BGCS Wins Top National Awards for Outstanding Programs

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield MO received two Honor Awards at Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 112th National Conference held recently in San Diego.

The first award is for Overall Program with an organizational budget of $500,000 or more.

The second is for Program Excellence in Character and Leadership Development. The organization received a $10,000 award from MetLife Foundation, sponsor of the annual recognition program, which honors local Clubs for innovative, effective programming leading youth to great futures.

The Honor Award for Overall Program Excellence is presented to a Club that has conducted the best overall program, as determined by entries submitted in each of BGCA’s five core program categories: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; the arts; and sports, fitness and recreation. This award is presented to two Clubs, one large and one small for conducting the best overall program.

The Honor Award for Program Excellence in Character and Leadership Development recognizes the program that most effectively empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities.

This award is presented to the Sertoma Unit for their commitment to quality programming, member’s overall Club experience scores, and trained, passionate staff members. The award recognized the Springfield organization’s LOTT of Love Club, which is designed to encourage members to appreciate themselves, understand others, and take personal leadership in confronting bias.

“In communities nationwide, Boys & Girls Clubs play a vital role in providing young people with safe places to learn and grow,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We are pleased to recognize Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield for providing exemplary programs and making a positive difference in the lives of local young people.”

Phoebe Hicks