Boys & Girls Clubs of America founded Day for Kids with a mission "to establish a day to celebrate and honor American children through the gift of meaningful time." On September 17th, the street outside our Columbus Clubhouse in the Bronx was transformed into a party for our kids.
An array of fun-filled activities provided Madison’s members with valuable opportunities to celebrate themselves at our annual Day for Kids. Disney VoluntEARS assembled their amazing Imagination Playground of giant foam blocks which provided creative potential for our kids to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities. Disney also spread the word with their Friends for Change challenge, which engaged Madison’s young people with discussions about positively impacting our planet. Kids learned that through even the smallest of actions, we can begin to make big changes. Simply take action! Instead of walking by that cup or piece of paper on the ground, pick it up and throw it away. Leave a place better than you found it! As more kids across the globe become involved we can begin to make big changes.
Wholly Guacamole brought their Check Your Choice campaign, and their giant "Guacmobile," to the party to teach our kids about healthy eating. Austin Andrews (from last season's The Biggest Loser) encouraged our members to question the choices they make when it comes to snacking.
G.H. Bass stores nationwide will raise money for Madison and Boys & Girls Clubs of America during the month of November, further extending the company's commitment to our kids. At all retail and outlet locations across the country, customers can add a donation to the cost of their purchase which will directly support the work we do here at Madison!
For the past several years, G.H. Bass has been one of Madison's most generous corporate supporters. In addition to financial support, Bass has, in essence, adopted the children at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Clubhouse and routinely conducts events with the kids there. Through their sponsorship of quarterly events and through their rich involvement with our mentoring program, Bass has gone above and beyond anyone’s expectations.
Forged through our board member, Scott Orenstein, our relationship with Bass has played an incredible role in the lives of our youth. Bass sets the partnership bar high and is an incredible example of corporate sponsorship and the many, many ways that anyone can engage with and support Madison’s youth. We are incredibly grateful for their ongoing support.
Former Youth of the Year Shudnera Malloy had the honor of leading the pledge of allegiance at this year's Education Nation forum in New York City.
An initiative of NBC, Education Nation was created to engage the public and various policymakers through coverage on the state of education in America. NBC and Education Nation tour the country to bring awareness of the educational concerns that face our country, and hold an annual conference in New York City which brings together community and business leaders, elected officials, and educators from all over to focus on educational improvements.
Ms. Malloy was the voice of many Madison members, as well as youth nationwide who have at some point fallen off the path to education, but who have overcome life's obstacles to continue on a successful path. Shudnera's story is an incredible one, and we are proud to count her among our alumni and former Youth of the Year!
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