Your Feel Good Roundup – November 2022


Fun and inspiring Boys & Girls Club highlights to start your month on a high note! Got an uplifting Club-related story to share? Send it to communications@bgca.org!


Boys & Girls Club alum and Access Hollywood host Mario Lopez welcomed National Youth of the Year Asha H-R. to share her story in-studio on the show! Asha H-R. of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (D.C.) was named 2022-23 National Youth of the Year during the National Youth of the Year Celebration in Los Angeles, California, last month. From learning life skills like cooking and public speaking to volunteering with food pantries and pursuing her passion for real estate, discover Asha’s inspiring journey to becoming National Youth of the Year.


Teens from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities in Saint Paul, Minnesota, launched their own podcast, “Our West Side Story,” to empower teen voices in their community and beyond. Developed by teens from Al Lenzmeier West Side Club, the podcast won the $5,000 grand prize in a Club “Shark Tank” contest prompting youth to create a project driving social change in their Club or community. The first episode is now available on Spotify and features hosts Brianna and Elizabeth, along with other Club teens, interviewing Representative Betty McCollum on topics like good communication, work-life balance, healthy relationships and important safety policies, as well as her favorite candies and movies.


The Las Vegas Raiders hosted a “Tent or Treat” Halloween event for over 200 youth from Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada. Kids went trick-or-treating, played games and picked out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch. Youth also joined in a 60-minute Raiders Junior Training Camp promoting education, exercise and positive choices for kids and teens. Raiders players Matthias Farley, Neil Farrell Jr. and Cole Fotheringham were on deck to help run the festivities while Raiders Super Bowl-winning alumni Leo Gray and Reggie Kinlaw signed autographs!


Youth and staff at Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside in California released a rap video highlighting the incredible programs, people and places that have propelled local kids and teens toward great futures for over 70 years! Watch the full video produced in partnership with educational music company, Music Notes.


Youth at Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens in New York City participated in a “speed mentoring” session to explore environmental careers hosted by New York Power Authority (NYPA), Con Edison and 174 Power Global. Club members learned about sustainable issues, such as zero-emissions transportation and energy storage, and presented model electric vehicles built with instruction from NYPA staff. They even got a closer look at a Kia EV6 and Chevrolet Bolt from NYPA while their Club received a $15,000 gift to fuel STEM programming from 174 Power Global.


70 homemade rockets were launched by kids from Boys & Girls Club of Seymour in Brownstown, Indiana, in a cornfield behind Brownstown Elementary School. Club STEM Coordinator Paul Ruddick said Club kids built the rockets over a four- to five-week period using 3D printers, cutting PVC pipes and attaching fins. To launch the rockets, Ruddick built an air cannon using PVC pipes and an air compressor and awarded prizes to youth with the top three rockets that traveled the farthest distance.