Partnership Provides More Than $7 Million to Club Youth and Awards 10 Extraordinary Individuals for their Dedication to Impacting the Lives of Local Youth
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Maytag brand announce 10 new recipients of the 2017 Maytag Dependable Leader Award. The annual awards program, now entering its eighth year, recognizes Boys & Girls Club youth development professionals, both employees and volunteers, who have shown remarkable dedication to transforming the lives of youth in their communities. Each recipient also receives a $20,000 grant to provide scholarships to members of their Boys & Girls Club.
It’s been a challenging year for 10-year-old Teryn Buster. But on November 3, her spirits were flying high — as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons recently did — during a visit to Macy’s Parade Studio in Moonachie, New Jersey, headquarters of the world-famous parade. Inside this warehouse is where most of the parade’s balloons and floats are constructed.
Ninety-four percent of Gen Z believe companies should take actions to address critial issues that may not be relevant to everyday business operations, according to the 2017 Cone Gen Z CSR Study: How to Speak Z.
For Teryn Buster, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started well before the holiday. In early November, Columbus-based insurer Aflac flew the 10-year-old, her mom and grandmother to New York City for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Macy’s Parade Studio and VIP access to “Balloonfest” to see up close the newest balloonicles (self-powered balloon vehicles). “We looked like tiny little ants standing next to them,” said Teryn, who is from Lithonia. Her favorite, of course, was the Aflac Duck, decked in a blue hat and scarf and holding a heart to his chest.
Viacom’s OneCommunity, an impact team initiated by the Global Business Services Department, is making strides to improve the community within and around them. One example of the impactful work done comes from the team in Cool Springs, Tennessee, that has a long-standing partnership with Franktown Open Hearts to provide children with knowledge and experiences they may not have received otherwise in hope to provide greater opportunities and paths for the immediate and foreseeable future.
Ten-year-old Zoe Terry is the Miami-based CEO of Zoe’s Dolls, a nonprofit organization that collects and donates dolls with darker skin tones to girls of African, Hispanic, Caribbean and African-American descent. Terry founded her company in 2012 at age 5 to give these girls an opportunity to play with dolls that looked like them—something she felt was lacking in her community.
On a weekly basis, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) visits at-risk communities to host a street outreach event called ‘Feel Good Fridays.’ During the event, volunteers give back to young people who are in need of a helping hand. Las Vegas Sands, through our commitment to being a good corporate citizen in the communities in which we operate, is one of NPHY’s biggest supporters in the community through its corporate giving program Sands Cares, and together they are combating youth homelessness.
By Jim Clark, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
In today’s digital world, new technologies and social sharing platforms are abound. Studies show that more than 90% of youth, especially teens, engage in some sort of social media activity daily. Now, Boys & Girls Clubs join this virtual space with a dynamic digital experience that’s more powerful than that of any other youth-based organization in the country.
Arrow Electronics presented “Courage in Sports” on CBS over the weekend. The documentary-style U.S. television program features inspiring stories of athletes who have overcome adversity. This year, “Courage in Sports” showcased the Arrow Quintum—five paralympians with a common purpose to push their own limits and inspire the next generation.
Find out how creating a lemonade stand teaches kids about profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors — and giving back to their communities
Charlotte Bittner, 9, wants to be a veterinarian and own an animal clinic when she grows up. Bella Mercedes Ahgupuk, 14, wants to be a health aide. They both agree that participating in Lemonade Day has helped start them on the path toward their future careers.
“It gives kids a chance to do business when they’re kids, and learn how to do it early on,” said Charlotte, who lives in Anchorage, Alaska.