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14/20/2009 12/1/2008 3:08 PMProgramsCareerLaunchCareerLaunch Offers Job SkillsWhether seeking your dream career, a part-time job, or advice on prepping for a job interview, CareerLaunch is the #1 career guide for teensTools you need to land a job or launch a career.Land a job or launch a career.
  • Job skills for current and future jobs
  • Learn more about CareerLaunch.net
  • Interview tips

Whether you're looking for a summer job or making a long-term career decision, CareerLaunch can help. The site can help you build essential skills, discover a career that suits your interests and talents, have a successful job interview and much more. CareerLaunch tools include:

Teen Tips: Useful job-hunting and on-the-job tips such as how to write a good cover letter and resume and what to wear to an interview.

Careerlaunch.net: Online community lets you explore careers matching your interests and talents, identify training or college requirements, seek out financial aid and much more.

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/Programs/Pages/CareerLaunch_Offers_Job_Skills_for_Club_Members.aspxLIT8 PROTeas01John Collins
34/27/2009 12/11/2008 9:58 AMProgramsEmbracing InclusionClub Program Welcoming to All MembersEmbracing Inclusion provides Clubs with tools and resources to more effectively serve all youth, regardless of their physical abilitiesEnrichment for all levels of physical ability.Resources to serve all youth.
  • Enables Clubs to more effectively serve all youth
  • This includes youth with and without disabilities
  • Promotes a diverse environment that benefits members and community

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 13 percent of young people ages 6 to 14 have a disability (2001). Unfortunately, many of these young people have limited access to after-school programs that provide engaging, enjoyable opportunities for social and personal development.

Working with Kids Included Together, BGCA strives to provide its Club professionals and volunteers with effective strategies, tools and best practices for recruiting more youth with disabilities and serving them more effectively. 

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44/27/2009 12/11/2008 10:07 AMProgramsFamily PLUSThe Club: A Community Center for the FamWith Family PLUS, family members receive free parent education, job assistance, financial education and referrals to community resourcesFamily PLUS: Education for your whole family!Family PLUS: Support Your Family
  • Assistance for your entire family
  • Getting fathers more involved
  • Helping families advance economically
The Club is an important community center not only for you, but also your parent(s) or guardian(s). Through Family PLUS (Parents Leading, Uniting, Serving), your family members can receive free parent education, job assistance, financial education and referrals to community resources.

Five Family PLUS components:

  1. Kinship Care – Provides knowledge and resources to extended-family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, foster parents, etc.) who are primary caregivers!
  2. Father Involvement – Clubs provide support through programs, activities, training and services to increase the fathers' involvement in the lives of their children.
  3. Economic Opportunity – Helps families find and keep jobs, increase earnings, build savings and establish credit.
  4. Outreach Strategies – Enables Clubs to recruit and retain the involvement of new populations of diverse parents and caregivers often underserved in Clubs.
  5. Family Advocacy Network (FAN) Club Program of support for parents and caregivers of Club members participating in SMART Moves.

Learn more at familyplus.bgca.org.

 

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54/27/2009 12/11/2008 10:13 AMProgramsKeystone Keystone Clubs Let Teens Take the LeadOne of the best teen-leadership programs in America, Keystone lets you acquire skills without sacrificing fun!Keystone: are you ready to take the lead? Take the lead with Keystone!
  • Leadership group for Club teens ages 14 to 18
  • Teens participate in activities such as Community Service
  • Fun, positive experiences with peers with similar goals

Keystone is one of the best leadership and service programs available to teens. As a Keystone Club member, you'll work with peers to organize and participate in events and activities in three focus areas -- Academic Success, Career Preparation and Community Service.

Being a part of Keystone activities is not only fun, it also gives you real-world skills applicable toward future success in school and your career. Whether it's helping to staff a drug prevention help line or volunteering a few hours for holiday food basket program, all Keystone activities stress service and leadership.

As a Keystone member, you give something valuable to others and help decide how that gift is made.

Check out the Special MCML Keystone Section

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64/29/2009 12/11/2008 10:20 AMProgramsSMART GirlsSMART Girls: Realize Your Full PotentialSMART Girls offers young women guidance toward healthy attitudes and lifestyles, eating right, staying fit, getting good health care and moreSMART Girls: female-specific skills to success.SMART Girls skills for success.
  • Separate lessons for girls 8-12 and 13-17
  • Helps young women achieve potential
  • Ways to be physically fit and active

Encouraging young women to have healthy attitudes and lifestyles, SMART Girls helps them reach their full potential. Through dynamic sessions, group activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls enjoy the opportunity to build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care, and developing positive relationships.

Other topics addressed include how the media influences attitudes about females; date rape and sexual harassment; sexually transmitted diseases; sexual myths and truths; getting regular gynecological care; and physical and emotional changes girls experience.

For more information, contact Ava Cooley, Assistant Director, SMART Girls, at (404) 487-5765 or acooley@bgca.org.

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84/29/2009 12/11/2008 10:37 AMProgramsTriple PlayMind, Body and Soul for Healthy LivingIt's in your own best interest to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Let Triple Play assist with tips to eat right, stay fit and manage stressTriple Play: keep your mind, soul and body fit!Make a personal health plan now!
  • Triple Play is a health and fitness program
  • It focuses on mind, body and soul 
  • Enables you to form positive relationships
The Triple Play experience can help you be healthy and active with new ways to eat nutritionally, manage stress, maintain your fitness and get along with your peers. In short, it's intended to nurture your mind, body and soul.
  • Mind: Good nutrition, regular physical activity and improving your overall well-being are all essential to having a curious, active mind.
  • Body: Whether you're an athlete or not, it's important to be physically active. It could be kickball, running laps, dodgeball -- anything that gets your heart beating and burns calories to keep you physically fit. 
         
  • Soul: By participating in a social recreation program,you can develop positive relationships your peers and learn how to cope with possibly stressful situations, such as public speaking or meeting new people. 

Learn more at tripleplay.bgca.net

 

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95/1/2009 12/11/2008 10:41 AMProgramsYouth of the YearYouth of the Year = Skills for SuccessProgram helps young people develop skills to be successful Youth of the Year candidates and -- most importantly -- successful adultsYouth of the Year: it starts at a Club.YoY: success starts here.
  • More than $100,000 in scholarships available
  • National winner installed by U.S. President
  • National Youth of the Year most prestiguous BGCA award

Each year one boy or girl is named National Youth of the Year. The program recognizes service to Club and community, school performance, and contributions to family and spiritual life. And it all starts at a Club like yours:

  • In the Club: Each participating Club selects a Youth of the Year, who receives a certificate and medallion then enters state competition.
  • State Your Case: State winners get a plaque and $1,000 scholarship and advance to BGCA’s Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Pacific regional competitions.
  • Regionals: Each of five regional winners receive a $10,000 scholarship and enter national competition in Washington, D.C.
  • Final Five: Lastly, one National Youth of the Year is chosen from five finalists. She or he receives an additional $15,000 scholarship. Oh, and did we mention they're installed by the President ... of the United States?! Cuz they are!

Open to Club members age 14 to 18, this year-round program can help young people develop the necessary skills to be a successful Youth of the Year candidate and -- most importantly --productive adults. Past winners have gone on to graduate school, the  Peace Corps and other worthy endeavors. 

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174/20/2009 2/6/2009 4:08 PMProgramsClub TechTechnology Skills Can Open the WorldWhat do you want to create? Club Tech has all the software you need to make movies, music, websites and lots more.make movies, music, websites and more.Club Tech: free tech skills!
  • Learn computer skills
  • Make electronic music
  • Build a computer
 
 
 
 
Club Tech offers you skills to make digital movies, create electronic music, design a Web site and lots more. Computer rookie? Skill Tech I and II have easy guides for you to quickly become computer capable.  System Account
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215/1/2009 2/9/2009 12:54 PMProgramsYouth for UnityCelebrate Diversity with Youth for UnityWhen you celebrate and promote diversity where you live, you prevent prejudice, bigotry and discrimination. Put another way, you teach peaceYouth for Unity: for a better tomorrow.Celebrate diversity today!
  • Promotes and celebrates diversity
  • Combats prejudice, bigotry and discrimination
  • For ages 6 to 18

America grows more diverse every day. The U.S. Census Bureau projects minorities, now roughly one-third of the population, to be 54 percent of the U.S. citizenry by 2050. Check out what 2050 may look like, when minorities become majority:

  • Projected minority population of 235.7 million out 439 million total population
  • Latinos nearly triple, from 46.7 million to 132.8 million
  • African Americans grow from 41.1 million to 65.7 million
  • Asians climb from 15.5 million to 40.6 million people

No doubt, it's going to be a different world. Are you ready to change?

Youth for Unity enables you and other members to understand society’s diversity, recognize bias and unfairness, and take personal leadership in confronting bias. To introduce the program at your Club, email youthforunity@bgca.org.

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223/27/2009 2/10/2009 10:11 AMRecreationMusicNatalie Portman's Shaved HeadSeattle quintet proves it's more than just a pretty face with its rocking debut album and opening spot for Lily Allen's spring U.S. tourNatalie Portman's Shaved Head is turning headsBand Merges Punk and Dance
  • Band named for recent movie starring namesake
  • Genre: Dancey-pop-punk
  • Opening for Lily Allen this spring

Road work: The Seattle band of five is busy this spring opening for Lily Allen across North America.

Debut album: Glistening Pleasure was released in July 2008. The group then toured with CSS, Matt & Kim and The Go! Team.

Derivation: NPSH refers to Portman's bald pate in the movie V for Vendetta.

No-show Nat: The band places Portman on the guest list for all their shows -- the actress has yet to appear.

Sounds like: Critics have variously described the band’s sound as “unstoppable electronica/techno/funk/punk fusion,”  "addictive dancey electro-pop" and "knowingly dorky party music." 

Listen to "Hush Hush" on the MCML Music Player

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232/10/2009 2/10/2009 10:33 AMRecreationMusicAnti-Love SongsNot everybody's in love with love songsLove songs are great but anti-love songs are greaLove songs are great but anti-lo
  • Fallout Boy
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kelly Clarkson and more!
For those of us happily involved in a relationship, love is a glorious situation to be in. For those of us currently lacking a boyfriend or girlfriend? Not so much. The following songs, representing the less pleasing aspects of love, are anti-valentines to them.

Franz Ferdinand, Cheating On You         

Kelly Clarkson, Since U Been Gone       

Los Campesinos!, Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats      

The Postal Service, Nothing Better         

Fall Out Boy, Love Will Tear Us Apart

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242/6/2009 2/10/2009 2:45 PMProgramsSMART MovesSMART Moves for Smart TeensA comprehensive program for the prevention of use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugsPeer support, life and leadership skills.helps teens resist drugs, alcoho
  • SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training)
  • Prevention program that helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • Interactive, small-group activities designed to increase participants’ peer support, enhance life skills 
SMART Moves (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) is a nationally acclaimed comprehensive prevention program that helps young people resist alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and avoid premature sexual activity. The program features interactive, small-group activities designed to increase participants’ peer support, enhance life skills, build resiliency and strengthen leadership skills. This year-round program uses age-specific curriculum that engages Club staff, parents, community members and older teen members in a team approach to prevention.System Account
/Programs/Pages/SMART_Moves_for_Smart_Teens.aspxSPPROTeas10John Collins
254/23/2009 2/11/2009 2:07 PMProgramsGoals for GraduationCreate an Action Plan for Your Future!Setting goals for yourself will not only help you improve your grades but also achieve future success more easily.Boost your grades by setting reachable goals!Set goals, improve your grades!
  • Set goals to improve grades
  • Work with Club staff to set goals
  • Create an action plan
Setting goals can improve your grades. With Goals for Graduation, you work with Club staff to set achievable "Know-I-Can" goals, more challenging "Think-I-Can" goals and yearly "Believe-I-Can" goals. Then you can create an action plan to help guide you toward achieving your goals!System Account
/Programs/Pages/Create_an_Action_Plan_for_Your_Future.aspxLIT8 PROTeas07John Collins
264/23/2009 2/11/2009 3:53 PMProgramsNSTeensWhy you should be aware of web safetyStaying safe on the web is a real concern. NSTeens offers slick multimedia applications to develop your own safety skillsThe web safety program designed for teens only!Only you can make you web-safe.
  • Stay safe on the web
  • I-360 multimedia application makes learning fun
  • Designed specifically for teens

This web safety program includes I-360, a module designed specifically for 13- to 18-year-olds that lets you develop web safety skills by engaging in multimedia activities and working with your Club staff.

see our NSTeens Site here

 

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274/23/2009 2/11/2009 4:14 PMProgramsImageMakersPhotographs Tell a Story, What's Yours?Learn to shoot a camera like a pro!Show the world your world with ImageMakers.Show the world your world.
  • Develop your creative skills
  • Compose a photo
  • How to use shadow & light in photos
 

The ImageMakers photography program can show you how to shoot like a pro, compose a photo and many other skills. Zoom in on all the facts at imagemakersbgca.org.

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/Programs/Pages/Photographs_Tell_a_Story_Whats_Yours.aspxARPROTeas17John Collins
284/23/2009 2/11/2009 4:39 PMProgramsMoney MattersSpend and Save Smart with Money MattersWhether its saving toward buying a car or helping your family to dig out of debt, Money Matters can get you thereTeen spending, saving & entreprenuership programMake your money work for you!
  • Create a budget
  • Set goals
  • Save
Depending on how you handle it, money can rock or be a big, fat drag. Money Matters provides easy-to-use tips to create a budget, save for a car and other ways to keep you in the black. Get a full accounting at moneymatters.bgca.net.System Account
/Programs/Pages/Manage_Your_Money_Dont_Let_It_Manage_You.aspxLIPROTeas14John Collins
294/22/2009 2/11/2009 5:03 PMProgramsNational Fine ArtsFind Your Creativity with Fine ArtsTry out different mediums and discover your favorite way to express yourselfExpress yourself with year-round art program.NFA lets you explore fine arts!
  • Experiment with different mediums
  • Includes painting, collage and sculpture
  • Display work in local and regional exhibitions

Express yourself artistically with this year-round program. Mediums to study include drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture. Get an idea of what's possible in the fine arts online gallery.

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302/11/2009 2/11/2009 5:07 PMProgramsTorch ClubMake Your Community More LiveableWith more than 1,200 Torch Clubs nationwide, young Club members are learning to be leaders in their schools and communitiesYou can be the difference in your community.Is there a leader in you?
  • Make a difference in your community
  • Peer mentoring
  • Food and clothing drives
Is making a difference in your community important to you? If so, Torch Club wants you! With activities such as peer-mentoring programs, an adopt-a-grandparent program, and food and clothing drives, Torch Club helps make communities a better place to live! Learn more.System Account
/Programs/Pages/Make_Your_Community_Better_Place.aspxLIPROTeas04John Collins
318/28/2009 2/11/2009 5:24 PMProgramsDigital Arts Festival2009-'10 Digital Arts Fest: Be Creative!Create music, movies, graphic designs and photo illustrations then enter them in competitionBe Creative with New Digital Arts Festival!Be Creative with Festivals
  • Learn Digital Art Suite software
  • Make music, movies, graphic designs and more
  • Enter the Club Tech Digital Arts Festival

The 2009-2010 Club Tech Digital Arts Festival wants you to BE CREATIVE! Follow in the footsteps of Club alumni like Denzel Washington, Ashanti, Usher and Jennifer Lopez! Show the world the greatness happening in your very own Club!

Check out the Digital Arts Section

Enter any or all four Festivals:

  • Photo Tech (photo illustration)
  • Music Tech (electronic music making)
  • Movie Tech (digital movie making)
  • Design Tech (graphic design)

What’s New In 2009/2010

  • Teen Festival: Two age groups: 13-15 and 16-18.
  • One Deadline: All Festivals have one timeline. Begin creating in the autumn and submit by Feb. 28, 2010.
  • No Web Tech. Due to technical concerns, BGCA has suspended Web Tech until all issues are corrected. 
  • No Screenwriting. Screenwriting is folded into Movie Tech. If you wish to write one, you're encouraged to work with a Movie Tech crew. 

    Be Creative teen project sheet
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324/30/2009 2/12/2009 12:59 PMProgramsLatino OutreachClubs Reach Out to Latino YouthAs the U.S. Latino youth population grows, Clubs work to ensure their membership encompasses the Latino communityClubs make the effort to be more inclusive.Why Latino youths need the Club.
  • There are over 14 million Latinos in U.S. under age 18
  • Only 7 million are enrolled in school
  • Boys & Girls Clubs is reaching out to Latino youth

Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in America today. Latino youth also have among the country's highest school dropout rates:

  • The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the Latino population will nearly triple by 2050, from 46.7 million in 2008 to 132.8 million -- about one in three of every U.S. residents.
  • Today more than 14 million Latino people under age 18 live in America. But only about 7 million are registered for school.

It's numbers like these that led to the 2004 founding of BGCA's Latino Outreach Initiative.

Diversifying programming

Activities have been added to Clubs to make them more interesting and attractive to this growing demographic:

  • Soccer and Latin dance have been introduced in many Clubs.
  • For parents who can't speak English, English as a Second Language is offered. 

So far, so bueno

Thus far, the Initiative appears to be successful. Consider the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Georgia.

  • While the community had a large Latino population, before beginning the initiative, the Club had no Latino members, staff or board members.
  • By hiring a local Latino pastor who was an established community leader, 30 percent of the Club's membership is now Latino as well as two staff members and two board members. 

