Club Blue is a new philanthropic community comprised of young professionals (ages 21-40) who support Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee (BGCMT). BGCMT provides out-of-school care for youth ages 5-18 and offers safe spaces, high-yield programming, and positive adult mentors so youth can build their Great Futures. Club Blue’s mission is, “To provide leadership and volunteer opportunities to young professionals who aspire to positively impact Club members in Middle Tennessee and grow personally and professionally.” Club Blue members have access to coordinated volunteer opportunities, professional development seminars with Middle Tennessee leaders, and networking events.
Throughout its first year, Club Blue has held steady in delivering on its mission. Its first event brought young professionals from across the area together to wrap holiday gifts for local Club youth. To keep with the theme of giving, Club Blue volunteered at the Andrew Jackson Club’s Valentine’s Day skating party where kids wore the skates they unwrapped during the holidays to fly around the gym. Finally, Club Blue members recently rolled up their sleeves to deep-clean and organize the space where Preston Taylor’s Dreamers (five and six year olds) learn and grow!
Club Blue also ensures that its members receive valuable opportunities to develop personally and professionally. So far this year, Club Blue members have participated in a Business Chemistry session presented by Deloitte to learn how to more effectively communicate and work with others. They also spent an evening with experts from J.P. Morgan learning about Financial Literacy and setting up for future financial success. On July 18, Andrea Hart, the Human Resources Director at Caterpillar Financial, is presenting on emotional intelligence and its impact in the workplace. (RSVP here.) Club Blue believes that finding speakers to address unique and interesting topics that help young professionals grow is critical.
Finally, social events are important to Club Blue. Whether young professionals are teeing off at Top Golf or getting together for impromptu trivia nights, connecting young professionals with similar interests is key to building community. Its next event is taking place at the Sounds Stadium on Thursday, June 13; if you’re interested in meeting some of the members and learning about Club Blue, you can find out more and RSVP here.
To become a Clue Blue Professional, young professionals must give a minimum of $300 per year ($25/month). Over the course of a year, this fee covers the annual membership fee for twelve youth. A commitment at this level helps BGCMT honor its promise that no child or family is ever turned away because of their inability to pay. There are two additional membership levels: Ambassador ($40/month) and Champion ($60/month). The additional revenue funded through these levels helps provide transportation and internet connectivity for youth.
The ultimate vision of Club Blue is, “To build a thriving philanthropic community that is committed to long-term investment in the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee and the lives of young people.” Joining Club Blue not only positively impacts the lives of youth now, but helps them build towards their Great Futures tomorrow.Read More