RED BANK: SUCCESS STEMS FROM CLUBS

Press release from Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County

In an announcement this week, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County launched the Building Blocks program, an initiative designed to inspire kids’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepare young people for 21st century success.

Through this program — which was implemented in the Red Bank Unit of BGCM late last year, and is set to launch in the Asbury Park Unit this month — the Clubs will receive a customized STEM curriculum and twenty Samsung 4 10.1 tablets from supporting sponsor Samsung Electronics North America.

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RED BANK: NEW LAB FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

boys clubThe Red Bank unit of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County has been awarded $18,500 by the OceanFirst Foundation for a state-of-the-art computer lab, enabling BGCM to update workstations and enhance the computing infrastructure for its over 300 registered members. Unit director Christy Crank stated that “This grant will absolutely help our kids develop their technology skills and stay competitive in school, and eventually the workforce,” adding that the improvements have a target finish date of December 2015.

A POSITIVE SELF-IMAGE PAGEANT IN RED BANK

Press release from Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County

On Friday, May 16, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM) is sponsoring its first “Loving the Skin I’m In” pageant on May 16th from 5-7 pm. Young ladies ages 5-13 are encouraged to participate in this fun, encouraging, and self-esteem enhancing event.

“We wanted to give all of our girls an opportunity to build their confidence and truly celebrate and embrace their individuality,” stated Christy Crank, Director of BGCM’s Red Bank Unit. “The event is designed to guide these young people towards developing positive and healthy attitudes about themselves.” The pageant comprises a talent presentation, formalwear showcase, and a question and answer period. All girls will receive a sash for participating.

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RED BANK: CLUB OFFERS KIDS A HAVEN

Children line up for pre-dinner clean-hands inspection at the Boys and Girls Club. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

After five p.m. on a recent afternoon, a pair of children in red shirts and khakis set a long table with styrofoam plates laden with tacos. Moments later, a dozen or so kids dressed in the same outfits – the uniform of the Red Bank Primary School – line up for inspection by Natasha Cargill, a teenaged kitchen manager.

It’s clean-hands time at at the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County‘s Red Bank unit, a scene that plays out so routinely that some of the kids continue to absently hold their hands above their heads long after they’ve passed Cargill’s inspection.

Looking on, Christy Crank looks pleased. As the facility director, the 38-year-old borough native sets a welcoming but firm tone for all who step through its doors.

“I see a lot of me in these kids,” says Crank. “When I was growing up, we didn’t have a Boys and Girls Club. We provide a safe space, where there’s no bullying, you get the help you need, and everyone is equal.”

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