CT Alliance

December 2012

Welcome to the twenty-eighth issue of ALLIANCE ACCENTS. As previously stated, the purpose of ALLIANCE ACCENTS is to keep both the Boys & Girls Clubs in Connecticut and the State of Connecticut Legislature up to date on the progress being made with the many statewide initiatives being implemented by the Connecticut Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. This issue of ALLIANCE ACCENTS focuses on a couple of our statewide initiatives as well as news from the Boys & Girls Clubs and their recent achievements. Articles, questions and suggestions should be forwarded to Joe Andreana, ALLIANCE ACCENTS Editor, via fax at (203) 924-7912 or e-mail to

Inside this issue:
Joe Andreana, Executive Director of the CT Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. Retires

Joe Andreana Editor


Jack Ribas, Executive Director of 2 the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys & Girls Club Retires Five Hartford Area Teens Se3 lected for National Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. from the Boys & Girls Club of Hartford A Place for Champions— Reading Champions Graduation at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich Greenwich Corporations Hoopup Funds for Kids

Mr. Joseph Andreana, Executive Director of the CT Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc., has something to look forward to. On December 31, 2012, he plans to retire and start enjoying his retirement with his family and friends. He is happily married to Patricia, has two children (Michael and Melissa) and four grandchildren. Since 2005, he has been the Executive Director of the CT Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. An organization affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the national Boys & Girls Club organization whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The CT Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. was established in 2003 to promote the social welfare of the boys & girls that are served by the sixteen Boys & Girls Clubs in Connecticut. The Boys & Girls Clubs in Connecticut have been the forefront of youth development for over 150 years, working with

young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. During his tenure as Executive Director, Joe successfully secured over $8M dollars for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Connecticut through his outstanding advocacy efforts with the Connecticut Legislature. He has also successfully secured funding ($2.7M) for the CT Juvenile Training School’s (CJTS) Community Targeted Reentry Program initiative.

marketing plan for this startup company. Joe also held managerial positions with GTE Service Corporation, Southern New England Telephone Company and American Telephone and Telegraph Company as well. Living in Oxford, Joe has volunteered in numerous community and church activities and has served on many area committees, councils and foundations.



Special Youth Winsof interest: Greenwich points National 4-5 Fine Arts Competition News Articles From
Wakeman BGC Boys & 5  Winners National Fine Girls Meriden Arts

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2012—2013 National Youth of the Year of Ridgefield Gets Real Life Journalist Opportunity


New Haven Boys & Youth of the Year from the BGC 6 Girls Club
BookClub Bags and School Supplies Collected


Redding Boys & Girls

CT Alliance of Boys & Girls 8 Clubs, Inc. names new Executive Director

Throughout the years, he has received numerous Before becoming the awards including the 1994 “Service to Youth: award preExecutive Director of the CT Alliance, Joe was the Presi- sented by the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck dent and CEO of the Oxford Economic Development Corpo- Valley, the 2001 “Gold Seal” ration in which he directed the award presented by the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, accelerated growth in the the 2002 Secretary of State town’s industrial, commercial “Volunteer Award” and the and retail zones. He has also served as an adjunct professor 2009 “Sharon Bryce Community Hero Award” presented by at Sacred Heart University where he taught Economics and the Valley United Way. Business Ethics. Prior to this, Joe was Vice President of Business Development for Leadership Development, Inc., where he developed and implemented a successful business and





Community Center, becoming the Community Center Boys Club. In 1980, girls were added as full-time members, and the name was changed to the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. The Club grew from 420 members in 1978 to more than 2,300 in 2011, and the budget also grew from $72,000 to $1,720,000 in that same time period. Ribas said, “It’s been a great ride! I never Jack Ribas, Executive Director of the Lower Naugathought I would be doing this tuck Valley Boys & Girls Club retires on Dec. 12, my whole life. I have had the 2012 opportunity to work with the best Board of Directors ever, hard-working community people giving of their time, talent, and treasure to make our community a better place Jack Ribas, the Ex- Bridgeport and in 1977 was for our children. We have ecutive Director of the Boys & promoted to Director of Opbuilt two new state-of-the-art Girls Club for the past 34 erations for the four-unit Clubhouses for our kids at a years, has announced his reBridgeport organization. cost of over $10 million, all tirement, effective December In February of 1978, raised by our volunteer Board 12, 2012. He has been a youth Jack was hired as the Execu- from people and businesses in service professional since tive Director of the Commuthe Valley. I have been September of 1971, when he nity Center Boys Club and blessed to have a great staff of started his career as the Proimmediately began changing hard working, dedicated peogram Director of the then the organization structure into ple, with a genuine concern Community Center Boys its present form. Within the for all our kids. Thousands of Club. In 1975, he was hired first year, the Boys Club as the Unit Director of the merged with the North End Boys Club in

