competence to change lives, policies and practices in the U.S. and globally.”

  • Join Us For Day For Kids!!!

  • DEI CHILDREN’S CHARITABLE FOUNDATION CHARITY GALA & GOLF

    On Sunday, August 25, CEO Ken Darden and V. P. of Operations Jeff Johnson attended the 4th Annual DEI Children’s Charitable Foundation’s Charity Gala & Golf event, held at the Carlsbad Hilton Resort & Spa. Over 250 people attended this fabulous event that helps support children’s charities in the places where its companies Directed Electronics, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology and BOOM do business.

    Thanks to our Board member Joe Tristani of Polk Audio, Ken and Jeff were able to enjoy an evening of great entertainment (highlighted by Club member’s performances from local B&G Clubs), exquisite food and a “high drama” live auction! The event raised well over $600,000.00 for 7 local children’s charities, including 4 area Boys & Girls Clubs. Because of our connection with Polk Audio, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore received a check for $20,000.00 to support programs/services for Baltimore City children.

    BGCMB would like to extend a special thanks to Jim Minarik, Chairman of DEI Children’s Charitable Foundation & Chairman and CEO of DEI Holdings, Inc., as well as Board member Joe Tristani, Senior Vice President/COO of Polk Audio. Mr. Minarik announced during the Gala that the foundation would be changing its name to Forte (in music signifying strength), to better represent its member companies’ ties to music and audio products, and the Foundation’s strength in its commitment to helping children. A portion of Forte’s charitable funding will be dedicated to children’s music programs.

    Since 2001, Directed Electronics and the DEI Holdings Charitable Foundation, and now Forte, have raised millions of dollars to support charities for children. Their fundraising efforts are largely driven by the very successful Charity Gala and Golf Tournament, and the generous support of their business partners.


  • Partnerships Benefit All!!!


    Kristian Brown is a 20 year old young woman who worked at the Brooklyn O’ Malley Boys and Girls Club this summer. Through a program called Youthworks, whose mission is to provide teenagers with job experience and skills over the summer, Kristian became an integral part of the Boys and Girls Club Summer Camp team. During her six weeks of employment at the Club, Kristian attended Camp Old Navy. Camp Old Navy is a hands-on interactive seminar in which our youth workers learned the ropes of working in the retail industry. While attending the Camp, Kristian learned to use a cash register, stock clothing and interact with customers. After her experience at Old Navy, Kristian applied for a part-time position at the store and was brought on as a staff member there. She is currently working and attending college at the Community College of Baltimore County. Kristian is pursuing her Associate of Art degree in criminal justice and plans to transfer to Stevenson or Florida State University to further her studies.

  • Local IREM Chapter's 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament Supports BGCMB



    The event 
    raised $30k, split among five worthy charities and the local chapter's community outreach committee, repped by Mark McElrath of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and The V Foundation for Cancer Research, Gen Haines of Christopher Place Employment Academy, Sonya Campbell of WPM Real Estate Management (and IREM Chapter 16 golf committee co-chair), Y'landa Simmons of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, Michael Seipp of The Baltimore Station, and LeKeisha Lewis of COPT and the community outreach committee. A school supply drive also made huge progress toward the goal to donate 100 book bags and supplies through Operation Big Book Bag.
  • BCMB & MIchael's Partner to Provide School Supplies to Members


    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore Provides Tools for Back-to-School through the National Supply Drive

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore and Michaels Prepare Baltimore Youth for Successful School Year

    Baltimore, Maryland, August 19, 2013– With support from Michaels, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore kicks off the back-to-school season with the National Supply Drive, an in-store and virtual call for school supply donations to prepare kids and families in the Baltimore community for academic success in the 2013-14 school year.

    “While more than 1 million American youth fail to graduate from high school each year, the truth is that many kids are falling behind in school, and life, before they even get started,” said Kenneth Darden, President “Kids need basic school supplies, and through the National Supply Drive, these donations will help us provide the needed supplies for back-to-school to keep kids on track for academic success and a great future.”

    From now until September, the community can help Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore put thousands of school supplies in the hands of Boys & Girls Club members by donating supplies in local Michael’s store collection bins or visiting www.greatfutures.org/backtoschool.

    “We are proud to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs to give kids the needed school supplies to better handle their workload and succeed academically,” said Steve, Assistant Manager.

