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Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa started by first lady
« on: October 21, 2010, 07:34:59 AM »
First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono starts up Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa

October 14, 2010
 First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono on Thursday, October 14, 2010, announced the start up of the Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa to provide a safe place after school to learn, grow and have fun.

First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono said the Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa is a sanctioned club of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), based in Atlanta, Georgia. The on island club has been in the planning since 2008.

“Governor Togiola Tulafono made the Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa a key component of his campaign platform two years ago in addressing the need to promote positive youth development and support the growing needs of all the youth of the Territory,” said First Lady Mary Ann. “The youth voice expressed the need for a youth center, a safe haven, a place for recreation, sports programs and positive peer support.”

First Lady Mary Ann said the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, with more than 4,300 clubs across the U.S. serving 4.8 million young people, has been changing and saving young lives, providing hope and opportunity for kids who need them most, for more than a 100 years.

“In our island community, activities for boys and girls are very limited and often our young people are left to find their own recreation and companionship,” said First Lady Mary Ann. “The Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa will offer programs and services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and positive influence. It is going to be the place where great futures are started each and every day.”

Known as ‘The Positive Place for Kids’, the Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa will provide 250 young people, 6 to13 years old, with mentors on site that will be recruited from American Samoa Community College, community coalitions, Parent Teachers Association members and the business community.

“All in all, the Boys and Girls Club mission is hope, opportunity and lots of fun,” said First Lady Mary Ann. “Governor Togiola has always believed that this program extends his vision by providing a secure environment for youth to enjoy entertainment that is appropriate for them, while having fun with each other in learning about healthy lifestyles and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation. Fun must always be part of learning and growing.”

First Lady Mary Ann said the afterschool mentoring clubhouses of the Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa will be at six elementary school sites - Le’atele in Fagasa, Alofau, Matatula in Tula, Leone Midkiff, Alataualua-Taputapu in Nua & Se’etaga and Tafuna Elementary.

The Boys and Girls Club of America is appropriated funds from Congress annually for mentoring programs.

With the selection of its Board of Directors as founding members, First Lady Mary Ann said she was very proud to be a part of a group of people in an organization that represent a significant chance to influence lives of our young people.

“It is truly an honor to have selected to serve on the Board of Directors citizens that represent specific segments of our island community, as required by BGCA, with interests in volunteerism, youth development and promoting a healthy community,’ said First Lady Mary Ann. “I am very confident that we have selected these outstanding and wonderful individuals of our island home because through their community service experience, commitment and duties, they have demonstrated that they have what it takes to lead a community organization like our Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa through its infancy and into the future for the youth of the Territory.”

The Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa and their representation are:

First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono - TA’ITA’ITAMA Prevent Underage Drinking Initiative as the territorial action against childhood drinking.

Shiloh Pritchard - Youth Sector, American Youth Football of Samoa affiliate.

Lealao Melila Purcell - Parents.

Adolfo Montenegro - Business Sector, Blue Sky Communications CEO.

Tupua Roy Fua - Schools, Gear Up Program Director - ASCC.

Sa’ilipea Kennison Barber - Youth Services,Boy Scouts of America affiliate.

Fred Scanlan - Law Enforcement, DPS Highway Safety Program official.

Pastor Miracle Tilo – Faith-Based Community Organizations.

Taimalelagi Minnie Tuia - Civic/Volunteer Organizations, American Samoa Chamber of Commerce and American Samoa Red Cross.

Peter Gurr - Organized sports for youth, Chair of the Samoa Bowl Committee.

Ipu Lefiti - Healthcare Professionals, Advocate for Domestic Violence Prevention, Executive Director of the Coalition Against Domestic and Family Violence.

Leilua Stevenson - Single State Agency on substance abuse treatment and prevention, Director of the Department of Human and Social Services.

Pastor Henry Roberts - Anti-substance abuse organizations, member of the Tualauta II Community Coalition.

Samana Semo Ve’ave’a - State Agency for public parks and recreational activities, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Ainu’u Ta’ase Amosa – Media, Samoa Post CEO.

In compliance with National Boys and Girls Club of America requirements for becoming a chartered organization, Lealao Melila Purcell, Tupua Roy Fua and Leilua Stevenson will serve as incorporators of the BGCAS as a non-profit organization in American Samoa.

