Savannah Brown, a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Vineland, was named a local Student Leader through Bank of America. Every year, through its Student Leaders program, Bank of America helps connect a number of community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. It has awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Clubs of America and student leaders participate in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. The Student Leaders Summit focuses on skill building and creating a more civically engaged society. Student Leaders is part of the bank's ongoing commitment of preparing young people for a brighter future. Savannah is pictured here (right) facilitating a STEM project at the Club's Carl Arthur Center site during its Summer Enrichment Program.


CLUB NEWS... 

Check out our lastest BGCV Publication: Fall/Winter 2018 Vol. 12 Iss. 2

The Corning Incorporated Foundation recently presented the Boys & Girls Club of Vineland with a $10,000 grant to support its DIY STEM Initiative. Representatives from Corning and the Boys & Girls Club staff, board members and youth members are shown here at the Youth For Change Center accepting the grant award. The Corning Incorporated Foundation is a charitable contributions organization established by Corning Incorporated in 1952. Through leadership and collaboration, the Foundation strives to foster vibrant, enriching, and supportive Corning communities. The Foundation focuses on education, human services, culture, and volunteerism in Corning business locations.



Boys & Girls Club of Vineland teen members visited the local Planet Fitness in Millville and had a great time touring the fitness areas and took part in an exercise session. 
BGCA is excited to be partnered with Planet Fitness to support bullying prevention efforts in Clubs across the country. Together with Planet Fitness, Clubs are working to create the first-ever Judgement Free Generation — a pro-kindness, anti-bullying movement, aimed at empowering a culture of kindness and encouragement among teens. 

As home to the Judgement Free Zone®, a non-intimidating fitness environment designed to make everyone feel accepted and like they belong, Planet Fitness is committed to helping tackle the issue of bullying.

BGCA has recently released the Positive Club Climate Teen Project Guide to guide all teens through assessing the culture in their Club and designing a project to create a positive, inclusive club environment for all Clubs.

Congratulations to Hilda Velez for 10 years of service through the Foster Grandparents program. She is pictured here with Boys & Girls Club unit director Jamie Lynn Eldridge (left) at the Carl Arthur Center unit.



The Boys & Girls Club of Vineland presented two awards at its annual dance fundraiser held recently at the North Italy Hall, which had a disco theme. Its 2018 Community Partner of the Year Award was presented to Inspira - Forest Lakes Family Success Center (FSC) for its support in opening a new Club extension site in Commercial Township. The Club's 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to BJ Giercyk for her commitment to the Club's mission and ongoing help with fundraising. Pictured here (from left) are: Elyse Miller of the FSC; (front) BJ Giercyk; (back) Club Director Chris Volker; Leahe Parmenter (Director, FSC); and Tracy Richardson of the FSC.

Club teens completed the C-5 career program and received certificates of recognition....on the way to bright careers. Thanks to the Bank of America Foundation and the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition for its support.


Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Vineland and Commercial Township recently took part in Lights On Afterschool events to promote the importance of afterschool programs for young people. Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has served as Chair of Lights On Afterschool since 2001. Club members from the Carl Arthur Center are shown here with their light bulb projects which indicate why they like the afterschool programs at the Boys & Girls Club.​

Boys and Girls Club of Vineland members made a visit to Wheaton Arts Glass Studio recently and the youth were able to learn about glassblowing and other programs that the center offers to the community. A highlight of the trip was that they were able to help design and create a glass vase. Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center is an arts education organization, with a focus on the medium of glass. Located in Millville, New Jersey, the center's mission is to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity. Pictured here are Club members with WheatonArtts representatives during the session.