Every year, one teen is selected from each of our Clubs as a Club Youth of the Year. To be selected is an honor, as it means the member has demonstrated exemplary behavior, strong morals, and the values of the Boys & Girls Clubs mission. Each of these members then have the opportunity to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula's Youth of the Year. That title is a mouthful, but it comes with incredible opportunity and reward. Our Youth of the Year is presented a scholarship and is entered into the State Youth of the Year competition for a chance to advance to Regional and National competition and a chance to represent Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Many of our Youth of the Year candidates take part in more than one of our life-changing programs. From Ready to Work to Triple Play, from Keystone Club to Cheerleading, these members take advantage of what our Clubs have to offer. Not only do they receive many benefits from their Clubs, they also give back. For these members, the Club is not just a place to hang out after school; the Club is a home away from home and the other members, volunteers, and staff are family.
We know that each of these members has a bright future to look forward to with many successes. They have the passion and the responsibility to achieve their goals. We cannot wait to see what their next steps are in life and look forward to their continued involvement in our mission as members and future alumni. Please help us congratulate these outstanding youth on this accomplishment!
Meet the Youth of the Year Finalists:
We also want to give a big congratulations to the other Candidates:
And not pictured, Kania Hammie-King from Lassiter Courts.
Our Youth of the Year Winner will be announced at our 29th Annual Steak 'N Burger Dinner. Each of the finalists will speak to the audience about their experience with Boys & Girls Clubs before the announcement is made. If you are interested in supporting our youth by attending the event, you can purchase tickets on the event page.
For the next few weeks leading up to Steak 'N Burger, we will feature our Finalists in a special blog series. Stay tuned to learn more about these incredible young men and women!
We know kids LOVE candy, but holidays and celebrations often lead to an overload of sugar and unhealthy decisions. At our Clubs we strive to teach our members to live healthy lifestyles - to stay active, develop a positive mental attitude, and choose nutritious foods. The healthy lifestyle doesn't mean missing out on any fun though. As Valentine's Day approaches, consider one of these healthy alternatives for you child's classroom valentines.
If you have a few hours to spare, these cute bracelets can be made easily without breaking the bank. Visit your local craft store and pick out embroidery floss in your child's favorite colors. Simply braid 3 strands together and knot the loose ends. We especially love these cute tags that read "Our class would KNOT be the same without you!"
If you just can't seem to part with a sweet snack as a valentine, consider trading in the candy for fresh fruit. Paired with these tags, they make the perfect gift.
How adorable are these "Hogs & Kisses" valentines?? With a cup of apple or berry sauce, a few spare craft supplies, and a glue gun, the whole class will be in hog heaven!
The perfect valentine for young bookworms - these are fun AND functional. The best part is that they are a blank canvas! Many free designs can be found online to simply print and cut out. If you are feeling creative, you can design your own or have your child color unique bookmarks for each classmate. There is no limit to the possibilities for this valentine.
Cupid will hit his mark with these sweet and simple gifts. Search the bargain section of your local Target, Walmart, or dollar store for packs of Valentine's pencils. Punch or cut out paper hearts, and paper feathers to attach to each end.
It can't get simpler than this. If you don't have the time or energy for a full on DIY project, stickers could be your perfect valentine. Purchase several packs of stickers - bonus points if they are Valentine's themed - and divide them into separate sheets. Print out labels that read "Valentine, I am STUCK on you" and staple to the sticker sheet. Easy Peasy!
This option is a bit more labor intensive, but will be worth the effort! You will need a silicone mold - you can find these in the baking section of most stores, or sometimes where you would find ice trays. Next, take all the broken pieces of crayons in your house - we know you have a full bin of broken crayons if you have a child - and put the pieces into the mold. A few minutes in the oven will result in a rainbow marbled crayon in the shape of a heart. Bonus points if you package these up with a small coloring page!
What do you think of these healthier alternatives to Valentine's Day candy? Post your pictures and comments if you try one out this year and let us know how it goes!
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