Newly Renovated Clubhouse Continues to be a Refuge

Sadly, we were reminded of Newark’s shocking gun violence, when on March 3rd, three people, including one innocent bystander, were killed in two separate incidents. These murders occurred within one mile of our Clubhouse on Avon Avenue, on the very same streets that children travel to reach our doorstep.

The Boys & Girls Club of Newark does so many wonderful things for young people.  We provide academic enrichment so that children can get good grades and attain on-time grade advancement.  We encourage kids to lead healthy lifestyles.  We help build good character and citizenship among our Club members. But, BGCN also does something very fundamental. We keep Newark’s kids safe!

BGCN takes great pride in effectively steering young people in Newark from harm’s way.  Our newly renovated Clubhouse is a refuge. Inside our building are caring adults – youth development specialists – who work with children and their families to achieve positive outcomes.

While we hope that gun violence in our city will soon abate, BGCN remains an oasis; a positive place. If all we ever do is help keep Newark’s children safe, we will be making a significant contribution in one of the most troubled communities in our nation.

Paul Sciré
CEO Boys & Girls Club of Newark

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

On Monday, January 27, 2014, Governor Chris Christie, Commissioner of Football Roger Goodell, Alfred F. Kelly, Jr. (President of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee,) Woody Johnson (Co-Chairman, NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee) and Jonathan Tisch (Co-Chairman, NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee) held a press conference at our newly renovated Clubhouse. The afternoon’s celebration, attended by many of the corporate and community partners who helped fund our new state-of-the-art facility, marked the first public appearance by the NFL Commissioner during Super Bowl week.

Video URL: http://video-embed.nj.com/services/player/bcpid1950981419001?bclid=0&bctid=3114761294001

26th Annual Evening of the Stars

26th Annual Evening of the StarsCome celebrate our game-changing year!

Save the Date for the Boys & Girls Club of Newark

Date: April 10, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Panasonic Corporation of North America, Newark, NJ

Honoring this year’s Most Valuable BGCN Players

  • Al Kelly, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee
  • Ralph LaRossa, President and Chief Operating Officer of PSE&G
  • Sharon Taylor, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources and Chair of The Prudential Foundation
  • Former NFL Player Brandon Moore and Regina Moore, BGCN Trustees

Super Bowl XLVIII Scores a Touchdown for BGCN

Touchdown-girlsThe NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation, charitable arm of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, will leave a significant and lasting legacy of the Big Game throughout our state. And they’ve chosen Boys and Girls Club of Newark as one of their primary recipients! Moreover, the group’s generosity has proven a catalyst for BGCN giving, prompting other prominent Newark organizations to follow suit.

Spurred on by the generosity of the Super Bowl Host Committee, Prudential has chosen BGCN for a $665,000 grant for a major upgrade of our Clubhouse, including a complete overhaul of our gym. PSE&G, also quick to step up to the charge, is giving $250,000 to renovate the BGCN pool. The Horizon Foundation has committed $150,000 to underwrite a dance and fitness studio, a visual arts room and garden expansion as well as to help underwrite a brand new instructional kitchen. These gifts, as well as a grant from Robert Wood Johnson, represent the type of community legacy the Big Game organizers are hoping to establish.

With the thrill of Super Bowl XLVIII coming to town and so many improvements underway at the Clubhouse, it’s an exciting time to support BGCN. Feel free to stop by and see the groundbreaking work being done on behalf of Newark’s kids. To arrange a Clubhouse visit, contact Connie Leonard, VP, Resource Development at 973.242.1200 or cleonard@bgcn.org.

BGCN Giving City’s Kids Another Reason to Smile

Dental Center officeOn September 25, 2013, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark hosted a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the BGCN Children’s Dental Center, a free pediatric dental clinic housed in the Central Ward Clubhouse.

The facility is opening its doors to all BGCN members, offering a full range of dental services that include oral health screenings, dental fillings, x-rays, sealants, fluoride treatments and simple extractions. Initial plans call for office hours 2 times a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but the ultimate goal is to provide free, full-time dental care, allowing for up to 2000 visits per year for Newark’s most vulnerable youth.

BGCN Trustee and general dentist Dr. Michael Gruber provided the driving force behind the bold initiative. Gruber reached out to colleagues in the profession (including Dr. Lisa Sobel, wife of fellow BGCN Board member Jason Sobel) and soon he had a volunteer roster of 23 leading dentists, hygienists and assistants, as well as donated supplies and equipment needed to establish the clinic. Generous support from individual donors as well as foundation grants from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Delta Dental, Healthy Smiles and MCJ/Amelior generated necessary funds for construction and year one of service. A proposed partnership with UMDNJ’s Community Service Outreach program promises to expand the pool of qualified volunteers.

Paul Sciré, BGCN’s CEO, is confident that the clear benefits of free and accessible pediatric dental care will mark the BGCN Children’s Dental Center as a game-changer in the community. Not only is tooth decay the most prevalent chronic disease facing Newark’s poorest children, it is a proven gateway to more serious illness, and a serious impediment to academic achievement.

“The Children’s Dental Center perfectly exemplifies Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark’s commitment to serving the whole child, “says Sciré. “Healthy teeth are critical to healthy living, which makes this free dental center a natural extension of our mission to help Newark’s kids reach their full potential.”

BCGN Featured on NBC TV

Booker-G-kids-Teen-Room-BeforeMayor Cory Booker paid a visit to BGCN with an exciting surprise for our club’s teens. George Oliphant, the Emmy-Award-winning host of the NBC show George to the Rescue, selected the BGCN Teen Room for national television.

Each week, Oliphant teams up with design and construction experts to rescue a family or community in need of home improvements. Oliphant promised to transform the BGCN teen room into a space that would encourage our kids to have fun, while learning and growing into future leaders themselves. And did he deliver!

Mayor Booker returned to the Clubhouse for George’s big reveal of BGCN’s brand new state-of-the-art teen room, which aired on April 27th on NBC. Check out the amazing results!

[Clip from show: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/open-house/Full-Episode-Mayor-Booker-Joins-George-For-a-Boys-and-Girls-Club-Rescue-205279261.html]