HCU announces partnership with Boys and Girls Club
Published September 12, 2017
Heartland Credit Union is excited to announce a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hutchinson to help develop future community leaders and provide scholarships for local youth. The partnership includes support for a leadership class at the Hutchinson Middle School 7 Building and the annual Youth of the Year program.
The Leadership Essentials program at HMS 7 will be led by Tabetha Gray, BGCH Teen Director. Gray will teach three sections of leadership classes during the school day and then run the HMS 7 afterschool program. The class will be based on Boys & Girls Clubs of America curriculum. Students do not have to be Club members to take the class.
Lance Patterson, Director of Operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson commented on the program, "I am excited about the opportunity that exists at HMS 7 beginning this fall. The collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club and HMS 7 has the potential to reach 180 youth with much needed leadership skills training. In addition, there will be a place for kids to go after school to get help with homework, socialize with friends and learn about careers."
In addition to the Leadership Essentials program, HCU is sponsoring the Youth of the Year award. This program recognizes a Club member for their strong character, personal growth and leadership qualities. Each year, three finalists are chosen through an essay contest to compete for the YOY honor. The YOY recipient is chosen during a banquet in December by a committee of local volunteers and BGCH staff. The winner is awarded a $1,000 scholarship, while the 2 runners-up are awarded $500 scholarships. The winner will also represent Hutchinson at the State banquet. There they will have the opportunity for more scholarships and to possibly move on to represent Kansas at the Regional competition.
"At HCU, we believe supporting the education of our young people and developing the next generation of leaders is essential for the growth of our communities," stated Dan Springer, Heartland Credit Union President/CEO. "We're excited to partner with the Boys and Girls Club on both projects and bring more opportunities to the youth in our area."
HCU was founded as The Hutchinson Teachers Credit Union in 1948 and our support of education remains a cornerstone of the credit union. Boys and Girls Clubs of Hutchinson, and their programs, provide the opportunity for HCU to support the development of youth in our area and provide for their continuing education. This is a relationship HCU members can truly be proud of.