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A message from Glenn...

Why do certain people or organizations rise above their circumstances? Are they born with an enate ability to cope and mange through uncertainty? Do they perpetually plan for “rainy days” with an eye always looking ahead toward dangers and opportunities that lie in wait? Are they fortunate beneficiaries of being at the right place during the wrong time? Or are they simply resilient?

I’ve been thinking a lot about resiliency lately for obvious reasons. I doubt that I am alone because many of you, our WFYC Affiliate leaders, are currently grappling with uncertainty. I have heard this sentiment directly and sensed it during our time together during these past six months.

 

Being resilient, as a concept is often misapplied, overused, and exhaustive especially to those individuals and organizations constantly challenged to do more despite their station in life.  As a lifelong baseball fan myself, just ask any pitcher finding himself constantly down in the count facing runners in scoring position how exhausting resiliency can be. Enough already! We all have been challenged to learn new skills, adapt to a new normal, and rediscover new operational landscapes for our organizations. Sound familiar?

 

Know that you embody the definition of resiliency every day. Young people, parents, and communities in our 30 Affiliate countries around the world rely on your ability to endure and cope with a completely different set of challenges. When thinking about my own resiliency journey I have found comfort knowing I am not isolated on island. I encourage you to continue to face the challenges ahead with humility and curiosity as you explore new ways to serve young people, knowing that during times of triumph and trial, WFYC stands with you AND for you as we celebrate your success together. 

Quick Notes:

Innovation is the call of the day and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mexico (Club de Niños y Niñas de México) mastered that by successfully transitioning their annual in-person conference to a virtual format. It was remarkably successful! We at the World Federation of Youth Clubs were thrilled to be part of the conference. We kicked off the session with a congratulatory video by WFYC Co-Founders Rick & Susan Goings. The session focused on key trends, WFYC’s value proposition, followed by Q&A on the benefits and services offered by President, Glenn Permuy and Chief Operating Officer, Mark Shamley. Over 50 attendees tuned in for the session. Congratulations to Mauricio, Daniela, and the entire Club de Niños y Niñas de México team for delivering an outstanding conference!

A big thank you to the Rick & Susan Goings Foundation for their recent generous gift of $125,000. This investment in our future to better serve Affiliates allows us to meet the 1:1 challenge match requirement to receive match funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Our thanks to these two generous and visionary foundations for believing in us and the work we are doing with our Affiliate Clubs around the world.

Glenn Permuy
President & CEO 
Affiliate Highlights
Training and Professional Development Opportunities

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central America (Clubs de Niños y Niñas de Centro America) through its Professional Development Training Center, will present a four-part series, “Professional English Course.”  This course will go beyond improving on basic English skills, as it will focus on practical, real life professional situations and will give students an opportunity to learn how to make: Business Deals, Write Professional Emails, Structure Writing Requests and more. 

This course is FREE and open to non-profit professionals, regardless of level of English knowledge. Space is limited:

 

Link >>>
Virtual Conference is the New Reality for Mexico

Boys and Girls Club of Mexico (Clubs de Niñas y Niñas de México) held its first ever Virtual National Convention, with great success.  The convention included a workshop, six lectures with world-class panelists and a large turnout from local Clubs. The setting provided an opportunity to renew their commitment to move forward with dedication and optimism.  The goal is that information shared and learned, will translate into action that will create improvements in strategy and operations for all Clubs.

 

You can follow this link for the Conference recording >>>

New Affiliate Showcase
St. Andrew North Police Youth Clubs, Jamaica 

Jamaica has had a history of involving youth in community service.  Recently, though our continued collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a corporate partnership, St. Andrew North Police Youth Clubs in Kingston Jamaica joined the World Federation of Youth Clubs.  The organization is made up of 9 Impact sites, while serving youth during these difficult times.  Their partnership with the police department allows them to effectively serve youth, with a team of twelve staff and volunteers.  They have big plans for the future, which include increasing their Clubs by TEN, once the pandemic is over. 
Inspirational Youth
There are many special stories of outstanding young people impacted by our Clubs across the globe and this is one of those special Club Members, Dr. Emmanuel Tawiah. His journey started nearly 10 years ago and now as a Medical Doctor he returns to practice medicine in his home community which he will undoubtedly change and save lives for decades to come. We are so proud of him and the great work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ghana.
 
< Left to Right:  Boys and Girls Club of Ekumfi Ghana Club Director, Stephen Quansah and graduate, Dr. Emmanuel Tawiah
 
Does your organization have a youth impact story you’d be willing to share for future newsletters?  Please send a photo and a one paragraph or less description to lconte@wfyc.org
Tips and Tools
Marketing and Communications

Promoting our brand today is much different from just a year ago, even more 5, 10 and 20 years ago.  It is important to learn about new opportunities, new platforms and most importantly your audience. Take for example Facebook, once a platform for the younger group, it is now mostly used by those over 35 years of age.  Today’s preferred Social Media platforms are Instagram and Tik Tok, which focus on great pictures and short videos.  Let us know how your organization is being successful in engaging Club members, supporters and funders.  Email your responses to marketing@wfyc.org 

Are you ready for Giving Tuesday?

Each year, nonprofits, small businesses, corporations, schools, and faith-based organizations all over the world celebrate the global day of giving. By following the below link you'll find tools, resources and ideas your organization can utilize in order to participate in Giving Tuesday on Dec 1st.

 

https://www.givingtuesday.org/organizations

 
Upcoming Events

NEW Webcast Alert! 

Leading Past Crisis - EQ Tools for Leadership


In painful times, it’s all too easy to get caught in the moment of crisis and lose track of the longer term. Where are we going, and how do we get our teams, funders, and kids to grow toward that future? Since emotions can pull us “all over the place,” one key tool for leaders today is to grow emotional intelligence. In this webcast, you’ll get three simple, practical tips you can use as a leader to set yourself & your organization up to navigate through the current chaos…. and do a better job taking care of your own and your people’s emotional wellbeing.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

11:00am – 12:00pm EST

 

Register Today

 

WFYC International Conference Update


Are you saving the date for the Annual International Conference?!  Please note that the Conference will be a virtual format brought to you each day between 9:00am-11:30am Eastern Standard Time.

We are working with an Advisory Affiliate Group to help further inform us of desired content and engagement opportunities. Rest assured our goal is to bring relevant, diverse, and timely youth development content to our affiliates and partners.

We look forward to bringing you a dynamic Conference program in 2021!  More information to be shared in the time to come. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to lconte@wfyc.org

 
Collaborator Resources
Spotlight on Special Olympics

Here at the World Federation of Youth Clubs we are thrilled to work in partnership with some of the most well-respected youth groups around the world.

Special Olympics is unmatched in providing sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics is also leading the way in cutting-edge youth leadership programming. This free Inclusive Youth Leadership (IYL) virtual curriculum is available here >>>. WFYC is a proud to have Special Olympics as a Collaborator for Good and hope you will take advantage of this resource.   

 
If you have anything you'd like to be featured in an upcoming WFYC newsletter, please contact Libby Conte at lconte@wfyc.org
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