Posts Tagged ‘Boys & Girls Club’


Now Hiring! Summer AmeriCorps Opportunities

May 3, 2013

Looking for a great way to give back this summer?  Look no further!  United Way of Southern Nevada has just posted a number of exciting AmeriCorps positions with four local nonprofits that will give you the opportunity to make a big difference this summer.  These national service positions are volunteer-based, but each offers a living stipend and education award that can be used toward future educational expenses or paying back student loans.

Check out these fantastic opportunities and click on the link to apply for any/all of the opportunities that are of interest.


AmeriCorps VISTA Positions

Outside Las Vegas Foundation – For many years, Outside Las Vegas Foundation (OLVF) facilitated the development of open space & trails resources. OLVF is now focusing on connecting the community, with an emphasis on children & families in less advantaged communities, to these resources. As a result, OLVF is expanding into several program areas that will need a variety of capacity building & organizational assistance. The OLVF believes that building connections to southern Nevada’s outdoor places contributes to strong community ties, better familial bonds, & increased economic vitality. OLVF provides new opportunities, inspirations & goals for children & families through outdoor experiences either by educational experiences including supplementing curriculum, stewardship & civic engagement events, or by focusing on health & fitness improvement. These experiences directly benefit young people by improving physical & mental health and have been shown to improve scholastic achievements. The Summer VISTA Member will be involved in the educational efforts of OLVF. For more information and to apply visit:

SHARE Las Vegas – SHARE Las Vegas is currently developing housing for Veterans, families, seniors and individuals with special needs who live in chronic poverty or who are homeless. The Summer VISTA will primarily be working with one of SHARE’s new initiatives, Veteran’s Village. This facility provides housing to veterans of the armed forces and brings social services from other non-profit organizations and government agencies to the veteran’s who live on-site. For more information and to apply visit:

Volunteer Center – As part of United Way of Southern Nevada’s (UWSN) national service program, the VISTA member assigned to UWSN’s Volunteer Center will design & implement signature volunteer opportunities that fall within the three impact areas of United Way of Southern Nevada: Education, Health & Financial Stability. The VISTA member will interact with schools, businesses, & nonprofits in the development of these projects. The Summer VISTA Member will also be engaged in the development of large scale service projects for groups who are interested in voluntourism. For more information and to apply visit:

Questions about VISTA positions can be directed to Jacob Murdock at or 702-892-2321.


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AmeriCorps State Position:

Boys and Girls Clubs of Henderson Program Associate- The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults. As an AmeriCorps member, you will be responsible for providing educational games and activities for school-age children, most of who come from disadvantage circumstances. You will gain experience in coordinating programs, supporting a successful nonprofit team, working with at-risk youth and engaging in public speaking!

Questions about the AmeriCorps State position can be directed to Erick Ramirez at or 702-892-2351.


Power Hour

May 1, 2013

This post comes from AmeriCorps VISTA member Steven Nichols, who is serving at Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

AmeriCorps VISTA member, Steven Nichols, welcomes Ross volunteers and BGCLV club members to Power Hour.

AmeriCorps VISTA member, Steven Nichols, welcomes Ross volunteers and BGCLV club members to Power Hour.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas has been selected by Ross Stores as a Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Ross Store Power Hour grant recipient. This innovative partnership between Ross stores and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America allows students a power hour, a place and time to find tutoring, homework assistance and reinforcement of the subjects they learn in school. Power Hour is a BGCA program that implements better study habits and homework support for members 6- 18 years old in a positive interactive setting.

Last night  Tuesday, April 3oth BGCLV hosted our first Ross Power Hour engagement activity at our Donald W. Reynolds Clubhouse, the event was a tremendous success and we look forward to continuing this partnership with our local Ross Stores.


Boys & Girls Clubs also extends a huge thank you to Mea Charles, author of the Good Gus book series for reading her fantastic stories to the Lied Memorial Club kids.


The club members had the privilege of illustrating illustrating the stories they heard!


Partnering Up to Make an Impact

April 15, 2013

This post comes from AmeriCorps VISTA member Steven Nichols, who is serving at Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas would like to extend a huge thank you to the Neon Museum & Outside Las Vegas Foundation for involving us in a tour and art workshop. Our Club kids had the opportunity to use their imaginations and create neon signs that would attract visitors to the natural resources and parks in the Las Vegas Valley. Everyone had a great time engaging with the museum and spending some time outside! Both the  Lied Memorial Clubhouse and our Downtown Clubhouse enjoyed their trip and would like to extend a thank you to our Boys & Girls Clubs volunteer and foster grandparent, Ms. Johann for working with us to coordinate this experience. The event was a great success, and an indication that there is an appetite for these types of community programs in the future!




Celebrate Read Across America Day!

