We are OPEN from 12pm-7:30pm Tuesday Feb. 20th, Wednesday Feb. 21st & ThursdayFeb. 22nd.
The Club will be Closed Monday Feb. 19th and ALSO Friday Feb. 23rd.
Scholarships – Feb. 14, 2018
Throughout its history, Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club has connected aspiring students to scholarship opportunities here at the Club. Last year, we awarded $19,000 in scholarships to local teens. Over the years, the Club’s scholarship program has been generously funded by our supporters. High school seniors who have not only demonstrated outstanding academic achievement but have also shown excellence in areas of leadership, community service and involvement in the Club are encouraged to apply. Every year, these recipients are exceptional young men and women who are truly deserving of the accolades they receive.
The goal of the Club’s scholarship program is to enable our young people to reach their full academic and professional potential and to help them to pay for the expense of a college education. Scholarship recipients are selected and interviewed by the Club’s Scholarship Committee comprised of members of our staff, Board of Directors and community. We are very fortunate to be able to offer multiple scholarships to our local teens for 2018, thanks to the generosity of our community.
Scholarship applications are available online, at the Club’s front desk and the Locust Valley High School Guidance Department. To download the form online, go to www.gbbgc.org and click on the Home tab and then Online Forms. Applicants must be a senior in high school and a current member or previous member of the Club for at least one year. Completed applications include an essay, a high school transcript and two letters of recommendation. This completed scholarship packet is due at the Club no later than Monday, March 26, 2018. Qualified applicants will then be contacted for an interview with the Scholarship Committee.
It is very rewarding for me personally to see the character and quality of the young people who apply and I am very proud of the role the Club has played in their lives. Students and parents who are interested in learning about the Club’s scholarships should contact the Club at (516) 676-1460.
Winter Fun at GBBGC – January 31, 2018
This January has provided a number of wintry challenges with snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. It is easy to feel cooped up and housebound whatever your age, but especially when you are young and energetic. Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club is a warm and welcoming place to have fun for youngsters from Kindergartners through the Twelfth Grade. At this time of year, our Club is full of kids with an array of activities and healthy outlets for youthful energy in addition to our Basketball Program. Each school day, more than 200 children come to the Club after school to take advantage of our Homework Help program and to participate in everything the Club has to offer.
Homework Help is a highly effective program based on the premise that children who consistently complete their homework assignments go to school each day with confidence and a strong chance of success. At the Club, our children learn to study independently and to finish projects on time, giving them a sense of accomplishment and achievement. With a structure designed to help every kid succeed, we keep our child to staff ratio low and provide outlets for children who have completed their work so they do not distract the others. We have also provided a quiet study space for kids needing extra help or extra time to complete their assignments. When a child needs individual assistance, the one-on-one time we offer is essential. Our staff and volunteers are on hand to encourage and to help.
In addition to Homework Help, we have introduced some fun activities to encourage our little ones to learn while having fun. In our STEAM program, our first and second graders take part in lessons and experiments like studying volcanoes while building one themselves. Members also participate in scavenger hunts searching for clues to learn about geography and national landmarks. In our Kids in the Kitchen, members have a chance to learn to cook and to bake, making simple recipes and learning the fundamental skills of measuring ingredients, following instructions, and enjoying the delicious reward at the end. Young readers enjoy our Library Club that matches participants with a teen tutor at the Locust Valley Library to strengthen reading skills and to encourage a love of books.
Our kids in Grades 3 – 5 are also learning while having fun. They are taught important lessons about health and nutrition in Healthy Habits. In our “Science with Seth” Club, they are conducting experiments and going on field trips to learn more about the natural world around them. To keep everyone active and fit during the winter months, fun games like Around the World Ping Pong, Triple Table Tennis, and Bean Bag Toss have made the Social Rec room a place full of laughter and high energy. Other physical outlets include Dance-Nastics, Hip Hop and Jazz, Kickline, and Dance Expression.
Creative activities in the Tech Center include DJ & Mixing, Photography, and Minecraft. In the Art Room, our kids gain a familiarity with various mediums and techniques while developing their own distinctive style. Their works will be on display at the Locust Valley Library for the month of February as part of BGCA’s National Competition in the Fine Arts. A reception will be held on Thursday, February 15th from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Library for the young artists and their families. All are welcome.
If you have any questions for your child about our afterschool programs for all ages, please call the Club at 759-5437 x 16, go to the website at www.gbbgc.org, or stop by the Club.
The Club will be closed Feb. 19th in observance of President’s Day.
Another Banner Year for GBBGC Basketball – January 24, 2018
If you drive by the Club in the late afternoon and early evening, you may notice a stream of young athletes and their parents coming and going. If you look into the windows of the new gymnasium, you may notice that the score board is all lit up, with games in session. If you step inside, you are greeted by the sound of basketballs bouncing, the squeal of sneakers sliding, the blast of whistles blown, and the roar of happy fans.
Grenville Baker is in the midst of another banner year for our Basketball program. Just when we thought we had reached our max, our numbers have increased once again with more than 580 local kids participating in our single most popular program, with members aged 5 through 18 learning the fundamentals of basketball while playing with their friends. During the height of the season, every afternoon and evening, basketball is being played upstairs and down in the Club’s two gymnasiums.
The goal of GBBGC’s basketball program is to provide a positive athletic experience for our members. Kids of all ages are given the opportunity to practice the basic skills of basketball while learning strategy, sportsmanship and teamwork. At the Club, our Basketball program serves every skill level. At the end of the season, our entire Club experiences our own March Madness, with playoffs, championships, and a Basketball Award Ceremony.
The Basketball Program begins with an Instructional league for grades K-2 and then children advance to Pee Wee in Grades 3-4, Biddy in Grades 5-6, and Collegiate in Grades 7-8, each with one hour of practice and one game per week. Boys in Grades 9-10 and 11-12 play in our High School Leagues with games each week on Thursday and Friday evenings.
The Club has seen a large increase this year in the number of teenage boys participating with more than 135 in our High School League. What a wonderful way for our teens to spend their Friday nights, with the bleachers packed with friends and parents coming to cheer. The teens are encouraged to take ownership of their league with greater input in picking and organizing teams. The Club provides the structure of a game schedule, a coach, and referees at every game. Through word of mouth, the number of Little Pro teams has grown. Our GBBGC Basketball Facebook page has also helped to spread the word with schedule updates, game results, and videos.
We want to express our gratitude to our loyal Basketball sponsors and to the many volunteer coaches who return year after year to help out. Clock and book volunteers are also needed and play an essential role. We especially want to thank our local merchants and residents for their patience during peak hours when parking is at a premium around the Club. This wonderful program would not exist without your support.
Sunday, January 7th – at 7:30 PM
Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club
Locust Valley, NY 11560