Congratulations to the Class of 2013! We are proud to announce we have eight graduates this year, with Club membership ranging from just a few months to 11 years!! All these great teens have a bright future ahead of them!
Thank you to our newest Corporate Sponsor - SunTrust Bank! Through the SunTrust Foundation, the Brigade was awarded a $2,500 grant to support the Club’s POWER HOUR program. POWER HOUR, a homework assistance and enrichment program, provides youth the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the school day. POWER HOUR is part of the Club’s overall Education & Career Development program, which is one of the five core program areas of the Club.
Thank you SunTrust Foundation for this award and for supporting the Club and our youth!
As the 2013 YOY winner, Nadine won a college scholarship in honor of the late Walker Taylor III, a 50-year Board Member of the Brigade and great-grandson of the Brigade’s Founder, Walker Taylor. In addition, Micaela G. was awarded the Cape Fear Community Collge Foundation Scholarship.
Nadine will move on to represent the Brigade at the North Carolina State Youth of the Year competition in April which will be hosted by the Brigade in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Congratulations Nadine and all the finalists - we are so proud of you!
The Brigade Boys & Girls Club is pleased to announce we have been selected as an official partner of Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids, an annual giving program from Payless ShoeSource. This is the fifth year of the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program and the first award for the Brigade Boys & Girls Club.
A total of 150 members of the Brigade Boys & Girls Club will receive new shoes courtesy of Payless. Each Club member gets their own personal shopping experience including getting their foot measured to working with the Payless associates to try on shoes of their choice. “This is a special opportunity for our Club members. Many of our Club members have only worn used shoes, so shopping for their own brand new shoes is a great experience for them” stated Angie Hill, Director of Marketing & Development for the Brigade Boys & Girls Club. “We are so thankful to Payless for this opportunity for our Club kids and families.” The Brigade is working with the Independence Mall Payless store with shopping trips each week based on age groups. The shopping began in December and will run through the end of January to ensure all children receive their new shoes.
The holiday season is here!! You know what that means — party time! Listed below are the Holiday Parties for each of our Club locations. All parties are free of charge to Club members.
New Hanover County:
Youth Center: Thursday, December 20th from 4pm-6pm
Teen Center: Friday, December 21st from 4pm-6pm
Rocky Point & Hampstead: Tuesday, December 18th from 4pm-6pm
Congratulations to Devin who was honored as the October Youth of the Month! Devin was nominated by the Club staff for his good attitude, behavior and helpfulness at the Club. Learn more about Devin:
October Youth of the Month
School: Sunset Park
Length of Club Membership: 6 months
Favorite thing to do at the Club: Shoot pool in the gamesroom
Favorite School Subject: Math
When I Grow Up I Want to: Be a truck driver
Favorite TV Show: Pair of Kings
Favorite Movie: Men in Black
Favorite Singer: Lil Wayne
Congratulations to Athena who was named the September Youth of the Month! The staff nominated Athena because of her great attitude and involvement in Club activities. Learn a little more about Athena:
September Youth of the Month
School: Mary C. Williams
Length of Club Membership: 6 Months
Favorite thing about Brigade: Swimming in the pool!
Favorite School Subject: Math
When I Grow Up I want to: Be a Surgeon or Teacher
Favorite TV Show: Jessie
Favorite Movie: Chucky
Favorite Singer: Nicki Minaj
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has provided a $2,000 grant to support the Club’s Junior Staff program. With the assistance of this grant the Club will be able to expand its Junior Staff programming which aims to develop job readiness and leadership skills with our Teen Club members. The program also provides professionals and business leaders to help Teen Club members explore various careers and the necessary education goals needed for those professions.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunity for all in its commitment to our community. Bank of America believes providing support to organizations like the Brigade Boys & Girls Club to help provide opportunity and improve the quality of life in our local communities. We appreciate Bank of America’s support of our Club and our kids.
The Brigade Boys & Girls Club is joining effort to reduce youth tobacco use with help from a grant from the “Right Decisions, Right Now” program funded by Reynolds American Inc. The grant will be used to support the Club’s SMART Moves program, a prevention and education program for all Club members to address drug and alcohol use.
The $1,000 grant for the youth tobacco use prevention project was contributed through a program that enables employees to request funds from their employer for youth tobacco prevention projects at local community organizations. The Right Decisions, Right Now Participant Program was launched in October 2001 and today gives employees opportunities to identify additional methods of reducing youth tobacco use in their community.
Thank you to Alan Cribbs for all his support and work in helping us obtain this grant.
The Brigade Boys & Girls Club set a new record for its “Stuff the Backpack” Campaign, distributing over 225 backpacks to Club members in-need on Tuesday, August 14th. “Stuff the Backpack” gives donors the opportunity to sponsor a child for the new school year, supplying them with a new backpack and school supplies to help get their school year started on the right path. In addition to a backpack and school supplies, each child received new books through a grant with First Book.
A special thanks to our major sponsors RE/MAX Essential, Live Oak Real Estate, Holy Cross Episcopal Church, PPD C&PD Department, Wilmington Police Department, Blu Zeus Interactive Marketing, ESPN AM630 and Osprey Landing Apartments. Other corporate sponsors include:
- Rountree, Losee & Baldwin
- First Citizens Bank
- First Federal Bank
- US Cellular
- Cornerstone Advisory Partners
- Market Consulting Mortgage
- Mark Johnson Custom Homes
- Flores & Foley Metal Roofing Company
- Greater Wilmington Business Journal
- Snowden’s Jewelers
- James E Moore Insurance Company
- Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
- Cruisers Car Wash
- New Bridge Bank
- SunTrust Bank
- Discover ILM
- Coastal Carolina Pathology