To bring a Latino Outreach Initiative to your Club, email LatinoOutreach@bgca.org.

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332/12/2009 2/12/2009 1:03 PMProgramsJunior StaffJunior Staff Could Boost to Your CareerExplore a career in youth development or other human servicesWanna work at your local Boys and Girls Club?develop work-place skills that a
  • Work experience
  • Career exploration
  • Marketable job skills
Looking to gain practical work experience? Not sure what you want to do for a career? Check out Junior Staff, the program that assists Club teens like yourself in exploring a career in youth development or other human services, with a particular focus on Boys & Girls Club work. It will provide you with opportunities to develop work-place skills that are transferrable to other occupations. It also provides hands-on Club work experience in four areas: career development, apprenticeship, customer service and community service.

 

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342/12/2009 2/12/2009 1:14 PMProgramsTNT DramaMatters Sometimes Drama Is a Good ThingFrom acting to writing to producing, explore the many roles available in performing artsThe great way to explore performing.Learn improvisation, creative wr
  • Explore performing arts jobs
  • Try your hand at creative writing
  • How to produce a dramatic performance
Got the acting bug? If so, the TNT DramaMatters program is a great way to explore the many occupations related to the performing arts. You’ll have the chance to learn about acting, playwriting, and other drama activities. Discover your strengths by trying out improvisation, creative writing and how to produce a dramatic performance. It’s a lot of fun and you don’t need any experience to give it a shot. Break a leg!

 

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/Programs/Pages/Sometimes_Drama_Is_a_Good_Thing.aspxARPROTeas20John Collins
352/12/2009 2/12/2009 1:36 PMProgramsGang PreventionClubs Help to Keep Kids Out of GangsBy establishing relationships with at-risk teens, Clubs provide them services they need to keep their lives on track.Helps identify and recruit delinquent youthprovide them with services they
  • Clubs identify delinquent youths
  • Recruit them to join the Club
  • Provide services to keep them on track

In the early 1990s, Boys and Girls Clubs of America officials were hearing more and more about increased gang activity from its local Clubs. Spurred by this news, BGCA began working with youth at risk of joining gangs or already in gangs. 

Drawing on experience with juvenile delinquency prevention, the programs Gang Prevention Through Targeted Outreach, and Gang Intervention Through Targeted Outreach were established.

These Targeted Outreach programs identify and recruit delinquent youth or those at risk of delinquency, into ongoing Club programs and activities. By first establishing relationships with them, Clubs can then provide them with services they need to keep or get their lives on track.

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/Programs/Pages/Clubs_Intervene_to_Keep_At-Risk_Kids_Out_of_Gangs.aspxINPROTeas16John Collins
362/18/2009 2/18/2009 4:21 PMSports FitnessHealthy HabitsHydrate When Working OutStay properly hydrated before, during and after strenuous exercise.Adequate fluid intake is essential to comfortGood fluid intake essential
  • Adequate fluid intake is essential to comfort, performance and safety.
  • Dehydration can cause cramps, dizziness, fatigue and heat illness.
  • Drink 15-20 ounces of water or sports drink two to three hours before exercising

Proper hydration is important during exercise. Adequate fluid intake is essential to comfort, performance and safety. The longer and more intensely you exercise, the more important it is to drink the right kind of fluids.

Dehydration

Athletes need to stay hydrated for optimal performance. Studies have found that a loss of two or more percent of one's body weight due to sweating is linked to a drop in blood volume. When this occurs, the heart works harder to move blood through the bloodstream. This can also cause muscle cramps, dizziness and fatigue and even heat illness.

Causes of Dehydration

  • Inadequate fluid intake
  • Excessive sweating
  • Failure to replace fluid losses during and after exercise
  • Exercising in dry, hot weather

General Guidelines 

While specific fluid recommendations aren't possible due to individual variability, most can use the following guidelines as a starting point and modify their fluid needs accordingly.

  • Before: Drink about 15 to 20 ounces of water or sports drink two to three hours before exercising.  
  • During: Drink eight to 10 ounces for every 15 minutes you exercise.
  • After: Weigh yourself before and after every exercise. Drink 20 to 24 ounces for every pound lost.
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372/18/2009 2/18/2009 4:33 PMIn The ClubClub NewsClub Teens Represent at Obama's Inauguration!When President Obama was sworn in, Club teens were on hand for the historic momentTeens All Across Nation Attend InaugurationClub teens on hand for history
  • 42 Keystone, Torch Club members attended inauguration.
  • Clubs from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Washington, D.C. and Virginia were represented.
  • The teens attended one of the inaugural balls.

When Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States this week, several Boys & Girls Clubs were on hand for the historic moment.

Thanks to the generosity of The Stafford Foundation, 42 members of Keystone and Torch Clubs were able to see the historic inauguration of the first African American president. Clubs from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Washington, D.C. and Virginia were represented.

Martin Luther King III, the son of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke at a prayer breakfast for the Club members and was introduced by 2009 Money Matters Ambassador Tory Myles of the Greater Washington Boys & Girls Club.

The Keystone and Torch Club members were on the Washington Mall when Obama was sworn in and watched the inaugural parade as the President and First Lady greeted some of the millions who lined the parade route. The teens closed out their big day by attending one of the many inaugural balls.

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383/27/2009 2/19/2009 5:27 PMArts TechDigital Arts SuiteCreate Movies, Music, Websites and More!This suite of creative software produced my Club Tech can help you find your hidden talents and refine your creative outlet.Be the Producer of Your Own Artistic Creationcreate music, movies and website
  • Learn web and graphic design
  • Use photo software
  • Produce music and movies

Five programs in technology and the arts sponsored by Microsoft.

Web Tech: Through interactive digital courseware and group and individual activities, members create simple, one-page Web sites using MS FrontPage software. They then advance to building more sophisticated sites with links, graphics, text and sound, learning important design lessons along the way.

Design Tech: By using digital courseware and group and individual activities, members learn artistic concepts and technology skills to create professional quality print materials and animation. Projects include developing logos, posters and animation with MS Publisher and Digital Image Suite software.

Photo Tech: Members take digital photographs and study distance, angle and photo composition. Then, through interactive courseware and group and individual activities, they learn to manipulate digital photos, from basic tasks such as cropping and adjusting color and light, to advanced projects using image filters and layering with MS Digital Image Suite.

Music Tech: Through interactive digital courseware and group and individual activities, members explore music software and basic music theory, learning to write sheet music, mix music loops and compose and record songs.

Movie Tech: Through interactive digital courseware and group and individual activities, members create simple movies using MS Movie Maker software.

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/Arts_Tech/Pages/Create_Movies_Music_Websites_More.aspxCLUTeas05 CLUList03John Collins
392/24/2009 2/24/2009 2:38 PMLife SkillsMoney5 Tips Toward Savings GraceIt's never too early or too late to get in the habit of saving for your futureMake Your Hard-Earned Money Work For Youdeveloping the saving habit earl
  • Get in the habit of saving money now
  • Start saving in small amounts
  • Create a budget

Like most young adults, you probably work to earn your money. If so, you know what hard work is. So how do you make your hard-earned money work for you? By developing the saving habit early in life. There is no such thing as starting too early or too late. The only mistake is not starting at all. The following five tips can help you get in the habit of saving, which will always benefit you:

  1. Pay yourself first. Put money into savings each month before you spend any money or even pay bills.
  2. Automatic deduction. If possible, have the amount you want to save automatically deducted from your paycheck and deposited into a savings account.
  3. Start small. Try putting away a dollar a day and depositing it into your savings at the end of the month.
  4. Save windfalls. Put refunds, gifts and bonuses into your savings account.
  5. Budget. When you buy things that require maintenance, such as cars, adjust your budget to cover expenses like gas, oil changes and insurance.
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402/24/2009 2/24/2009 4:05 PMLife SkillsMoneyFree Money Available for Teens OnlyThe Charles Schwab Foundation is offering more than $40,000 scholarships and savings bonds for eligible Club membersmore than $40,000 in scholarships and savings bonmore than $40,000 in scholarship
  • More than $40,000 in scholarships and savings bonds
  • 20 $2,000 scholarships total
  • Must be active Money Matters participant

Money Matters, the Charles Schwab Foundation-sponsored money management education program, is making more than $40,000 in scholarships and savings bonds available to eligible Club members:

  • 20 scholarships worth $2,000 each for members who participate in Money Matters, are a junior or senior in high school and plan to attend a two- or four-year college, trade or technical school.
  • Money Matters Foundation Awards will award U.S. Savings Bonds to Club teens ages 13-16 who aren't juniors or seniors but are active Money Matters participants.

To apply, have a Club staff person contact Jonell Myers: jmyers@bgca.org or (404) 487-5966.  

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412/25/2009 2/25/2009 3:44 PMHealth FitnessAthleticsJermaine Dupri Scores Big For ClubsRapper Wins $50,000 for Metro Atlanta Clubs During NBA All-Star ContestRap producer Jermaine Dupri scored big for Boys &Dupri scores for Clubs
Jermaine Dupri was one of five celebrity contestants to participate
Event was hosted by Miami Heat's Dywane Wade during All-Star Weekend in Phoenix
Dupri is giving back to charity in his hometown of Atlanta

Jermaine Dupri became a new kind of MVP when he won $50,000 during the "T-Mobile myFaves Shot of a Lifetime" charity contest during NBA All-Star Weekend in Phoenix.

During a private red carpet event hosted by Dwyane Wade, Dupri was one of five players to shoot up to five basketball shots with the opportunity to win anywhere from $10k to $50k for the charity of his choice.

"I've learned a lot as a young man coming up in the ranks of the music business and saw many examples of what celebrity really means -- using your blessings to bless somebody else," said Dupri after winning $50,000. "Not for fanfare or fame, but to be able to hopefully help someone else in need."

The music mogul plans to use the money to support the Boys & Girls Club in his hometown of Atlanta.

The contest was created to officially launch the "Shot of a Lifetime" national sweepstakes, in which one lucky winner and their fave five the opportunity to play HORSE against Dwyane Wade during the Eastern Conference Finals for a chance at $50,000.

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432/25/2009 2/25/2009 5:10 PMLife SkillsSchoolBe The Best Student Possible in 2009Not making the grades you're capable of? Use these nine tips to rise up against mediocrity and raise your marks in 2009!Make a Plan To Have the Best School Semestergood grades than just being the
  • Learn to succeed in school
  • Good grades are achievable with a plan
  • No need to use all nine tips -- choose those that work for you
Want to improve your grades this semester? It’s totally doable. After all, good grades aren’t just about being the smartest person in the room. School success is also about showing up, paying attention and doing the work – in class and at home. Use some or all of the tips below to help you be the best student possible in 2009!
  1. Pay attention. Listen and process the lesson being presented to you. Taking notes will reinforce what your brain is already hearing.
  2. Go to class. Just showing up for class improves performance and demonstrates commitment to what you’re studying
  3. Be accountable. If you’re not doing well, do a self-evaluation. Talk with your parents and guidance counselor about your class choices. Revise your curriculum as needed to raise your grades and choose classes that match your interests. 
  4. Ask questions. When you don't understand something, ask. Your brain learns faster if questions are answered the instant they occur. 
  5. Review before class. Review what was discussed the day before each day before class. Jump-starting your brain can help you better retain new material. 
  6. Test prep. Start studying a week before your test. Review study material and complete review worksheets.
  7. Extra help. Some classes are harder than others. If you need extra help, ask your teacher, seek out a tutor or find a classmate  
  8. Find your focus. Is your mind sharpest in the morning or at night? Figure out what time of day is best for you to do school work. Then make it part of your routine to do your homework and study at that time every day. 
  9. Set reasonable goals. Come up with small, realistic goals. If you find algebra wicked hard, strive to get a C rather than giving up and flunking.  
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442/25/2009 2/25/2009 5:13 PMIn The ClubClub NewsActor Chris Tucker Hits Up Atlanta Club EventActor, comedian and Atlanta native Chris Tucker gives back to Atlanta community through his charitable foundationActor Chris Tucker plays Santa for Atl Club. Chris Tucker plays Santa!
  • Tucker delivered gifts to 200 underprivileged youth
  • Fourth straight holiday season he assisted Club youth
  • The actor also provided the Club members with a catered lunch

Actor and comedian Chris Tucker recently made a surprise visit to Atlanta's NFL/Youth Education Town Boys & Girls Club to deliver Christmas gifts to 200 underprivileged youth.  

“I [was] excited to come home and make a difference in the lives of our youth,” said Tucker. “There’s nothing more important during this holiday season than giving to those in need and making a positive impact in someone’s life.”

For the past four years, The Chris Tucker Foundation, founded by Tucker with a mission to provide needed resources to youth nationally and internationally, has provided assistance to the NFL/YET Boys & Girls Club during the Christmas season.

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452/25/2009 2/25/2009 5:24 PMHealth FitnessHealthy HabitsDon't Give Up Too Soon on ResolutionsThere is still time to get on track with your planned health goals for the year and make 2009 a year of healthy activitiesResolutions are to keep but also can be revisitedResolutions arent a January thin
  • Be sure your health resolutions are real and can be obtained
  • Partner with a friend who will help you keep up with goals
  • Be sure your resolutions are what you want and not what others want for you

We are 20 days into the New Year and for some, New Year’s resolutions have already been broken. Whether your goal was to stop eating sweets, start exercising, or just lose a few pounds, these few days of 2009 have been a real test of self-discipline. You discover sooner than later that making the commitment was the easy part and sticking with it is the challenge. Your resolutions are more than likely based upon self-evaluation and an inner drive for self-improvement. Both are definitely great reasons to stick with it and not quit but the reality is sometimes that’s just not enough! Here are a few things that can help keep you on track or get you back on track because quitting is just not an option.


*Make sure that the goals you set are right for you. Sometimes our New Year’s resolutions are unrealistic and unattainable. Baby steps are good!

*Be sure that your resolution is what you want and not what others want for you.

*For your fitness and nutrition resolutions, make sure you educate yourself about the healthy ways available to lose weight and get fit. For example, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your new health goals.

*Allow your self time to refocus on your goal so that this time you won’t allow distractions to derail you.

*Partner with a friend that is trying to accomplish the same goals. This works to both of your advantages because now you are both accountable to the other.

*Failure is OK! No matter how many times you goof, keep on trying! Don’t ever think you have to wait and set that goal again for next year’s New Year’s Eve. The key is to start back immediately.

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462/25/2009 2/25/2009 5:33 PMIn The ClubClub NewsWays Your Club Can Serve on MLK Day!Opportunities abound throughout your community to get invloved with service to others for the King holidayMake MLK Day one of service with these great oppoMake MLK Day a Day On, Not a Day
  • Ideas include writing get-well cards or volunteering at homeless shelter
  • Be sure tor register your Club's service and activity
  • Chance to win a once-in-lifetime opportunity
Is your Club planning on participating in a MLK Day activity at your Club or in the community on Monday, Jan. 19? Then be sure to register your activity for a chance to win a gift pack from BGCA for your Club.
Looking for ideas? Youth could create get-well cards for youth at a children’s hospital; volunteer at a homeless shelter; shovel snow from neighbors’ driveways and walkways; or lead a discussion about Dr. King’s life and come up with a list of issues in your community that need to be addressed and come up with a plan to do so. Don’t forget to record the service hours for the President’s Volunteer Service Award (if your Club participates).
As you are planning MLK Day of Service activities for your Club, also be aware of the following once-in-a-lifetime opportunity from the Case Foundation. Through the “Change Begins With Me” campaign, citizens across the nation are invited to visit the Case Foundation’s Web site and make a personal commitment by finishing the sentence: “Change begins with me ____.”
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472/25/2009 2/25/2009 5:44 PMHealth FitnessHealthy HabitsFebruary is All About Heart!Be truly about the heart and love yourself and others with a heart-healthy routine for the entire month.love yourself and others in healthy mannerTruly love yourself and others w
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for both men and women in the U.S.
  • A diet rich in fruits, vegetables and lean meats can cut the risk
  • You can eat right and still enjoy flavorful foods
 

 

February is American Heart Month and the American Heart Association wants you to reduce your risk of heart disease by learning about cardiovascular health, as well as the risk factors, and the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke. 

Facts
• Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for both men and women in the United States.
• Stroke is No. 3 and one of the leading causes of disability.
• About every 26 seconds, an American will have a coronary event, and about every minute one will die from that event.

Click here to learn the warning signs for a heart attack and stroke.
Choose To Eat Heart-Healthy

A heart-healthy diet is rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, high fiber foods, and lean meats (including poultry). Eating healthy helps maintain your cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels. But being heart-healthy doesn’t mean eating bland, boring foods. You can eat right and still enjoy flavorful foods.

Click here to view “Ten Foods for a Healthy Heart”

It All Adds Up
Physical inactivity is a major contributor to heart disease. Most American are sedentary and do not participate in enough physical activity to gain any health benefits. Activities like walking, swimming, jogging, and cycling can all help your heart. Whether it's included in a structured exercise program or part of your daily routine, all physical activity adds up to a healthier heart.

Click here to view the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendations for physical activity.

For more information on the American Heart Association and American Heart Month please visit www.americanheart.org  For more information on Healthy Habits contact Tiffani Ponder, Director, Health and Life Skills, (404) 487-5803 or
tponder@bgca.org.

