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Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida to Open Citi Teen Center in Springfield

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida to Open Citi Teen Center in Springfield

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is opening the doors of its first stand-alone teen center, the Citi Teen Center, to Jacksonville teenagers, ages 13 – 18. The new teen center will be one of Jacksonville’s only teen-exclusive centers, specifically designed to provide local youth with a safe place after school to learn new skills, have fun with friends, and prepare for their future success.

2019 Summer Camps - Amazing Experiences

2019 Summer Camps - Amazing Experiences

We had an incredible six-week summer program for 2019, where we empowered 2,328 young people, across 17 Clubs, to learn and have fun through educational field trips, theme-based learning projects, and outdoor activities.

Industry Professionals Help Prepare Boys & Girls Club Members For Job Readiness

Industry Professionals Help Prepare Boys & Girls Club Members For Job Readiness

Our Bridge – The Weaver Zone Boys & Girls Club hosted their annual Tipping The Scales Interview Day. Over 25 industry and health care professionals from across Jacksonville, representing employers such as Baptist Health, UF Health and The Juvenile Justice Department, conducted interviews for 75 Tipping The Scales members.

Springfield Area Boys & Girls Club Receives Updated Technology to Learn Online

Springfield Area Boys & Girls Club Receives Updated Technology to Learn Online

Mayo Clinic empowered Bridge Boys & Girls Club - The Learning Center members to work hard and succeed through education, by donating 20 laptops to replace the existing eight-year-old computers in the Club’s computer lap. The repurposed computers came equipped fast solid state drives, the latest Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft Office 2007 for productivity, and will be available for all Club members to use for educational programs.

Meet Our Military Families

Since 1986, April has been designated, "Month of Military Children," to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, specifically, dependent children whose parents are serving away from home and overseas. Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is proud to recognize a few of our military families and would like to thank all our service men and women for their continued support of our country.

Boys & Girls Club Members Build Character While Overcoming Fear

A team of Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida members recently transformed their fear into courage as they repelled down the fourth story of Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighter’s tower, over 40 feet in the air. The fear-transforming experience was organized by WILD edu, a Jacksonville Non-profit organization, providing outdoor character-building courses to groups like Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida and rescue courses for first responders, military and travel guides.

Boys & Girls Clubs Turned Up The Fun For Spring Break 2019

For spring break 2019, Boys & Girls Club members from all nine of our Community-based Clubs were treated to an unforgettable week of fun. Boys & Girls Club staff prepared activities, games and social time for students to enjoy while at their Clubs. Members also enjoyed various field trips throughout the week which introduced students to new career possibilities and ways to build their own great futures!

3,2,1 ACTION! Bridge Connection One is Live in The Newsroom!

Northeast Florida Boys & Girls Clubs members were on location at WTLV – NBC 12 Studios during their spring break for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the work involved in getting your favorite TV and news shows on the air.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida Celebrates 2019 Youth of The Year

JACKSONVILLE, FL / February 28, 2019 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is proud to celebrate some of its finest members at the 2019 Youth of the Year ceremony held last Thursday. Beaches Boys & Girls Club member, Keith E. Gooch, II, an 18-year-old senior at Fletcher High School, was named Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s 2019 Youth of The Year. Arlington Elementary Boys & Girls Club member, Raniyah Colvin, was named Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s Junior Youth of The Year.

Boys & Girls Club Members Share History of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Through Dance and Skits

Written By Julanda Clark - In honor of Black History Month, Club members from four of our Northeast Florida Boys & Girls Clubs performed inspiring skits and dances to commemorate our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The skits detailed the history surrounding the nation’s first HBCUs and included historical facts about the institutions. Club members’ step performances demonstrated through dance, the different missions and styles of predominantly black sororities and fraternities.

Santa Claus Visits Woodland Acres Club in a Fire Truck!

Santa Claus visited Woodland Acres Boys & Girls Club members in an unexpected way! He left his reindeer sleigh in the North Pole and rode a Firetruck! Santa personally hand-deliver candy to every good Woodland Acres Boys & Girls Club member! 

Tyler Patmon Victory Pointe Holiday Celebration

Tyler Patmon, Jacksonville Jaguars Cornerback, celebrated Christmas early with our Victory Pointe Boys & Girls Club members Thursday afternoon, gifting a new Nintendo Switch to the Club along with footballs and basketballs. Atlantic Blvd. Pollo Tropical generously donated food and gifts of their own to make this year-end holiday party unforgettable for our Club members!

Cultural and Mental Health Training For 40 Boys & Girls Clubs Staff

JACKSONVILLE, FL / December 19, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida received a generous grant from TD Charitable Foundation which funded a cultural and mental health training for 40 youth-serving staff members. The two-hour presentation entitled, Culture Matters: Advancing Behavioral Equity in Community Settings, was facilitated by Voices Institute CEO, Selena Webster-Brass at the Bridge Boys & Girls Club.

Northeast Florida Boys & Girls Clubs Mobilize Fruits and Veggies Bus For Low Access Communities

Ready 4 Veggie Mobile Grocery Stand Bus at 3rd Annual Collard Green Festival

Ready 4 Veggie Mobile Grocery Stand Bus at 3rd Annual Collard Green Festival

JACKSONVILLE, FL / November 17, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida is partnering with local farmers, the Jacksonville Farmers Market, regional county extension Offices, the City of Jacksonville and the Florida Department of Health to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to over 15,000 Jacksonville low income, low access residents by 2022.

