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Cox Communications Funds Tech Center for BGCM Ensuring Tech-Savvy Workforce for the Future

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Cox Communications Funds Tech Center for BGCM Ensuring Tech-Savvy Workforce for the Future

Omaha, NE (Oct. 9, 2014) – A new technology center, funded by a grant from Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation, officially opened today at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands – Westside Unit in Omaha. The grant is part of a $150,000 gift that Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation provided to create seven new Cox Technology Centers nationwide.

The technology centers are the centerpiece of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Club Tech program, which provides students access to curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. These technology centers also help bridge the digital divide for children who have no access to a computer or Internet connection at home.

“Cox is dedicated to the Omaha community and to providing youth access to technology and best practices for staying safe online,“ said Cox Communications Omaha Market Vice President Kim Rowell.

“At the Clubs members have opportunities to actively develop 21st Century skills. Research shows that youth who have access to science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and math projects are more likely to be prepared for secondary and post-secondary education and are more likely to be successful in future careers. Youth participation in Art encourages curiosity and creativity along with scientific and technical skills. 21st Century kids, particularly underrepresented youth in STEM education and activities, need a variety of opportunities to learn skills needed to strive and compete in the 21st Century. Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe environment for kids to try-on new skills, to ask ‘what if questions,’ and to explore the possibilities,” said Ivan Gilreath, CEO/President of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands.

Valued at more than $25,000, each Boys & Girls Club Technology Center includes state-of-the-art computers, along with desktops, monitors, laptops, printers, docking stations, wireless routers, wireless cards and proprietary Microsoft and Club Tech software. Through the Club Tech suite of programs, kids learn the basics of business software, plus stay safe online and move on to advanced hardware and networking skills.

Cox Communications and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have partnered for more than ten years to provide club kids with a safe place to learn and grow.  In Omaha, local Cox teams have contributed more than $1.1 million in cash, in-kind support, media services and volunteer efforts to the organization since 2008.

The Omaha Technology Center is located at the Westside Unit (1414 Robertson Drive, Omaha), a club attached to Westbrook Elementary School, serves nearly 200 Westside Unit club kids daily and is open to more than 800 club kids from around the metro area.


On the Road 2014: BGCM Raises Over $330K

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On the Road 2014: BGCM Raises Over $330K

The 18th Annual On the Road Event was held on Saturday, May 31st at Happy Hollow Club where the 340 attendees were encouraged to sport festive golf attire in light of this year’s Country Club theme. The VIP Patron Party kicked off the evening at 5:30 pm, followed by a cocktail reception. Guests were greeted at the doors by Club kids as they were seated for a sit-down dinner, program and live auction. The evening festivities concluded on the front lawn with a live performance by local band Pat O & The Show giving guests the opportunity to dance the night away and enjoy the beautiful summer evening.

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March Madnezz a Slam Dunk!

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March Madnezz a Slam Dunk!

On Saturday, March 29th, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands hosted the 5th Annual March Madnezz fundraising event at Spillway Grill & Bar in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

“To experience success like we did at the 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs March Madnezz Event, you need two things: a strong, engaged committee and a supportive business community, and we are fortunate to have both,” said Phil Higgins, President of the Southwest Iowa Board of Trustees. “I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it all.”

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2014 Nebraska State Youth of the Year

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2014 Nebraska State Youth of the Year

On Wednesday, March 19th, three Nebraska teens met before a crowd of more than 60 supporters to compete for the title of Nebraska State Youth of the Year. The youth shared their stories of the challenges they faced and the impact the Boys & Girls Clubs had on their growth and development as a young adult.

Three judges determined Jabaree Culliver, an 18-year-old graphic design student at UNO and 10-year member of the Westside Boys & Girls Club winner of the Nebraska State Youth of the Year Title, making Jabaree the most distinguished among over 10,000 members in the state of Nebraska.

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My life and my family's foundation was established at the Boys Clubs back in the late 60's. My mother believed in what the Club meant in our lives and I will celebrate my 35th year in the Movement this year. I am so honored to have learned from the some of the best men around…Bill Hinckley, Tom Davis, Ike Snell, Dwight Day, Fred Schott, Don Preister, Maurice Lambert, Lonnie McIntosh, Walter Henderson, Wayne Houston and Bob Solonynka.