    The National Supply Drive is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)’s Tools for Back-to-School initiative, a national back-to-school campaign designed to raise awareness about the need for community-based Boys & Girls Clubs that support academic success for youth during critical out-of-school hours. For more information about how to support Tools for Back-to-School, visit www.greatfutures.org/backtoschool.

    About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore has played an integral role in the Baltimore City community for 5 (five) years, providing daily programs and services to over 3,000 youth.  The Clubs are open Monday - Friday after school with programs that emphasize education and career enhancement, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation.  For more information on BGCMB please visit www.bgcmetrobaltimore.org.

     

    About Michaels

    Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. The company currently owns and operates more than 1,113 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and 123 Aaron Brothers stores, and produces 11 exclusive private brands including Recollections®, Studio Decor®, Bead Landing®, Creatology®, Ashland®, Celebrate It®, Art Minds®, Artist’s Loft®, Craft Smart®, Loops & Threads® and Imagin8®. For more information visit www.michaels.com or www.facebook.com/Michaels or follow Michaels on Twitter and Pinterest @MichaelsStores.

     

     

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  • STAPLES FOR STUDENTS CAMPAIGN

    Baltimore City Parents and Teens Help Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore in Need of Supplies

     Teen Actor Jake T. Austin Joins Staples and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Promote Staples for Students National School Supply Drive

    Baltimore, MD (July 30, 2013) – This summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) are teaming up with teen actor Jake T. Austin, for the 6th annual Staples for Students national school supply drive, to help kids get the tools they need to build great futures. 

    From June 30 to September 28, Staples customers can donate $1 or more at their local Staples store with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting local students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.  Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Staples for Students school supply drive supports this mission by helping young people return to school prepared to learn and succeed.

    The local Staples stores to make a donation are located at:

    ·       1504 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville MD 21208

    ·       5835 York Road, Balitimore MD 21212

    ·       803 Goucher Blvd., Towson MD 21286

    ·       7929 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224

    ·       405 North Center Street, Westminster MD 21157

    ·       6030 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville MD 21228

    ·       587 E. Ordnance Road, Glen Burnie MD 21060

    ·       4380-B Montgomery Road, Ellicott City MD 21043

    ·       9616 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills MD 21117

    ·       2131 York Road, Timonium MD 21093

    “I’m so excited to team up with Staples and Boys & Girls Clubs of America for this great cause,” said Jake T. Austin.  “I’m rallying my fellow teens to get involved to help make a difference in their communities by making sure students have the essential supplies they need to succeed.” 

    To kick-start the campaign, Staples will donate $125,000 worth of school supplies to the program this year.  Staples and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will ensure that all of the donations get to the local Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore in time for the new school year. Since 2008, the campaign has raised nearly $3 million for hundreds of thousands of students in need throughout the country.  Past celebrity influencers have included Jordin Sparks, Ciara, Nikki Reed, the cast of Pretty Little Liars and Bella Thorne. 

    “It’s amazing to see teens and customers rally together each year for and give back to their local communities for this important cause,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president stores and online marketing at Staples.  “With help from teen celebrities like Jake T. Austin to support the great mission of Boys & Girls Clubs, we can ensure that students across the country can start the year off right in the classroom.”

    Teens are also encouraged to spread the word on social media.  Starting July 15, they can visit the Staples for Students Facebook page where Jake will take followers through an exciting series of interactive mission videos to help drive donations.   As missions are completed, teens will be rewarded with donations on their behalf to Boys & Girls Clubs, coupon codes for school supplies and other exciting surprises. 

    About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

    For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

    About Staples:

    Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second largest internet retailer. For 26 years, Staples has served the needs of business customers and its vision is to provide every product businesses need to succeed. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples offers office supplies, technology products and services, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, copy and print services and a wide range of other product categories. With thousands of associates worldwide dedicated to making it easy for businesses of all sizes, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com. Follow Staples on Twitter at http://twitter.com/staples and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/staples.

     

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  • Cal Ripken & Transitions Partner To Provide BGC Members With Glasses

    "Vision is not seeing things they way they are, but as they will be." The collaboration of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Transition Lenses, VSP, and the YMCA put together a memorable day that will lay the foundation to help our youth be better today than they were yesterday and better tomorrow than they were today. The free eye examination and name brand glasses, delicious and plentiful lunch, one on one with HOF Cal Ripken, Jr., the various healthy habit activities, and the free books courtesy of the book mobile put our youth one step closer to achieving their goals to reach their potential. The village that helps guide, inspire, and empower our youth just got a little bigger!!   