 

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482/25/2009 2/25/2009 5:57 PMHealth FitnessHealthy HabitsCelebrate National Nutrition MonthIt's never too late to learn how to eat right and exercise. National Nutrition Month is a great time to turn over a new leaf!Make Healthy Habits a Key Part of Your Life!Are you body smart? Find out.
  • The rates of obesity in teens and children are alarming
  • The Triple Play: Healthy Habits curriculum has great content to improve nutrition
  • Create healthy alternatives within your favorite recipes and healthier shopping lists

March is National Nutrition Month. As such, it promotes healthy life choices in the areas of food, nutrition and fitness. This year’s focus is on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with the Coca-Cola Company, advocates for nutrition and physical fitness through a program called Triple Play Program: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body, and Soul.  The mind component, Healthy Habits, helps kids make smart food choices.  It focuses on portion control, eating your daily serving of fruits & vegetables, and learning how to eat right while eating out.

The Healthy Habits curriculum has great nutritional content to use for implementing activities that youth can enjoy. You can create new recipes, play games that involve food trivia, plan field trips that give youth an up-close and personal look at what good nutrition is all about, and discuss diseases that are a result of unhealthy living. Get parents involved by inviting them to participate in the activities too.
 
Suggested activities for you to facilitate in your Clubs:

• Have your members bring in their favorite food recipes and together create a healthy alternative that can be put into a Club cookbook.
• Take some of today’s popular songs and make remixes that talk about eating healthy and exercise.
• Create a healthy foods grocery shopping list
• Have an arts and crafts competition that allows the members to team up to create a National Nutrition Month poster focused on this year’s theme, Eat Right.
For more ideas and information on The American Dietician Association and National Nutrition Month please visit www.eatright.org.  For more information on Healthy Habits contact Tiffani Ponder, Director of Health and Life Skills, (404) 487-5803 or
tponder@bgca.org.

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492/25/2009 2/25/2009 6:09 PMHealth FitnessHealthy HabitsWhy Should I Care About Diabetes?As obesity rates increase, more and more American teens are encountering this serious disease. What you can do to safeguard yourselfObesity Makes Diabetes a Growing Concern How you can avoid diabetes.
  • Diabetes has been called the biggest health crisis of the 21st century
  • It is an illness where the body doesn't properly use insulin
  • There has been a surge in the disease in the past 10 years

November is American Diabetes Month (ADM) and the American Diabetes Association is asking one simple question, “Why should you care about diabetes?” Diabetes is the biggest public health crisis of the 21st century, and it continues to grow to epidemic proportions.    

Nearly 23.6 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. An estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed, and an unfortunate 5.7 million are unaware that they have the disease. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not properly use or produce insulin. Insulin is important because it is the hormone needed to convert sugar and starch into energy for the body’s daily use. The cause of diabetes is still unknown but research has shown that it is definitely linked to obesity and lack of regular exercise. 

Four Types

  • Type 1 Diabetes results from the body’s inability to produce insulin. 5-10% of diagnosed Americans have type 1 diabetes.
  • Type 2 Diabetes results from insulin resistance (the body’s failure to properly use insulin) and insulin deficiency. Majority of diagnosed Americans have type 2.
  • Gestational Diabetes occurs in woman who have never had diabetes but during pregnancy are found to have high levels of blood sugar. In the United States, gestational diabetes affects four percent of all pregnant women.
  • Pre-diabetes occurs when a person’s blood-sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2. In addition to the 23.6 million Americans who have diabetes, 57 million have pre-diabetes.

Diabetes Symptoms
• Frequent urination
• Excessive thirst
• Extreme hunger
• Unusual weight loss
• Increased fatigue
• Irritability
• Blurry vision

Over the past ten years there has been a surge in the development of type 2 diabetes among adolescents. Years ago this was unheard of because diabetes type 2 was characterized as an adult on-set disease. The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is substantial among U.S. adolescents and doctors have attributed this shift in diagnosis among adolescents to family history and more sedentary lifestyles. 

Here is why you should care about diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, blindness, and amputation. If not you, someone you love has been affected by diabetes.  There are two very important actions that you can take to help prevent or delay the on-set of diabetes in your life or the life of someone you love. Those actions are, make healthy eating choices and get plenty of exercise. The Diabetes Prevention Program Study showed that just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity, coupled with a 5-10% reduction in body weight, produced a 58% reduction in diabetes.

So here is your challenge: eat right, exercise, and have your glucose levels checked regularly.  This disease can be prevented and controlled but you have to decide if you are going to “care about diabetes.”  To learn more, visit diabetes.org.

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502/25/2009 2/25/2009 6:22 PMIn The ClubAlumniFormer Youth of Year Graduates CollegeAshley Echavarria, a former myclubmylife reporter who chronicled her freshman year on the site, grabs degree in just over three yearsFormer SW Youth of the Year Graduates College!Club member to College Grad.
  • Majored in P.R. at Northern Arizona University
  • Featured on MTV for her Club work 
  • How The Club helped her succeed

After 3 ½ years of dedication, hard work and focus, it is more than exciting to be able to say that I have finished my undergraduate studies a semester early. Graduating from college has been one of the biggest accomplishments of my life; not only for me but also for my family, as I am the first one in my family to attend college.

I had many opportunities that I will never forget during these last few years, and Boys & Girls Clubs played a key role through it all. I was given my first job in the field of public relations at a local Boys & Girls Club near the town I went to school in. At this Club, I was not only able to gain experience in my field of study, but I also had the opportunity to build the Keystone and Youth of the Year Programs from the ground up. Being able to have my own group of teens is something that I will never forget.

Besides the actual school and work experience, I was given many other opportunities that I believe were the result of my involvement with the Club. In 2007, I was able to spend a week at a conference and shadowing marketing professionals. I was also able to spend a week doing an internship at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where I got an inside look at what being on the National Staff is all about. I was also featured on mtvU as an activist for Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2007. In 2008, I took a big leap and spent the entire summer in Washington D.C. doing an internship at an international communications firm, where I was able to reunite with three former regional youths of the year from 2005. I honestly believe that if it had not been for the Club, I would have never had been outgoing and courageous enough to participate in these kinds of experiences.

College has been one of the most exciting times of my life, and as I reflect on my time in school I think about all of the wonderful friends that I made, the great influence certain professors had on me, and the wonderful fact that I’ve had the Boys & Girls Club support me throughout the whole thing. I am so thankful that not only did BGCA and my hometown Club get me to college; they were able to see me make it through it.

 

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512/25/2009 2/25/2009 6:41 PMIn The ClubAthleticsLocal Club Has Fun With MotorsportsNine members of Boys & Girls Club get to experience NASCAR thanks to the generosity of the legendary racing teamNine Club Members Get a Chance To Visit NASCARIt's the pit stop of a lifetime
  • The teens ate lunch with NASCAR drive Chad Knaus
  • The teens visited an actual pit crew and got a chance to see where engines were made
  • The teens learned that racing is not a hobby but an actual sport!
My name is Haley and I have been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Cab. Co. for six years. I was fortunate enough to be asked to attend the Boys & Girls Club Day at Hendricks Motorsports along with nine other members of my local club.
When we first walked into the facility, we were introduced to a gentleman that served as our tour guide who was nice enough to show us around. We saw where the cars were made. I learned that they make from the engines to the body of the cars right where we were!
From there we went to the pit crew and saw how they take the tires off and put new ones on and those guys were fast. They actually go through training every day to strengthen their bodies for their job. They even gave us a chance to remove the tires and put news ones on and it was really cool when I was one of the kids that got an opportunity to do it.
From there we were treated to lunch and before we ate lunch, Chad Knaus was nice enough to speak to us and we met Rocco who was a member of the Jimmy Johnson pit crew and he really was good. I like the fact that they were both successful at what they do and they like it, too.
When I first came to Hendricks Motorsports I came there thinking of NASCAR as a hobby but when I left I knew that it was a sport. I was very glad to be asked to come to this event and I hope that have a chance to come back next year.
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522/26/2009 2/26/2009 11:56 AMLife SkillsSchoolExpand Your Mind Outside the ClassroomWhile summer and learning seem to go together like oil and water, check these five cool ways to expand your mind sans classroom.Expand your mind this summer without sitting in aExpand your mind this summer wit
  • Check out non-traditional ways to learn this summer
  • Use Podcasts to study languages, graphic design and more
  • Get experience via internships and government programs

While summertime and learning may seem to go together about as well as your mom picking out your clothes or music, there are, in fact, cool ways to expand your mind this summer without sitting in a classroom. For instance:

  1. Podcasts. Free online tutorials offer instruction in foreign languages, grammar, vocabulary building, graphic design – really, almost thing you’d care to know more about, from introductory levels on. All you need is a computer. Or download to your MP3 player for ideas to go! Go to Podcasts, click “Education.”
  2. Internships. Get an introduction to possible careers via an internship. These opportunities get you in the door of businesses to determine if what you think is your ideal career actually is. Find internships near you 
  3. Community Programming. Check your local library, schools and museums for inexpensive recreational activities such as art classes and summer camps.
  4. Governor Schools. Many states offer these schools that are free or low-tuition summer programs for talented youths of high school age. Offerings vary by program and run in length from one to six weeks. See if your state has a Governor School.
  5. Upward Bound. For high school students from low-income families or whose parents don’t have a bachelor's degree, this program includes instruction in reading, writing, study skills and other subjects necessary for success after high school. Also available are academic, financial or personal counseling; mentoring programs; and assistance in completing college and financial aid applications. Learn more

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532/26/2009 2/26/2009 3:33 PMIn The ClubAthleticsNew England Quarterback Scores at ClubNew England Patriots' One Laptop Program Donates Affordable Computers to Boston Area Boys & Girls ClubsBrady donates over 1,000 laptops to local ClubNFL's Brady passes goodwill
  • Brady visited Boston BGC recently to talk about the program
  • Brady's sister is in Africa and just received laptops for classrooms there
  • Patriots' Josh Kraft is also president of Boston Boys & Girls Clubs 

It’s not typical that anyone gets to hang out for a day with a three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback like Tom Brady, but Alejandra Antonio and her friends at the West End House Boys & Girls Club recently had exactly that opportunity.

Brady visited the Allston Boys & Girls Club branch in support of the One Laptop per Child program through the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.

And he came bearing gifts.
Brady donated to One Laptop 1,000 “XO Laptops,” which will be distributed among the organization’s 31 participating countries and Boys & Girls Clubs in each of the six New England states. The Patriots signal-caller was joined at the event by MIT professor and One Laptop founder Nicholas Negroponte and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation President Josh Kraft.

After getting some one-on-one instruction from Brady, Alejandra said her favorite thing about the new computers was the games, particularly a Pac-Man-like maze quiz. But more than the fun applications aside, the new laptops will provide a useful and powerful learning tool for Boys and Girls Club members.

“I have a sister who’s been in Africa for the past five months,” Brady said in front of a captivated young audience assembled at the West End House. “She’s in a classroom in Uganda, and the children there have just received their laptops. It’s exciting for me to be here to show some support and create some awareness for what Nicholas [Negroponte] has done. It’s an incredible vision.”


Whether it’s the streets of Allston or the deserts of Africa, the laptop goes to serve one purpose: to enhance the educational experience of children through a stimulating platform.

“I’ve been blessed with many opportunities to have traveled around the world, and I’ve been to Africa, been to some impoverished places around the world, and to give children the hope and the opportunity to learn and to expand their vision of the world is extremely important,” Brady said. “So I’m hoping to continue that quest along with Nicholas [Negroponte] and to be a part of One Laptop per Child. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation has been tremendous in setting this up as well with a lot of other people from the Boys and Girls Club to help coordinate this. It’s wonderful to be here.”

Kraft, who is also president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, said the laptops will provide an invaluable educational resource to the club members.

“We’re thrilled whenever our players become involved in philanthropic work as Tom has done with such conviction for One Laptop per Child and with the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation over the years,” Kraft said. “To be able to reach out to children — across the world and in our community — and to enrich their educational advancement like this is truly special.”

 

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542/26/2009 2/26/2009 3:55 PMIn The ClubAlumniRivera: First Latino U.S. President?Edgardo Rivera, former Money Matters ambassador state winner from N.J. and college freshman, speaks his mind in Quick QuestionsFormer Club Member and College Freshman SpeaksFormer Club teen has big aspirat
  • Rivera's biggest thrill so far in life is college
  • He has everything on his iPod except country music
  • His biggest inspiration is his mother
1.      How long have you been involved with Boys & Girls Clubs? 
          8yrs
2.      What’s on your T.V.?
          Cable
3.     Favorite flicks? 
          Action, Adventure, Mystery
4.     What’s on your iPod?
          Everything except country
5.     What I’m reading outside of class? 
          The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
6.     If I could do any community service or donate to any cause, it would be?
          Anything
7.     Must have gadget? (Ex. Cell phone, iPod, etc.)
          Sidekick
8.     Bookmarks: (Ex. Facebook, twitter, cnn.com) 
          Google
9.     First job, first singing gig, etc.? 
          Toys R Us
10.    Favorite meal? 
        Anything with Chicken
11.   My biggest inspiration?
           Mother
12.   Friends say I’m: (Ex. Funny, happy, giving)
           A leader….
13.   Favorite trait in others (Ex. Dependable, giving)
           Honest, truthful, dependable
14.   Worst habit (Ex procrastination, etc.)
            Nail biting
15.   Ten years from now, I will be: (Ex. On American Idol, a college graduate, own my own business?)
        A Civil Engineer and beginning to start my journey to    become the 1st Latino president
16.   My biggest thrill thus far? (Ex. Performing at the BGCA national conference, etc.)
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552/26/2009 2/26/2009 4:11 PMIn The ClubClub NewsClub Teen Donnita asks Quick QuestionsMyclubmylife gets personal with Club teen Donnita to find out her fave movies, TV, music and her ultimate Club moment!Club Teen Donnita asks the Quick QuestionsDonnita Gets the Third Degree!
  • Met Denzel Washington at Be Great event
  • Likes all Tyler Perry movies
  • Envision doing CSI-like work in 10 years

1.       How long have you been involved with Boys & Girls Clubs? 2 years.

2.       Whatʼs on your T.V.? "DeGrassi," "The Suite Life of Zach & Cody," "Making The Band," "Family Guy," "90210," "Living Single," "The Real Housewives Of Atlanta"

3.       Favorite flicks? "Atl," "Poetic Justice," "Disturbia," "Set It Off," All of Tyler Perry's Movies

4.       Whatʼs on your iPod? Everything! I like all kinds of music. I mostly listen to Boyz II Men, Day26 and Lloyd.

5.       What Iʼm reading outside of class? "The Outsiders."

6.       If I could do any community service or donate to any cause, it would be? I would donate to The Lupus Foundation of America. I would choose them because my grandma is living with it and have been for about 13 years now. I know people probably can't pay for all the costly thngs involving this, so I would like to help others that can't help themselves.

7.       Must have gadget? (Ex. Cell phone, iPod, etc.) Definitely my Cellphone.

8.       Bookmarks: (Ex. Facebook, twitter, cnn.com) Myspace.

9.       First job, first singing gig, etc.? My first dance recital was when i was in kindergarten.

10.   Favorite meal? Chicken nuggets and french fries

11.   My biggest inspiration? My mother, she's always there and she does all that she can for me. I want to be just like that when i become a mother.

12.   Friends say Iʼm: (Ex. Funny, happy, giving) Energetic, Active, Funny, Loveable.

13.   Favorite trait in others (Ex. Dependable, giving) Responsible.

14.   Worst habit (Ex procrastination, etc.) Yep! procrastination. I always wait to the last minute.

15.   Ten years from now, I will be: Working in a forensics lab, also in the process of owning my own.

16.   My biggest Club thrill thus far? Meeting Denzel Washington!

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562/26/2009 2/26/2009 5:04 PMLife SkillsJobsThe Job Hunt: Looking Money to Make MoneyWhen applying or interviewing for a job, it's essential that you always dress appropriately for the position you wantHow to Dress for (Job Interview) SuccessDress for employment success.
  • Dress well when applying or interviewing for a job
  • Ladies: dark pants or skirt, sensible shoes, light make-up
  • Guys: dark slacks, button-down shirt, neat hair and nails

You’ve completed your application and gotten the interview. Well done. You’ve successfully completed step one in the job-procuring process. Now, besides being prepared for your interview, you need to look the part. This means not rockin’ a pair of saggy jeans and XXXL T-shirt to meet your potential employer. Your attire should be appropriate, fit well and not take center stage. Be noticed for the skills you bring to the job, not for wearing the wrong thing. Dare to dress to impress.

Ladies

  • Dark-colored pants or skirt
  • Plain or small-print blouse or sweater
  • Sensible shoes such as moderate pumps or flats
  • Small, simple purse or portfolio
  • Conservative jewelry like a watch and small earrings
  • Light make-up, manicured nails – and not too long!

Guys

  • Dark-colored slacks
  • Button-down shirt
  • Business shoes, polished 
  • Dark socks
  • Belt to match your shoes
  • Hair and nails should be trimmed
This is a public service announcement: This is a fake photo caption for placement only.

 

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/Life_Skills/Pages/You_Have_to_Look_Money to_Make_Money.aspxJohn Collins
573/3/2009 3/3/2009 3:53 PMLife SkillsMoneyDo You Need a Checking Account?A checking account gives you security cash can't -- why carry money when you can access it with your debit card or write a check?There’s no reason to carry money with youHaving your own checking account
  • Checking accounts offer security over carrying cash
  • Many banks offer teens free checking accounts 
  • Keep your account accurate

Having your own checking account gives you security and flexibility cash cannot. There’s no reason to carry money with you when you can access it with your debit card or write a check to cover expenses.