children have passed through our doors and have become better citizens, better students, and better people for having been here. I can’t tell you how many Alumni have stopped back here 20 years later and have told me how the Club saved their life. It’s a tremendous feeling to know you have truly helped someone, especially those children going through difficult times.” Susan DeLeon, Board President, said, “Jack will truly be missed, he has been the heart and soul of this organization. Jack has done such a great job for so many years, and we all know how difficult it will be to replace him, but the Club and all its award-winning programs will go on. For more information about club programs, or summer camp, please visit us on the web at or call us at (203) 924-7462.



We wanted to share some good news, the Bank of America (BOA) Student Leaders, who have been serving as Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford Summer Interns, recently returned from the BOA National Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.! Hartford Academy of Math & Science; Raissa Lana, a rising senior at the Hartford Public’s Academy of Engineering; Marco Aurelien, a 2012 graduate of Classical Magnet School; Eboni Hylton, a 2012 graduate of Hartford Public’s Nursing Academy and Damien Gunn, a rising senior at Suffield High School. tions,” accordingly to Bank of America Senior Vice President Dean Andrews. Eboni Hylton said, “not everybody is going to think the way you do.” The final participant, Damien Gunn, has participated in service projects including tsunami relief in Japan. All five students also received paid eight-week summer internships with the Boys & Girls Club. “They will act in the same role as youth development professionals,” explained Director of Program Services Chad Williams. We would like to thank Bank of America Charitable Foundation and in particular Joe Gianni, Senior Vice President, Regional Market Development Executive, Northeast US, Illinois and Michigan for Bank of America ad Bank of America Senior Vice President, Dean Andrews, for placing these young and bright interns at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford to serve as role models for BGCH youth1

For Raissa Lana, one of her most meaningful experiences was hearing guest speakers including Melanie Barnes, President Obama’s former Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Barbara Bush, President George The five BOA Student W. Bush’s daughter and PresiMartha Olang, the Leaders from Hartford were dent of the nonprofit Global selected from 90 applicants from 2011 State Youth of the Year, was admittedly “never that inter- Health Corps. Hartford area high schools to ested in politics” even upon beparticipate in this year’s BOA “It taught me that leading selected as one of five HartStudent Leadership Program, ership comes in many different which led them to Washington. ford high school students to shapes and forms,” she said, who travel to Washington, D.C. They met with politicians, inwants to become an architectural “Watching an actual cluding U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Represen- debate on the floor of Congress engineer. “Leadership is not and hearing guest speakers talk defined by a person but by an tative John Larson, toured napolicy really opened my eyes to act.” tional monuments, watched a debate on the floor of Congress, what politics is and what it could Marco Aurelien appreand even participated in a “mock be in the future,” she said. ciated the mock Congress simuCongress” with other teens from Sponsored by Bank of lation most of all as a valuable across the country. America Charitable Foundation, insight. “We were debating The five students who “the students were chosen based actual legislation, such as the DREAM Act, with people from on service and volunteerism, participated were: Martha all over the country with differacademics, and recommendaOlang, a rising senior at the ent viewpoints,” he explained.

On June 4, 2012, the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich held its first graduation ceremony for its members of Reading Champions on Thursday, May 31st. The Reading Champions program, born from the United Way of Greenwich four years ago, supports the values of the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich by collaborating with community partners to stimulate the improvement of youth development and offer an environment in which kids can succeed and reach their full potential. by literacy specialists in Greenwich Public Schools to help improve reading skills and build fluency. This program has a 96% success rate of children This year, the Club graduating the program and graduated over 16 members who meeting proficiency goals in worked with 8 dedicated tutors. reading, as well as finding a love for reading. The United Way of Greenwich’s Reading ChampiFor more information, ons has a home of 11 sites with contact the BGC of Greenwich more than 100 trained tutors by email at info@bgcg-org, conworking with 344 children in tact Jenny Byxbee, United Way Greenwich local schools and Greenwich Youth Services Coorafter-school programs. This dinator at 203-869-2221 or visit program follows a specific cur- the website: Reading Champions is riculum that has been designed offered from mid-October until that last week of May to Club members who need extra help with their fluency in reading.