    Click here to watch the interview with Cal Ripken and BGC member Joshua Patterson! 

  • GREAT PARTNERS ALLOW US TO DO WHAT WE DO - PEPSICO LEADS BACK TO SCHOOL DRIVE !

    Pepsico is holding a Back to School Drive 

    from August 1, 2013 - August 23, 2013 

    to benefit the Boys & GIrls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, for more information

     contact boysandgirls@bgcmetrobaltimore.org

  • Summer Fiesta Charity Event sponsored by Definitive Technology & Polk Audio, Inc.


    Definitive Technology & Polk Audio, Inc.

    will host its 

    Summer Fiesta Charity Event 

     The event will be held at Cascade Lakes 

    3000 Syndersbury Rd. Hampstead Md 21074

    July 26, 2013
    10:00 am -6:00 pm


  • "The B.ullying and S.enseless violence Stops Now" LOVE Campaign Peace March & Rally



    THE National B.ullying & S.enseless violence STOPS NOW

    LOVE CAMPAIGN RALLY BALTIMORE JULY 27TH 2013

    On Saturday July 27th at 11a Nevaeh Scales Inc., and Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club invites you to join 

    "The B.ullying and S.enseless violence Stops Now" LOVE Campaign Peace March & Rally

    The Rally will be held at Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Club 4130 Callaway Ave Baltimore MD 21215.
    The LOVE Campaign Rally will be hosted by professional Actor, Model and Screenplay Writer Rick Fontaine. Malacka Reed “The Motivational MUA” is the keynote speaker. There will be performances by Gospel Music Channels National Most Powerful Voice in Hip Hop 2012 Mike Guess, Rose Breyae, James Harris, Nephew, Layla Khepri, Eddie Royal, Steven Drakes, Mzery Loves Company and many more! Come and enjoy a day of Peace LOVE and Unity!

    This event is sponsored by WPBradio.com, SB Shades, Skai Ryan Cosmetics, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore and Nevaeh Scales Inc.


  • Jameel Mclain & Full Stride Wellness Support BGCMB - Come Out & Show Your Support!


    Jameel McClain Autograph Signing

    Meet

    SUPERBOWL  XLVII CHAMPION

    JAMEEL McCLAIN

    on Saturday, July 20th

    1 - 3 pm

    100 Business Center Drive

    Reisterstown, MD  21136

    (410) 833-0503

    Ticket Price:  $35 per ONE AUTOGRAPH

    Tickets available online and at the door

    10% of Full Stride Wellness retail sales will go to the

     Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore

    Purchase a discounted one-hour massage and be entered into a drawing to win a Jameel McClain autographed football
    You do not have to be present at the time of the drawing
    Massage has to be purchased during the autograph signing
    *Jameel will draw the winning name*

  • BGCMB and The Darden Foundation Partner to Advance Baltimore's Youth

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB), received a$1,000 grant as part of the inaugural Restaurant Community Grant Program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc.The Restaurant Community Grant Program is a local grants program intended to help support nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities Darden and its restaurant brands serve.The donation will enable BGCMB to continue to serve Baltimore's youth.

  • Unilever And Boys & Girls Clubs of America Partner to Provide S.M.A.R.T Girls Grant

                               

    The S.M.A.R. T (Skills Mastery And Resistance Training) Girls Program sponsored by Unilever is a health, fitness, prevention/education and self esteem enhancement program for girls ages 8 to 17.  The program is designed to encourage healthy attitudes and lifestyles that will enable early adolescent girls to develop to their full potential.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropoitan Baltimore was  awarded a $5,000.00 grant to continue the work of the program.

  • THE B.ullying and S.enseless Violence STOPS NOW!!!


    THE B.ullying and S.enseless violence STOPS NOW!!! 