Many banks today offer free or inexpensive checking accounts for teens. Shop around to see which bank has the best deal on checking accounts. If your checking account isn’t free, find out how much your monthly fee will be, as well as any other charges, and note it in your register each month.

Track Your Account

Each box of checks comes with a register. Use it to keep track of payments, purchases and deposits. Keep the balance in your register accurate and up-to-date. Each time you use money from your account -- by check, debit card or ATM withdrawal -- update it.

No Rubber Checks!

If you write a check or use your debit card to pay for something and there isn’t enough money in your account to cover the cost, your bank will charge you a hefty insufficient funds fee, usually between $20 and $40. This is called “bouncing” a check. This will also negatively affect your credit rating. To avoid this, balance your checkbook regularly and never write a check when you don’t have enough money in your account to cover it.

Six Simple Steps for a Balanced Account

Follow these steps when you record a check in your register:

  1. Write the number from the right corner of your check
  2. The date you wrote the check
  3. Who you wrote it to
  4. Write the amount of the check in the payment box
  5. Subtract the amount of the check from previous balance
  6. Write new total in the balance section
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/Life_Skills/Pages/Do_You_Need_a_Checking_Account.aspxJohn Collins
583/3/2009 3/3/2009 4:27 PMLife SkillsMoneyHow to Get Out of Debt and Stay OutHow you -- or someone you know -- can get out of debt and stay out of financial trouble the smart way!Common sense can help you eliminate debtGet Yourself Back In Black!
  • Anyone can owe more money than they can pay
  • Overusing credit is the prime reason people go into debt
  • Discipline can help you eliminate bills

Being in debt can happen to anyone at any age. It means you owe more than you can pay. Unfortunately, this can happen far too easily by overusing credit cards and other credit options. And once you’re there, it can be very hard to get out of debt. If you or someone you know is in such a situation, the following tips can lead you back to the black.

  • Trim the fat. Look for ways to cut expenses and live within your means.
  • Wise up. Don’t use credit to make more purchases.
  • Pay up. Pay more than the minimum payment each month.
  • Fortnightly. Make a payment every 14 days to lower the average daily balance interest is charged on. 
  • Make more money. Increase your hours at work, get a higher-paying or additional part-time job and use all extra cash to pay down your debt.
  • Sell your stuff. Clear out CDs, clothes and other items.
  • Get help. Use a reputable consumer counseling service such as the National Foundation for Credit Counseling to work out payments with creditors. 
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/Life_Skills/Pages/How_to_Dig_Yourself_Out_of_Debt_and_Stay_Out.aspxJohn Collins
593/3/2009 3/3/2009 5:02 PMLife SkillsJobsCamp Old Navy Lets Teens Try On a CareerClub teens try out the retail biz as they train in management, sales and merchandising. This summer it could be you!Teens Test Out Retail Careers at Camp Old NavyClub teens sample retail jobs.
  • Camp Old Navy provides teens real-world job experience
  • Learn about management, sales and merchandising
  • Ask your Teen Director how to get involved this summer

Last summer teens from more than 200 Clubs participated in the 2008 Camp Old Navy project. Made possible through BGCA’s partnership with Gap Foundation, the camp allowed teen members to work behind-the-scenes in a retail store and gain training in retail management, sales and merchandising by shadowing Old Navy employees. Club teens created floor displays, worked the registers, and toured the camera room.  Ask your Teen Director how you and your Club can become involved in this opportunity for summer 2009!

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/Life_Skills/Pages/Camp_Old_Navy_Lets_Teens_Try_On_a_Career_for_a_Day.aspxJohn Collins
603/4/2009 3/4/2009 10:46 AMSports FitnessWorkoutsPlain Facts On the Dangers of SteroidsThe abuse of steroids by professional athletes has been well chronicled. But how can these synthetic hormones affect a teenager's body? How steroids will impact a typical teen's bodySteroids: the simple truth.
  • Steroids are artificial hormones
  • They can cause life-threatening problems
  • 'Roids can have mental and physical effects

Because of the pressure to excel, many teens wonder whether steroids would help them. You have probably heard about steroids' negative side effects but do you have all the facts? Here's the scoop on steroids.

What Are Steroids?

Steroids -- also known as roids, juice, hype, gym candy, arnolds, stackers and pumpers -- are similar to certain hormones in the body. The body produces steroids naturally to support such functions as fighting stress and promoting growth and development.

Anabolic steroids are artificially-produced hormones similar to androgens, male-type sex hormones in the body. There are more than 100 variations of anabolic steroids. The most powerful is testosterone. Although mainly a mature male hormone, girls' bodies produce smaller amounts of testosterone. It promotes masculine traits such as deepening the voice and body hair growth. Testosterone levels can also affect how aggressive a person is.

Anabolic steroids stimulate muscle tissue to grow and "bulk up" in response to training by mimicking the effect of naturally produced testosterone on the body. Steroids have become popular because they may improve endurance, strength, and muscle mass. However, research has not shown that steroids improve skill, agility, or athletic performance.

Dangers of Steroids

Anabolic steroids cause many different types of problems. Some of the more serious or long-lasting side effects are:

  • mood swings, including anger, aggression, and depression
  • believing things that aren't true (delusion)
  •  extreme feelings of mistrust or fear (paranoia)
  •  high blood pressure that can damage the heart or blood vessels over time


Risks for girls:

  • increased facial hair growth
  • development of masculine traits, such as deepening of the voice, and loss of feminine body characteristics, such as shrinking of the breasts and menstrual cycle changes

Risks for guys :

  • testicular shrinkage
  • pain when urinating
  • breast development
  • impotence and sterility

Steroids can also have serious psychological side effects. Some users become aggressive or combative, developing "roid rage" — extreme, uncontrolled bouts of anger caused by long-term steroid use.

 

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/Sports_Fitness/Pages/Steroids_Just_Say_No.aspx-John Collins
613/4/2009 3/4/2009 1:51 PMSports FitnessWorkoutsTeen Workouts Can Be Fun and ProductiveTeens shouldn't train with the same intensity as mature adults but should tailor exercise to fit their specific needsTeen Workouts Should Have Specific ProgramGetting buff the right way!
  • Teens should not train for more than an hour
  • Maximize your age-appropriate workout by hitting each targeted area efficiently
  • Don't work out on too many days consecutively

Though most teens believe that the longer they workout in the gym the more bodybuilding results they will get, in reality, bodybuilding workouts should not last more than 1 hour tops with 45 minutes being an even more optimal length. The reason for this is because after 45-60 minutes of intense training, testosterone levels begin to fall and cortisol levels begin to rise. Not a good scenario for those of us who would like to build muscle and lose some body fat. Therefore, the mission is to get in and out of the gym; so that means no socializing during workout time.

Thus, in order to maximize your results, you need to be able to hit each muscle efficiently during the alloted time, with perfect form and the right intensity.
Workout Frequency: You can workout 3 days on followed by one day off. If you need more time to recover from your workouts, you can train 2 days on and 1 day off picking up the next workout in the sequence on the following training day. Hardgainers do best by training Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with weekends off.

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/Sports_Fitness/Pages/Workouts_for_Teens_Can_Be_Fun_and_Productive.aspx-Kelvin Sims
623/9/2009 3/9/2009 11:45 AMRecreationCity JumperSightsee NYC With "City Jumper"Touring the Big Apple never rocked like this! Jump concrete canyons and soaring skyscrapers in leaps and bounds -- or crash trying!Got Good Hops to Leap NYC's Tallest Buildings?NYC on high with "City Jumper"
  • Left arrow for small jumps
  • Right arrow for big jumps
  • Touch what you're trying to not to touch and its crash-and-burn time
Simple in theory, "City Jumper: New York" is tougher in execution. Using the left arrow key for small jumps and the right arrow for larger jumps, your goal is to evade buildings, street signs, taxis and NYC landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. If you even barely touch one, your stick figure jumper tumbles into a gory mess or sometimes is blown into pretty red and white fireworks. Jump high and long!

Play now

 

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/Recreation/Pages/City_Jumper_New_York_City_Edition.aspxJohn CollinsGames
633/16/2009 3/16/2009 11:12 AMRecreationMLB Stickball"MLB Stickball"  Takes It To the StreetsFrom the streets of Brooklyn to L.A.'s beaches and all stops inbetween, the classic game of stickball comes to Xbox 360 LIVE Arcade!features all 30 MLB teams and 120 players30 MLB teams, 120 players and ea
  • Features all 30 MLB teams
  • 120 pro players
  • Venues from Brooklyn to San Fran

The classic game of stickball comes to Xbox 360 LIVE® Arcade with MLB® Stickball, featuring all 30 Major League teams and 120 of your favorite pro players. Take to the streets where each neighborhood has its own rules, from the streets of Brooklyn to the beach in Los Angeles. Enjoy single-player Tour Mode or play with up to four friends locally or over Xbox LIVE.

  • Classic stickball: Experience the classic stickball spin on America's pastime with bounce pitches, rules tailored to each individual environment and no gloves!
  • Fun "stadiums": Take your game on the road and play in uniquely-American venues, from NYC to the San Francisco Bay.
  • Player cards: Buy packs of cards to unlock players and build out your rosters or trade duplicate cards for the player of your choice.
  • Tour mode: In one-and-done mode, try your luck against eight randomly-selected MLB teams with increasingly advanced skill levels.

Learn more

 

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/Recreation/Pages/MLB_Stickball.aspxJohn CollinsGames
643/16/2009 3/16/2009 2:00 PMRecreationWebsitesUnigo.com: The Scoop on College LifeCollege students across North America share their thoughts, photos, videos and more about what life’s really like on their campusesUnigo.com: the anti-glossy-college-brochure.An insider guide to colleges.
  • Review, photos, videos and more
  • Content created by college students
  • Get more than a glossy brochure can tell you

If you’re like so many high school students facing the life-changing decision of which college to attend, but aren't quite sure what you want to do with the rest of your life, choosing a school can be overwhelming. Enter Unigo.com, a new website that goes way beyond glossy brochures and campus tours.

Here college students share reviews, photos, videos and documents, letting high school students in on what life’s really like at campuses across North America. Check out one student’s honest assessment of his institution: “A great school if you want a good job with a good salary. Not a great school because half the professors do not speak English, the work is near impossible, you have to complete ridiculous projects to graduate and the girl to guy ratio only hurts both parties. Guys become desperate and girls get used to being spoiled by tons of guys.”

Unigo also fills you in on when to apply, available scholarships, preparing for SATs and ACTs and other useful articles. Check it out for genuine insights from college students who not so long ago were making the same decisions you may be currently faced with.

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/Recreation/Pages/Unigo_com_The_Inside_Scoop_on_College_Life.aspxJohn Collins
653/16/2009 3/16/2009 2:09 PM-BEGREAT-WebsitesHave You Got What It Takes to Be Great?Real-life success stories such as Denzel Washington, Shaq O’Neal and General Wesley Clark all started at their local Club -- kind of like youBeing Average is Easy ... So Dare to Be Great!Being Great's a state of mind.
  • Meet Club alumni who have achieved greatness
  • Learn how you can Be Great
  • Add your name to "The Wall of Greatness"

What does it mean to "Be Great?" It could mean tutoring at your Club or working hard to succeed in school. For some it may be becoming a teacher or doctor.

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs has helped its members Be Great. here on BGCA.com, you can learn the stories of people like actors Denzel Washington and Martin Sheen, the athletes Shaq O’Neal and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and one-time presidential candidate General Wesley Clark. And put your name on “The Wall of Greatness” beside the thousands of current members and alumni.

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/recreation/Pages/Learn_the_Stories_of_Former_Club_Kids.aspxBEGTeas01John CollinsClub News
663/19/2009 3/19/2009 3:01 PMProgramsKeystone ClubService, Celebrities, Fun Keystone '09Keystone Conference '09 comes with a new look, purpose for teen leadersone of the biggest and hottest National Keystonebiggest and hottest National Key
  • Keystone Conference '09 comes with a new look, purpose
  • Hundreds of Keystoners will participate in community service projects
  • Entertainers including Bow Wow and Ashanti will appear

This year, more than 1,600 Keystoners and advisors took part in one of the biggest and hottest National Keystone Conferences ever! Keystone '09 had a new look, purpose and energy:

  • Keystoners participated in community service projects across Atlanta
  • Entertainers including Bow Wow and Ashanti performed
  • Evening of the Stars featured salsa dance lessons, fashion show, art projects and the Keystone dance! 

Keystoning is a premier leadership and service program for Club teens ages 14 to 18. Keystone Clubs help them to be productive citizens and leaders by focusing on three key areas: Academic Success, Career Exploration and Community Service.

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/keystone/Pages/Community_Service_Celebrities_Fun_Highlight_Keystone_09.aspxKSJohn Collins
673/25/2009 3/25/2009 5:16 PMProgramsEntertainmentHip Hop Stars Ready for Keystone 09Bow Wow, Ashanti, others give a Hotlanta vibe to Keystone '09!some of the biggest names in hip hop.Keystone 09 features hip hop sta
  • Bow Wow is featured headliner
  • Songstress Ashanti in the house
  • Meet the up-and-coming Maleek

When Keystone 09 kicks off in Atlanta on April 2, its entertainment lineup will be represented by some of the biggest names in hip hop. And as Atlanta is recognized as hip hop capital of the “Dirty South,” it seems only proper that this week’s performers include stars such as Bow Wow, Ashanti, Maleek and more.

Bow Wow: Though just 21, Bow is an industry veteran. Rapping since age five, he released his triple platinum debut album, “Beware of Dog,” at 13. Now he's building on an already big 2009. In January, he performed at the presidential inauguration. February saw him land his first “Source” magazine cover. And for March, Bow is dropping his seventh album, “New Jack City: Part II”, his ode to the 1991 movie. Still, even as his star continues to rise, he keeps his feet on the ground. Speaking about his background in “The Source,” Bow said “I’ve never sold drugs in my life. I don’t own a gun, that’s not my lifestyle. I chose otherwise; I chose to pick up a book. Life is about choices.” More Bow Wow.

Ashanti: The multi-talented Ashanti burst on the music scene at age 22 with her 2002 self-titled debut album. In its first week, “Ashanti” sold more than 500,000 copies. It later went #1 and won the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album. She was also the first female to land three songs in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10, a feat reached previously only by The Beatles. An accomplished actress, Ashanti has appeared in numerous films including “Coach Carter” and “John Tucker Must Die.” More Ashanti.

Maleek: The up-and-coming Maleek has been called “one of the hottest new talents I’ve seen” by no less than Wyclef Jean. The 17-year-old New Yorker first came to the public’s attention at Screamfest 2007, holding his own among stars including Ciara, T-Pain, and T.I. He earned the plaudits of fans and critics alike for his modern take on R&B and soul music. 

Ken Ford: Ken has played violin since age nine. Trained classically, he also diversified his style by learning to play pop music. The uniquely funky sounds he draws from his violin will move you, physically and emotionally. 

Mario Lopez: The super-busy Mr. Lopez managed to take time from his hosting gigs of MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” and the syndicated “Extra” to appear as General Session Speaker.

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/keystone/Pages/Hip_Hop_Stars_Ready_for_Keystone_09.aspxKSJohn Collins
683/26/2009 3/26/2009 10:34 PMProgramsExperienceOff-site Experiences - 'Real World' ViewCollege and Career Experiences offer Keystoners valuable insightsGreat activities like the College Experience!Can't-Miss Events: College Exper
  • College Experience: visit local campuses
  • Career Experience: Career-shadow Atlanta business people
  • Community Service: Volunteer for projects around city

Do you know what you want to do after you graduate from high school? Many don't. And that’s okay. The College Experience, Community Service Projects and Career Experience offer you valuable information about your post-high-school choices. If nothing else, we guarantee a good time! Just remember, you must pre-register to attend off-site experiences.

College Experience: Find out what college is really like when you tour several Atlanta-area campuses. Meet students who will give you the real deal on what to expect your freshman year. You’ll also meet college officials who will tell explain how to apply to colleges, the financial aid process and college entry requirements. Limited to 400 participants.

Career Experience: Welcome to the working world! This is your chance to see what the “real world” is like as you
visit businesses throughout the city. You’ll career-shadow professionals in various work environments then ask them about their jobs, how they’ve gotten to where they are and their advice on succeeding in the real world. Limited to 200 participants. 

Community Service Projects: Service is an essential part of the Keystone Club experience. Join in and work with your peers on community service projects in neighborhoods throughout Atlanta. It’s a great chance to give back to your host city and check out Atlanta’s diverse communities. Limited to 600 participants.

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/keystone/Pages/Off-site_Experiences_Offer_View_of_Real_World.aspxKSJohn Collins
693/26/2009 3/26/2009 11:17 PMProgramsServiceVolunteerism Strengthens Your CommunityCommunity service makes you feel good, makes neighborhoods strongerWhat is community service?Community service is performing
  • Volunteer for community service projects in Atlanta
  • Learn why when communities do better so does its citizens
  • Your Club could win $1,000 for its own community service project!

To ensure Keystoning stays up-to-date with trends and issues that you as teens face, the focus of the Keystone Club program has been sharpened. It will now focus on three primary areas: Academic Success, Career Exploration and Community Service. As leaders in your Club and community, you have the power to make change. One way to accomplish change is by positively impacting your community.

Community service is a popular phrase these days. So what exactly does serving your community mean? It’s about volunteering and performing a service that benefits your community. The pay-off? Well, for starters, it makes you feel good. Equally important is that it makes your community stronger.