Graduates and tutors of the Reading Champions Program from the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich




individuals and corporate teams who battled it out for the 3-on-3 Championship title and trophy. Phaethon Bolton, a Greenwich Boys & Girls Club member and former Wake Forest University basketball player, launched this The Greenwich comcompetition by conducting a munity thrives when corporaclinic for 20 club members. From tions and individuals work to5 PM until 11 PM on April 12, gether for a great cause. There is 2012, the multisport arena, with almost no better model for kids over 130 guys and just two than to see their adult supporters women, echoed with laughter, work together on their behalf. grunts, and swish sounds from On Thursday, April 12th, thirty scored baskets. “This tournament teams, comprised of skilled and has become a tradition for some novice basketball players from of these guys to show support and area corporations, joined in a have fun at the same time,” said spirited game of basketball in George Fox, BGCG Board Vice support of the programs and President and event organizer. activities afforded to the Boys & Over $120,000 was Girls Club of Greenwich members and a chance at the Champi- raised in support of the Club whose mission is to enable all onship title. young people, especially those This annual competiwho need it most, reach their full tive play tournament and fundraiser quickly filled up with 3-on-3 Corporate Basketball Challenge proven successful in ‘Keeping the Ball Rolling’ with Event Sponsor, Artha Capital for the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich. potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Team Titan won the title in a close game against Cobb Capital. Game play was double elimination with a special 3-pont shooting contest. The 3-point shooting contest prize was a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey autographed by Kevin Love and was won by 2nd time champ, Patrick Powers. George Fox, Anthony Simone, Corporations who par- Travon Little, Dewayne Dickens and Matt Whelan, winners ticipated were: Artha Capital, of the BGCG 3-on-3 Corporate Axiom International Advisors, Basketball Challenge Bronson Point Partners, BTIG, Butterfield Fulcrum, Cantor FitzAdvisors, Nomura, Oakhill gerald Securities, Cobb Capital, Capital Partners, Richards of Credit Suisse, Cristo Rey New Greenwich, SAC Capital AdviYork High School, Ellington sors, Sageview Capital, Scopus Management Group, Espalier Asset Management, Seneca Global Management, Fidelity Prime Services, Field Point Bank, Capital, Shannon River Partners and Titan Advisors. General Atlantic LLC, J. Gittleson, C.P.A., GSO, JAT Capital Management, Jones Trading, Knight, Lanx Management, Lenox

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) named Anika Gupta of the Boys & It is the Boys & Girls Girls Club of Greenwich, a Clubs of America’s year-round national winner in its 2012 art program encouraging artistic National Fine Arts Exhibit. expression through classes, Gupta was selected from more special events and fine art exthan 250 regional finalists vyhibits among Club members ing for top honors at this year’s ages 6 to 18 through drawing, national competition and is one painting, printmaking, collage, of 37 national winners whose mixed media and sculpture artwork has been chosen to displayed at local and regional appear in the exhibit. The exexhibits. hibit features entries from Club The program culmi- youth ages 6—18 who took nates in the National Fine Arts home top honors in categories Exhibit, which premiers at the including monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Conference, then pastel, watercolor, oil/acrylic, tours the United States for one printmaking, mixed media, collage, sculpture and group. year. What is the National Fine Arts Exhibit?

Anika Gupta, age 8, won for the 6-9 year old category for her monochromatic portrait of “Lilly”



