Imagination Foundation

Imagination Foundation

It’s a blustery Thursday afternoon in January, but the 15 students at Hoover Elementary School’s Imagination Foundation program don’t mind at all.  Kelly McMahon, a member of Hoover’s teaching staff, enters the room with a box of snacks for the kids.  “Watch me Whip!” to which the kids respond with a quick “Now watch me […]

Giving Back to a Supportive Community

“No act of kindness, however small is ever wasted” -Aesop Throughout the year, activities at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids focus on giving back to the community as a way of saying “thank you” for all they do to help the Club be available for school age kids every day! The Club’s […]

Suicide and Youth: A Symposium for Hope

YouthPort was proud to be a major sponsor of the Suicide and Youth: A Symposium for Hope event! This event had over 200 people attend and we brought in some phenomenal speakers to talk about youth and suicide. This event was held at the Kirkwood Hotel and Convention Center.   With 1 in 5 children […]

YouthPort hosts LEP Summit for African Refugees

YouthPort hosted a Community Development Summit for Limited English Proficiency African Refugees in April 2016 to facilitate a community-based discussion on how to better respond to the needs of African refugees currently living in our community. As the current refugee population has grown, and with the projection of many new refugee families being resettled in […]

YouthPort is awarded the 21st Century Grant!

We are THRILLED to announce that we have been awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant! Starting in August, YouthPort will be able to expand existing and implement new programs aimed at educated our community! YouthPort was awarded $150,000 per year for three years. The money granted will be utilized to enhancing and implementing some […]

Young Mentors Movement Successfully Launched!

It seems every weekend we hear of a young person’s life that was taken way too early by street or family violence. As a way to cope with this violence, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids have begun a new initiative: The Young Mentors Movement. The mission of this movement is to provide models of […]

Cooking activities build essential life-long skills!

Guest Post from Sarah Hoeger, BGCCR.  Working alongside our moms was probable one of the easiest ways we all learned to cook. For many of us, our memories of learning how to bake a batch of cookies or make a pot of spaghetti are some of our favorite childhood memories. Learning essential cooking skills as a […]

Youth Mental Health First Aid

  If you saw someone choking, chances are, you would know exactly what to do. If you saw someone having a panic attack, chances are you wouldn’t know what to do. There is a real health crisis for our kids, one in five children have a diagnosable mental health challenge that can be helped with […]

Tips to help keep your New Years resolutions on track!

The new year is only three weeks old, meaning we have 49 weeks, 345 days to make 2016 a great year! There is something to be said about starting fresh and using a new year as a reason to make change happen in our lives. Does something in your life have you on stress overload? […]

New Year. New Beginnings

Happy New Years!      As another year draws to a close, we have to stop and reflect on some of the fantastic things we’ve gotten to achieve in 2015. Across our partners, we have developed new programming, had some fun events and made a difference in the community. Here are a few 2015 highlights: […]