United We Stand

Organizations that use volunteers offer services at low or no cost to those who need them most, such as meals, tutoring, counseling and many others. And when a community does well as a group, its individuals are also better off. 

There's no shortage of volunteer opportunities. You can offer your time to a soup kitchen, help teach English as a second language to new citizens of your community, help out at an animal shelter, help maintain a local park. Your help is most definitely needed. 

Be Responsible

Remember, that should you decide to take the plunge and volunteer that people are depending on you, so you must be responsible. You must be on time, dress appropriately, and let them know if you can't make it in for your shift.

Your Time

You needn't give up your social life to make a difference. It’s about managing your time well. For example, the "American Time Use Survey" conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that, on average, recent volunteers watch about 15 hours of TV a week, compared to 23 hours weekly for non-volunteers. Over one year, that’s about two-and-a-half more weeks non-volunteers spend watching the tube than those who volunteer. 

Like to give volunteering a try? Register for the community service projects taking place Saturday after the morning General Session. Projects include helping out at an animal shelter, pitching in at Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta and lending a hand at a Boys & Girls Club! You also get free lunch and take part in a post-project celebration. Plus, five $1,000 scholarships, drawn at random, will be awarded to five Clubs to do a service project in their community!
 
Community service projects limited to 600 total participants.


 

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/keystone/Pages/Why_Volunteering_Makes_Communities_Strong.aspxKSJohn Collins
703/27/2009 3/27/2009 12:13 AMProgramsScheduleKeystone 09 at a GlanceYour daily guide to the 2009 National Keystone Conference!The 42nd National Keystone Conference!1,500 Keystoners and advisors to
  • Thursday: Opening Session
  • Friday: Six Flags Over Georgia
  • Saturday: Evening of the Stars

Thursday at a Glance

"Be Great"

9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Conference Registration – Centennial Foyer
Conference Briefing – Dunwoody and Courtland
Gold Keystone Briefing – Greenbriar and Fairlie
Hospitality Desk – Atlanta Conference Center Foyer

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Club Tech Computer Zone – Harris

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Videotaping of Roll Call Chants – Baker

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Healthy Habits Hospitality – Embassy Hall

3:30-4 p.m.
Mandatory Task Group Planning Meetings

  • Safety Team Briefing – Kennesaw
  • Poetry Show Rehearsal – Marietta
  • ‘80s Retro Fashion Show Rehearsal – Piedmont

3:30-5 p.m.
Talent Show Rehearsal – Piedmont
myclubmylife.com Reporter Training – Harris
Philosophy of Hip Hop – Roswell

5-7 p.m.
Dinner (on your own)
Late Conference Registration – Centennial Foyer

5:30-6:30 p.m.
Gold Keystone Dinner (invitation only) – International Ballroom

7-8:30 p.m.
Opening Session – Centennial Ballroom

8:30-11:30 p.m.
On-site Events

  • Keystone Carnival – Regency Ballrooms V and VI
  • Karaoke – Hanover A and B
  • Road Code Driving Experience – Centennial I
  • Arts Project – Hanover F and G
  • Inflatable Games and Game Zone – Centennial I
  • Trivia Game – Hanover D
  • Keystone Lounge – Hanover C
  • Rock Band/Guitar Hero Battle– Hanover E
  • Club Tech Computer Zone – Harris

Off-site Events (pre-registration required)

  • Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament
  • Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament

9-10 p.m.
Poetry Slam – Centennial Ballrooms III and IV

9:15-9:45 p.m.
Swap Shop – Centennial I

8:30-11:30 p.m.
Keystone: Be the Difference Dance – Regency VII

10-11 p.m.
Talent Show – Centennial Ballrooms III and IV

11:30 p.m.
Curfew

Friday at a Glance

"Be Successful"

Keystone Club Morning Meeting (Time set by group/advisor)

8:30-9:45 a.m.
General Session – Centennial Ballroom

10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Off-site Special Experiences
(Full day; Pre-registration required. Meet on Atlanta Conference Center Level immediately following general session.)

  • College Experience
  • Career Experience

10:15-11:15 a.m.
SMART Guys Super Session: Stand Up!!! – International Ballroom
SMART Girls Super Session: Am I Pretty? Understanding and Redefining Real Beauty – Centennial Ballroom

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Super Session – What’s Your Big Idea? (Teen Entrepreneurship)
– Centennial Ballroom
Super Session – College MAP: Plot Your Course for Collegiate and Career Success (Academic Success) – International Ballroom

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

2:30-3:30 p.m.
myclubmylife.com Focus Group – Harris
National Project Planning Track – Project Workgroups
Keystoners report to one of the following rooms:
University, Inman, Piedmont, Fairlie, Greenbriar, Roswell,
Edgewood, Dunwoody, Courtland, Baker, Marietta, Kennesaw,
Lenox, Spring, Techwood or Vinings.

2:35-3:25 p.m.
Advisor Sessions

  • Keystoning Now and Beyond! (The New Keystone Model) – Hong Kong and Cair
  • Mastering the ABCs (Academic Success) – Montreal
  • Investigating Peoples’ Lines of Business (Career
    Exploration) – Vancouver

3:45-4:45 p.m.
Elements of Keystone – Project Planning Track

  • Character Development Projects – University
  • Leadership Projects – Inman
  • Basic Fundraising Projects – Piedmont
  • Advanced Fundraising Projects – Techwood
  • Keystone Business Development – Fairlie
  • Club-based Education Projects – Greenbriar
  • Community-based Education Projects – Roswell
  • Career Exploration Projects – Edgewood
  • Club-based Service Projects – Dunwoody
  • Small-scale Service Projects – Courtland
  • Large-scale Service Projects – Baker
  • Community Unity Projects – Marietta
  • Community-based Social Recreation Projects – Kennesaw
  • Community Collaboration Plans – Lenox
  • Teen Recruitment Plans – Spring
  • Community Events – Vinings

3:50-4:40 p.m.
Advisor Regional Meetings

  • Northeast – Montreal
  • Southeast – Cairo
  • Midwest – Vancouver
  • Southwest – Manila
  • Pacific – Singapore

5:30-6 p.m.
Academic Success Pep Rally – Centennial Ballroom

6:15-11 p.m.
Six Flags Over Georgia

Curfew
When busses arrive at hotel

Saturday at a Glance

"Be Active"

Keystone Club Morning Meeting (Time set by group/advisor)

9:15-10:15 a.m.
General Session – Mario Lopez, host of the TV
entertainment news program Extra – Centennial Ballroom

10:15 a.m.-4 p.m.
Off-site Special Program
(Full-day; Pre-registration required.
Remain in Centennial Ballroom)

  • Community Service Projects

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Community Awareness and Engagement Track

  • Wake Up Baby (Teen Pregnancy) – University
  • Bite Back: Educate Your Community about Malaria!
    (Malaria) – Marietta
  • Me and My Boo (Relationships) – Inman
  • Poppin’ Buzzin’ (Drugs and Alcohol) – Piedmont
  • Love Me Or Hate Me: I Am Who I Am (Discrimination)
    – Vinings
  • Where Is the Love? (Abuse) – Fairlie
  • No One at The Club Has A Swagger Like Me
    (Appearance) – Greenbriar
  • You Are What You Eat (Health Issues) – Roswell
  • Overwhelmed? Lost? Don’t Know What to Do? (Stress) – Edgewood
  • Stop Complaining: Help Make a Change (Giving Back)
    – Dunwoody
  • Financial Stairs: From the Bottom to the Top (Poverty)
    – Courtland
  • Express Yourself: It’s All About Us! (Diversity) – Baker
  • Go the Extra Mile … for Yourself (Self Respect) – Auburn
  • Need More Teens? (Outreach) – Kennesaw
  • Bar-coded (Stereotypes) – Lenox
  • Be True to You (Peer Pressure) – Spring
  • Don’t Believe the Hype (Media Influences) – Techwood

10:50-11:40 a.m
Advisor Sessions

  • To Serve with Love (Community Service) – Montreal
  • Teens and Technology (Teen Technology Programs)
    – Harris
  • Keystoning Now and Beyond (The New Keystone Model)
    – The Learning Center

12-1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:45-2:45 p.m.
Just for Fun Session Track

  • Are You The Next BIG News? (Broadcasting) – Fairlie
  • Tag It Up (Air Brushing) – Techwood
  • Baila Conmigo (Salsa) – Montreal
  • Follow My Lead (Improv) – Dunwoody
  • Finish the Lyrics (Music Trivia) – Lenox
  • Get Up and Play! (Social Recreation) – Courtland
  • Go DJ – ‘Cause That’s My DJ! (DJ Classes) – Roswell
  • N Da Zone (Sports Trivia) – Vinings
  • Don’t Step On My Toes (Ballroom Dancing) – Cairo and Hong Kong
  • The Devil Wears Prada … How Can You? (Shopping)
    – Greenbriar
  • Blings, Blangs and Thangs (Fashion Styling) – Baker
  • Knock, Knock …Who’s There? (Comedy) – Edgewood
  • Rhythms and Rhymes of the Teenagers’ Time (Poetry) – Spring
  • Cut! Take Two (Movie Making) – Kennesaw
  • Stop Motion Animation – (Claymation) – Harris
  • Bust a Move (Hip Hop Dance) – Singapore
  • Backstage to Center Stage: Entertainment 101(Entertainment Industry Opportunities) – Inman
  • Let’s Get Fit (Kick Boxing) – Piedmont

1:50-2:40 p.m.
Advisor General Session (all advisors) – International Ballroom
BE GREAT (Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Marketing Campaign)

3-4 p.m.
Just for Fun Session Track Repeats

3:05-3:55 p.m.
Advisor General Session (all advisors) – International Ballroom
Advisors Need Fun Too (Advisors Social)

4-7 p.m.
Free Time

7:30-9 p.m.
National Keystone Awards Ceremony – Centennial Ballroom

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Evening of the Stars

  • Celebrity Game Zone – Regency
  • Make Your Own CD – Greenbriar
  • Celebrity Trivia – The Learning Center
  • Friendship Foto Booth – Centennial Foyer

 

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714/2/2009 4/2/2009 9:51 AMProgramsDaily JournalDaily Journal Posts From the ConventionTune in Daily to Read the Journal Posts of our own MCML Reporters and Get the Scoop on the Goings On.our own MCML Reporters and Get the Scoop on the GRead the Journal Posts of our ow
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724/2/2009 4/2/2009 11:15 AMProgramsDaily MediaPhotos and Video from the ConferenceMCML Reporters share their Conference Experience with Photos and VideoCheck Back Tomorrow For New Videos and Photos!New Videos and Photos!
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Bow Wow wowed with his hot opening-night performance.

 


For one community-service project, members dug in and beautified an Atlanta Boys & Girls Club.


Ashanti praised Keystoners for their community-service efforts.


This year's SMART Girls Super Session featured Jess Weiner, "Seventeen Magazine" body-image expert, third from right.


On their way to closing night's "Evening of the Stars" event.

Former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young addressed Keystoners about the U.S.high school dropout crisis. System Account
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734/9/2009 4/7/2009 3:27 PMArts TechSkill TechLearn and Practice Basic Computer SkillsWith three levels of animated, interactive lessons, explore how computers actually work with “Skill Tech: Basic Training!Learn Microsoft Software like Word and ExcelExplore what computers do and ho
  • Learn practical, every-day computer skills
  • Use software such as MS Word, PowerPoint and Publisher
  • Available in English and Spanish
Explore not just what computers do but also how they work with “Skill Tech: Basic Training!” With its three levels of animated, interactive lessons and instructor-led group activities, you’ll learn practical technology skills to use every day. Become skilled in Microsoft software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher. Available in English or Spanish, each online session begins with an interactive tutorial and ends with a fun, animated quiz or game. You’re then ready to participate in a hands-on activity led by a Club professional. Skill Tech is available only on myclubmylife.com. You must create a unique user name and password to access it. System Account
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744/9/2009 4/7/2009 3:29 PMArts TechSkill Tech IIHardware, Software, Networks -- Oh My!Get ready to learn the nuts-and-bolts of computer hardware, networking and basic programming languages with this online program.Skill Tech 2: Teaches Hardware and Networkinghardware, networking and program
  • Explore career and education opportunities
  • Learn what to look for when buying a computer
  • The safe and ethical use of technology

Offered in English and Spanish, “Skill Tech 2” uses a spy theme where you use newly acquired skills to thwart the high-tech antics of a ring of ne’er-do-well secret agents. In doing so, you learn the nuts-and-bolts of computer hardware, networking and basic programming languages. Lessons include:

  • Exploring career and education opportunities in tech-related fields
  • Learning what to know when buying a computer, peripherals and services
  • How to safely and ethically use technology

Each ST2 session begins with an interactive tutorial and finishes with an animated quiz or game measuring the skills you just learned. Hands-on activities included taking apart a computer and identifying its parts, building mock computer networks, assembling computers from scratch and configure actual networks. 

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754/9/2009 4/9/2009 12:31 PM-NONE-SchoolWin Big With Taco Bell Scholarships!Taco Bell will give away four $25,000 scholarships on April 23Win big with Taco Bell scholarship on April 23Four lucky winners will each rec
  • No purchase neccesary to win scholarships
  • Four teens will win $25,000 scholarships each
  • Taco Bell's big promotional day is April 23

The Taco Bell Foundation is underscoring the importance of education with a sweepstakes that will offer four lucky customers or their designated beneficiary a $25,000 college scholarship.  The sweepstakes, held in conjunction with the fundraiser, invites consumers visiting participating Taco Bell restaurants on April 23 to receive a special code that must be entered on www.tacobellgraduation.com for a chance to win. Four winners will each be awarded a $25,000 scholarship to be used for tuition at an accredited college or vocational school. Winners may elect to transfer the scholarship to a current or potential student should they choose not to use it themselves. 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A purchase will not increase your chance of winning.  Open to legal residents of the 50 United States (excluding the District of Columbia and Hawaii), ages 13 years and older.  Void in DC, HI and where prohibited. Sweepstakes starts 4/23/09 and ends 4/30/09. For Official Rules, alternate method of entry, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit http://www.tacobellgraduation.com. 

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764/17/2009 4/17/2009 12:10 PMIn The ClubClub NewsLongboarding Raises Funds and AwarenessBen Warner is longboarding across America to raise $100,000 for his Club. But boosting public awareness of Clubs is most important to himAlum Longboards Across America to Support ClubLongboarding Across America
  • Alum gives back to Club that positively impacted his youth
  • Longboarding coast to coast to raise funds and awareness
  • Three-month journey is 2,500-miles long

Even though he’s 25  Ben Warner still finds time to hang out at Tacoma’s East Side Branch Boys & Girls Club, his former Club. In fact, every week he hits the Club to play dodge ball.

An active member since the fourth-grade, the recent University of Washington-Tacoma graduate says the Club helped him with school work and in leading a healthy lifestyle. “[It] gave me the confidence to try sports like track, field, cycling and skateboarding. The Club changed my life and I [want] to give something back for their support and friendship over the years.” 

On March 21, Warner began giving back in a big way.

San Diego to Savannah

Along with his teammates – Ryan Donahue; 20, and Jerry Craker, 19 – Warner is crossing the continent from San Diego to Savannah – via longboard. (A support van lets the boarders trade off and take breaks every five miles.) The goal of the three-month, 2,500-mile journey: raise $100,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.

"Find your potential"

But for Warner, raising awareness of organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs is the most important part of their journey.

“There are a lot of kids who think they’re useless and have nothing to contribute,” Warner told “The News Tribune” of Tacoma. “But there are places out there that want you to find your potential.”

With their voyage, he wants to show kids that success is possible; that places like Boys & Girls Clubs are there to help them do well. Along the way, they plan to visit 14 Boys & Girls Clubs, speaking to members and striving to increase Club support in their communities.

Road work

Traveling 50 to 70 miles per day, Warner and his team are thankful for small advantages. For example, because longboards are wider and longer than a conventional skateboard, they provide an easier ride. Its wheels are also softer than a skateboard’s, so it turns easier and won’t flip if it hits a rock. 

Bumps in the road

Like any long-distance trip, this trek has encountered some a few obstacles along the way:

  • A car hit the trailer containing their supplies, totaling it; fortunately everybody (and the van) was all right.
  • Doing about 40 m.p.h. downhill, Warner crashed. He didn’t break anything but did suffer bruises and “road rash.”
  • Not to be outdone, Craker’s rear-end and a cactus had an unfortunate meeting that resulted in him needing to sleep on his stomach for a few nights.

But overall the trip has gone smoothly. The team rides only on surface streets and back roads and use a portable GPS as a guide. At night, they camp, although sometimes locals like Gila Bend, Az., librarian Heather Goebel (They met at the library while updating their blog.) provide them a place to crash. Goebel and her husband Dennis had the team over for dinner, put them up for the night and even bought them breakfast.   

As of April 6, the team had raised about $16,000 toward their $100,000 goal. You can track their trek by visiting longboardingamerica.com.   

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774/23/2009 4/23/2009 6:58 PM-NONE-MoneyWin $50: Money Matters Savings Contest It All Adds Up wants to know about your inspired savings habits. Submit your money saving art projects for a chance to win.Share your creative way to saveWin a $50 bond from Money Matter
  • Submit your creative way to save money.
  • You could be one of the 75 winners of a $50 bond.
  • Deadline is May 9.

For some, saving money is an art. Whether brown-bagging it instead of buying lunch or renting a DVD rather than going to the movies, people use creative ways to stash cash.

