Oct 31

Notes for Notes studio invites kids to explore music

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In addition to shooting hoops, painting pictures and tinkering with computers, young people learn to beat the traps, lick the ax, tickle the ivories and cut, mix and master records at the Ira Samelson Jr. Boys & Girls Club.

The Notes for Notes recording studio at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis branch at 894 Isabelle is one of 14 such studios in 12 cities nationwide. Notes for Notes, a nonprofit organization, designs, equips and staffs after-school recording studios at Boys & Girls Clubs locations. The studios, which young people can use for free, include drums, guitars and keyboards as well as DJ gear, musical workstations and full recording facilities. They also can learn about careers on stage and behind the scenes.

“We have so many different things to offer for the youth of the center and those who are not just members of the center,” said Memphis Notes for Notes program director Chris Franceschi, 29. “Any kids in the city. We have drum lessons. We have piano lessons. Music production and engineering. Songwriting. Guitar lessons. Podcasting. Pretty much everything you can imagine.”

Children as well as teenagers can take part, Franceschi said. “We want to make it attractive for the teen population in the city, but there’s no age limit at all. If they can hold some drumsticks and they can sit in a class and learn, then we want them.”

About 60 people take part in the program at Ira Samelson; it began a little over two months ago. So far, nobody has dropped out, Franceschi said. “They see this as something they can actually do,” he said. “They’re exploring careers in the music industry or being a radio personality and things of that nature. Marketing managers. All kinds of things.”

The young music lovers are progressing very well, said volunteer coordinator/music production and film scoring instructor Nigel Johnson. “You see that light bulb go on,” he said. “You can see that growth in them. They’re just excited to be here.”

Diamond Pitchford, 12, is exploring songwriting.

“What I like about Notes for Notes is I can come in every day and be confident to go in a booth and sing what I wrote,” Diamond said. “And what I also like about Note for Notes is that I can play the guitar, too, which helps me write songs when I think of a song.”

An aspiring producer, Miracle Diggs,15, loves the program; she produced 13 tracks in one month. “It gives me my time to express myself and make music and beats and help other people make their music that they love,” she said.

A native Memphian, Franceschi also is a producer and a rapper. “Growing up, we never had the opportunity to actually have hands-on experience with equipment and instruction,” he said. “The resources weren’t there. When I was younger, I was trying to fight my way into the studio, and they were like, ‘Kid, get out of here!’

“What excites me most is you get kids that probably would never have the opportunity to be hands on with real live professional equipment. Being in a studio. Teaching them how to be professional artists. Teaching them what to expect. Teaching them the business. And teaching them the fundamentals of being successful in life.”

Asked why Memphis was chosen as a Notes for Notes location, CEO/co-founder Philip Gilley said, “Why not Memphis? I’m surprised it took us this long to get the city that has birthed so much rock and roll, blues, R&B and more. We want to expand Notes for Notes to cities that have a rich musical history, thriving music scene and the need. Positive places for young people to go to explore music.”

Gilley got the idea for Notes for Notes while mentoring a young man at a Boys and Girls Clubs in Santa Barbara, California. His “Little,” as they call those they mentor, wanted to learn to play drums, but he didn’t have access to a drum set. So he and Gilley began making regular visits to a music store to practice on the demo drum set. Gilley realized starting a nonprofit to give young people access to musical instruments was a good idea, so he formed Notes for Notes with Natalie Noone, daughter of Herman’s Hermits singer Peter Noone.

“Music is everywhere,” Gilley said. “You can’t escape it, and so many young people may not have realized they have an interest and/or aptitude to explore creating it. We want young people to know that music is not some unattainable desire they may have. It may already be inside them. They just may need the tools, instruments and guidance to explore it further.”

Gilley recalled “the journey of one young guitar player.” The young man walked in the studio and was “withdrawn and didn’t gravitate towards anything.”

He began teaching the young man to play guitar. “He started to become a pretty decent player, but, most importantly, he started to develop an identity around being a guitar player. He started to dress in V-necks and spike his hair. He had latched on to an instrument and an identity. His personality began to emerge, and his mother and the staff at the Boys and Girls Club were noticing. He’s since gone on to perform at a number of our benefit concerts with Joe Bonamassa and Steve Miller. He has been collecting signatures on his guitar of artists who have cruised through the studio, which now boasts artists ranging from Slash to Jack Johnson to the Black Keys.”

