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“GANGS CAN’T HAVE OUR KIDS!”
Mayor proposes funding to meet unmet afterschool programming needs

Mayor Lenny Curry, CM Reggie Brown and BGCNF Reps meet to discuss funding

Mayor Lenny Curry, CM Reggie Brown and BGCNF Reps meet to discuss funding

August 17 – Following continued discussions and collaborations with Duval County Public Schools, city council members, and providers, Mayor Lenny Curry has announced his commitment to supporting the unmet afterschool programming needs facing numerous communities. With his proposed recommendation to City Council of $2.69 million in additional funds, 21 sites throughout Jacksonville could now open, serving approximately 1,720 additional children. 

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Boys & Girls Club youth ‘spin’ their time for special Fidget Spinner Day

July 2017 - About 200 youth at the NFL YET Boys & Girls Club in Jacksonville’s Brentwood community spent an hour spinning the latest cool gadget, fidget spinners, on their fingers, foreheads, noses, knees, toes and elbows.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida to merge with Project SOS

July 2017 - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, which provides after-school programs, and Jacksonville-based Project SOS, a teen empowerment nonprofit, announced Friday that they will merge to better serve area youth.

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Allen Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation hosts Back to School shopping for kids

July 2017 - As a part of Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson’s Within Reach Foundation to provide educational opportunities and resources to youth. Allen hosted kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida at the Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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jackson visits boys and girls club

May 2017 - Jaguars defensive tackle spends time with Boys and Girls Club teenagers at the Microsoft Store at the St. Johns Town Center.

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The Bridge of Northeast Florida to merge with Boys & Girls Clubs: ‘Two better than one'

In 2014 The Bridge of Northeast Florida gets a facelift at its facility on North Pearl Street in Jacksonville.

In 2014 The Bridge of Northeast Florida gets a facelift at its facility on North Pearl Street in Jacksonville.

May 2017 - The Bridge of Northeast Florida, which has served at-risk inner-city youth for 35 years, will merge operations this summer with Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.

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Jaguars DT donates $5.3K for Woodland Acres Boys and Girls clubs upgrades

Malik chats with youth at Woodland Acres Boys & Girls Club

Malik chats with youth at Woodland Acres Boys & Girls Club

April 2017 - Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson joined children and staff from the Woodland Acres Boys and Girls clubs on Thursday to tour the facility and see new improvements.

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Boys & girls club open house

Beaches Board Members and Unit Director, Deborah Green-Ward

Beaches Board Members and Unit Director, Deborah Green-Ward

March 2017 - On March 31, the Jacksonville Beach unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida celebrated the final day of National Boys and Girls Club Week with an open house at the 820 Seagate Ave., Jacksonville Beach clubhouse.

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‘Money Matters’ program teaches teens financial literacy

Holly Tyrrell and Chriss Spires work for financial companies in the Jacksonville area, but at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, they come together as teachers of a financial literacy class for local teenagers.

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Nourishing taste buds and the community

Jennifer Tesori announced to local Historic City News reporters today that members of St. Augustine Independent Restaurant Association have presented $38,950 to the Boys & Girls Club of St. Augustine.

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Officials mull changes to after-school program spending in Jacksonville

 (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union)

 (Bob Self/Florida Times-Union)

“We cannot turn our backs on high school students. We can’t just drop them off at the curb at high school,” said Paul Martinez, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida.

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Operation Elf spreads holiday cheer Jaguars style

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson hosted the second annual Operation Elf event Tuesday, where 30 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida received a new bicycle and autographed football. 

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malik Jackson donates ping pong tables to boys & girls clubs

You could say that Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson had ping pong on his mind Wednesday rather than football. Jackson and the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation celebrated the donation of 12 new ping pong tables at the Boys & Girls Club at 555 W. 25th St. The tables will be given to every Boys & Girls Club site in Northeast Florida.

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Jaguars celebrate Thanksgiving at Boys & Girls Club

Jacksonville Jaguar, #77 Patrick Omameh with BGCNF Teen Members

Jacksonville Jaguar, #77 Patrick Omameh with BGCNF Teen Members

Members of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrated Thanksgiving early by sharing a meal with the kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida (BGCNF) Monday.

 

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First Coast Connect: Jacksonville Teens, Nonprofit Launch tower gardens

Example of the aeroponic tower garden from the Water Me Green organization.

The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida is teaming up with local nonprofit Water Me Green to launch its new Springfield Project.

The project is designed to get more teens involved in the community and learn about sustainability. It will launch on Aug. 15 on Woodland Acres.

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$500,000 donation brings community closer to Jacksonville's first Boys and Girls Club Teen Center

This is a rendering of teen center planned for Springfield by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida. 

The Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida is a large step closer to its first Teen Center, thanks to Citibank.

The banking company announced on Tuesday that it donated $500,000 for the center. Combined with two other anonymous donations of $1.2 million and $100,000 to the organization, Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida CEO Paul Martinez said it’s only $700,000 away from its $2.5 million goal to build the center.

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Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of Year for Northeast Florida inspires young and old

16-17 Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida Youth of the Year, Keith Gooch III

16-17 Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida Youth of the Year, Keith Gooch III

Keith Gooch II is only 15 years old, but he already has a career plan and a backup career plan. In his free time, he helps younger kids steer their lives toward similarly productive futures.

That laser focus — and willingness to be a role model — was one of the traits that led the Beaches ninth-grader to be named 2016 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA WELCOME NEW PRESIDENT, PAUL MARTINEZ

New Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida President, Paul Martinez

New Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida President, Paul Martinez

The newly named president and chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida attended a Boys Club himself while growing up near New York City. Paul Martinez, 54, remembers playing bumper pool, ping-pong, dodge ball, whiffle ball and basketball at the Richmond Hill club from age 6 to 13. He also remembers learning how to “play nice and compete.”

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