Money Matters: It All Adds Up wants to know about your inspired savings habits!

How to enter

The “Savings: It All Adds Up” contest calls on you to submit your visual art, essay, poetry, songs or video entry about how you save money.

Who wins

The 25 most creative entries in each age group (10-12, 13-15, 16-18) win a $50 U.S. Savings Bond. (To process bond, a social security number is required. Personal information will be destroyed after the bond is issued.)

Rules

  • Entry must include the phrase “Savings: It All Adds Up!”
  • Submit entries to your advisor
  • Projects due by May 29, 2009
  • Must include entry form

Submit entries via email to jmyers@bgca.org or U.S. mail to:

BGCA
National Financial Literacy Month Contest
Attn: Jonell Myers
1275 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309-3506

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785/14/2009 4/28/2009 1:53 PMArts TechClay TechBe Great, Animate -- with Clay Tech!Clay animation has long entertained us with shows like “Celebrity Deathmatch” and “Wallace & Gromitt.” Now it's your turn to animate!Tell A Story With Clay, Creativity & a CameraMerge media with Clay Tech.
  • You can make a stop-motion clay animation video
  • Needs: clay, camera, computer with photo software
  • Fun, easy and no major clean up
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With Clay Tech, you can create stop-motion animated video as simple or complicated as you want it to be. Even if you’ve never made a video, you can still create your own clay animation movie. It’s that simple!

What Claymators Do

  • Create storyboards to plan out your vision and pacing.
  • Build characters from clay.
  • Assemble a diorama as your stage set.
  • Take lots of photos of your character(s).
  • Use software to edit photos you took into a stop-action animation file.

Davey, Deathmatch and Gromitt

For years, clay animation has been a popular medium. From “Davey & Goliath”  to “Celebrity Deathmatch,” Nick Park’s “Wallace & Gromitt” franchise to the recent film “Mary and Max,”  clay animation’s realm includes slapstick comedy, high art, even TV commercials. With Clay Tech, you can share your unique story with the world in a fun and creative way!

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795/15/2009 4/28/2009 2:02 PMArts TechRobo TechBuild Your Own Robot In an Afternoon!Robo Tech is a fun and easy-to-follow program that can teach you the basics of robotic engineering via the Lego Mindstorm robot kitDon't Be Chicken, Build Robots With Robo Tech!Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto?
  • Easy to follow steps
  • Build a robot in one afternoon
  • Program it to do your bidding

When you hear the word robotics, is it intimidating to you? It makes sense that it could be. But the truth is, you can learn the basics of building and programming a robot in a single afternoon! Or at least you can when you use the Club Tech Robo Tech program.

Following the simple instruction of the Lego Mindstorms kit, you can build and program your own robot! Robo Tech is easy and doable by almost anyone as it walks you through the entire robot-building process. But why just read about it when you can watch video of Club members as they build their own tribots? See video.

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804/28/2009 4/28/2009 3:07 PMHealth FitnessThe Co$t of SmokingWarning: Smoking's Bad for Your Wallet  Not only are cigarettes lethal, they cost a lot! Find out the per-pack price by day, week, month and year with the Cost of Smoking Calculator Smoking: Dangerous to Your Health and WalletCost of Smoking Calculator
  • Beyond its lethal properties, smoking is expensive
  • Average price per pack in the U.S.: about $5
  • Cost of half-pack a day habit: $912.50
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814/28/2009 4/28/2009 3:17 PMHealth FitnessBody Mass IndexBMI: Is Your Body Weight Healthy?Body mass index (BMI) compares your  weight and height to determine if you have a healthy body weight. Calculate your BMI now  Determine Your Best Weight with BMI CalculatorWhat's Your BMI?
  • BMI compares weight, height to determine healthy weight
  • Categories: under, healthy, overweight risk, overweight
  • If BMI shows you're over or under weight, you may want to contact a physician 
Obesity KillsSystem Account
/Health_Fitness/Pages/Body_Mass_Index_Calculator_shows_obesity_effect.aspxHEATeasKelvin Sims
825/7/2009 5/7/2009 2:08 PM-BEGREAT-Club NewsUsher Urges Teens to Aim High and DreamWorld famous singer is part of Club ad campaign and inducted into Alumni Hall of FameUsher Supports Club In "Be Great" Ad CampaignUsher To Teens: "Aim High"
  • Usher, 28, was a member of Chattanooga Club growing up
  • R&B singer is part of BGCA campaign Be Great
  • Was introduced by his Mom at event in Atlanta

World famous recording artist Usher is great enough to be an icon. And that's what he urged many others to strive to become.

Raymond Usher IV, simply known as Usher as he has sold millions of albums worldwide, is pitching in to give back to the Clubs. He attended the Club growing up in Chattanooga, Tenn. and learned quickly that his talents lie in places other than the ball fields.

"He was so excited about joining the football team at the Club and begged me to come watch him play," said his mother, Jonetta Patton. "But when I finally came to the game, he was there on the sidelines eating cookies. I think he soon realized that maybe he should stick to singing."

Usher, 28, was recently inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame. Usher and his mom, both Atlanta natives, dropped by BGCA headquarters to see the unveiling his Be Iconic billboard that is part of the Be Great advocacy campaign.

See Usher and youth members of his charitable foundation as they presented the billboard in this video.

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835/20/2009 5/20/2009 11:09 AM-NONE-Topic from topic map37 Char. Headline is About Six WordsThe subhead should succinctly sum up the article in 140 characters max and no less than 111. The length is approximately 21 words.Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus amet.29 Chars or so for Menu Text
  • Each of these bullet points should be about 55 Characters.
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Each article should be 2-3 paragraphs long. Paragraph should be about 40-50 words each . Format your text using the inline text formatting toolbar provided for the "ArticleText" field. For good web readability you should format text liberally for instance.

  • Quotes
  • Lists
  • Factoids
  • Use numbers
  • And LOTS of Punctuation

Using these strategies busy web readers will be more likely to spend the time reading your article. Especially teenagers!! If you copy and paste an article into the ArticleText Field make sure to select the "styles" dropdown menu and remove inline styles. Be creative and have fun with formatting in this section, the more formatting the better!

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845/21/2009 5/21/2009 9:03 AMRecreationMusic PlayerHundreds of Songs at Your Command!The MCML Music Player -- hip hop, alternative, R&B, rap -- whatever your flavor, whenever you want! Just pick the songs you like and hit play!MCML Music Player: Pick, Play, Rock, RepeatYour On-Demand Music Source
  • The MCML Music Player Rocks!
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855/28/2009 5/28/2009 3:36 PMProgramsTeen ReportersTeen Reporters Make Myclubmylife Go!The Teen Reporter program trains Club members to interview and use video and still cameras to cover local and national events for myclubmylifeMake Your Voice Heard With MCML Teen ReportersMCML Voices: Teen Reporters
  • Interview celebrities like Denzel, Oprah
  • Train to shoot video, photos and write content
  • Cover events like MLB All-Star Game and BET Awards

Got something more to say than a Twitter or Facebook post allows? Then the myclubmylife Teen Reporter program might just be the gig for you.

Teen Reporters produce content about topics such as Keystone conferences, leadership and why community service matters. Oh, and did we mention the chance to interview celebs like Oprah, Denzel and Usher?

Teen Content Wanted

We're always seeking content about issues that affect teens. From discussing ways to change the high-school dropout crisis to how to get a summer job in a weak economy, we want teens to inform, inspire and educate their peers.

More than 100 teens have participated in the Teen Reporter program since its inception. Major League Baseball All-Star Games, red-carpet interviews with the likes of Denzel and Oprah, and interviews with Kobe Bryant and other celebrities have been among the choice assigments. (Most video interviews are posted on myclubmylife's YouTube channel.)

What Teen Reporters Do

We'll teach you how to create content (video, photos or written submissions). You'll also learn to work "in the field," as we train you how to ask questions, operate video equipment and take photos.

It’s easy to get started. Tell your advisor you want to be a Teen Reporter. Or just drop us an email and we'll get you started!

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/Programs/Pages/Teen_Reporters_Make_myclubmylife_Go.aspxARKelvin Sims
865/29/2009 5/29/2009 3:15 PM-NONE-Club Newsmyclubmylife Makes Changes for Better New dynamic content will make site easier to read and navigate while featuring more video, photos and interactive features focused on programsmyclubmylife Now More Dynamic, Easier to ReadMCML is Better for You!
  • New dynamic driven content will make site easier to read, navigate and more interesting
  • We took your advice and created more video, photos and opportunities to submit content
  • Special sections for Keystone, Digital Arts Festivals and Teen Reporter program

You asked for it and we delivered! myclubmylife is becoming better -- just for you!

Starting next week, the site will be better organized and easier to navigate. You will find more interesting stuff -- videos, photos, polls and special sections for programs like Keystone. The improvements will:

  • Provide more information about Club programs and how to get involved
  • More Club news about the exciting things going on in your communities (now everyone will know Usher was at your Club!)
  • More interactive features like polls and other content
  • More opportunities for you to immediately submit content that will inspire and educate fellow Club members
  • Facts about the Teen Reporter program (who wouldn't be excited about meeting Denzel and Oprah!)
  • Continue to show you how to be a leader and ways you can help like Community Service

Register now to get access to videos, interactive features and more.

Stay tuned for these exciting changes. myclubmylife.com -- getting better all the time. Because you wanted it!

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876/3/2009 6/3/2009 12:39 PMLife SkillsJobs5 DIY Summer Jobs: You're the Boss!These five do-it-yourself summer jobs will not only earn you cash but also teach you important skills to start and run your own business! Bored of Summer? Start Your Own Business!5 DIY Summer Jobs
  • Gain skills to start your own business
  • Improve your work ethic
  • Be your own boss

by Liane Membis

Dream of owning your own business or becoming an entrepreneur? Owning a business can be a great gig. It also requires a lot of hard work, so trying it out as a temporary summer job is ideal. 

Usually a first step toward starting a business is knowing how to sell. Selling is a skill that can be acquired by providing services through your own summer business. Even if being a business owner isn't your goal, it's a great way to be your own boss and make your own hours this summer!

The following five in-demand services are possible vocations for you this summer:

  • Babysitting: If you enjoy working with children or dream of owning your own child-care center, consider being a baby sitter in your community. It's a great way to demonstrate your responsibility as well as improve your management skills.
  • Landscaping: Like working outdoors? Consider mowing lawns or doing yard work as a way of earning extra cash. Neighbors might find your service useful. Also, consider gardening for your local neighborhood association. This type of service helps to showcase your work ethic, both physically and mentally.
  • Cleaning: On a hot summer day, nothing is more fun then getting splashed with water. By providing car washing or pool cleaning services, you can stay cool all summer. It also shows you’re a neat person dedicated to helping others.
  • Pet Sitting: If you like animals, consider pet-sitting or dog-walking. Caring for other’s pets shows you’re reliable and responsible. 
  • Tutoring: Tutor students in your community in subjects you're good at. You’ll help students build confidence in their academics as they prepare for the new school year or complete summer coursework. You’ll also get an idea of what it’s like to teach!
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886/3/2009 6/3/2009 1:42 PMLife SkillsSchoolGet Ahead with Summer College ClassesConsider attending summer school sessions locally or at colleges and universities nationwide for early college creditsHead to the Top of Your Class This SummerSummer School Opportunities
  • Learning during the summer is good for your education
  • Find out what you can gain from summer schools
  • Earn college credit

 

by Liane Membis

Sure, you just got out of school and you're ready for a break. But are there courses you weren’t able to take? Or subjects you’re passionate about you’d like to explore on a higher level? Then hink about spending your summertime in school!

Opportunities

There are summer programs, sessions and learning opportunities across the country. Check out local universities or tap into programs at colleges across the nation. Many universities, from state schools to the Ivy League, have programs that let you focus your attention on the arts, sciences, literature, music, dance and so on.

Why to Consider Summer School

  • Challenge Yourself: You might find doing college-level work as hard as solving a Rubik’s Cube. But it can enhance your education as you challenge yourself to think at a higher level.
  • Gain In-Class and Out-of-class Experience: Many summer programs require a lot of work, including research, field trips or jobs. These forms of hands-on learning give you an edge in the classroom as you couple your experiences with what you learn in school.
  • Make Your Transcript Outstanding: Many summer programs earn you college credits before you graduate high school. This is a good feature to have on your transcript. By being willing to go above and beyond and giving up part of your summer to take classes, you will stand out among many others when you apply to colleges.
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896/3/2009 6/3/2009 2:50 PMLife SkillsHealthA Healthy Approach to Summertime TanningSun tanning can have severe long-term effects on a person's skin and body. Find out how you can keep yourself protected this summerHow to Get a Safe Tan to Take Back to School!Get a Safe Summertime Tan!
  • How the sun tanning process works
  • Dangers of tanning and its effects on your skin and body
  • Tanning alternatives

by Liane Membis 

Whether just for the summer or year-round, tanning is a popular way to transform your skin into a fashion statement. Likewise, the sun is always there to help. But sun tanning can cause major damage to your skin and body. It’s important to know how the process works to protect yourself.

How Does It Happen?

When the sun shines, it gives off two forms of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB. UVB travels below the upper skin layer and is the cause of sunburns. UVA is what makes people tan—it travels below the skin and activates cells to create melanin, the brown pigment that makes people tan.

How Is It Harmful?

UV rays can cause surface cellular damage! It can appear as: 

  • Blotchy skin
  • Leathery, old-looking skin
  • Brown age spots
  • Wrinkles and bags

Because UVA rays must travel deeper into the skin to create tans, the radiation comes closer to the internal parts of your body. This can lead to a serious skin cancer called melanoma.

Alternatives?

Don’t give up on your tan just yet. Other alternatives exist that don’t require the sun and can give you an even glow.

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is found in spray tans, simply stains the dead skin cells on your body. Although they're not free, spray bottle tans are an effective way to bronze the skin and save you from sunburns. Airbrushing, a spray-on tan done by professional salons, is another technique.

Best Defender?

Use the following tips to protect yourself from the sun whether you're lounging at the beach or working in the yard all day:

  • Wear sunscreen or sunblock. The higher the Sun Protection Factor (SPF), the more defense against UV rays.
  • Wear at least SPF 15 sunscreen, even on cloudy days.
  • Apply sunscreen thickly and frequently to protect yourself all day.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two to three hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Take sun breaks. The sun’s strongest hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., so think about cooling off indoors.
  • Wear a large hat to stay shady and cool.
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906/3/2009 6/3/2009 4:33 PMRecreationWebsitesHello and Welcome to myclubmylife 2.0! We've cleaned up the layout, simplified the navigation, made it easier to find related stories – in short, it’s a  whole lot nicer to look at!myclubmylife 2.0: Best. Website. Ever.myclubmylife 2.0 is here!
  • Better website
  • Nationwide Club news
  • More member-produced stories

As the official teen website of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our goal is to deliver you the best site possible. It’s also the motivation behind myclubmylife’s makeover. To that end, we've cleaned up the layout, simplified the navigation, made it easier to find related stories – in short, it’s a  whole lot nicer to look at!

Most importantly, based on member feedback, we’re giving you more and better content more videos, more photos, new polls, special sections for programs like Keystone. You’ll also find:

  • More information on Club programs and how to be involved
  • News from Clubs around the country
  • Interactive features like polls and surveys
  • More member-produced videos and articles
  • A revamped Teen Reporter program
  • Valuable facts on money, fitness, careers and school
  • The latest music, movies, games and more

So come on in, take your shoes off, have a look around. Tell us if we’re doing things well or if it needs a little tweaking. And if you want to participate, that’s cool, too! Send ideas, suggestions, or Club news to content@myclubmylife.com.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the all new myclubmylife!

Love,

The myclubmylife Editorial Staff

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Welcome to myclubmylife 2.0!
As the official teen website of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our goal is to deliver you the best site possible. It’s also the motivation behind myclubmylife’s makeover. To that end, we've cleaned up the layout, simplified the navigation, made it easier to find related stories – in short, it’s a  whole lot nicer to look at!
Most importantly, based on member feedback, we’re giving you more and better content – more videos, more photos, new polls, special sections for programs like Keystone. You’ll also find:
• More information about Club programs and how to get involved
• News from Clubs around the country
• Interactive features like polls and surveys
• More member-produced videos and articles
• A revamped Teen Reporter program
• Valuable facts on trends in money, fitness, careers and education
• The latest pop-culture news on music, movies, games and more
So come on in, take your shoes off, have a look around. Tell us if we’re doing things well or if it needs a little tweaking. And if you want to participate, that’s cool, too! Send ideas, suggestions, or Club news to content@myclubmylife.com.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the all new myclubmylife!
Love,
The myclubmylife Editorial Staff
 

 
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916/3/2009 6/3/2009 5:39 PMIn The ClubClub NewsClub Gave Veronica Esteem to SucceedVeronica Quintana credits her Club director for giving her the impetus to complete her high school degree and go to collegeHigh School Graduate Ready to Take Next StepClub Kid Goes to College
  • Veronica recalls first day at the Club
  • Plans to major in child psychology at UNM
  • Wants to give back to Boys & Girls Clubs after college

      Myclubmylife: When did you graduate?

      Veronica Quintana:
      May 30!

      MCML: How do you feel at this moment?

      VQ: I'm really excited to continue my eduation and experience college.

      MCML: What advice would you give Club members?

      VQ: Always go a little beyond every thing you do in life. Do your best in every thing, even if its as little as driving or saying a prayer. 

      MCML: What are your future plans?