Gilley remembered what the mother of that Notes for Notes success story told him. “His mother had expressed to me that before he picked up guitar in the studio, he’d never latched on to anything to call his own.”

Read the original article here: http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/entertainment/music/2016/10/22/notes-notes-studio-invites-kids-explore-music/92419422/


Oct 21

Boys & Girls Clubs Across the State Participate in Lights on Afterschool


Many children, parents and community leaders across the state of Tennessee came together on Thursday, October 20th for Lights On Afterschool celebrations. Lights on Afterschool celebrates the achievements of afterschool students and draw attention to the need for more afterschool programs to serve the millions of children nationwide who are unsupervised and at risk each weekday afternoon. In America today, 1 in 4 youth -15.1 million children– are alone and unsupervised after school. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. They provide opportunities to help young people develop into successful adults. Lights On Afterschool was launched in October 2000 with celebrations in 1,200 communities nationwide. Today, more than 7,500 Lights On Afterschool rallies are held annually, attracting 1 million Americans and media coverage nationwide. Lights On Afterschool is a project of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs.




Oct 21

Knoxville Hosts Tennessee All Staff Training

Knoxville, Tenn. (October 6, 2016) ―As kids headed back to school this fall, Boys & Girls Clubs across Tennessee converged in Knoxville for a statewide All-Staff Retreat. Nearly 475 employees, from 19 different organizations, ranging from part-time Youth Development Professionals to full-time Management Professionals took part in the two-day training held at West Park Baptist Church, home of the Middlebrook Boys & Girls Club.

Each day featured morning and afternoon sessions that focused on training for three priority outcome areas: Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character & Citizenship. Sessions provided by Club professionals and/or local community partners included: Leadership, New Professionals Orientation, Social Emotional Awareness, STEM & Lego Robotics, Fine Arts, Gym Games, Team Building and more.

Sessions were also provided by National Training Associates from Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). BGCA sessions aligned with the national push to support teen programming with Year of the Teen. Sessions included: They Vote with Their Feet:  Addressing Teen Retention from the Beginning, Set Up for Success: Ensuring Teen Accountability, Community Catalysts: Using Community Assets to Support Teen Engagement and more.

The Keynote Address was delivered by Tennessee’s Director of Organizational Development, Chet Nichols. Nichols also presented Program Honor Awards to several Clubs across the state for excellence in program implementation and performance. Tied for the Character & Leadership award was the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County’s Murfreesboro Unit for their Enrichment Focus Group and the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains’ Sevierville Unit for their Lead to Feed program. The Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains’ Pigeon Forge Unit was awarded the Education & Career Development Program Award for their Productive Futures program. For Health and Life Skills, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Ocoee Region received the Program Award for A Passport to Manhood Experience.  The Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County received the Sports, Fitness & Recreation award for hosting and implementing the Summer Olympics – BGC Style. The Arts Program Award was given to the Boys & Girls Club of Pulaski for their OpporTUNEity Music Program.

Professionals were also recognized individually for their outstanding effort during the past year. Fourteen part-time professionals and 11 full-time professionals were honored for their work.

Tennessee All-Staff Retreat is the largest statewide professional development opportunity within the Boys & Girls Club Movement.

Oct 12

The Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee is seeking a full-time Executive Director for the state-wide 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations

The Executive Director, TN Alliance/CBO oversees the relationship and management of the Tennessee Alliance/CBO.  The position is responsible for developing the overall budget and overseeing the execution and delivery of programs within the TN Alliance/CBO.  Provides support to the TN Alliance and Community Based Organization (CBO) board of directors in developing organizational goals, fundraising, resource development, allocating and managing resources, and establishing policies. Responsible for developing and maintaining positive relationships with key state government officials, lobbyists, and other stakeholders.  Works closely with the local Boys & Girls Clubs to develop and ensure compliance of statewide projects and programs.  Provides direct supervision to Tennessee Alliance/CBO staff.

Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree or MBA preferred.

Experience Required: A proven leader with seven or more years of experience working or participating in legislative events and experience working with state officials, private foundations, or state-wide associations.

Skills Required:

  • Must possess strong knowledge of business practices and business acumen.

  • Industry knowledge in youth development is helpful.

  • Must be knowledgeable in state legislature and processes.

  • Must have strong negotiation skills.

  • Ability to supervise and manage staff.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience in securing private and corporate funding is helpful.