    MARCH for PEACE & THE LOVE CAMPAIGN RALLY April 27th 2013

    On Saturday April 27th 10a-12p the youth of Baltimore City invite you to join "The B.ullying and S.enseless violence Stops Now" march for Peace and LOVE Campaign Rally.  The March will begin at Westport Homes Boys & Girls Club located 2343 Norfolk Street Baltimore, MD 21230 and end at Brooklyn O'Malley Boys & Girls Club located 3560 3rd Street Baltimore, MD 21225.  Registration check-in and continental breakfast will be from 8a-9:30a and lunch at 12p. The LOVE Campaign Rally will be hosted by 92Q's Pork Chop from 12p-2p on the lawn of Brooklyn O’Malley Boys & Girls Club with special celebrity guests Bianca Chardei from America's Next Top Model, Celebrity designer Stevie Boi, Universal recording artist Shire and more surprise guests! Come and enjoy a day of Peace LOVE and Unity!

    Register online at info@nsilive.com

    This event is sponsored by Pepsi, 92Q, WPBradio.com, SB Shades, Diamonds On The Rise Inc. ,The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore,The Family League of Baltimore and The Nevaeh Foundation.

  • BGCMB Making A Difference & Gearing Up For Their Annual Fundraiser!

    On Thursday April 27th, Abc2 News visited The Boys and Girls Club which is thriving in Baltimore – changing the lives of young people – helping them grow up to be responsible adults.  The club came back into the area in 2007 after the supply for programs reserved for children were overwhelmed by the demand.  At the Brooklyn O’Malley Rec Center in South Baltimore, the city agreed to grant the club the use of the building – a building the city could no longer keep up.  As a result, children in the community now have a safe place to go after school.  “Our kids just need someone to be there for them, someone to care for them and support them. We show them that we care for them, that they are a priority,” says club president Kenneth Darden.  You don’t have to look hard to find the impact of the club in the community.  Since the program opened, sixth-grader Kenneth Bonner has seen his reading score soar.  Likewise, children don’t have to look far to find positive role models.  On Thursday, April 11, the second annual Be Great Gala will be held to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Among honorees will be Ladarius Webb of the Ravens and Nick Markakis of the Orioles. 

  • Support The "2013 Be Great" Gala Get Your Ticket Now!!

     

    To purchase tickets click here.

     

     

  • BGCMB Receives Over $24,000 in Donations From Toyota & Auction Partners

                        

                               CONTACT:   Y’landa Simmons, Vice President of Resource Development,  410-637-3838,  ysimmons@bgcmetrobaltimore.org

     Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore Received over $24,000 in Donations to Support College Readiness Program for Teens from Toyota Financial Services and Auction Partners

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore was awarded over $24,000 from Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and its three auto remarketing firms, ADESA (www.adesa.com), Manheim (www.manheim.com), and Norwalk Auto Auctions (www.norwalkautoauction.com). This is part of a larger contribution of $464, 425 from Toyota to Boys & Girls Clubs of America that will be divided equally among 19 local Boys &Girls Clubs currently running Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), the organization’s college readiness program.

    Launched in 2012, d2D is a program, supported by Toyota, providing tools, resources, and support to Club teens to help prepare them to move from high school to college graduation. 

    “Community Service is putting our action in motion financially and mentoring our youth for the future, Toyota Cares” said Eric Levi, Diplomas 2 degrees Ambassador for Toyota Financial Services.

    About Boys & Girls of Metropolitan Baltimore

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore has played an integral role in the Baltimore City community for over 5 years, providing daily programs and services to over 4,000 youth.  The Clubs are open Monday - Friday after school with programs that emphasize education and career enhancement, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation.  For more information on BGCMB please visit www.bgcmetrobaltimore.org.

    About Toyota Financial Services

    TFS is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota in the United States, offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust and extended service contracts through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS).  Lexus Financial Services is the brand for financial products for Lexus dealers and customers. TFS currently employs over 3,300 associates nationwide, and has managed assets totaling $91.7 billion.  It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation.  For more information, please visit www.toyotafinancial.com.

     

  • Webster Kendrick Club Enters The Blue Door Decorating Duel!

    Thanks to the talent and hard work of the members of the Webster Kendrick Club, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore has an entry in the Blue Door Decorating Duel and a chance to win a $5,000 gift card to Lowes for their Club. The Blue Door Decorating Duel, a challenge to illustrate why Great Futures begin at their Club, is presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Lowe's & Valspar as part of National BGC Week, April 7-13th. Up to seven (7) finalists will be posted on greatfutures.org/doorcontest on March 18, 2013. Clubs and the general public will be invited to vote for their favorite entry until 5 p.m. PST, April 9, 2013. The winner will be notified on or before Friday, April 12, 2013. Let’s wish Webster Kendrick luck and remember to vote!

