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Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County Recognizes Fredd Galvez as its Top Teen at Annual Event

Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County Recognizes Fredd Galvez as its Top Teen at Annual Event 

 

Fredd Galvez (middle) is Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County 2022 Youth of the Year

Amid all the typical fanfare befitting the most prestigious award ceremonies and shows, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County awarded Fredd Galvez as Martin County's Youth of the Year 2022. Selected from three outstanding Youth representing three Martin County Clubs, Galvez, an immigrant from Peru, will represent Martin County at the state competition later in April.

"The Youth of the Year program illustrates perfectly the incredible impact of the Boys & Girls Clubs mission: inspiring and enabling young people," says Youth of the Year Judge Sue Kinane, CEO Kinane Commercial Printing, and Children's Services Council of Martin County board member. "I am extremely proud of Fredd and know that he will represent his family, fellow Club members, and our organization extremely well in the future."

Each finalist goes through a comprehensive selection process where participants work closely with Club staff and mentors to complete applications, develop speeches, and prepare for interviews for a panel of judges. Since 1947 this signature Boys & Girls Clubs of America program has successfully developed young minds and provided them with a platform to grow and share their own powerful stories and voices.

"Fredd is an exceptional young man who has added a lot to our Club, and over the years, we have seen him mature and grow into a strong young man- a leader. He is one of those teens who has immersed himself in the club experience, taking on various leadership roles. He's been a member for several years now and is a valuable part of our teen programming", said Brooke Petersen, Cole-Clark Hobe Sound Club Director.

Held in Historic Downtown Stuart, just steps from the new Stuart Club, the event was very well attended by family members, proud Club staff, and community leaders from across the Treasure Coast. Youth of the Year is an opportunity for the finalists to express what the Clubs means to them and their families by sharing their personal stories.

Galvez's story caught the attention of businessman and architect Raul Ocampo from ADC Architects. "When Fredd spoke about his difficult journey to America, and what the Clubs mean to him and his family, I was touched. And then, when he shared that he wanted to pursue a degree in architecture, I had to step up and help this young man with his dream." Following the event, Ocampo reached out to Galvez and Keith Fletcher, BGCMC President, and CEO, to arrange mentoring and internship opportunities at his award-wining architecture firm this summer.

Galvez will have the opportunity to share his story highlight his talents and achievements again as he prepares for the State Youth of the Year in April.

The annual Youth of the Year is one of BGCMC's signature programs recognizing members who exemplify the Boys & GirlsClub's mission. A celebration of the extraordinary achievements of Club teens, those who earn the Youth of the Year title embody core club values of good character and citizenship, academic excellence, and healthy lifestyles.

BGCMC Class of 2022, each one exceptional, included:

  • Nereida A., representing the Bill & Barbara Whitman Club, Indiantown
  • Javien E., representing the John & Marge Bolton Club, Port Salerno Club
  • Fredd G., representing the Cole-Clark Club, Hobe Sound

 

Nereida, a junior at Southfork High School, has served as a KeystoneClub advisor, JuniorStaff, soccer aide, and community volunteer. Nereida credits the Club for believing in her and as a result, helping her blossom into a strong young woman and emerging leader. "My Club has taught me the importance of giving back," she says. "I lead my peers in keeping our neighborhood clean, helping with the soccer program, and helping with the arts program."

Javien has served as vice president of SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco), Torch Club member, and Honor Roll student. "The Club has helped me mature from being closed-off," he said. "It has allowed me to open up and grow as a person. I want to help younger members and my siblings. I am passionate about being involved in the Boys & Girls Club because I know it helped me grow up into the leader I am today."

Fredd is president of the Torch Club and SWAT, Team Captain, Culinary Assistant, and poet. He is an immigrant from Peru and understands the importance of perseverance while having an open mind and a kind heart. Fredd feels that great leaders influence others to be better and that his Club leaders always remind him to be a positive influence wherever he goes. "I am lucky to be a part of Boys & Girls Clubs," says Fredd. "I always look forward to coming to the Club, and they always make me feel better. The Club has given me the greatest council and support I would ever need."

Youth of the Year would not be possible without the community-minded and generous support of sponsors. Presenting & Blue Carpet Sponsor is The Arati Hammond Team at Keller Williams Real Estate. Thrive sponsors include Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, PNC Bank, Publix Super Markets Charities, Casco Tools, Carol Webb, and Kevin Madden from Group One Safety and Security.

The Children's Services Council of Martin County, the Hobe Sound Community Chest, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin County, and the Mariner Sands Foundation provide generous funding toward BGCMC post-secondary and teen programming.