      VQ: I will attend the University of New Mexico in the fall; I plan to study child pyschology.

      MCML: What are your favorite memories of your Club and what will you miss about it?

      VQ: My favorite memory is the first day I walked into my Club. I got to meet many wonderful kids. Also a director who believed in me when I never believed in myself. He knew I could do anything I put my mind to. He was right -- I just needed that someone to push me and help me.

      MCML: You were a member of the national teen advisory board. What's the favorite thing you did?

      VQ: Sharing my thoughts to others and hearing others thoughts, as well.

      MCML: What will you be doing 10 years from now?

      VQ: Hopefully be finshed with college. And stilll involved with the Boys & Girls Club!

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926/4/2009 6/4/2009 12:27 PMIn The ClubClub NewsH.S. Grad Keenan Shoots for the Stars!As Keenan Sands enters film school this summer in Orlando, this original teen reporter has experience traveling and reporting for myclubmylifeFormer Teen Reporter Pursues Filmmaking CareerClub Teen In Film School
  • One of the original Teen Reporters
  • Covered 2008 MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium
  • Entering film school this summer

Myclubmylife: When did you graduate?

Keenan Sands: I graduated June 10.

MCML: What do you feel now at this moment?

KS: I am very excited to graduate. It feels great but also weird to actually be out in the real world.

MCML: What advice would you give fellow Club members?

KS: Believe in yourself and your goals, because we all can achieve. If you're at a point in your education where you feel you can't succeed because you failed a marking period, remember: you have three other marking periods to average out your yearly grade to pass. Work with your teachers. They will understand -- even through all the excuses, they want to help you succeed. But you want to comunicate with teachers whose classes you need to improve or show more effort in. Please do not be last minute. It will only stress you out even more.

MCML: What are your future plans?

KS: I will be attending Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla., this summer where I will major in film.

MCML: What will you most miss about your Club?

KS: I will mostly miss the environment, the kids, and the acting and video production program I volunteered for at the Club. I will miss producing and directing films for the kids to have fun and enjoy. 

MCML: What were your favorite experiences as a myclubmylife reporter?

KS: As an MCML reporter, I took on experiences I previously only dreamed about. It opened up many doors and oportunities for what I want to achieve.

Winning the three-day weekend reporter training in Atlanta was exciting but scary. It was my first time on a plane and also the first time traveling to another state. I got to tour BGCA headquarters, World of Coca-Cola and met teens with the same passion from Clubs around the world. This was where and when I realized how important and big BGCA is in America.

My work as a reporter built on work with BGCA and myclubmylife. I covered the 2006 BGCA National Conference in Boston and the 2006 Keystone Conference in Washington, D.C. I also covered the 2008 BGCA Northeast Annual Dinner in New York City and the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. I learned a lot and experienced so much with my Club, BGCA and myclubmylife. 

MCML: What will you be doing 10 years from now?

KS: In 10 years I hope to be a rising filmmaker. I would also like to continue my leadership with Boys & Girls Clubs and become a advocate for youths across America and overseas. Through my workings as a filmmaker, I hope to one day coordinate or become a spokesperson for youth development.

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936/9/2009 6/9/2009 3:27 PMHealth FitnessHealthPrevent Ears From Hearing DamageResearchers have proven that listening to loud music can lead to hearing loss. Find out how you can prevent that from occuring.Can Your Ears Hear What They Should Hear?Maintain Healthy Hearing
  • How the ear hears sound
  • The effects of loud music/noise
  • How to prevent hearing damage

by Liane Membis

Hearing Damage

With new, hot songs released every week, it’s hard to not surround yourself with music. But if you’re listening to your music too loudly, you could be damaging your ears.

How Hearing Works

Sounds travel through the air as sound waves. The outer ear catches them and sends them down the ear canal, which makes your eardrum vibrate. Three tiny bones in the middle ear -- the hammer, anvil and stirrup –  send these sounds to your inner ear, called the cochlea. Tiny hairs in the cochlea send nerve signals to your brain to activate the auditory nerve. And then you hear sound!

Now imagine: this reaction happens more than a million times a day!

 

What Damages Hearing

The louder the music and the longer you listen to it, the more damage you could do to your ears. This can be caused by headphones, car stereos, concerts and mobile phones. You know your music is too loud when:

  • You can’t hear what people are saying around you
  • You hear ringing noises after listening to music

That doesn’t mean you should give up what you love!

 

Protect Your Ears

Research shows that 25 percent of people listen to music at dangerous levels. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent hearing damage or loss:

  • 60/60 Rule: Don’t set your player’s volume above  60 percent its maximum level. So if your MP3 Player has a maximum level of 20, listen to it at 12 or below.

  • At Concerts: When seeing a band, try to stay far away from loud speakers, which amplify music at a high intensity. Also, earplugs are a safe way to drown out the extra loud noise. If your ears are ringing more than 12 hours after a show, consider visiting a doctor.

 

  • Plug Up: If you are using power tools (chainsaws, power drill), lawnmower or if you’re around loud construction, consider using earplugs.

  • Turn Down: Turn down the volume on your mobile phone or telephone if the sound is too loud. You can also switch over to speaker phone so that sound is not directly hitting your eardrum at an intense rate.

Remember, you only have one pair of ears. Take care of them so you can always listen to your favorite tunes.

 

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/Health_Fitness/Pages/Prevent_Ears_From_Hearing_Damage.aspx"The louder the music and the longer you listen to it, the more damage you could do to your ears."Intern
946/9/2009 6/9/2009 3:40 PMHealth FitnessFitnessEating Well Is Easy with a Colorful DietEating healthy doesn't have to be difficult. Use simple color buide to easily get your daily intake of cancer-fighting fruits and veggies!Eat A Colorful Meal to Keep Your Body HealthyHow Fruit Fights for You
  • The importance of fruits and vegetables
  • What eating different colors means
  • Essential nutrients found in fruits and veggies
by Liane Membis, myclubmylife editorial intern 

As June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month, what better time to sing the praises of these antioxidant-bearing goodies?

Daily Dangers

Every day, oxidants, or toxins, enter peoples' bodies. Ways this happens includes eating fatty foods, smoking, and drinking alcohol. But they also arrive via less controllable avenues such as second-hand smoke, car exhaust, aerosols and other poisonous elements in your environment. So you cannot fully control what enters your body. And over time, oxidants can build up and cause cancer, heart disease and other serious ailments.

Veggies & Fruits Fight for You

Fortunately, you can prevent and control illness by neutralizing oxidants with (duh) antioxidants, which fruits and vegetables are packed with. By creating a regime of regular anti-oxidant intake, you help your body fight off ailments such as cancer and heart disease and preserve your eye sight, memory and motor skills.

A Rainbow Diet 

More good news: eating healthy is easy. By adding color to your plate, you increase the antioxidants your body takes in and help it stave off future health risks. Keep the following food colors in mind to help maintain a healthy diet:

  • Red: Tomatoes, strawberries and other red fruits and veggies can reduce the risk of heart disease and several types of cancer.
  • Orange: Carrots and sweet potatoes help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of stroke and prevent heart disease.
  • Yellow: To protect your eyes against macular degeneration, eat corn and bananas.
  • Green: Dark, leafy greens like spinach and broccoli help prevent cancer.
  • Blue: Blueberries protects memory and motor function as you age, fights cancers and prevents heart disease.
  • Purple: Concord grapes and grape juice help reduce the risk of heart disease.

 Superhero Supplements

These foods are rich with key vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy longer. Don’t forget to dig into these during the day!

  • Lutein for healthy eyes: spinach, brussel sprouts, corn
  • Calcium for good bones: oranges, kale, spinach
  • Vitamin C for overall health: oranges, potatoes, kiwi,
    sweet peppers, broccoli
  • Vitamin E for skin/body: avocado, nuts, peanut butter, kiwi, mango
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956/10/2009 6/10/2009 3:03 PMRecreationMoviesEddie's New Comedy Has Big ImaginationIn “Imagine That,” Eddie Murphy plays an executive who discovers the solution to all his problems lie in his daughter’s imaginary worldFind Out How Imagination Can Alter Reality!Now Imagine That!
  • Eddie Murphy stars in new family comedy 
  • Daughter's imagination saves his career

"Imagine That"
Rated PG

In "Imagine That," Eddie Murphy plays financial executive Evan Danielson. As a career-obsessed exec, Murphy plays a misguided man to whom business is more important than spending time with his seven year-old daughter Olivia (Yara Shahidi).

When the opportunity for a promotion arises, Danielson finds himself caught between his parental responsibilities and competitive drive. But as he climbs the corporate ladder, his confidence slows. Slowly he begins to see that his daughter’s imagination may be the key to his success. Unlikely but still laughable hilarity ensues.

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966/10/2009 6/10/2009 4:56 PMRecreationWebsitesLala.com Gives Online Music a MakeoverLala.com lets you hear its millions of songs, in full and for free, before you buy. Plus, upload your own music and listen to it on the web  Your Music Collection Online Any time! Make Your Music On-Demand 
  • More than six million songs
  • Listen to any of them -- once -- for free
  • Upload your music, listen to it on the web free

Designed by music lovers for music lovers, Lala gives online music a fresh new face. With a catalog of more than six million songs, all legally licensed, you can listen to each and every song once – in full – for free. If you like a tune, you can buy unlimited plays on the web for a dime. Or download an MP3 (compatible with iTunes and Windows Media Player) for 89 cents.

Put Your Tunes Online

The other, no-less cool feature is Music Mover. Once downloaded, Music Mover matches songs on your computer to Lala's catalog. Your songs and playlists are instantly added to your Lala collection. Now you can play your music anywhere on the web! The number of songs you can add is unlimited.

Other Online Options

You can also post songs you like on your blog for your friends to listen to – also free. When your friends join Lala, you can browse and listen to their tunes! Plus, get recommendations from artists, DJs, and music reviewers delivered to you daily. If you really dig music, you owe it to yourself to check out lala.com.

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976/11/2009 6/11/2009 12:08 PMRecreationMusicWhat's New with The Black Eyed PeasOne of the most popular bands of the decade has lots going on with a new album, super-hot new single, appearances on Oprah and more!Boom Boom POW: the Latest News On BEP!Hear "Boom Boom Pow" Now!
  • New album "The E.N.D." is not about BEP breaking up.
  • will.i.am has established the "i am scholarship" for teens
  • Dipdive.com is a new social-networking site from Will.

B.E.P.s E.N.D.? N.O. While “The E.N.D.” is their new album’s title, it’s an acronym for “The energy never dies,” not an allusion to the band’s demise.

Dipdive.com: It will be interesting to watch Dipdive.com’s progress, brainchild of frontman will.i.am. It’s no mere vanity project, as the social-networking site employs 25 programmers and burns through $150,000 a month developing it.

Scholarships: With Oprah Winfrey’s assistance, Will established the “i am scholarship” program. It covers tuition, books and fees for four years of college. Its first four recipients were named in May 2009.

Milestone: With their latest single “Boom Boom Pow” entering Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart, it marked their twelfth entry this decade, the most of any band in the aughts.

Other Peas ... Really? Wait, there’s others in BEP besides Will and Fergie? Dang, who knew? Taboo and apl.de.ap round it out.

Listen to "Meet Me Halfway" off BEP's "The E.N.D." now

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986/11/2009 6/11/2009 2:48 PMHealth FitnessHealthy HabitsStroke Smart: Strokes Occur at Any AgeNearly one-quarter of strokes occur in people under the age of 65.Be Aware of Stroke Risk FactorsHelp Prevent Strokes!
  • Stroke is third-leading cause of death in United States
  • Strokes can—and do—occur at ANY age
  • Nearly one-quarter of strokes occur in people under age  65

Facts about Stroke:

• Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Over 143,579 people die each year from stroke in the United States.
• Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.
• Strokes can—and do—occur at ANY age. Nearly one quarter of strokes occur in people under the age of 65.


Click here to learn the warning signs of a stroke.

Stroke risk factors:
Some conditions as well as some lifestyle factors can put people at a higher risk for stroke. The most important risk factors for stroke are high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and cigarette smoking.
Click here to learn more about risk factors for a stroke.

Stroke Prevention
All people can take steps to lower their risk for stroke, whether they have had a stroke or not. Things you can do to lower the risk of stroke include steps to prevent and control high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic conditions.
Click here to learn ways to prevent a stroke.

For more information on the American Heart Association please visit www.americanheart.org.

 

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996/16/2009 6/16/2009 3:50 PMRecreationMusicAngel Taylor Goes from Gospel to PopOn her debut album, this 20-year-old powerhouse belts out the magic of insecurities, mysteries of love and the power behind self-discoverySinger Angel Taylor Is Poised for Big ThingsAngel Reaches for the Stars
  • Debut album "Love Travels" is out now
  • 20-year-old singer with gospel background goes pop
  • Opening summer tour for Sugar Ray

Strong Segue: On debut album “Love Travels,” the former member of gospel group Trin-i-tee 5:7 mixes soul and pop to create catchy tunes such as “Make You Believe” and “Like You Do."

Road Ruler: Has toured with Adele, Brandi Carlile, Kate Voegele and Gavin DeGraw. She plans to support Sugar Ray's summer tour.

A Modest Proposal: Angel's original goal was to record her songs as a Christmas gift to friends and family. But her email to producer Mikal Blue became an audition at Revolver Studios and later a deal with Columbia Records.

Our House: After signing with Columbia, the southern California native bought her mother and two sisters their first house.

A Natural Talent: Though she began writing poetry and playing piano at 13, Taylor never took music lessons; she simply played what she heard by ear.

Listen to "Like You Do" On MCML Music Player

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1006/16/2009 6/16/2009 4:44 PMIn The ClubClub NewsTeen Reporter's Sights Set On CourtroomAyanna Wade has interviewed stars like Olympic hero Michael Phelps and R&B star Mario. But as she heads to college, her goal is to be a lawyerStar Reporter: From Michael Phelps to CollegeAyanna Headed to College!
  • Ayanna was myclubmylife teen reporter
  • Interviewed Michael Phelps and R&B singer Mario
  • Plans to go to law school 

Graduation Date: May 23

Feelings about Graduation: I have already graduated. However, up to this point, it's all been so surreal. Now that it's over, I look back on all that I've been through and I feel a great sense of accomplishment. I'm so proud of myself and all that I've done thus far.

Advice to Club members: Never Give Up!!! High school may seem overwhelming and even pointless at times. But before you know it, the years have flown by and it's over. In the end, it's worth the struggles, the late nights and all the studying because it prepares you to compete in the world and attain success.

Future Plans: I leave for college in August. I have yet to decide what school to attend but I will be making my choice very soon. I plan to major in political science and eventually become an attorney.

Favorite Club memories: I love the Club but what I'll miss most is the staff. I've been at the Club for the past nine years and I've seen a lot of staff come and go. However, the bonds I've forged with most of them will never be forgotten. I've loved them and I keep in touch with them so that I'll always have someone to talk to.

What were some of the exciting things you did  as a myclubmylife reporter? I've been to national and regional (Southeast) Keystone conferences, interviewed Bow Wow, Mario, Michael Phelps, chatted with Sammie, reported at the 1st Annual BET Hip Hop Awards, and many other things.

In 10 years ... I will have already graduated law school two years before and should be working at a law firm as a lawyer.

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1016/16/2009 6/16/2009 4:59 PMLife SkillsEtiquette10 Things We Hate About Cell PhonesWe love the access cellies provide, not the rude behavior it inspires. Here's 10 ways to tell if you're a cell cretin and how to correct it!Don't Abuse Your Cell Phone Rights!Stop Cell Phone Abuse Today
  • July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
  • 10 tips to avoid being a cell phone boor
  • Share with a friend

No one likes the person whose phone rings during a movie or the rude customer who barely pays attention to the cashier while talking on the phone. With July being National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, we offer you -- or somebody you may know --- the following tips to improve electronic etiquette.

  1. Don't Talk/Text and Drive: Don’t drive and talk on your phone at the same time. It poses danger to yourself and those around you. This goes double for texting! 
  2. No Cell Yell: Maintain a conversational tone. Many people who use cell phones appear to shout, not knowing they are speaking louder than they should. 
  3. Don't Be a Clerk Jerk: When checking out at a store, don't continue talking on the phone. It's rude and disrespectful to the clerk -- and everybody there thinks you're a jerk.
  4. Text Instead: Send a text when a phone call would be rude, like during a meeting. This relays a message quickly without interrupting a public setting.
  5. Stay Cool: Don't display anger when you're on a public call. Emotional conversations that should be held where they won't embarrass or intrude on others.
  6. Be Present: At meetings, performances or any event, let calls go to voicemail and don’t text a reply to missed messages. Avoid disrupting those around you by setting your phone to silent or turning it off completely.
  7. Respect Requests: At a hospital, on airplanes or any place that restricts mobile phones, respect the rules. Regulations aren’t set up to inconvenience you. They’re for safety, security and courtesy to those around you.
  8. Be Polite: Expecting a call you can’t postpone? Alert anyone you’re with before getting up and answering it. The people you’re hanging with are probably more important than whoever's on the line.
  9. Vibe On: In public settings like movies, classrooms or meetings, set your phone to vibrate or silent mode. 
  10. Use Discretion: Save yourself and others needless embarassment. Be aware of your surroundings and save private matters for when you’re in private.
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1026/17/2009 6/17/2009 4:50 PMIn The ClubClub NewsBill Clinton Visits Club Awards CeremonyFormer President Bill Clinton attends awards ceremony at Worcester Boys & Girls Club in Mass.Former President visits Boys & Girls ClubBill Clinton visits Club
  • former president Bill Clinton visits BGC in Mass.
  • Students comment on how his personal story touched them
  • Clinton comments on how BGCA helps community

by Liane Membis, myclubmylife.com Intern

Former President Bill Clinton visited the Worcester Boys & Girls Club in central Massachusetts last Friday. The former president was in town for a $100,000 fundraising event for Democratic Representative James McGovern. Clinton attended an awards ceremony for members of the Club and shared stories about his upbringing in Arkansas, tales that touched Giovani Dulcio, a freshman at Worcester Technical High School.

