Current News at Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui
From CEO Kelly Pearson
Imagine a place where skin color does not matter. Imagine a place where no cares how much money your family has or doesn’t have. Imagine a place where the older ones help and support the younger beings.
Imagine a place where RESPECT is important, and is a daily topic and expectation. Imagine a place where academic success, healthy living and character development are priorities. Imagine a place where you can get a free nutritious meal during the summertime. Imagine a place where there are no barriers to feeling like you belong, your home away from home.
In August 2017, I will have worked for this wonderful organization for 20 years. In that time, I have seen a lot. Every day at the Club is a new day and a new experience for me, even though I have been around for a long time. Most of these experiences are positive, showing the place imagined above. But some, unfortunately, are not.
In the past few months I have noticed something new - something that was probably present many times, but not as obvious as it is to me now. I have seen many, too many, of our young members displaying behavioral challenges and, most disturbing to me, disrespect for others.
My team and I understand that each and every child and teen is different. During the last few months, when these youth with challenging behaviors are seen exhibiting positive behaviors and following the rules, I have gone the extra mile to stop and say “hello,” ask them how they are doing, and go one step further to ask if they are okay and doing well.
Here’s the “something new”: When I greet them or ask how they are doing, they seem totally surprised and really don’t know how to react to me. The looks on their faces tell me they may not usually be spoken to in this manner or not often asked how they are doing. Or maybe it means they are not usually greeted with a “hello.” It bothered me that I would see this reaction time and time again, but I have noticed a positive change in behaviors with these youth since I started acknowledging their good behavior.
And that’s what Club is all about. It’s a positive place with professional role models who inspire our youth every day. A place where Club members are known by name. A place where caring adults take the time to say “hello.” A place where you don’t have to just imagine having a positive impact. A place where there are no barriers to having great futures.
With your support, we can all continue to make a positive impact on our youth, giving them hope and opportunity, and a place where we can truly say that GREAT FUTURES START HERE.
Meet Stephen Bennett, Director of Operations!
Aloha BGCM Ohana!
I am excited and honored to be joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui team as your new Director of Operations! BGCM provides an invaluable service to the youth and families of our island. As an organization, we provide positive, safe, and enriching environments and activities for thousands of Maui youth. I am inspired by our mission statement displayed prominently at our Central Clubhouse, “To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.” Together we are contributing to making this a better community for all of us.
I am originally from Palos Verdes, California. I earned my Bachelors degree in psychology with a minor in public health from the University of Southern California and my Masters degree in counseling psychology from Grand Canyon University. I have 20 years’ experience working with youth as a teacher, coach, counselor, program director, and administrator. My career has been focused on empowering people in need, especially youth, in improving their quality of life.
I spent the last three in New York City as Director of a youth education and counseling program in a non-profit agency that operated a network of 25 afterschool programs, community centers, and summer camps around the city. Now, I am very excited to be back on Maui and joining the BGCM team in supporting our youth in positive development. Together, we can do so much more than any one of us could ever do alone!
It's time to renew your Club membership!
It’s almost time for back-to-school – and that means it’s time to renew your annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui membership.
Application forms can be found online or at your Clubhouse. Membership fees are just $5 for each member, or $10 for an entire family!
Don’t miss out on all the fun of being a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui!
For more information, call 242-4363.
See you soon!
Summer at the Club
Maui Ocean Center
The field trip to the Maui Ocean Center was a high point for club members this summer. They learned about the significant impacts that we have on ocean life, and the clear impact it has on us. Members pressed themselves as closely as they possibly could to the marine life enclosures, absorbing all of the detailed information given by the diver in the tank. They learned the cultural significance of the ocean and its role in the lives of Hawaiian people.
National Fitness Day
All six Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui Clubhouses hosted this epic day of fun and fitness, naming winners in categories including 50 yard dash, Push Up, Sit Up, Pull Up, Standing Broad Jump, High Jump, Sit and Reach, Jump Rope, and even some fun Relay Races. The smiles on their faces and amount of sweat on their shirts was proof that it was a very successful day of fitness for our young members, and an amazing display of talent, effort, and of course fun.