Photos: 2022 Youth of the Year photo gallery link.

About BGCMC 

For more than 30 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County has provided award-winning programs designed to guide and inspire young people ages 6-18 to learn, grow and mature in route to becoming successful adults. Each of the four clubs enjoys strong partnerships with local schools and communities. Such cohesion ensures that Boys & Girls Clubs' programs complement and enrich the curriculum our members learn in class and remain attuned to the challenges and opportunities they face on a day-to-day basis. The clubs offer opportunities for fun, fitness, STEAM activities, and certified teachers work with club members on everything from tutoring and homework help to specialized courses that prepare them for careers in various trades.

 

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Mar. 28, 2022|

 BBBS of Palm Beach & Martin Counties Adds Three to Staff

 BBBS of Palm Beach & Martin Counties Adds Three to Staff

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties (BBBSPBMC) recently announced the addition of three new team members.

Kara Hitner is Marketing and Events Coordinator, responsible for coordination and planning of special fundraising events. Hitner graduated from Florida International University with B.S in Hospitality Management and a specialty in Event & Meeting Planning and has four years of previous work experience in the field. In her free time, she enjoys attending community events/festivals, spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, crafting, and gardening. She’s thrilled to bring passion for event coordination to BBBSPBMC,” an amazing nonprofit that enriches the lives of so many children”.

Angela Wiltz, Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, majored in Public Relations at Emerson College in Boston. She has worked for several non-profit organizations, including the Cathedral of the Pines, New Hampshire’s only Congressionally recognized war memorial, and Mercury One, where she helped organize large-scale stadium events, and coordinated international outreach. Angela is a self-proclaimed, “history junkie” and is a credited researcher for the New York Times bestseller, “Being George Washington – The Indispensable Man.” In her spare time enjoys reading, watching documentaries, and exploring new places.

 Lastree Lemene has joined BBBSPBMC as Match Support Specialist, supporting the School to Work program and its participants. She also assists with recruitment and enrollment for the program. Lastree was involved with the agency for more than seven years as a volunteer Big Sister and recently returned to the staff this past fall.  A graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Recreation, and Parks, in her spare time, Lastree enjoys working as a Professional Organizer and spending time with her boyfriend, her family, and her dog, Lulu. Seeing firsthand how her relationship with her Little Sister has flourished, she finds motivation in helping create similar experiences for Littles and Bigs to come. One of her favorite quotes is “'I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples'” by Mother Teresa.

Since 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is incredible potential. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through young adulthood in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

To learn more, visit www.mentorbig.org.

 

Lastree Lemene

Kara Hitner

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Feb. 21, 2022|

Boys & Girls Club of Martin County selected as Non Profit of the Year

Boys & Girls Club of Martin County selected as Non Profit of the Year

 

The Palm City Chamber of Commerce awarded Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County 2022 Non-profit of the Year on Saturday, Feb. 5, at their annual Installation Gala.

"2022 represents the first time the award was given and begins a new tradition for the Palm City Chamber," says Missi Campbell, Executive Director of the Palm City Chamber of Commerce. She goes on to say, "we are incredibly proud of Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County because their vision, passion, and perseverance during the pandemic has led to extraordinary outcomes for the youth they serve and the community as a whole."  

Serving up great futures together Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County food truck Fork in the Road can often be seen at Chamber events. Launched in 2021, Fork in the Road is the centerpiece of the Club's workforce development and career readiness portfolio, including Culinary Training and Certification Programs. Since hitting the road, the Fork in the Road culinary program has successfully trained more than 43 Club teams. These teens now hold a SERV Safe food handler certification that qualifies them for an opportunity to work in a high-demand industry.

"We are honored to be the first recipient of this award," says Keith "Fletch" Fletcher, BGCMC president & CEO. "It's proof that truly collaborative partnerships, like the one we have with the Chamber, provide far-reaching opportunities – from kids who need a post-secondary plan to local businesses that need a highly qualified and reliable workforce." 

(L-R) Ed Ciampi, Martin County Commissioner, John Snyder, Florida State Representative, Missi Campbell, Palm City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tim Taylor, Sunshine Land Design (Front row) Shawn Keil, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County Community Development Director.

About BGCMC
For more than 30 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County has provided award-winning programs designed to guide and inspire young people ages 6-18 to learn, grow and mature in route to becoming successful adults. Each of the four clubs enjoys strong partnerships with local schools and communities. Such cohesion ensures that Boys & Girls Clubs' programs complement and enrich the curriculum our members learn in class as well as remain attuned to the challenges and opportunities they face on a day-to-day basis. The clubs offer opportunities for fun, fitness, S.T.E.A.M. activities, and certified teachers work with club members on everything from tutoring and homework help to specialized courses that prepare them for careers in a variety of trades. 

