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At Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club, a big part of helping young people to reach their full potential is teaching them the keys to a healthy life. An understanding of how to make smart nutritional choices is essential. Our Club’s Healthy Habits program and other Club-wide initiatives give our members the tools and resources they need to learn the basic building blocks for a healthy future.

As part of our Healthy Habits program, we encourage our members to sit down to a “healthy plate” at every meal and to make informed choices about what they eat. We help them to increase their consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while limiting their intake of foods high in calories, salt and sugar. Beverages like low fat milk and plenty of water are recommended to ensure proper hydration over energy drinks and sodas that may be high in empty calories. Balance and moderation are important habits to develop at a young age that can carry through to adulthood.

In order to achieve these goals, we have taken a proactive approach to nutrition at the Club. In addition to teaching about nutrition we have also taken steps to remove all the vending machines in the building to remove the temptations of soda, candy and chips. Instead, we provide water throughout the day. We have also added a healthy snack during Homework Help that includes veggies and dip, fruit, cheese, crackers and other nutritious choices. At 5:30 pm, our kids are also offered a balanced meal supplied by Long Island Cares. The meals vary throughout the week and incorporate a protein, a carbohydrate, a fruit, a vegetable, and milk, providing the calories and nutrients needed by growing children.

Another important piece of learning about healthy eating at the Club is our cooking program.  To encourage our kids to limit the amount of fast food they eat each week, we recognize that young people need to learn the ABCs of cooking simple, healthy and economic meals for themselves and their families. Our kitchen was designed to accommodate and to ensure the safety of our young chefs. In our Healthy Habits Program, our kids are given a chance to learn the basics and to gain hands on training in the kitchen.

It is also essential that our children make smart decisions when choosing a healthy snack. One local business is helping: the Rising Tide Natural Market in Glen Cove. Each month, Rising Tide awards Nutrition Competition gift certificates to the Club members who demonstrate the greatest consistency in eating fruit or vegetables at the Club. Photos of the winners are posted on our bulletin board and Facebook page. Combining a knowledge of nutrition with a proper balance of physical fitness and positive relationships, members of our Club are well on their way to reaching their full potential and to enjoying a healthy life.

Hispanic Heritage Dinner

Join Us For Dinner

Hispanic Heritage Dinner 

Friday, October 19, 2018 from 5pm-7pm. 

$5.00 a plate

All proceeds for the event go to supporting Keystone Club

The Rising Heroes Fundraiser

LOOK TO THE SKY

#SupermanIsReal

Come see the film that will make you put on your cape and be inspired! Look to the Sky weaves together the uplifting true stories of young people who have demonstrated the spirit of Superman and encourages all to find the superhero within themselves.

Wednesday, October 3rd 

6:00 pm Program begins 6:30 pm “Look to the Sky” Screening

Refreshments, Games and Inflatables 

CLUB IS OPEN

Sept. 12th we welcome back our Club kids.

Open House

Mark Your Calendars! Open House September 6th at 6:00pm-6:45pm. Come take a tour of the Club.

Club Opens Sept. 12th

September 12th is the first day the Club is open to members.

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City Club at GBBGC– July 25, 2018

 

Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club prides itself on offering a range of activities for our teens throughout the year. One program we are particularly proud of is City Club. City Club transports our teens to NYC once a month to see and to experience museums, theater, historical sites and cultural events, many for the first time. Each adventure is eye opening, offering the teens a glimpse of the bigger world and all it has to offer them. The trips inspire them to dream of a career or develop a new passion or creative interest. This past year 39 teens participated in City Club.

In January, our teens visited the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) in Astoria, Queens. MOMI is the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of film making in all its forms. Embracing a wide range of subjects, from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art, MOMI explores every phase of the production, promotion, and exhibition of moving images. Our members had the opportunity to learn about special effects, stop motion animation, sound editing and voice overs. This trip encouraged our kids to explore the digital arts as both a creative outlet and a possible profession.

In March,our City Club kids attended the Phantom of the Opera. Our teens were so impressed with the skill, artistry and hard work that went into the sets, costumes and design of the Broadway production. As the longest running musical in Broadway history, the actors, dancers, and orchestra were wonderful. The whole experience was a treat and very memorable for our young audience.

For our May trip, our teens went on a Central Park Bike Tour. Covering over 6 miles, the kids rode bikes all over Central Park and saw Belvedere Castle, the Alice in Wonderland Statue and Strawberry Fields. This trip gave our teens a unique perspective of the NYC skyline and a newfound appreciation of this historic park. This prompted a discussion of the history, culture and urban planning of New York City.

On separate trips, the kids were also able to tour Green-Wood Cemetery, go on the Beast Boat Ride around Manhattan, celebrate the Chinese New Year in Chinatown, explore Belmont Park, and walk the High Line.  At the Club, we work hard to serve our teens. We provide a space for them to receive guidance and support, and to simply relax with friends. During the summer, our Teen Center is open for our drop-in program, our evening Basketball League, and Wednesdays Teen Trips. Please contact our Teen Director Stephanie Urio at 516-759-5437 x 13 or Stephanie.urio@gbbgc.orgto learn more about City Club and our other Teen programs.

Closed from June 22nd-July 7th

Just a reminder the Club will be Closed from June 22nd-July 7th. We will reopen July 9th for Summer Camp!!

Closing at 5:00pm on June 13th

The Club will close at 5:00pm on June 13th

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GBBGC’s Banquet of Champions 2018

On Wednesday June 13, Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club will hold its 68th Annual Banquet of Champions at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville. The wonderful setting with its spacious dining room and waterfront views makes it a festive occasion for our families. The dinner will honor more than 300 outstanding participants who excelled in all areas of club programming including sports and fitness, social recreation, technology, education, teens programming, and Youth of the Year.

This annual event continues to recognize the achievements and hard work of Club members who participate in the many programs offered by the Club. The evening also allows us to acknowledge our volunteers whose generous donation of time and talent has such a positive impact on our children. The Club has been holding a Banquet of Champions since its earliest days. In the 1950’s, our community came together to help build the Club into the community cornerstone it is today.

In our 68th year, we continue to promote the development of boys and girls by instilling in them a sense of belonging, usefulness and competence. To that end, the Club provides a diverse array of programming to attract and to retain boys and girls with a variety of interests and needs. By providing opportunities for leadership and teamwork, and with the fine example and support of our volunteers, we help our young members to develop character and self-confidence.

At the Banquet of Champions, we take the time to celebrate each child. I would like especially to congratulate Larissa Izaguirre, our New York State Youth of the Year who will be going to the regionals next week. I also wish to recognize our parent volunteers Ernestina Martinez (Larissa’s mom!) and Nicole Robison who are this year’s recipients of the Excellence in Volunteering Award. We are so proud of their accomplishments and appreciative of all they have meant to our Club, carrying on the tradition of volunteerism upon which our Club was founded.