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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


May 4 , 2002 - Issue 60


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Boys & Girls Clubs Expands Commitment to Indian Country

A new Web site was launched Monday to provide information to the general public about the expansion and success of Boys & Girls Clubs on Native American lands.

The Web site serves as an informational source to readers and an important tool for Native American clubs for ongoing communications and fund-raising efforts. A recent update to the Web site focused on the substantial presence of Native American clubs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America 96th Annual National Conference.

Specific highlights included:

As part of the opening keynote session, an honorary charter was presented by Boys & Girls Clubs of America Chairman Arnold Burns and President Roxanne Spillett to the 100th club in Indian Country, the Boys & Girls Club of Kayenta, Ariz.

George Rivera of Pojoaque Pueblo, an artist and former member of Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe was inducted as the first Native American into the Alumni Hall of Fame alongside World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, director John Singleton and WNBA All Star Chamique Holdsclaw.

An overview entitled, "Boys & Girls Clubs on Native American Lands" was presented during a general session by Dan Lewis, chairman, Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Native American National Advisory Committee to 3,000 club professionals and volunteers.

A symposium reviewing the necessary steps for "Starting and Sustaining Clubs for Native American Communities" was presented.

Marketing and Communications Awards were presented to Boys & Girls Clubs of Green Country, Okla., and Boys & Girls Club of Tahlequah, Okla.

"To date, 117 clubs have been established that serve more than 80,000 Native American youth annually," said Dan Lewis.

"As we continue this growth, it is time to spread the word of this unique involvement in Indian Country from the private sector not only to Native American communities in need but to other individuals, non-profits and corporate entities, interested in helping to save our future generations of children."

Boys & Girls Clubs of America comprises a national network of more than 3,000 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving some 3.5 million young people, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances. Known as "The Positive Place for Kids," clubs provide guidance-oriented programs on a daily basis for children 6 -18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key programs emphasize character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, the arts, and sports, fitness and recreation. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

On the Net:

Welcome to Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country.
There is a partnership dedicated to helping some of our nation's most at-risk children - Native American youth - grow, learn, develop, change their lives and surroundings. That partnership is between the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Native American tribes across the country.


Boys & Girls Clubs
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.
Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow -- all while having fun. It is truly The Positive Place For Kids.

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