During the month of June, Club members participated in the “Cross Currents” program hosted by Maui Arts & Cultural Center at the Central Clubhouse to learn hula, mele, and mo’olelo and learn about Hawaiian culture. Members performed pieces from each of the art forms for each other and invited their parents and families to watch. Thanks to the generosity of Maui Arts & Cultural Center, our Club members were able to learn new skills and information as well as have fun making music together.
BGCM Summer Olympics
The Olympics is a highly respected, well-known, and heavily participated in sporting event in the world. Held every four years, the Olympics encourages people around the world to be active and healthy.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui members participated in an all-day Olympics competition that took place at the Haiku Clubhouse, with all 6 clubs participating. The day was not only filled with fun sporting events, participants were also give the opportunity to learn. Being on an island, we decided to put a twist on the usual team approach. Instead of each team representing a country, they represented an island of the State of Hawaii. Each team leader educated their group about the island they represented, with members wearing jerseys in the official color of their island.
After learning some fun facts and a brief history of the islands they were representing, the games began. The format was a rotation of Track and Field events: Shot Put, Javelin, 50-yard dash, Long Jump, and a Relay. The participants were extremely competitive and took pride in their efforts to win gold for their team in all events.
As they say here on Maui, Maui No Ka Oi (Maui is the best). And that saying prevailed as true. The team representing Maui was crowned with the Gold Medal for first place. Individual winners were also recognized and received medals for their achievements.
It was another day in the record books for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Maui. Good thing we don’t have to wait four years to do it again!
2017 Little Chef Big Chef
We are excited to announce our third annual Little Chef Big Chef gala is happening on Friday, October 13th, 2017 at Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort!
Thanks to generous business partners and community support, our annual gala continues to grow and have great success. This year's event will, again, feature Maui's top chefs working with Club Members in an exciting culinary competition. Each of our six clubhouses form a team to work with a Big Chef mentor and collaborate with local producers and farmers to learn about local foods and create delicious appetizers for you to enjoy!
Sponsorship Opportunities are available! For more information or to reserve your tickets today, call (808) 242-4363 x322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mahalo to our returning SUPERHERO Sponsor, Pulama Lana'i, and our additional sponsors Fergus & Company and Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc.
2017 Battle of the Badges was a big success!
Friday, May 12th, 2017, 6:00pm – War Memorial Stadium, Wailuku HI
The second annual Battle of the Badges, a flag football game between members of the Maui Fire Department and Maui Police Department, drew a large and excited crowd the evening of May 12th. As one of our major fundraising events, this year’s game proved to be very successful.
After losing last year to the police department when Police Chief Tivioli Faaumu kicked a tie-breaking field goal, Fire Chief Jeff Murray and his team took the trophy home this year in an overwhelming victory, winning 36 - 8.
Half-time featured a short game of flag football between young athletes from two of our clubhouses, Central and Paukukalo. The teams had been practicing and were ready to show their skills to the crowd. The Central club team won the half-time game.
A big mahalo to our Gate Sponsor of this year’s Battle of the Badges, HMSA, and to their employees who helped with t-shirt sales on game day. We are also grateful to our Varsity Sponsors, Akina Aloha Tours, Aloha International Employment and Fergus & Company.
Mahalo to our sponsors!
MAHALO TO OUR SUPPORTERS!
We are so thankful for our community and want to say THANK YOU to everybody who supports Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui!
Mahalo for truly making a difference in the lives of Maui's kids!
We are pleased to announce that Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui was recently awarded the following grants:
Atherton Family Foundation
$13,650 to run the Financial Literacy for Teens: Money Matters program at all six Clubhouses
Maui United Way
$11,047.82 for Triple Play at the Paukukalo Clubhouse
Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Major League Baseball
$5,000 for Play Ball - Recreation to offer baseball and softball games, leagues, and tournaments at all six Clubhouses
State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services, Office of Youth Services
$30,000 for SMART Girls life skills program at the Central Clubhouse
Lowe's Renovations Across the Nation (RAN)
$50,000 to repair the roof on Building B, Central Clubhouse
Mahalo to our many supporters in the Maui community this season:
Jack in the Box
Federated Mutual Insurance Company
Gas & Welding Contractors Association (GAWDA)
The Incentive Research Foundation
ROSS Dress for Less