BGCA Native Services offers a wide variety of training opportunities all over the country for Club professionals. Check out some of our upcoming events and professional development opportunities!
Native Learning Events
BGCA Native Learning Events provide opportunities for Club youth development professionals to network with others in their region, and to learn strategies and techniques to better serve the youth in their communities.
Northeast/Southeast | Nashville, TN | April 19-20, 2023
Maine, New York, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina
- Southern Plains | Tulsa, OK | May 23-24, 2023
- Midwest | Mystic Lake Casino, MN | August 23-24, 2023
Michigan, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska
- PacWest/Southwest | Las Vegas, NV | September 20-21, 2023
New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Nevada
- Northwest/Rockies | Coeur D’Alene, ID | September 27-28, 2023
Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Oregon
2022 Native Summit
The 2022 Native Summit, organized by BGCA Native Services, provides an opportunity for CEOs, Board Members and Tribal Leaders to gather, learn and grow together, share in each other’s culture, and attend relevant sessions. The Summit is designed to help Native Clubs develop stronger, more sustainable organizations that most effectively meet the needs of their communities.
- November 8-10, 2022 | Orlando, FL
BGCA National Conference 1-Day Native Track
Join your Native Services family for the 1-Day Native track at the 116th annual BGCA National Conference.
- May 4-6, 2022
In 2022, BGCA Native Services will develop a Trauma-Informed Network! During this 8-month capacity building experience, Club will be invited to deepen their understanding of trauma and grow in your ability to implement trauma-informed practices. Throughout our time together, will receive professional development opportunities, support with from Native Services, peer consultation, and 1-1 coaching with subject matter experts.
Virtual Native Resiliency Conference
The Virtual Native Resiliency Conference will include three days of presentations, interactive team-building workshops and planning sessions. This event is made possible through BGCA Native Services’ ongoing partnership with the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine and the Carl Fellowship Program present the Stories of Reclamation and Recovery Conference, a collaborative teaching and learning experience designed for CEOs of Boys & Girls Clubs on Native Lands.
Native Youth STEM Event
Join us for an amazing one day virtual STEM event for middle and high school youth. This exciting occasion will not only promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), but it also comes at a crucial time when our communities are seeing immediate, short-term and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the area of learning loss. This virtual opportunity will ignite passion and motivate young people attending Boys & Girls Clubs on Native Lands. Special guests, leading innovators at The Boeing Company and Verizon Wireless will share their experiences as Native professionals. They will talk about the companies they work with and share the contributions of Natives in STEM related fields. Participants will learn about and how to access scholarship and grant opportunities by the American Indian College Fund. This event will take place on BGCA’s free, safe and accessible MyFuture platform, which will be packed with fun and safe exploratory activities. We look forward to you joining us as we celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by recognizing Native contributions to STEM through our Native Youth STEM Event.
Virtual Native National Days of Advocacy
BGCA Native Services is now bringing all Native Club advocates and leaders together for a Native Services Virtual National Days of Advocacy (NS-NDOA). Together, we will be asking Congress and the Administration to help us strengthen the cultural identity of Native youth through programming and initiatives that promote positive youth development and ensure that hundreds of thousands of Native youth — now and in the future — will achieve their dreams.
National Training Initiative (NTI)
The National Training Initiative (NTI) is designed to provide opportunities for every Boys & Girls Club to have their own certified trainer(s). Embedding certified trainers within organizations will allow them to conduct their own professional development trainings and collaborate with other local organizations to host learning events. Key benefits for Clubs: Trained facilitators who will deliver high-quality trainings for Club staff, as well as training additional facilitators in their local organizations and regions; More facilitators in the field, making it easier for Clubs to get the training their staff needs; More professional development opportunities to cultivate the strongest Club professionals possible; New and enhanced facilitation techniques to help increase organizational capacity, enhance program quality and improve the Club Experience for youth and teens.
- NTI Tier 1 and 2 – August 16-18, 2022
The Advanced Leadership Program (ALP), provided by BGCA, is a learning experience that provides Boys & Girls Clubs leaders and their teams with the necessary tools to teach and develop leadership capacity in their organization. ALP is designed to provide new concepts, benchmark best practices, and provide real time coaching.
- Date and location to be determined
Advancing Philanthropy (AP) is designed to guide Clubs in building a sustainable development model centered on the creation of a maintainable culture of philanthropy. The Advancing Philanthropy program provides an opportunity for Clubs to increase resource development in a transformative way.
- Date and location to be determined
Native Advisory Committee (NAC)
The Native Advisory Committee (NAC) provides leadership and insight on Native history, traditions, values and culture that will help establish and refine BGCA’s systems and methods of service to assure the greatest benefit for Native Clubs. NAC meetings will take place:
- Virtual Meeting Date – TBD