     

  • BGCMB Board Vice Chairman Supports Another Great Cause!

    BGCMB Board Vice Chairman, Brett Lininger particpated in the 17th Annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge.  Brett took a quick dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland, the state’s largest year-round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

    Go Brett!!!!

  • GE Healthcare, BGCMB & Callaway Elementary Partner To Provide Free Dental Screening

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:  Pamela Johnson, Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, 443-858-2102, pjohnson@bgcmetrobaltimore.org

    GE Healthcare AAF (Maryland), Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore and Callaway Elementary School Dental Screening Event 2013

    On Friday, February 15, 2013 from 830am to 1230pm, GE Healthcare, with dentists from the National Dental Association (MD chapter) coordinated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore and staff at Callaway Elementary School, to conduct a free dental screening event for the students. Drs. Fletcher and Fletcher will host the oral education program called Brush, Swish, and Sparkle.

    This wonderful event will give PREK 3 and Kindergarten students the opportunity to receive a dental screening. The students will be professionally examined by the doctors and given a dental gift package and care plan to take home to their parents with instructions for the next cause of actions to take for the care of their teeth. Parents will also receive breakfast, gifts, and prizes.

    This event will be fun for both the adults and students. Most importantly this event will educate students on good dental health habits which will help them in the long run to maintain a healthy body and a winning smile.

    About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore has played an integral role in the Baltimore City community for 5 (five) years, providing daily programs and services to over 3,000 youth.  The Clubs are open Monday - Friday after school with programs that emphasize education and career enhancement, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation.  For more information on BGCMB please visit www.bgcmetrobaltimore.org.

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  • Payless Gives Program Provides Shoes to BGCMB Members

    BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METROPOLITAN BALTIMORE WILL PROVIDE FREE SHOES TO CHILDREN IN NEED THROUGH PAYLESS GIVES™ SHOES 4 KIDS HOLIDAY GIVING PROGRAM.

    Baltimore, Maryland, December, 11, 2012 —Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore is pleased to announce that we have been selected as an official partner of Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. We are among the numerous charitable agencies representing all 50 states in the United States, as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and 11 Latin American countries. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore will be distributing merchandise certificates for children’s shoes to the families on our client list.

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore is a committed community partner in helping to shape the lives of thousands of young children and youth through development programs and services with an emphasis on educational and prevention programming. The mission of the BGCMB is “To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens”.  "Thanks to the generosity of Payless Shoe Source, we are able to provide our young people with new, quality shoes this holiday season. We can't thank Payless enough for helping to make this special time of year even more special for our Club members” said Kenneth Darden, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.

    This is the fifth year of the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program. Although studies show that properly fitting shoes are important for children’s health and development, a striking number of children don’t own a pair of shoes that fit. We are working to remedy that here in Maryland.

    By helping families who struggle to provide their children with basic essentials on a daily basis, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, in partnering with the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program, hopes to relieve some of the stress parents feel during the holidays and bring joy to as many children as possible.”

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  • Brooklyn O'Malley Grand Opening

    This week we celebrated the expansion of recreation opportunities for young people and families in Baltimore. On Monday in South Baltimore we took part in the official opening of the Brooklyn O’Malley Recreation Center, which will be operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore took over the management of the Brooklyn O’Malley Center from BCRP in September. The facility is 7,500 square feet, consisting of a large multi-purpose room, small computer lab, dance studio and arts/crafts room. There is also a large outdoor field and play area. The Club currently has 100 members, and serves an average 75 members a day. Renovations are being planned and they are seeking private resources to help transform current space into a new Technology/Learning Center.

  • Celebrate Giving Tuesday With The United Way & Support BGCMB

    We’re getting ready for the inaugural #GivingTuesday and we want you to be a part of history with us! Make an online donation to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore through @United Way of Central Maryland on November 27 and join us in a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity!

  • United Way - Day of Action

    On September 11, 2012 United Way sponsored A Day of Action at the newest BGCMB facility , The Brooklyn O'Malley Club.  Over 25 Volunteers from Johns Hopkins & Wells Fargo assisted with clean up projects such as painting, landscaping and other cosmetic tasks.  Thank you to the United Way, Wells Fargo & Johns Hopkins for giving back to the community & BGCMB!

