Six Winners Will Receive Stipends totaling $1,000 each for Their Service Projects and Education
Thanks to the Argosy Foundation, six Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee members will receive grants to execute impactful community service projects as winners of the Argosy Citizenship Award. On Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m., the Club members will be honored in a pre-concert awards ceremony prior to the East Town Association’s “Jazz in the Park” in Cathedral Square, 520 E. Wells St. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, who is also a member of the Clubs Board of Trustees and president of the Argosy Foundation, will be on hand for the awards presentation.
Since 2004, the Argosy Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee have partnered to promote leadership and community involvement among youth. To be eligible for the award, Club members must be at least 11 years old and, at most, a junior in high school. Each winner will receive $1,000: $500 to execute the project and $500 to spend on his or her education.
This year’s Argosy Citizenship Award winners proposed creative community service projects to address a range of issues from neighborhood recycling to “cutting” or self-harming.
Dejon Kirk, age 13, of the Pieper-Hillside Boys & Girls Club, wants to start a recycling program for the Hillside Housing Development where he lives. His plans are to acquire recycling containers, schedule regular recycling pick-ups, and educate his neighbors about the importance of recycling.
Symone Hudson, age 14, of the Townsend Street School Boys & Girls Club, credits the sport of gymnastics for helping her overcome physical challenges. With her award, she will introduce gymnastics to girls ages 9 to 12 along with teaching them about discipline, being supportive and encouraging one another.
Angelica Matias, age 16, of the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club, will lead the “Butterfly Project” to address the issue of self-harm or cutting. She will conduct educational workshops and provide support for those who are ready to stop harming themselves.
Corin Odom, age 17, of the Augusta M. LaVarwnay Boys & Girls Club, will lead a workshop for children and families living in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood to explore their emotions through the creative arts.
Nicole Rodriguez, age 14, of the Mitchell Integrated Arts School Boys & Girls Club, will create pre-loaded flash drives that contain brochures from every college in Southeastern Wisconsin. The flash drives will also contain materials to assist with college preparation and application. She plans to distribute the flash drives to Milwaukee area high schools.
DeQuan Slocum, age 14, of the Daniels-Mardak Boys & Girls Club, will host a dodge ball tournament and game day to benefit Canz4Cancer, a local organization dedicated to reaching and teaching underserved populations about cancer prevention.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2012. Known as the oldest and largest youth-serving agency in Milwaukee, the Clubs offers high quality after-school and summer programming for children ages 5-18, focusing on those who have major life obstacles, most often poverty. The Clubs operates 38 sites, which include six primary locations, 31 school sites, Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland in Hartland. Membership to the Clubs is only $5 per year, per child, but no one is ever turned away based on inability to pay. For all the latest Club news, visit www.boysgirlsclubs.org, www.facebook.com/bgcmilwaukee or Twitter @bgcmilwaukee.