“I am sure all of American Samoa will be just as excited when we get the Boys and Girls Club up and running because it’s always a wonderful feeling to advocate for young people,” said First Lady Mary Ann. “We are all going to be a part of an effective generation-changing program for our children that will be filled with fun afterschool.”

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PHOTO: Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa Board of Directors

In starting up the Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa (BGCAS), First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono announced the inaugural Board of Directors at a meeting on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the Office of the Governor in Utulei.

"With the selection of the Board as founding members, I am very proud to be a part of a group of people in an organization that will represent a significant chance to influence lives of our young people," said First Lady Mary Ann. "The BGCAS Directors are wonderful individuals that represent specific segments of our island community, as required by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, with interests in volunteerism, youth development and promoting a healthy community."

(Pictured, 1st row, l to r) Taimalelagi Minnie Tuia, First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono, Ipu Lefiti and Peter Gurr. (Back row, l to r) Fred Scanlan, Tupua Roy Fua, Leilua Stevenson, Ainu'u Ta'ase Amosa, Sa'ilipea Kennison Barber, Adolfo Montenegro,  Pastor Henry Roberts, Samana Semo Ve'ave'a and Pastor Miracle Tilo. BGCAS Directors not pictured: Lealao Melila  

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First Lady launches six Boys & Girls Clubs
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2010, 11:15:51 AM »
November 12, 2010
First Lady launches six Boys & Girls Clubs; “Great Futures Start Here”

First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono today joined Governor Togiola Tulafono and students of Matatula Elementary School to launch the Boys & Girls Clubs of American Samoa afterschool mentoring program at the Tula school.

As chairperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of American Samoa (BGCAS), First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono expressed her excitement in telling the young people of Matatula that the club will provide a safe place for young people of the Territory to learn and grow, and will help to develop them into caring, responsible citizens.

“The slogan for Boys & Girls Clubs of America is ‘Great Futures Start Here’ and it is our hope that the mentoring initiative we are launching today will help ensure that each of you, individually and collectively as a class or student body, maintain good health and receive a quality education,” said First Lady Mary Ann. “We believe the trust and bonding that will develop through these mentoring relationships will help each of you build good character, develop a good work ethics, value education and become a strong leader for tomorrow.”

The First Lady also said the afterschool program is part of Governor Togiola’s vision to provide a secure environment for the youth of American Samoa to enjoy productive and healthy afterschool activities with their friends.

Governor Togiola told the students the Boys & Girls Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of children by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and positive influence.

“This is very exciting for you children because not only will you have fun with all the planned activities after school, but also you will learn how to grow up eating healthy and better food and snacks, and get help with your homework, but you will also get lots of exercise while having fun,” said Governor Togiola. “The Boys and Girls Club is a place to be positive and you can really make a difference, so enjoy yourself.”

The official launch today for the mentoring initiative afterschool program at Matatula Elementary School was also the launch for the other five BGCAS schools - Alofau, Le’atele in Fagasa, Tafuna, Leone Midkiff and Alataualua/Taputapu in Nua and Seetaga.

A comprehensive array of services will be provided at each BGCAS clubhouse of the six schools, including tutoring and homework help, skill-building for personal development and physical fitness. Adult mentors have been recruited, trained and assigned to students (mentees) at the schools.

The launch was attended by the BGCAS Board of Directors, island community partners, which include the Ta’ita’itama Prevent Underage Drinking program, Sodexo, the Football Federation of American Samoa, Departments of Human and Social Services, Health, and Education, and the American Samoa Community College.

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LAUNCH: MENTORING INITIATIVE

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM

Boys and Girls Clubs of American Samoa

by First Lady Mary Ann Tulafono

Matatula Elementary School

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tula, American Samoa

Good morning.  “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24. I am truly honored to be here with all of you today to launch the beginning of a wonderful program. I am very happy that Governor Togiola is able to join us this morning to share this momentous occasion– because this is an initiative that we have been working together on for several years and it is finally coming to fruition.

“Great Futures Start Here” - This is the slogan of the national Boys and Girls Clubs of America that is being promoted throughout the nation and its territories through its member clubs.

