Healthy Lifestyles

Programs in this area develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

 

Health & Life Skills programs offered at the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville: Kids in Control, Smart Kids, Start Smart, Smart Girls, Passport to Manhood, and Cooking Club.

 

Health and Life Skills

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA AND THE UPS FOUNDATION

DRIVE CHANGE FOR TEEN DRIVER SAFTEY

UPS Road Code Safe Driving Program Helps Teens

Prepare for the Dangers Faced When Behind-the-Wheel

            Zionsville – October 16, 2016 – Nearly 42 percent of high school students have texted or emailed when in the driver’s seat at least once in the past 30 days, according to a 2014 survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Adding to this startling statistic, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports phone use when behind the wheel causes one in every five teen distracted driving fatalities. Digital distractions along with failure to learn safe driving techniques have both contributed to motor vehicle crashes becoming the leading cause of death among teens in the United States.

To help keep teens safe on the road, The UPS Foundation teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to create UPS Road Code, a national program educating teens on safe driving techniques. Celebrating its seventh anniversary in 2016, the highly successful UPS Road Code program enables teens to drive change for themselves and their peers through a combination of classroom sessions and the use of a driving simulator. The program offers online resources for parents and teen drivers to prepare for the realities of the road.  In addition to the hands-on support of the volunteer UPS instructors, the program now utilizes a select UPS Road Code teen graduates as ambassadors. Launching this fall, the UPS Road Code Ambassador program is designed to develop advocates within the Boys & Girls Club Movement to encourage peer-to-peer encouragement and empowerment for teen safe driving. As part of the program, local ambassadors have the opportunity to be nominated as one of two National UPS Road Code Ambassadors and receive a $1,500 college scholarship each.

To date the program has reached nearly 24,000 participants since its launch in 2009 and is available in 54 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout 43 U.S. cities.

National Teen Driver Safety Week

                Through the UPS Road Code program, The UPS Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are lending their support to National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW). Held this year from October 16-22, NTDSW is a week annually designated by Congress to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior. With an average of nearly eight teens dying each day in car crashes (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), the focus of NTDSW and UPS Road Code is to inspire parents, teens and educators to take a firm stance on teen driver safety within their local communities in an effort to ensure bright futures for America’s youth. 

Safety First

                Reaching nearly 24,000 teens since its inception in 2009, UPS Road Code provides participants with unparalleled training from UPS employees committed to safety within their communities.  The program is largely based on the same methods used by UPS drivers, who are known for their safe driving techniques. In fact, UPS’s 102,000 drivers worldwide are among the safest on the roads, logging more than three billion miles per year and delivering more than four billion packages safely.  UPS also has more than 8,700 members in its “Circle of Honor” program, recognizing drivers who can boast 25 years or more of safe driving.  Taught by approximately 125 UPS employees trained as volunteer instructors, the program provides teens with a combination of classroom-based instruction, as well as time “behind the wheel” of a virtual driving simulator.

                The program focuses on different safety principles, from basic instruction to the consequences of risky behaviors such as talking on cell phones, texting or drinking while driving. Teens practice what they’ve learned on the driving simulators, which feature a computer screen that serves as a windshield to the program’s interactive animation, a steering wheel and life-like gas and brake pedals.

Driving Change

                In 2016, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The UPS Foundation continue to drive awareness of UPS Road Code and educate teens by hosting free community events at local Boys & Girls Clubs in various cities throughout the country. Events include fun activities and challenges, as well as the chance for attendees to interact with the program’s driving simulators.

                In addition, teens nationwide have the opportunity to make a difference and drive change for themselves and their peers. Using social media, teens can share online tools and resources developed to spread the word about road safety. From tips and statistics to an online quiz and info on safe driving techniques, the program aims to help teens to be aware of the potential dangers they may face on the road and enable them to share those insights with friends and family. 

“The UPS Road Code program is designed to help teens develop a thorough understanding of safe driving practices and to act as catalysts for driving change,” said Myron Gray, president UPS U.S. operations. “By providing the best resources and learning tools, such as our state-of-the-art driving simulators, we are setting up teens for success and safety on the road, and through this program, we look forward to encouraging more and more teens to become ambassadors of safety in their communities.”

“Through this partnership with UPS, our children and teens are provided with a unique experience that that will help them make smart decision on the road that could potentially save their lives,“ said Glenn Sanford.  “We are thankful that UPS brought the program to the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville.”

                The UPS Road Code program is available to teens at Boys & Girls Clubs in the following cities:

1.       Aberdeen, Md.

2.       Atlanta, Ga.

3.       Benton Harbor, Mich.

4.       Boston, Mass.

5.       Carson, Calif.

6.       Chicago, Ill.

7.       Cleveland, Ohio

8.       Columbus, Ohio

9.       Dallas, Texas

10.   Elk River, Minn.

11.   Farmington Hills, Mich.

12.   Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

13.   Hartford, Conn.

14.   Jackson, Miss.

15.   Jacksonville, Fla.

16.   Jersey City, N.J.

17.   Kansas City, Mo.

18.   Largo, Fla.

19.   Las Vegas, Nev.

20.   Little Rock, Ark.

21.   Los Angeles, Calif.

22.   Manchester, N.H.

23.   Memphis, Tenn.

24.   Milwaukee, Wisc.

25.   Mobile, Ala.

26.   Naples, Fla.

27.   New Orleans, La.

28.   New York, N.Y.

29.   Oakland, Calif.

30.   Omaha, Neb.

31.   Orlando, Fla.

32.   Philadelphia, Pa.

33.   Phoenix, Ariz.

34.   Portland, Ore.

35.   San Francisco, Calif.

36.   San Juan
Capistrano, Calif.

37.   Scottsdale, Ariz.

38.   St. Louis, Mo.

39.   St. Paul, Minn.

40.   Tampa, Fla.

41.   Tucson, Ariz.

42.   Washington, D.C.

43.   Zionsville, Ind.

 

Teens, parents and others interested in learning more about safe driving, the UPS Road Code program and access to new tools and tips should visit www.bgca.org/roadcode.

 

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at http://www.bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.

 

About The UPS Foundation

UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads the global citizenship programs for UPS which includes philanthropy, corporate relations and community engagement in local, national, and international communities. In 2014, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $104 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS

NATIONAL TEEN DRIVER SAFETY MONTH

October 16th - 22nd

 

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