February 22, 2013


Next Friday, March 1st, is Read Across America Day and there are many ways to share the love of reading with youth in the Las Vegas Valley!  Check out these opportunities:

“Seussical” Ooblick  with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas at First Friday

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas volunteer program presents a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration activity and informational booth for First Friday of Las Vegas. The booth’s purpose is to educate the community on ways to become involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas as well as be introduced to our arts program. During the First Friday activity families and volunteers will have the ability to create Ooblick in a very “Seussical” science activity, as well as hosting a corner area where volunteers and children will be encouraged to read the stories of Dr.Seuss with a microphone in honor of his birthday month.  Come out and participate in the event at 7:00 pm in the Kids’ Corner First Friday pavilion.


Reading Week Readers at M.J. Christensen Elementary School

Celebrate Reading Week by volunteering at M.J. Christensen Elementary School as a guest reader!  Take a break from your day to volunteer for a 30 minute interval between 9:00-3:00pm during the week.  In those 30 minutes, you’ll help further lifelong learning and the enjoyment of reading with a classroom of students.  Volunteers will read to children in their classes and help count reading tickets.  Click here to see availability and sign up!



Serving Our Community

January 22, 2013

Yesterday, hundreds of volunteers came out to serve the community for MLK Day of Service.  AmeriCorps members served in many ways– including canvassing neighborhoods with fire safety information with the American Red Cross, assisting in an art program at Boys and Girls Club, and cleaning up a local elementary school with UNLV volunteers.  We were happy to make the day off a day of service!

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MLK Day Parade

One Southern Nevada AmeriCorps VISTA, Seelypon, helped spread the word about important services that her site offers to the community.  Nevada Health Centers staff and volunteers participated in the 2013 Martin Luther King Parade held in Downtown Las Vegas on January 21st, 2013. NVHC’s Mammovan was present as the organization’s float in the parade while NVHC staff and volunteers held posters about the different services that it offers as well as passed out incentives and information about NVHC.

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View from VISTA: Steven at Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas

November 7, 2012

Name: Steven Nichols

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

What is your favorite aspect about your AmeriCorps VISTA position?

“What do you eat?” blurted out impulsively in a giggling classroom of fourth graders was one of the first interactions I had serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. Rambunctious and eager to learn young faces met me in the morning to discover the world around them. We at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas are so much more than babysitting and basketball, an increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision, and these young people need to know that someone cares about them.

The Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more— our club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence in lives. When I wake up, drink coffee from my French press and know that I am going to have the ability to be creative and enhance the lives of youth, I am so pumped.  There is no way I can articulate how amazing that feels.

What’s one reason you think people should volunteer with the organization where you’re serving?

The number one reason to act as a volunteer with Boys & Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Based on the interests and needs of the boys and girls we serve, our club volunteers offer diverse program activities in five areas: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, The Arts, Sports Fitness and Recreation, and Health and Life Skills.

What project or event are you really looking forward to this year and why?

We regularly host booths at First Friday in Downtown Las Vegas, and it’s a great way to serve youth and recruit volunteers.  This month, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas Day of the Dead – (Día de los Muertos) activity and volunteer informational booth for First Friday was a huge success. The booth’s purpose was to educate the community on ways to become involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas as well as introduce them to our fantastic arts program. During the First Friday activity families learned about the Day of the Dead and had the ability to create a Day of the Dead sugar skull portrait as well as a Dia de los Muertos tissue garland.

We hope to have more people come out and participate in the next Boys & Girls Club First Friday event on December 7th at 7:00 pm, located in the Kids’ Corner of the First Friday pavilion.

This is the fourth in a series profiling the 15 AmeriCorps VISTAs serving in Southern Nevada during the 2012-13 year.  For more information on AmeriCorps VISTA and national service opportunities in Southern Nevada, click here.


Kids Count!

September 28, 2012

What’s better than teaching kids about volunteerism and getting them involved in the community?  Encouraging young volunteers to recruit adults to volunteer!  Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas is doing just that with their Project Learn and Applause programs.

Applause is a creative educational art program that involves the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas to create positive recognition billboards designed to act as outreach material that celebrates the volunteerism experienced by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. 

Club members will create their billboards during the program, Project Learn.  Project Learn introduces club members to varying forms of community service and serves as an educational program that seeks to increase members’ motivation to learn, improve their grades, and increase their ability to graduate from high school and attend post-secondary institutions.

As part of the collaboration, club members and current volunteers will discuss a particular aspect of volunteerism and illustrate their own experiences of volunteerism in their community and the outcomes it yields.  The artwork will be collected and displayed in each of the eight Las Vegas clubhouse locations.  A few illustrations will be enlarged and printed professionally to be displayed throughout the community in local businesses, schools, libraries and the Boys and Girls Clubhouses of Las Vegas and will serve as marketing and informational pieces to recruit potential volunteers interested in the tutoring and literacy programs inside the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

You can find more information about the great work Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas is doing with their club members and find volunteer opportunities on our website.

This blog post is brought to you by one of United Way of Southern Nevada’s AmeriCorps VISTA members, Steven Nichols.  Steven is a Volunteer Coordinator at Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.