     

  • BGCMB Celebrated Day For Kids - September 15, 2012

    On Saturday, Sept. 15th BGCMB celebrated Day for Kids. The event took place at the Webster Kendrick's Boys & Girls Club.  The regional youth of the year winners were present and a great time was had by all!

       

  • BGCMB & HIT WE TV STAR "TRACI BRAXTON" PARTNER FOR "DIVA MANIA"

     

     

     

  • BGCMB Summer Fun Camp - There's Still Time to Register

     

    There is still time to Register for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore Summer Fun Camp!  All locations are still accepting applications.  If youre looking for a fantastic summer come spend it with us!

    Click on the Summer_Camp_Application.pdf  to register!

     

  • Taco Bell Foundation For Teens & BGCMB Making Sure Baltimore Youth Graduate

     In an effort to combat the high school drop-out rate Taco Bell Foundation For Teens  is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore . Taco Bell donated over $7500.00 to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.  The funds will support real-world eperiential programs that help Baltimore teens stay in school and graduate.  BGCMB will serve approximately 1500 teens through this Graduate to Go experience grant.

  • Diploma's To Degree's National Launch (D2D) At Bowie State University

    Toyota and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America are combating  the current dropout crisis by forming a partnership, which launched Thursday, April 5 2012 to assist in the funding of youth education locally and nationally.

    This celebration of education took place at Bowie State University with Maryland Governor, Martin O’Malley, former LA Lakers star, A.C. Green, who is a Boys & Girls Club alum, and more than 150 local Boys & Girls Clubs kids from Baltimore and DC on site.

    At this event, students signed a pledge wall where they promised to go to college, “Toyota has a long standing commitment to our communities. We are very excited about the program we launched today “Diplomas to Degrees,” where we are providing a $1.5 million grant over three years to help provide tools, resources and support to Boys & Girls Clubs to better prepare teens to move from high school to college graduates,” explained Toyota Financial’s Vice President in Sales, Marketing, and Product planning, Mike Groff.

    Through this partnership, Toyota associates will also volunteer as mentors and college coaches through local Boys & Girls Clubs in the region every year

    Also at the event Toyota donated a new Toyota Sienna van to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.

         

       

  • "Soulful Symphony"

    Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore and Greater Washington combined efforts to create a combined children's choir for a performance with the Darin Atwater's Soulful Symphony under the direction of award winning composer and playwright Tony Small. "Soulful Symphony is unlike any performance group on the planet. They have literally created a whole new way of conceiving American music for the orchestra and voice." Club youth have only had 2 weeks to prepare for the performance of Mr. Atwater's "Little People" movement to much acclaim. This collaboration launches an ongoing partnership to expose club youth to world class performances and artists.

          

  • "Diamonds On The Rise" Fashion Show

    "Diamonds on the Rise" had their first Benefit Fashion Show at the Webster Kendricks Boys and Girls Club on January 14th.   Diamonds on the Rise has been partnering wth the Westport Boys and Girls Club, offering dance and step classes to the girls of BGCMB.

        

  • Diplomas to Degrees -"D2D"

    In October, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore kicked off their Diplomas to Degrees Program. This program is sponsored and funded by Toyota Financial Services to ensure that Boys & Girls Clubs members not only graduate from high school but college as well. Employees of Toyota Financial Services will mentor 40 members for the academic year so they may have a GREAT FUTURE!!!!!! 

  • BGCA "Great Futures Start Here" Public Service Announcement

    Denzel Washington along with 20 other prestigious Boys & Girls Club alumni shot a public service announcement for the Boys & Girls Clubs. The above video features 21 notable Boys & Girls Club alumni including national co-spokesperson Jennifer Lopez, along with Ashanti, General Wesley Clark, Misty Copeland, John Paul DeJoria, Cuba Gooding Jr., Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mario Lopez, Ne-Yo, Edward James Olmos, Lucille O'Neal, Shaquille O'Neal, Smokey Robinson, CC Sabathia, Martin Sheen, Courtney B. Vance, Kerry Washington and Shaun White. BGCA's 2010 National Youth of the Year Mona Dixon rounds out the cast. Enjoy!

