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Senator Gunn attends local Club event

Senator Rick GunnState Senator Rick Gunn attended an annual event in October 2012 benefitting The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. Senator Gunn met Club supporters and youth members, and learned more about the organization. The keynote at the event was given by former Green Bay Packer and UNC alumnus, William Henderson.


NC Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Named State Alliance of the Year

2012 State Alliance of the YearThe North Carolina Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs was named the inaugural State Alliance of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) at the annual Board Member Luncheon on May 2, 2012 during BGCA's National Conference in San Diego. The award was presented by Ron J. Gidwitz, Co-Chair of BGCA's Board of Governors' Government Relations Committee, for excellence in stewardship and oversight of state funding, promoting and strengthening local Club partnerships, and developing and expanding quality youth development. This was the first year BGCA gave Alliance awards other than marketing awards.

Accepting on behalf of the NC Alliance were Jeff Green, Brigade Boys & Girls Clubs; Heather Brosz White, NC Alliance Director; Ron Green, Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties; Thomas Falgout, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point; and Matt Holifield, Cherokee Boys & Girls Clubs Youth Programs. Photographed with them are Ron J. Gidwitz and Debbie Davis, BGCA Vice President of State Government Relations.

The award was also presented to Warren Preston, President of the NC Alliance Board of Directors, on behalf of the entire Alliance membership and board, during the Annual Membership Meeting on October 6, 2012 in Raleigh.

Heather Brosz White, NC Alliance Director, co-presented at the State Alliance Summit held on May 1 also in San Diego, on "Simple, Cost-Effective Grant Monitoring Approaches."

Club Members Participate in Governor's Page Program

Governor Perdue and PagesTeens from across the state came to Raleigh May 7-11, 2012, to participate in Boys & Girls Clubs Week of the Governor's Page Program. This was the first time this event was held.

During the week, the Pages were assigned to cabinet level agencies or Council of State offices to learn from and assist state employees. Some assignments included: Department of Agriculture, Lieutenant Governor's Office, and Department of Environment & Natural Resources. In addition to spending time at their assigned Department, Pages also toured the State Capitol, Legislative Building, Executive Mansion, Supreme Court, and NC Correctional Institute for Women.The teens also spent part of a day volunteering at the InterFaith Food Shuttle, and met Governor Beverly Perdue.

In addition to their daytime duties, the high school students met at a Boys & Girls Club one evening during the week to attend a YouthMAX leadership event, and to have time to socialize in a familiar setting. 

Teens chosen as Pages for the week came from Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Eastern NC, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point, Boys & Girls Clubs serving Wake County, and The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Gaston County.

The 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs Week of the Governor's Page Program has been set for April 22-26.

Governor Proclaims Lights on Afterschool Week

Governor Beverly Perdue has proclaimed October 17-21, 2011 as Lights on Afterschool Week to recognize the national celebration of afterschool programs. In addition, she announced that the lights on the State Capitol and all seven of the state's lighthouses will be lit in honor of the week.

"On behalf of the State of North Carolina, it is my pleasure to acknowledge our firm commitment to quality afterschool programs and opportunities. These programs provide safe, challenging, and engaging learning experiences that help children develop social, emotional, physical, and academic skills," wrote the Governor in her proclamation.

The NC Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs partnered with the NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) to obtain the Governor's recognition of Lights on Afterschool, the annual national celebration of and advocacy day for afterschool programs sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance. Throughout the week, but especially on October 20, Boys & Girls Clubs and other programs will host a variety of events from open houses to talent shows to dinners and awards events.They will be highlighting the power and importance of programs that do much more than keep kids safe while their parents work. They will be demonstrating that their programs keep youth engaged, teach skills, offer hope and opportunity, and can transform lives. Great Futures Start Here.


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