The Ready 4 Veggies in Northeast Florida – Going Mobile – Farm to Community Bus Project is made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service which in addition to providing resources for fresh fruits and vegetables to key Jacksonville areas, includes marketing and business plan development, staff training, support, and messaging for public education. The Ready 4 Veggies Bus is a mobile grocery stand, working as a “Farm to community bus,” transporting farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to children and families in key low-income areas who struggle with adequate access.

Jacksonville Florida is the largest land mass city in the continental United States with 875 square miles of land area. Recent City of Jacksonville data indicates there are 177,000 food insecure individuals, including children and families, senior citizens and veterans in Duval County. These individuals are forced to spend their limited food budgets on inexpensive, canned and processed foods because fresh foods are not available. Recent studies indicate that communities which lack access to fresh, healthy foods will likely exhibit increased premature death and chronic health conditions.

With 25 Clubs across Duval and St. Johns County in key food and dessert areas, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida will use existing Clubs as Ready 4 Veggies mobile grocery stand bus stops - to reach over 5,000 children. The bus is anticipated to begin its routes sometime in March 2019 and the project will have an immediate positive impact on local community families, by creating a sustainable business model that employs local teenager.

Employed teens will learn to sell fruits and vegetables while educating community families on the benefits of healthy eating. Additional educational efforts include accessible nutrition and health information, easy-to-prepare recipes and cooking tips, marketing materials and take-home materials, all available inside the Ready 4 Veggies bus.

Before the Ready 4 Veggies bus hits the streets, an advisory committee comprised of all partnering organizations and businesses must be established to ensure the proper development of optimized and timely bus routes for produce options from Berry Good Farms, Twinn Bridges, Congaree and Penn Farms, Eat Your Yard Jax, and the farmers from the Jacksonville Farmers Market.

Weekly Ready 4 Veggie bus routes to key food dessert areas of Northeast Florida will directly benefit local farm and ranch operations serving local markets. The quick turn-around, easy scheduling, and ease of access will increase sales of produce. A win-win local market initiative.

Long-range plans include sustainable processes and partnerships that engages key community partners to make strategic decisions to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and provides low access families with education of healthy eating habits. Funds earned from fruit and vegetable sales will be funneled into local teen employee payroll, providing a sustainable employment business model for Jacksonville teens. Remaining profits will be re-invested into the program to help ensure sustainability and marketability.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s Woodland Acres Club will house The Ready 4 Veggies bus. Woodland Acres features a football field sized farm and is the location of Boys & Girls Clubs Annual Collard Green Festival, in Arlington. The Ready 4 Veggies in Northeast Florida – Going Mobile – Farm to Community Bus Project will be announced alongside the Ready 4 Veggies Mobile Grocery Stand at Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida’s 3rd Annual Collard Green Festival, Nov 17th, 2018, at our Woodland Acres Club, located at 191 Pecan Street, Jacksonville FL, 32211.

Board Chair Michael Huyghue Gives Back

Support Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida and meet out Board of Governors Chair, Michael Huyghue @Barnes & Nobles St. Johns Town Center! Celebrate with Michael in introducing his book, "Behind The Line of Scrimmage: Inside The Front Office of The NFL." A portion of sales earned will go towards our Boys & Girls Clubs. Event begins at 7pm.

Boys & Girls Clubs to revamp Springfield building into 'coolest place for teens'

Boys & Girls Clubs to revamp Springfield building into 'coolest place for teens'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida want to breathe some life into the old languishing Laurence F. Lee club building in Springfield.

The facility at the corner of Liberty and 10th served the community for 50 years.
But it has been vacant since the summer of 2015 after the recession and rising maintenance costs took their toll on the building, according to the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Committee.

“The goal of the new club is for it to be the coolest place for teens,” said Joanne Kazmierski, with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.

A complete renovation is in the works to transform the building into a multipurpose facility to serve area kids with after-school and summer programs. It’s going to be the community’s Citi Teen Center.

“One of our big focus points for this building, because it is geared toward teens, is to have resources that will teach skill sets that will help them in a job or career,” Kazmierski said in a news release.  “That said, we not only view this facility as being for local teens, but the community will have access to basketball leagues, religious services, yoga, Zumba, bingo and more.”

The Boys and Girls Clubs is working with the city and a number of community organizations to take the project from concept to reality.

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Local volunteers build park for kids in a day

Hundreds of volunteers built a new playground Friday for kids at Arlington Community Academy.

KaBOOM and Target partnered up to pay for the research-based playground.

Lauren May, with Arlington Community Academy, tells Action News Jax, “(Kids on the playground will) be able to grow their motor skills, and we know that when kids are outside and they’re able to play and have fun, they learn more. That’s our goal.”

Project leaders say students helped design the play equipment.

Students at the academy and kids with the Boys and Girls Club will have access to the playground.

Lakeshia Youmans lives right down the road.

She says the facility needed an area for play, and her two sons are excited for the playground.

Youmans explains, “It actually does help them learn and want to learn. Keeps them out of the activities the other kids are in, the bad stuff.”