Gupta’s piece, entitled “Portrait of Lilly” won for the 6—9 age group in the monochromatic drawing category. All artwork from the 37 national winners will travel with the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is displayed the ensuing year at premier BGCA events throughout the country including BGCA’s annual National Conference. “The National Fine Arts Exhibit provides youth an opportunity to develop artistic skills and showcase creativity included Gilbert Young, nationally renowned artist, muralist, lecturer and art conservator; Larry Anderson, writer, artist and professor at Savannah College of Art & Design with 30 years experience teaching art in Atlanta colleges; Dawn Kinney Martin, nationally recognized artist with more than 16 years exNational judging for perience teaching and advothe 2012 exhibit was held in cating for arts programming. Atlanta, GA. Entries were BGCA’s Fine Arts judged by a panel of national experts and competed against Program is a comprehensive submissions from Clubs initiative promoting creativity across the globe. Judges through a variety of mediums,” said Dr. Erica S. Stevens, senior director of Education & The Arts at BGCA. “Our year-round art program encourages artistic expression among Club members and local, regional and national exhibits allow their artwork to shine.” in a variety of media, as well as, encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment. As a participant in the Fine Arts program, the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich submitted artwork from 12 entries in several categories, including monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastel, watercolor, oil/acrylic, mixed media and collage. To see the National Fine Arts virtual gallery visit default.aspx.

“Watermelon” by Juliette Savarino—age 7 Exhibit winners from Wakeman are: Juliette Savarino age 7— Watercolor category for her piece titled “Watermelon”; Bridget Yates age 11—Multicolored Drawing category for her piece “Untitled”; Pauline Blatt age 15—Pastel category for her piece titled “Cubes”; Annie Silk age 14—Sculpture cateEach year, participating gory for her piece “Untitled”; and club members submit artwork in Mary Kate McTague age 17— four age divisions and ten medium Collage category for her piece ticategories. Artwork is displayed at tled “Traveling.” local clubs and then selected by The 2013 Fine Arts Exjudges to move on to a regional exhibit where again it is reviewed, hibit will be hosted at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club during the and if chosen, moves on to the national level. The 2012 National month of January. Wakeman ofFine Arts winners can be viewed at fers a variety of art programs for our members, encouraging ity and exposure to different mediWakeman’s winning ums. For more information regardpieces were selected as five out of ing our Creative Kids, Art Masters 37 national winners in June by a or 3D Art classes, please feel free distinguished panel of judges at the to contact Maria Cimina at (203) National Fine Arts Exhibit held in 259-4805 with any questions. Atlanta, GA. This is an incredible honor for Wakeman Boys & Girls Club to celebrate with our members. Wakeman Boys & Girls Club members Juliette Savarino, Bridget Yates, Annie Silk, Pauline Blatt and Mary Kate McTague have been selected as 2012 National Fine Arts Exhibit winners by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The 2012 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Fine Arts

“Traveling” by Mary Kate McTague—age 17

“untitled” by Annie Silk— age 14

“Untitled” by Bridget Yates—age 11

“Cubes” by Pauline Blatt—age 15




An exceptional student and community member, Trei Dudley has overcome many obstacles and challenges in her young life. Her single mother has had to work very hard to support Trei and her three siblings. To assist her mom, Trei often took care of her younger siblings, while excelling at school and contributing to her Club and community. Trei was a member of Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence (Kansas) for 10 years and Trei Dudley, 2012— worked as a junior staffer. She 2013 National Youth of is known for going above and the Year Winner beyond to establish supportive relationships with younger Club members and help them build Boys & Girls Clubs of America self-esteem. announces its 2012—2013 National Youth of the Year, Trie Dudley, a 10-year member of Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, Kansas! She has volunteered at a local community center, a soup kitchen and an organization that provides support for homeless families. At her high school, Trei was a board member of “Can We Talk,” a group dedicated to helping at-risk youth achieve their full potential. She was also captain of the cheerleading squad and an editor of the yearbook. Trei now attends the University of Arkansas, majoring in business. Inspired by her transformative Club experience, she hopes to one day open her own center for youth in need. Dudley’s fellow 2012 Youth of the Year finalists were Crystile Carter, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club (N.Y.), Northeast Region; Tyler Merriweather, Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama, Southeast Region; Mai Tong Yang, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities (Minn.), Midwest Region; and Denzell Perry, Watts/ Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club (Calif.), Pacific Region. Trie said, “When I attended the Club as a member, I grew closer to the staff and began to think of the Boys & Girls Club as my second family. The feeling was indescribable, and I decided that it needed to be spread among others.”