  • Ability to travel to meetings and Club locations within the state (up to 50% travel required monthly)

Only qualified individuals submit resume, cover letter (including salary requirements), and three professional references by October 28, 21016 to resumes@bgctnv.org

Apply online at http://www.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=445b1a7022a0e993&q=Alliance+of+Boys&l=Tennessee&tk=1aut5upgp1buj0gd&from=web

Sep 26

Several Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs Tennessee Area Council


     Several Boys & Girls Club board volunteers received honors from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Tennessee Area Council at its annual membership meeting in Kingsport, Tennessee on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Board member awards for outstanding service were presented as well as six new members were enshrined into the Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame for their lifetime achievements. The awards were presented during the Tennessee Area Council Awards and Tennessee Hall of Fame dinner at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center. The Tennessee Area Council is made up of over 90 Club sites from across the state serving approximately 40,000 children each year.

     “Club volunteers and staff members attended workshops, training sessions and other activities during the week,” stated Chet Nichols, Director of Organizational Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  “The the goal of the event was to inspire attendees and provide tools to serve our kids and our communities with greater impact across the state” added Nichols.  Taking top honors for the Tennessee board member awards was Dr. David Ratliff, board volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains, honored as the Tennessee Boys & Girls Club Board Member of the Year for his work at the local Club and across the state.  Tony Melson, board volunteer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kingsport, was honored as the Beverly Burton Tennessee New Board Member of the Year Award.  This award is for board members serving their Club with less than three years on their board.  Food City received the Tennessee C.A.R.E. (Children Are the Reason for Excellence) Award for their work with several Boys & Girls Clubs and especially the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley and their annual Tim Irwin Bass Classic.  This award spotlights efforts by groups and individuals that serve Boys & Girls Clubs.  The Boys & Girls Club of Maury County was named the High Performance Board Team of the year for their work in their community and growth of their organization.  Several members of their organization were on hand to accept the award.  In speaking of all the Tennessee award winners, Nichols, stated that “these individuals and groups are great examples of engaged, compassionate and hardworking people that not only care about the youth of their community, but do things to make a difference for these kids.  Due to their efforts, many great futures will start in Tennessee.”




     The Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame inducted six new members in their 2016 class that included Darrell “Pappy” Crowe (Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County and the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County), Bobby Greene (Boys & Girls Club of the Ocoee Region” Cleveland”), Judge Tim Irwin (Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley), Sam LaPorte (Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton/Carter County), Jackie Leach (Boys & Girls Club of Morristown) and Linda Ogle (Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains).  Tony Melson, Tennessee Area Council Chairman, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event and Miles Burdine, president of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and a former Boys & Girls Club kid was the keynote speaker prior to the event.

     “The Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame honors those rare individuals whose high achievements have made a mark in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee has been blessed with many great club kids, volunteers, board member, staff and friends of the Boys & Girls Club movement and the Hall of Fame recognizes the best of the best.  These six individuals honored have shaped and inspired local Clubs from across Tennessee and proved to be outstanding in doing so.  These individuals have achieved the distinction of being true champions for children and have provided innumerable accomplishments and lasting memories.” stated Scott Bullington, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County, and chairman for the Tennessee Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame inductees individual biographies can be found under the Hall of Fame tab and under Class of 2016, or click on their individual pictures to be directed to their page.










Sep 01

When school is out, the club is in

The Boys and Girls Club of the Hatchie River Region is in its third year and providing a positive and fun environment for the local youth after school and during the summer.

The club has various areas for the children to play and learn, including a rec room, game room, an area for creative arts and a skills tech space.

The children rotate on a daily schedule so they have ample time in each area.

“I like building stuff; right now I am making a motor sound recording,” said Rishaud Mitchell while building a circuit board in the skills tech room.

The club gives children who would usually be home alone a safe place to go.

“It gives me something to do after school,” said Anthony Poole.

Rishaud and Anthony, along with their friend Elijah Dotson said they really like the rec room and playing basketball the most.

The center serves approximately 80 children just like them on a regular basis, and more space is needed so more children can be served.

“Our biggest goal this year is to get the unfinished spaces redone so that we can house 40 to 50 more children,” said program director Rebecca Ray. “We would really like to add a library and an area for the children to have some down time, listen to music or study,” she said.

The club recently added a new van and hope to be able to serve families that do not have transportation.

There are fundraisers coming up that will help the Boys and Girls Club achieve some of its goals for the year.

The Grace Race, 5Kwill be held by First Presbyterian Church on Sept. 24 starting at 8 a.m..