“Usually, with other presidents, they had a lot of money growing up,” Dulcio said to the “Worcester Telegram & Gazette. “He understands, and I think that motivates us.”

Clinton not only recognized outstanding members in the club, including 17 year-old Damien Almazraawi who has been a member of the Club for three years, but also how Boys & Girl Clubs are an invaluable part of local communities.

“There will never be enough money or effort to come out of Washington that can substitute for the relationships you will build at the Boys & Girls Club," Clinton said in a short speech to the Club. He further noted how institutions like Boys & Girls Club keep students motivated, determined and focused.

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1036/17/2009 6/17/2009 5:07 PMArts TechGadgetsMicrosoft Reimagines the ZuneIn its latest incarnation due this September, the Zune offers a sleeker design, wireless capabilities, HD radio and moreThe Zune Gets Made Over for September ReleaseMeet the Zune 3.0
  • The third generation Zune comes out in September
  • Has sleeker, thinner design and 3.3-inch screen
  • Allows you to tag songs heard on radio for later purchase

by Liane Membis, myclubmylife editorial intern

It’s been a while, but Microsoft has finally planned the release for the newest addition to its MP3 family. The third generation Zune HD, is the company’s first touch screen MP3 player device. It promises some radical new features.

HD Radio: What has made the Zune device unique from its iPod rival that it has a radio. Now users can tag songs they hear on the radio to buy later. You can also tune to any station with clear reception and even channel radio stations in other countries.

Touchscreen: The Zune now has multi-touch navigation that allows for stellar connection and search capabilities.

New Design: Generation 3 might just be the black sheep in the family. The new device boasts a sleek, thin design and 3.3”-inch screen — large enough to view clear images and display movies with HD resolution.

Wireless: No need to plug in USB cords to get your favorite songs on the Zune. Zune HD has the capability to browse and shop tunes at Wi-Fi spots. The web browser includes tap-to-zoom technology and touch-screen QWERTY board.

The new Zune will also have connectivity with Microsoft’s Xbox and the ability to wirelessly sync music to the device. Zune HD is available for purchase September 5. No purchase price has yet been announced.

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1046/17/2009 6/17/2009 5:35 PMIn The ClubClub NewsAfrican-American Exhibit is All AmericanOne of the largest ever exhibits of African-American artifacts and history is in Atlanta for the summer to be seen by hundreds of thousandsTavis Smiley Behind African American ExhibitAfrican American History!
  • African American exhibit portrays 400 years of history
  • Radio/TV host was the inspiration behind the exhibit
  • The latest is Atlanta, where thousands of Club members are expected

The name says it's an African-American history exhibit. But radio/TV host Tavis Smiley says the "America I Am: The African American Imprint" is truly American through and through.

Atlanta is the latest stop for the exhibition of 400 years of African American history. And thanks to the generosity of donors, thousands of Boys & Girls Clubs members are expected to see the exhibit's nearly 300 artifacts, documents and photographs. Over the next four years, "America I Am" will visit 10 other U.S. cities.

Get a sneak preview of the online exhibition.

Smiley, who helped organize the exhibit, spoke to myclubmylife about the meaning of the exhibit and what teens can learn from it.

See the Tavis Smiley interview Above!

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1056/17/2009 6/17/2009 5:53 PMIn The ClubClub NewsYouths of the Year Head to EuropeA group of Club teens led by 2009 Youth of the Year Shonnetta Henry are visiting U.S. military bases as Club ambassadors this summerHow I Spent My (European) Summer VacationBGCA's European Vacation
  • National and regional YoYs spending six weeks in Europe
  • The four teens will visit London, Germany, Italy and Spain
  • Serving as Club ambassadors on U.S. military bases

It's a European summer vacation for 2008/09 National Youth of the Year Shonnetta Henry of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and three other Club teens.

Henry, 2007/08 National YoY Demetrice Tuttle of Boys & Girls Clubs of West Georgia and regional YoY's Ashley Turner of Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland (Oregon) Metropolitan Area and Jamaal Phillips of Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis are visiting U.S. military bases in England, Germany, Italy and Spain for six weeks.

The party of four arrived in Germany June 16. Myclubmylife will post video, photos and posts from each of the travelers throughout their European trip. Stay tuned! 

BGCA President Roxanne Spillette sees off, from left, Shonnetta, Ashley, Demetrice and Jamaal in Atlanta.System Account
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1066/17/2009 6/17/2009 6:08 PMProgramsSMART GirlsTeenage Girls Pressured to Be Perfect?A story suggests that teen girls are under more pressure than ever to be "be pretty, sweet and nice and impossibly perfect"Are Teenage Girls Pressured to Be Perfect?The Dangers of Perfection
  • Quest to be perfect hurting teen girls
  • Suicide, depression, cutting, eating-disorders soaring
  • Happening across economic and racial divides

According to a recent story in the "Contra-Costa (Calif.) Times," it isn't easy being a teenage girl.

In what may be the ultimate irony, there's never been a better time to be an American girl — or one that's as risky. Teen suicide, depression, cutting and eating disorder rates are soaring. In 2004-05 suicide rates jumped 76 percent for tweens and 32 percent for teenage girls ages 15-18, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some experts say these troubling statistics have much to do with the burden society puts on teenage girls.

A Triple Bind of Pressures

"Let's look at what we ask of our teenage daughters," says Stephen Hinshaw, a University of California Berkeley psychology professor and author of "The Triple Bind: Saving our Teenage Girls from Today's Pressures."

Hinshaw calls its a triple bind: "Be pretty, sweet and nice. Be athletic, competitive and get straight A's. Be impossibly perfect."

Teen Girls Everywhere Affected

Hinshaw says this "epidemic among teen girls" can't be correlated with economic or racial divides. It's happening in every town.

"Have women's genes mutated in the last generation?" Hinshaw says. "I don't think so. Something in the culture is pushing the genetic envelope. What has upped the ante?"

It was different when her mother was young, says Liz Funk, 20-year-old author of "Supergirls Speak Out: Inside the Secret Crisis of Overachieving Girls."

Funk, who describes herself as a "recovering" over-achiever, spent the school year gathering research for her book and discovered supergirls across the nation — and they're exhausted. On the surface, she says, they're not breaking a sweat. But after a while, they confess they're practically mainlining caffeine and Red Bull.

Ask your advisor about the SMART Girls program to combat problems such as this.

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1076/22/2009 6/22/2009 3:04 PMIn The ClubYouth of the YearOrtiz Named Connecticut Youth of YearHigh school senior claims state title Youth of the Year in ConnecticutBasketball Player Named CT Youth of the YearCT State Youth of the Year
  • Ortiz named Connecticut Youth of Year
  • Next try to win Northeast Region YoY
  • Raised in projects, says Club kept him on right path

by Liane Membis, myclubmylife.com Intern

Raymond Oritz, a member of Boys & Girls Club, has been named the Connecticut Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year.

“I do a lot for the club because I grew up there,” Ortiz told the "New Britain Herald." “It was such a big thing in my life. I’m glad that the club was there to keep me on track.”

A senior at Bristol Eastern High School, Ortiz currently lives in public housing. he says the Club helped him get away from the unhealthy pressures of living in the projects. Ortiz plans to take courses at a local community college and to later study architecture.

The Bristol resident has given back extensively to his community by mentoring teenagers through the “Passport to Manhood” and “Smart Moves” programs, in which he advises young males on their responsibilities.

Ortiz beat out 15 other nominated youths from Clubs throughout Connecticut. Representing 60,000 BGC members, Ortiz will compete against youths from other states for the title in the Northeast regional in July.

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1086/22/2009 6/22/2009 3:15 PMIn The ClubSMART GirlsTeen Mothers Share Stories at ClubTwo Connecticut mothers recently shared their stories about the hardships of teen pregnancy to members of one Club's SMART girls program SMART Girls Hear Truths About Teen PregnancyYoung Mothers Share Stories
  • Two young mothers share their stories
  • The hardships of teen pregnancy
  • How to prevent teen pregnancy

by Liane Membis, myclumylife.com Intern

Two young mothers recently visited the Laurel Street Boys & Girls Club in New Britain, Connecticut to talk to members of the Club's “SMART Girls” program. Hoxie, 23, and Napolitano, 17, shared stories of how they each became pregnant at age 16 and continual impact it has on their lives. They offered one key word of advice for young females in relationships: abstinence.

'It's Not About You Any More'

Napolitano discussed how difficult it is care for a baby and raise a child while unemployed and living on her own. 

“That was the hardest moment of my life,” Napolitano said to the "New Britain Herald."  “When you have a baby, it’s not about you any more.” She described how she takes 5-minute showers, rarely sleeps, can no longer hang out with friends and even got acne from being pregnant.

The two young women attributed their situations to poor decision making and warned girls about the image of being pregnant at a young age may bring.

“You look at me and you may think, ‘She’s so cute,’ but it’s not all that,” Napolitano said to the Herald.

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1096/25/2009 6/24/2009 4:12 PMLife SkillsHealth5 Ways to Stop Summertime Bug Bites Being outdoors during the summer can be fun as well as a time to rev up your power against tiny critters5 Tips to Avoid Summertime Bug Bites  Stop Summertime Bug Bites!
  • Avoid places where bugs hang out
  • Cover up outdoors
  • Swatting only agitates insects
by Liane Membis, myclubmylife editorial intern 

Coming face to face with an insect is easy for some, nerve-wracking for others. Some tiny creatures are wondrous, minute beauties, others venomous creatures who offer big bites of trouble. And no one wants to be a sample on the insect buffet.

Not to fear! Here are five easy ways you can prevent bug bites and stings when outdoors this summer:

  1. Avoid mosquito breeding grounds. Avoid standing water in birdbaths, small pools, ponds, or buckets.
  2. Wear repellent. When outside, apply repellent, especially when camping or hiking. Re-apply after swimming or sweating profusely.
  3. Take cover. In a wooded area, cover your skin as much as possible. Wear socks with shoes when walking through grass.
  4. Don't swat! Don’t swat at flying insects. It makes them more agitated and likely to sting or bite!
  5. Use your head. Don't purposely disturb nests or hives.
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1107/1/2009 7/1/2009 4:47 PM-KEYSTONE-Keystone EuropeEuro Keystone an International HitHundreds of Keystoners from military bases across Europe gathered recently in Germany for fun, leadership lessons and laughs!Keystone Goes International In GermanyKeystone Gets European Flav
  • Nearly 100 members, advisors gather
  • 2009 YoY Shonnetta Henry and '08 winner join in
  • Keystoners perform community service 

By Jimbo McDonald, Keystone National Conference Steering Committee 

On our nine-hour flight to Germany, my friend Ray and I were ready to do as much as we could to help Keystone Clubs on U.S. military bases around the world. Once we arrived at Ramstein Air Base and signed in, we got situated in our rooms. We met up with the European Summer Leadership Assistants (ESLAs) at a local medieval festival and got a chance to try many different types of German cuisine.

We participated in a session on "Bridging the Generation Gap" that included 2008 National Youth of Year Demetrice Tuttle. In this session, we learned about ways to deal with changing times among different generations. We also participated in a community service project for Miesau army base, cleaning barracks, the base and the mess hall.

Because Ray and I had to leave on Thursay (due to my graduation on Friday), we scheduled a Toga- themed meeting on Wednesday night for our going away. This was a great way to celebrate a week full of great times.

At the end of the Summit, we had developed friendships, helped educated close to 100 military teens and staff about Keystone, and developed what is sure to be a very successful sister-club program. All in all, an experience of a lifetime!

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1117/1/2009 7/1/2009 5:36 PMProgramsYouth of the YearKeystone Highlights European TripYouths of the Year begin European tour in Germany at 2009 European Keystone Leadership Summit before going separate ways across the Continent!Tuttle: Euro Trip Off to Rousing StartEuro Trip off to Good Start
  • 2008 YoY Demetrice's European journal
  • European Keystone Conference
  • Next stop, Italy!

After Shonnetta, Ashley, Jamaal and I arrived, we made our way to Ramstein Air Base. the week began with meetings with commanders and chiefs and then moved to a tour of an ancient castle in Landstuhl, Germany. We toured the base and then prepared for the European Keystone Leadership Summit.

Euro Summit 

The Summit was awesome! Air force, army and navy teens gathered together for a week of high ropes courses; NATO headquarters tours, scavenger hunts and great sessions. I even ran a session with BGCA Military Services European Regional Service Director Teresa Quinn-Vesley called “The Generational Gap,” where teens talked about the differences between our generation and that of our parents and Keystone advisors and discussed ways we can bridge the gap.

Onto Heidelberg

After the conference wrapped, we took a trip to Heidelberg to see the famous Heidelberg Castle which holds the largest wine cask ever built! This past Saturday we continued our sight-seeing, making our way to Trier, where we toured the famous philosopher Karl Marx’s home and stumbled upon a German rap battle!

Next stop, Italy!

Today I fly out to Venice and make my way to Aviano Air Force Base in northern Italy. If this has been my first two weeks, I can’t wait to see what the next four weeks in Aviano have in store for me. I will keep everyone posted!

Until then,

Demetrice

2008 Youth of the Year Demetrice Tuttle is one of four Club members -- 2009 YoY Shonnetta Henry and regional YoY's Ashley Turner and Jamaal Phillips -- serving as Club ambassadors at U.S. military bases in England, Germany, Italy and Spain this summer.

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1127/1/2009 7/1/2009 6:06 PMProgramsSMART MovesDon't Let Your Summer Be a BummerBesides sun and fun, summer can also be a risky time of year. Find out how to make smart decisions and stay safe all summer longGet Through Summer the SMART WayYour SMART Guide to Summer
  • Leading killer of teens is auto accidents
  • Avoid friends and peers who engage in risky behavior
  • Substance abuse dangers go beyond immediate health

There's no doubt -- summertime rocks. School's out and there's more time for friends, family and travel. But that spare time should be handled responsibly. If you're not careful, it can turn into too much time on your hands, which can lead to risky personal behavior -- and endanger your very life.

Poor driving

Not much feels better than a summer road trip -- windows down, tunes cranked, warm breeze through your hair. But along with that enjoyable feeling is the reality that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there's a spike in traffic accidents, injuries and deaths among young people (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Coupled with the fact that car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens (Centers for Disease Control), you owe it to yourself -- and everyone on the road -- to pay attention behind the wheel. Consider the following points when you're driving:

  • No texting or tweeting when driving
  • No talking on the phone when driving. Just turn it off.
  • Never, ever drink or use drugs and drive
  • Always keep your eyes on the road

Substance abuse

Summertime should be easy breezy. But having fun shouldn't mean using -- never mind abusing -- dangerous substances. Alcohol and drug use is a leading cause of teen death and injury related to car accidents, violence and drowning. What's more, substance abuse increases the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases because of unprotected sex. However, you always have choices. And you can prevent making bad ones by following these tips:

  • RSVP. Skip parties where drugs or alcohol are available.
  • You are who you hang with. Try to be friends with those who don't use -- you won't be tempted. And if asked to get high, you can walk away as part of a group.
  • Get involved. Club activities like SMART Moves, Power Hour, Goals for Graduation, Club Tech, Money Matters and CareerLaunch are great ways to stay busy and productive. 
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1137/7/2009 7/7/2009 12:36 PMIn The ClubContestIt'd Be Great If You'd Be Funny ...In the spirit of BGCAs “Be Great” campaign, you’re invited to enter the “Be Funny” Video Contest! Bonus: get voted funniest and win a Zune!Enter the "Be Funny" Video Contest Got Jest? Click Here.
  • Video contest for Club members ages 13 to 19
  • Tell a joke, do a skit, do a stand-up routine -- BE FUNNY!
  • Participant voted funniest by MCML readers wins a Zune 

A Video contest for Club members
ages 13 to 19

You Could Win A Microsoft Zune 4GB MP3 player worth about $100. All appropriate videos will be posted for viewing and voting on myclubmylife.


Shoot it, submit it:
Upload a comical video no more than 60 seconds in length to myclubmylife.com/upload. Do it solo or as a team with fellow Club members. Videos can be simple or refined. Edit, add effects, music, etc.; or just submit a raw, one-take video. Use what you got, a video camera, computer camera, cell phone – whatever’s available.

Good Ideas

  • Tell a joke
  • Create a skit
  • Do a stand-up routine
  • Do slapstick
  • Be satirical
  • Just Be Funny!

Bad ideas

Don’t waste your time with inappropriate videos.We’ll automatically disqualify if we see it.

  • No profanity
  • No inappropriate innuendo
  • No dangerous stunts ala Johnny Knoxville

Formats
Video canot be larger than 100 MB and must be provided in one of the following file formats: AVI, MOV, MP4, FLV.

Important dates:

Submission Deadline August 21:
Register with myclubmylife.com and upload video to myclubmylife.com/upload/ by 11:59 PDT

August 31-September 4: 
myclubmylife readers vote on entries

Week of September 7:
One winner named on myclubmylife.com

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