Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Staples Foundation for Learning Announce Finalists of National Service Project
"Participation in service learning and community service projects result in many social and personal achievements for youth," said Judith J. Pickens, senior vice president, program and youth development services for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "We are truly grateful for Staples Foundation for Learning's support that helps ensure Torch Club members have the opportunity to participate in activities that help them develop the character-building, academic and job skills needed to succeed in life."
"It is important that today's youth understand the environmental issues affecting the world around them and are encouraged to play a role in addressing those issues locally," said Paul Capelli, vice president of Public Relations for Staples, Inc. "With the Staples Foundation for Learning National Service Project Award, we recognize young stewards of the environment making a difference through their actions and commend their leadership in the community."
The following groups are finalists for the Staples Foundation for Learning National Service Project Award:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley - Eugene, OR
BEE Great. Pollinate
Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald ValleyTorch Club wanted to address the potential of bees going extinct and identify what was causing the decline in the United States' bee population. Youth identified what impact a decline in bee population and eventual extinction would have on the country's gardens and crops and raised funds to build nesting boxes for bees. Through this project, Torch Club members learned about the important role bees play in the environment and presented their findings in a video documentary.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties - Petaluma, CA
Think Green Project
Boys & Girls Clubs of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties Torch Club wanted to create awareness around the importance of recycling in their community, particularly in a low-income apartment complex where many immigrants live. Torch Club members implemented a recycling program that helped residents and other Club members understand the need for recycling. Torch Club members made it easy for residents to participate in the recycling initiative by volunteering to pick up all recycled items at residents' homes. This project has created a movement within the small community and several residents have made recycling part of their everyday lives.