 

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Feb. 14, 2022|

United Way Earns 4 Star Rating

United Way of Indian River County Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator and GuideStar’s Highest Seal of Transparency

 

United Way

United Way of Indian River County earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source for nonprofit information, as well as a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. This is the seventh consecutive time that UWIRC has earned this top distinction from Charity Navigator. 
 
“United Way of Indian River County’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds UWIRC to a distinguished group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges.”
 
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way raised, leveraged, and distributed more than $5.2 million for relief and recovery, in addition to annual allocations to nonprofit partners. Over $1.4 million came from donations through the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, then federal funding became available and UWIRC received an allocation of $3.8 million from Indian River County to serve as a conduit for local organizations addressing critical needs.
 
“We are committed to demonstrating up-to-date metrics with our partners,” said Meredith Egan, Chief Executive Officer. “Our donors can trust that we are a financially responsible, ethical charity and will be good stewards of the dollars raised in our community.”
 
United Way of Indian River County’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More detailed information about United Way of Indian River County’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.
 
 
About United Way of Indian River County
 
United Way of Indian River County (UWIRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every community member. United Way works with local programs to provide resources to individuals and families in crisis today while working year-round to improve community conditions and create lasting solutions. We are effectively building a strong foundation and improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For more information about your local United Way, please call (772) 567-8900 or visit our website, UnitedWayIRC.org.  
 

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles

The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with more than 10 million people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 200 philanthropic websites that are powered by GuideStar data.

GuideStar, guidestar.org, is the world’s largest source for nonprofit information, connecting people and organizations with data on 2.7 million current and formerly IRS-recognized nonprofits. Each year, more than 10 million people, including donors, nonprofit leaders, government officials, academic researchers, and the media use GuideStar data to make intelligent decisions about the social sector. GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles are populated with information directly from nonprofits, the IRS, and other partners in the nonprofit sector. The Seal Levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are earned by nonprofits providing specific information to its profile.

About Charity Navigator 
 
Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.
Dec. 20, 2021|

League seeks trail-blazing women

Do you know a woman Trailblazer in St. Lucie County, one has had a positive impact on our community? To commemorate the entennial of the League of Women Voters on Feb. 14, 2020, the League of Women Voters of St. Lucie County will recognize 100 trailblazing women in St. Lucie County who have made a difference in the community.
Aug. 12, 2019|

Missionary Flights International gathers to celebrate the construction of Hospitality Park

From left, Brad Currie, Cathy Townsend, Arlin Mass and Joe Karabensh break ground on Missionary Flights International Hospitality Park.

FORT PIERCE —  Missionary Flights International joined together with friends, family members, and others from the public on Aug. 15 to celebrate in the groundbreaking for the MFI Hospitality Park held at 3163 Hammond Road just […]

Aug. 16, 2018|

Vero campaign strives for $3 million goal

VERO BEACH – More than 1,000 volunteers came out to make a difference on Oct. 14 for United Way’s Day of Caring. Sixty projects were undertaken at sites all over Indian River County. Approximately 400 people enjoyed breakfast and a brief program at the Vero Beach Freshman Learning Center before the work began.

United […]

Oct. 18, 2017|

Coldwell Banker Paradise Donates to Camp Haven

VERO BEACH, FL.- Coldwell Banker Paradise recently donated $1,000 to the men working hard to turn their lives around at Camp Haven

Camp Haven is an Indian River Transitional home that provides living opportunities and an education to men trying to escape homelessness. They hope to transform the lives of homeless men by providing […]

Feb. 5, 2017|

TCFB seeks restaurants for Hunger Action Month

FORT PIERCE – Treasure Coast Food Bank is calling on local restaurants to get involved in Hunger Action Month in September. Eat, Drink & Give is an exciting way to give back to neighbors in need and bring in customers.

Restaurants may pick any menu item and designate the proceeds from the sales to go […]

Jun. 6, 2016|

State Farm forms partnership; will donate $10,000

ST. LUCIE COUNTY – State Representative Larry Lee will make a visit to the United Against Poverty’s UP Center at 2520 Orange Avenue on Thursday, May 5 to present a State Farm check of $10,000. The Center (formerly known as Harvest Food and Outreach) is pleased to receive State Farm’s grant.

Representative Lee has been […]

May. 2, 2016|