The Steak and Burger event will be at the Stitt property on Oct. 6. Tickets and additional information will be available soon.

The club welcomes volunteers and groups who would like to help out with some of the programming.

Donations are also welcome and can be made through the website at www.bgchrr.com or sent to P.O. Box 384, Covington TN, 38019.

Read the original article here: http://www.covingtonleader.com/news/community/when-school-is-out-the-club-is-in/collection_d26587d6-64b3-11e6-bf0d-3b19f6f1655a.html#1

Aug 19

Grand Opening of new Pigeon Forge Boys & Girls Club

FullSizeRenderPIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) — Pigeon Forge opened a brand new $2 million home for the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains on Thursday.

The new 17,100 square ft. facility is much larger and can offer more services than their previous home for the past 18 years. The old facility was in an unused portion of city hall that needed technology upgrades and in some cases, had no climate control for parts of the building.

“We are able to build and equip this 17,100 sq. ft. facility for under $2 million. It came in on time and under budget,” said Mark Ross, Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains Executive Director. “We had 28 gifts to raise $2.2 million. So there are a lot of people in this community that were ready to go and just waiting for the opportunity.”

The new club offers more space, and a private teen center so kids can hang out with their own age groups. Ross says they should be able to go from the current 80 child capacity to near 130.

“After supper we try to get them to come in here and do their homework,” Ross said as he showed the new Learning Center provided by The Dollywood Company. “They can use the 14 computers and have their homework checked.”

The children got a preview of the new building on Wednesday. He said they were all excited, especially about the new game room and gym.

“As the kids came in the door, some were in shock. Some just started dancing around and some just started looking around in bewilderment,” he added.

It took right months to build the facility that Ross says was a community effort.

Read the original article here: http://www.local8now.com/content/news/Grand-Opening-of-new-Pigeon-Forge-Boys–Girls-Club-390618712.html

Aug 15

Radio Systems Corporation Donates $20,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley

Radio Systems Corporation (RSC), an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle products through its PetSafe, Invisible Fence and SportDOG brands, has donated $20,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley to support the organization’s new YouthForce Program, which will provide teens with the essential skills for workforce success.

“With 60 percent of jobs requiring some type of job training beyond high school, and the teen unemployment rate currently at 15 percent, programs that teach teens job and workforce readiness skills are crucial,” said Bart McFadden, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. “We are extremely grateful for the generous grant from Radio Systems Corporation to help us achieve our goal of preparing teens for career success while also providing local companies with the skilled workforce they need to succeed.”

The YouthForce Program consists of three key components, including YouthForce University, which teaches teens how to apply for, obtain and maintain a job; Technical Training Program, where teens will receive training and learn specific job skills related to their area of interest; and Job-Ready and Career-Ready Paid Internship/Employment Programs, where teens seeking summer or seasonal employment to build job skills will complete a “Job-Ready” internship, while teens looking to explore various career paths will complete a “Career-Ready” internship at various partner agencies.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley does such incredible work in advancing youth education in our community,” said Wendy Williams, team lead of the philanthropy committee for Radio Systems. “We’re honored to be a part of their mission and help prepare teens to join the workforce while also providing our local companies with the talent they need to support their business.”

The RSC grant will be used to provide funds for paid internships and technical training programs, as well as program supplies, transportation and other job-related costs for participants. For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley or the YouthForce program, please visit https://bgctnv.org.

Read the original article here: https://www.petage.com/radio-systems-corporation-donates-20000-to-boys-girls-clubs-of-the-tennessee-valley/

Jul 29

Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame inducts new class

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley will continue its tradition of honoring the area’s finest athletes at the 35th Annual Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony Tuesday, July 26 at the Knoxville Convention Center. UT VOL Legend and College Football All-American Heath Shuler , who spoke with Local 8 Sports prior to the event saying, if there was one thing he might regret, it just might be opting out of his Senior year at Tennessee. Shuler also told us he’s excited about the upcoming season and impressed with Tennessee’s dual threat quarterback Josh Dobbs. A nice compliment considering Shuler was a pretty good dual threat guy himself and he credited his former coaches with adapting saying, “most people don’t realize that David Cutliffe and Phillip Fulmer were ahead of their time the way they took our team we got down in the red zone and ran the option, how difficult is that to defend and have to practice for as a defensive coordinator they were doing it two decades ago.”