2012 Presidential Debate— Denver, CO For the past three years Allie Hughes, 2012 Youth of the Year from the Ridgefield BGC, has worked with Boys & Girls Club of America’s teen website, “My Club My Life,” as a reporter and blogger. In high school, she was one of two reporters selected to attend the Boys & Girls Club National Conference to interview all the Keynote Speakers and Hall of Fame inductees including John Paul DeJoria of Paul Mitchell products and Shaquille O’Neal’s mother Lucille. But the chance to report at the 2012 Presidential come together in a fun and reDebate at the University of Den- exciting to be a part of such an important event and definitely warding experience.” ver is by far the most exciting. gave me a look into real-world In an effort to encour- journalism, a world that I’m age young people to get out and looking forward to stepping into vote in this year’s election, the future,” states Allie Hughes. BGCA’s “My Club My Life” Kristin Goncalves, invited Allie to blog onsite dur- ` ing the Presidential debate at the Program Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield who University of Denver. After accompanied Allie on this trip receiving security clearance, added, “over the past three years, Allie received a press badge to access the Media Room and VIP Allie has dedicated a lot of time and effort to writing for myclubstatus to attend Debatefest., as she moves on to The opportunity to Kristin Goncalves, Prothe next phase of her life as a share the experience of covering Boys & Girls Club alumna this gram Director and Allie the debate with reporters from Hughes, Youth of the opportunity was a great way to around the world was tremenYear from the Ridgefield see the skills she has learned dous. “It was extremely Boys & Girls Club through her work with the club




At J Cuts, from left: Frank Yaworowski, president of the Shelton Community Lions Club; Jennifer Sneider, J Cuts owner; Jennifer DeLeon, Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley; and Scharletta Samuel, of Derby T.E.A.M. Inc. From left: Bob Morton, Director of West Haven Youth and Family Services; and Peter Cantone, CEO, Spray Foam Nation.

For a sixth year in a row, the Annual Book Bag and School Supply drive has been a great success. Over 110 book bags and an abundance of back-to-school supplies were collected this year. The drive, originally started by the owners of Luther’s Garage, continued through J Cuts of downtown Shelton.

covers, rulers, pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, binders, glue, crayons, calculators, pencil sharpeners, paper and folders.

For the second consecutive year, Dave Haddad, of the Shelton Lion’s Club, led his weekly collection during concerts on the Huntington green. As the drive apJennifer Sneider, proached the end, coordinators owner of J Cuts, was the main realized there might be a collection location for such supplies as book bags, book

shortage of book bags. At the last minute, Peter Cantone, CEO of Spray Foam Nation, headquartered in West Haven, came through by donating 50 book bags. The Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley did not have any involvement in the actual collection and implementation of this wonderful book bag drive; however, they were the recipient of such a wonderful and

generous donation of book bags from the Annual Book Bag and School Supply Drive. The Club was very grateful and honored to be identified as a worthy organization.



Primary Business Address CT Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. P.O. Box 209 One Positive Place Shelton, CT 06484 Phone: (203) 924-7462 Fax: (203) 924-7912 E-mail:

The Connecticut Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. was established in 2003 to promote the social welfare of the boys and girls that are served by the seventeen Connecticut Boys & Girls Clubs.

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graduate from Southern Con“It feels good to do On Jan. 1, 2013, Don necticut State University. will start his new position as Ex- that,” he said. Don has been a native of ecutive Director of the CT AlliDon Maleto attended Meriden for most of his life, ance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc., and we know that he will do a who will help in bringing in funds Maloney High School and graduated in 1990. Soon after, great job in his new position. for the 17 he attended and went on to Boys and Girls Clubs of ConDon started working necticut from the Federal and State levels. He will also interact at the Boys & Girls Club 16 years ago, when it served only with the Boys & Girls Clubs of boys. Fresh out of college, Don America, who oversees the CT interned at the club and over Alliance. the years moved up through the “I wasn’t looking for a ranks. His positions included, Grounds Keeper, Camp Coun- change,” Maleto said. “But the right opportunity presented itself.” selor, Camp Director, Sports Director, Assistant Director, “It’s been an honor to Executive Director and Presiwork on behalf of the 2,500 kids dent of the Board of Directors. we serve; now it’ll be 60,000 kids In addition to his statewide,” Maleto said. Meriden club responsibilities, Maleto said he’ll still be Don has served as the President working for Meriden because he of the CT Alliance Board of Don Maleto, Executive Director of the CT Alliance of will be able to bring the city’s Directors since November Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. club resources and funding. 2010. The CT Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. has named its new Executive Director, Mr. Don Maleto, formerly of the Meriden Boys & Girls Club. He has been their Executive Director since 2006.

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