Young Professionals Council Launch Event


Led by Co-Chairs Princess Williams and LaShaun Skillings, BGCN’s YPC is a group of socially engaged, innovative thinkers committed to improving the lives of Newark’s children and their families. The YPC represents a new generation of ambassadors for our organization, enhancing BGCN’s organizational outreach, resource development and public standing.

Please join us on Thursday, November 12 at Suite 53 from 6:00-9:00pm  for the inaugural event supporting BGCN’s mission. The evening will feature dessert sponsor Sweet@HeartBakingCo.

To purchase tickets for this event, please click here. For more information, please contact Kavita Mehra, via phone (973.242.1200 ext. 104) or email (

BGCN Literacy Programs

  • 16% of children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade do not graduate from high school on time — a rate 4 times greater than that for proficient readers.
  • Only 42% of third grade students in Newark District Schools passed their language arts test in 2013.

CR_slideshow5About the Boys & Girls Club of Newark Literacy Campaign:

Since 1938, the Boys & Girls Club of Newark has provided affordable after-school, weekend and summer programs to thousands of children in Newark and the surrounding communities. Recognizing the critical need for targeted enrichment in reading and writing for our members, BGCN has sharpened our educational focus as part of a new Literacy Campaign. Initiatives such as specialised after-school reading sessions and summer literacy enrichment will help our young people keep on track to graduate from high school equipped to navigate their futures as healthy, responsible, engaged adults.

5K Run for Literacy – Sponsorship

Become a Sponsor/Field a 5K Team:

Corporations, businesses and community groups can compete in our 5K Team Challenge by signing up at one of 4 sponsorship levels:*

  • $5,000 Presenting Sponsor: Sponsorship includes name on front of race shirt, name featured prominently on all promotional materials, name on start/finish banners.
  • $2,500 Gold Sponsor: Sponsorship includes name on back of race shirt with other Silver and Gold sponsors, name on promotional materials, name posted at mile markers.
  • $1,000 Silver Sponsor: Sponsorship includes name on back of race shirt with other Silver and Gold sponsors, name on promotional materials.
  • $500 Bronze Sponsor: Sponsorship includes name on all promotional materials.

(*A minimum of 5 runners is required to participate in the 5K Team Challenge)

    For further information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kavita Mehra at 973.242.1200 or

5K Run – Branch Brook Park

548251_3636086712695_199195019_nStart & Finish:

Cherry Blossom Center (Use the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Mill Street in Belleville)

BGCN’s 5K Run for Literacy starts and finishes in Newark’s Branch Brook Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the city’s largest park covers 360 acres of meadows, playing fields, winding paths, lakes and forest. The 5K is a flat, scenic course with mile markers, aide stations and clocks along the route.

BGCN’s 5K Run for Literacy

BGCN is proud to host a 5K race to benefit literacy programs for the young people of Newark, especially those who need us most, so they can reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Race Information

Date: Saturday November 15, 2014

  • Registration/Number Pick-Up: Starting at 8:00 a.m.
  • 1-Mile Family Fun Run Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • 5K Start Time: 10:00 a.m.


Entry fees:

  • $25 for 5K ($30 on Race Day)
  • $10 for Family Fun Run ($15 on Race Day)


Overall finishers receive gift certificates.
Medals will be given to the top three finishers in the following categories:

  • Age groups: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over
  • 5K Teams: Based on finish times of top 5 runners from each 5K Team
  • Literacy Champions: Individual and Team recognition based on funds raised in support of BGCN’s Literacy campaign


Proceeds from the 5K Run for Literacy directly supports BGCN’s programs in this critical area of need.

BGCN’s 5K Team Challenge

Become a Sponsor/Field a 5K Team

Corporations, businesses and community groups can compete in our 5K Team Challenge by signing up at one of 4 sponsorship levels:

Create Your Own Online Fundraising Page

Individual runners can easily encourage friends and family to sponsor their race:


    For further information about the Boys & Girls Club of Newark 5K Run for Literacy, contact Kavita Mehra at 973.242.1200 or

Trump Invitational for Newark’s Kids

Monday, August 11 was a beautiful day for the 29th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit BGCN and LifeCamp. For more about the top amateurs who participated in the event, go HERE.

Learning from a Legend!

7.16.14 WNBA Fit Clinic with Sue Wicks7.16.14 WNBA Fit Clinic with Sue Wicks

As a dedicated member of the Boys & Girls Club movement, I am deeply committed to the importance of healthy lifestyles for all our young people. That’s why it’s particularly gratifying when our Clubhouse is able to host an activity for our kids that puts that core belief into action in a new and exciting way.

Last Wednesday was simply amazing – 75 BGCN members enjoyed an incredible opportunity as WNBA Legend Sue Wicks came to the Clubhouse to lead a basketball clinic. The former New York Liberty star teamed up with hosts Coca-Cola and the WNBA for a morning of conditioning drills that had our kids running, jumping, shooting and smiling non-stop. Wicks and WNBA Fit Clinician Frank Lopez also spoke to our Club members about the importance of good nutrition, exercise, team work, sportsmanship and focus – an all-around inspiring morning of BGCN core values in action!

Paul Sciré

CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Newark

BGCN Kids Experience Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony

BGCN kids at Special OlympicsOn Sunday, June 15, BGCN members were able to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. It was wonderful! Our members and four of our parents greeted the athletes as they entered the Prudential Center where the event took place. Sunday was also Father’s Day, and one of our member’s spent the day with his Dad at the event.  Our kids had so much fun cheering the athletes and giving them HIGH FIVES. One of the athletes took a pin off his jacket and gave it to one of our children, and another competitor gave another Club member a baseball card with his picture on it. After greeting the athletes outside, we went inside for the spectacular opening ceremony. We had incredible seats, right across from the athletes. It was a GREAT day of giving back and serving as ambassadors of our Club and our community. Our members had the amazing opportunity to see that no matter what challenges a person might face, nothing is impossible if you DREAM BIG.

– Cynthia Banks, Vice President of Operations