“Great Futures Start Here.” I repeat this statement because it speaks to the heart of the mentoring initiative afterschool program. Both the TAITAITAMA program and the Boys and Girls Clubs American Samoa focus its efforts on helping young people develop and grow into strong, healthy, productive and responsible citizens in our community. Of utmost importance to becoming strong, healthy, productive and responsible citizens are good health, quality education, commitment and leadership.

It is our hope that the mentoring initiative we are launching today will help ensure that each of you, individually and collectively as a class or student body, maintain good health and receive a quality education. We believe the trust and bonding that will develop through these mentoring relationships will help each of you build good character, develop a good work ethics, value education and become a strong leader for tomorrow.

Why is this important? Because as cliché and overused as it may sound – you, all of you young school children sitting here today, are the future of American Samoa. This program has been developed for you – to help you become the best that you can be for our government, our community and our people. The reality is, 10 years from now – all of you who are 9 and 10 years old today will be, the Governor and I pray, starting college and pursuing a higher education. For some, you may decide that you want to learn a trade and join the workforce and that’s fine too.  Fast forward 15 years from now and all of you will be in our workforce – whether in government or in the private sector.

With the rapid advancements of technology and the increasing demands of the workforce, it is more important than ever that we work together to make sure that you are better prepared to enter college and the workforce with the skills to succeed. It is not an option. It is a requirement.

“Great Futures Start Here.” I ask you to keep this in mind every day when you come to school.  Remember this when you are too tired to study or your class is too boring and you cannot concentrate. Remember this when the math problem is too hard and it is easier to put the book away and go play. Focus, focus, and stay focused.

One of the key requirements of this afterschool program is that you must finish your homework before you can go out and play or do ZUMBA or hula hoops or make a robot or create a 3-D drawing. They’re all very exciting stuff, but you must finish 40 minutes of homework study first. That’s right. This program is going to offer you many, many options you can choose from. All the people surrounding you today will be working with you – the Department of Health will help you learn more about nutrition and your body and how to stay healthy. They have lots of fun activities lined up for you including ZUMBA.

The Department of Human and Social Services will help you with social skills, communicating anger, coping with stress and how to handle all the tough issues that kids your age face every day. Coaches from the Football Federation of American Samoa are the experts in soccer and they will teach you the rules of the game, how to play and give you everything you need to be the next Pele.

Next year, ASCC’s GEAR UP Program will teach you how to build a robot or create a floating fautasi on rippling water using computer graphics. Fun and enriching activities designed to help stimulate your creativity, spark your imagination and get you excited about learning.

This program is just one of the approaches that our government, private and community partners are taking to help kids succeed. There are many resources available to you – but you have to make the commitment to work hard and not give up. That is all I am asking of you students; work hard in school, do not give up and have fun.

Today we officially launch the mentoring initiative afterschool program not only in Matatula Elementary, but also in your sister schools including Alofau, Le’atele in Fagasa, Tafuna, Leone Midkiff and Alataualua/Taputapu in Nua and Seetaga. I would like to ask the Principals from our pilot schools to rise and be recognized.

I would like to acknowledge the presence of the Executive Board for the TAITAITAMA Prevent Underage Drinking Initiative and the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of American Samoa. Thank you for your continued leadership and support in getting this program planned, funded and ready for implementation. Today would not be possible without your help. Faafetai. Faafetai tele.

Also, I would like to recognize and acknowledge the representatives from the various community coalitions, our key agency partners that will be providing direct services throughout the next 20 weeks – Departments of Human and Social Services, Health, Education, American Samoa Community College and our international-community partner, the Football Federation of American Samoa – please rise and be recognized.

Thank you for your hard work and commitment. I know that you will be the ones on the road, going from school to school, from the East to the West working with our young children. Please know that everything you do – makes a positive difference in a child’s life – thank you. Fa’amalo. You make it happen.

Lastly, I wish to acknowledge and thank SODEXO and their management team for pledging their commitment and support to the Boys and Girls Clubs of American Samoa. Just two days ago, I had an opportunity to meet with SODEXO officials who are very enthusiastic about joining our efforts to promote healthy eating, physical activity and overall wellness of children and their families. We are very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead and we look forward to their partnership. Thank you Chef Sualua Tupolo and SODEXO.

In closing, I thank all of you for taking the time to join us today. Together, through our partnerships and collective efforts – we will positively impact the future generation of American Samoa.

Faamalo ma Faafetai. Soifua.

Source: American Samoa Government

 


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