The first focused on teens and was part of our National Conference in Chicago. Teen outreach is crucial to our Movement’s future, making it the perfect time for this particular Great Think. Teens need the Club Experience as much as, if not more than, younger children. As they grow into adults, teens must make decisions that can affect the course of their entire lives. Bad decisions in middle school or high school can lead to lost opportunities. It is the responsibility of everyone in our Movement to guide teens to make responsible choices, so they can become our nation’s next generation of engaged citizens, parents and leaders. With our partner in teens, Taco Bell, we enter 2016 knowing our Movement needs to continue to focus on engaging, recruiting and retaining teen members. With this in mind, ask yourself: What is our strategy to grow teen membership services in 2016? The topic of the second Great Think was health and wellness, which took place after the National Youth of the Year Celebration. It centered on identifying strategic actions and collaborations as we build a comprehensive plan to improve health and wellness among Clubs and communities.
ALUMNI CLUB With help from celebrity ambassadors, corporate partners and media sponsors, we launched Boys & Girls Clubs-Alumni & Friends Club in September. The Alumni Club is a powerful tool that allows former members to stay in touch with old friends from the Club and connect with fellow alumni nationwide. It’s also designed to welcome new friends into our Movement. My sincere thanks to everyone who helped make the launch a success. All the great things we accomplished in 2015 would not have been possible without the support of our Board of Governors. Chairman Jack Stahl, a longtime board member, continues the tradition of leadership and vision established by his predecessors, all of whom contributed a great deal of time and effort to place Boys & Girls Clubs at the vanguard of the youth development field. And it couldn’t have been done without all of you, either. I offer my deep gratitude to all the Boys & Girls Clubs professionals, volunteers and board members whose hard work helped us accomplish our goals in 2015. I know you will be there for youth as we head into 2016, primed to do more great work to help children and teens achieve the great futures they deserve. I wish you, your families and your Boys & Girls Clubs a very happy holiday season.
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Reaching the Summit. National Youth of the Year finalists, a testament to the Club Experience.