The 2016 Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame class includes: Dr. William C. Battle (Official), Samantha Hatcher Chafin (Softball), Steve Chancey (Best All Around), Halle Cioffi Carroll (Tennis), Charlie Durham (Track), Joe Fishback (Football), Grandmaster “Pete” Mills (Martial Arts), John Newton (Swimming), Tommy Schumpert (Administration) and Lynn Sexton (Coach).

Special award recipients include: Harrison Smith, Chad Pennington Professional Athlete of the Year; Eric Berry, Pat Summitt Ignite Greatness Award; Zaevion Dobson, Will McKamey Spirit Award; Ben Byrd, Thanks for the Memories; and Kenny Jones, Special Recognition.

Read the original article here: http://www.local8now.com/content/sports/Greater-Knoxville-Sports-Hall-of-Fame-inducts-new-class-388334482.htmlK0015154753--320160726212733000

Jul 14

Hundreds participate in Boys & Girls Club Olympics

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The most important number at the second annual Tennessee Boys & Girls Clubs Olympics didn’t come from the fastest time in the 50-yard dash or the distance that someone jumped.

It was the over 400 kids from all over Northeast Tennessee who took part in the day of activities on Wednesday at East Tennessee State University.

After an opening ceremony speech by ETSU women’s basketball coach Brittney Ezell, kids ranging from first to eighth grades participated in a variety of endeavors from basketball, football, baseball and track-related competitions to even non-sport specific contests like sit-ups, push-ups and sack races.

Scott Bullington, executive director of the Greeneville Boys & Girls Club, said the field-day gathering inside the Mini-Dome was important for a number of reasons. The kids particularly liked their interaction with a number of players from the ETSU men’s and women’s basketball teams.

“We all try to get together periodically and do activities,” he said. “Our kids have an opportunity to learn teamwork, work on their sportsmanship and they meet new people. For a lot of these kids, it’s their first time on a college campus. ETSU, Scott Carter and the rest of the staff, have been gracious to let us use the Mini-Dome. You see the ballplayers have stayed involved and the kids have really enjoyed getting to meet them. This year has been enjoyable with it an Olympic year. A lot of our kids are like, ‘We don’t have to worry about going to Rio. We have our own Olympics.’ You look at the kids at lunch time and they’re sitting with kids from different tables and are making new friends.”

A common request for the Buccaneer players on the basketball courts was to see them go up and dunk the ball. Robin Crumley, the chief professional officer for the Johnson City/Washington County Boys & Girls Club, said that Wednesday’s event was a slam dunk in many respects.

“The kids get to compete, fellowship and we get to see other clubs in action,” Crumley said. “It’s a community event and we get to have fun and share practices with the other clubs. We hope to see it continue for years to come. The boys and girls club are so important today. You can’t find a better place for safety, security and activities which aren’t just sitting in front of a TV.”

Both Bullington and Crumley thanked the major sponsors which included the Hudson Auto Dealerships with Johnson City Ford, Johnson City Toyota, Honda of Kingsport and Honda of Morristown. They also got support from Chick-Fil-A and Coca-Cola who provided lunches to all those involved.

One of those working was Josh Peterson, who grew up around the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton and Carter County. A three-sport star for Unaka High School, Peterson was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft and he went on to play collegiately for the University of Tennessee. He said Wednesday’s competitions gave the kids a sense of achievement when they won, and he talked about the influence of the boys and girls club on himself as a young athlete.

“It helped me in so many ways from social skills, character and my competitive nature,” he said. “I was always competing against guys older than me. You had people like Pappy Crowe, and later John Malone and John Seehorn, who made it where you were competing, but still having fun. We still try to do that, where the kids aren’t addicted to video games, where they’re active, up running around and having a good time.”

Maci Felts wasn’t involved with the Boys & Girls Club growing up, but since May she has worked with Bullington at the Greeneville location. Now an ETSU cheerleader, Felts helped recruit many of her teammates to help with Wednesday’s events, which included face painting and cheer activities after the competitions. A rising junior with a major in elementary education, she said the Boys & Girls Club has provided her with experience she can’t get by simply being in the classroom.

“It’s such a great experience to interact with the kids,” Felts said. “The girls with the cheer team, we enjoy volunteering and hanging out in the community and getting to hang out the kids. We’re loving it.”

Read the original article here: http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Sports/2016/07/13/Hundreds-participate-in-Boys-Girls-Club-Olympics

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