  • SMART Girls & Dove® - "A Winning Combination"

    SMART Girls is a program designed to develop a healthy attitude and lifestyle, as well as a positive self-concept, sound decision-making skills and mentor relationships for girls ages 8 -17.  Because of Dove®'s committment to building positive self-esteem and inspiring all women and girls to reach their full potential,  BGCMB is able to provide  this program to young ladies throughout Baltimore. 

     Join Dove and BGCMB in this effort by visiting  :

    https://secure.dove.us/Social-Mission/About/Join-the-Movement/

     

                             

  • Community Partner Spotlight:Summer Carnival Sponsored by DefinitiveTechnology & Polk Audio

    Definitive Technology and Polk Audio are valued and committed corporate community partners of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore. To show this commitment on July 27th they will be sponsoring a "Summer Carnival" for the members of the Westport Club, which they have adopted.   BGCMB is extremely proud to have them as committed corporate community partners.  The carnival will be held at Patapsco State Park from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

    Thank you for all you do!!!!!

  • Community Partner Spotlight: "Making Life Easier for Youth – The Toyota Way"

    Since 2008, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) has been a valued and committed corporate community partner of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore. Toyota Financial Services leadership team and Customer Service Center Associates have a deep and sincere focus on improving the quality of life for children in Baltimore City. We are extremely proud and fortunate that they have chosen to partner with BGCMB.

    TFS has provided BGCMB with grants totaling $229,775.00; established a Computer Lab/Learning Center at our Brooklyn Club; hosted and funded our Boys & Girls Clubs Week celebration every year; provided hundreds of gifts for our members during the holidays and TFS Associates have volunteered their time and talents to assist our members/families anyway they can. Be it assisting with school homework assignments or helping to paint a Club, TFS Associates are always there to lend a hand and make a difference.

    It has been such a blessing to have Toyota Financial Services as part of the Boys & Girls Clubs family. We are eternally grateful for their support and commitment to the children of Baltimore. Toyota Financial Services is a true and honored partner and they are to be congratulated for all that they do on behalf of BGCMB and the children/families of Baltimore City.

    Learn how your business can become a BGCMB Community Partner ->

  • 2011 Youth of the Year Award




    Lamontre Randall (pictured right with Honorable Councilman William "Pete" Welch, District 9) was named 2011 Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. Youth of the Year is a national Boys & Girls Clubs competition and is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. Lamontre also competed against other Boys & Girls Club members for the State of Maryland Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation.

    A member of the Boys & Girls Club at the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks CC Jackson Park Heights Boys & Girls Club, Lamontre was recognized for his sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. He is a senior at Baltimore’s City College and has been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs for 2 years.

  • National Boys & Girls Club Week



    The week of March 21 through March 25 marked the 2011 National Boys & Girls Club Week. Nearly 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs and more than 3 million young people across the country celebrated National Boys & Girls Club Week this year.

    Locally, Boys & Girls Clubs Week was sponsored by Toyota Financial Services and co-sponsored by Taco Bell. Both of these businesses support Boys & Girls Clubs nationally, as well.

    To kick off the week, Baltimore City Councilman William "Pete" Welch (District 9)invited the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetropolitanBaltimore to Baltimore City Hall’s City Council Chamber, and the Baltimore City Council officially recognized Boys and Girls Club week.


  • LET’S GO STEM Pilot Program

    LET’S GO Boys & Girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program took place over the course of eight weeks at the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Baltimore (BGCMB) in Baltimore’s Westport community. With the help of five UMBC STEM students serving as mentors, the children of the Westport club had the opportunity to participate in either a robotics program or a science program on Thursday nights.

    A group of 21 children from 4th grade through middle school learned to program and operate small robots. Another 26 students participated in the S2E2 (Simple Science and Everyday Engineering) program where they shared stories of “Science in the News” from the previous week and performed simple science experiments.

    As the pilot program comes to an end, a “Celebration of STEM” will take place at the Westport Boys and Girls Club on May 5th. The program will give children the opportunity to demonstrate their new found robotics and science skills to their parents.

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5th Annual #StayHungry Tailgate Hosted by Adam Jones!

Join us November 27 for the 5th Annual #StayHungry Tailgate hosted by Orioles Center Fielder Adam Jones!  With performances from LoCash and a special appearance by Trey Mancini, it is sure to be a great time!  Tickets and more information are available at http://www.bmorearoundtown.com/events/view.php?event=NGQ so get yours now!!


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