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Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor Celebrates National Boys & Girls Club Week
Clubs Invite Public to Discover Local Programs
 
BENTON HARBOR -- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor are opening the doors to the local community the week of March 7, 2016. Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) kicks off National Boys & Girls Club Week on Monday, March 7, 2016 to celebrate the important work of local Boys & Girls Clubs in more than 4,000 communities nationwide where young lives are changed every day. The event also kicks off the local Club’s Each Dollar Makes a Difference annual fundraising campaign.
 
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor offers programs for youth and teens in the areas of academic success, healthy lifestyles, and character and leadership development. The Each Dollar Makes a Difference annual campaign provides the financial resources to support an increasing number of members served every day while also expanding program opportunities. The Clubs will be open for tours showcasing program activities and member achievements.
 
"We provide a safe, fun place where every day over 300 community youth and teens go to spend productive time out-of-school to become healthy, productive, successful young people and develop skills to achieve their Great Futures,” said Brian Saxton, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor. “National Boys & Girls Club Week is a special time when we open the Club to members of the community for daily tours and fun events to experience the great work our Clubs are doing here in Benton Harbor."
 
During National Boys & Girls Club Week, supporters can visit the Fettig Youth Campus at 600 Nate Wells Senior Drive, Benton Harbor and the Joel E. Smilow Teen Center at 190 West Empire Avenue, Benton Harbor.
 
The schedule is as follows, with events taking place each day from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.:
 
Monday, March 7, 2016: OPEN THE DOOR TO EDUCATION
Youth Campus Highlight: All about Learning & Technology
Are you up to the challenge? From math to science to English, we'll test your knowledge with fun learning activities. Challenging high-yield learning games and contests make learning fun while helping our members excel in overall academic performance.
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016: OPEN THE DOOR TO TEENS
Teen Center Highlight: Meet the Youth of the Year
Teens need a place where they feel safe. Here, they can soak up positive interactions with their peers, meet new friends, and take advantage of informal relationships with responsible adults. Take a tour to see why the Teen Center is the place to be this year and meet the 2016 Benton Harbor Youth of the Year.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016: OPEN THE DOOR TO CHARACTER & LEADERSHIP
Youth Campus Highlight: Meet the Youth of the Year
Community support, positive self-image and respect for their own and others' cultural identities are all part of the programs we invite you to experience first-hand. Join in by supporting our efforts in a greater community that will impact character and citizenship.
 
Thursday, March 10, 2016: OPEN THE DOOR TO HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
Teen Center Highlight: School & Career Options
The Club community supports teens by helping them make informed decisions about their lives after they leave the Club—this includes everything from healthy eating to healthy relationships. See the programs and partnerships that make this all possible.
 
Friday, March 11, 2016: OPEN THE DOOR. TAKE THE TOUR.
Youth Campus: Fitness Challenge
The Club's Triple Play programming is increasing health-related knowledge and behaviors for youth. Join us for an activity or just observe healthy lifestyles in action.
 
For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor or to schedule an interview with staff or Club members, contact Kimberly McCoy at 269.363.4808 or kmccoy@bgcbh.org.
 
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About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor
Located at 600 Nate Wells Senior Drive, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor has served the youth of Benton Harbor since 1999. The Club provides after-school and summer programs promoting educational and career development, character and leadership development, and healthy lifestyles for more than 1,700 children and teens at the Fettig Youth Campus and Joel E. Smilow Teen Center. Learn more at www.bgcbh.org. 

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