Nick Cannon, Neyo and Timbaland Help Boys and Girls Clubs of America Sound the Alarm

photo courtesy: look to the stars

photo courtesy: look to the stars

Boys and Girls Club alumni took over Times Square this past weekend to sound the alarm about the club’s new campaign: Great Futures. It aims to reinforce the idea that “when school’s out, clubs are in.” The day party was hosted by the oldest teenager in the world, sorry Dick Clark, Nick Cannon and Neyo and young club entertainers performed. But music producer Timbaland stole the show by whipping out a $1 million check to the BGCA org through his–and wife Monique Mosley’s–Always Believing Foundation.

Image Courtesy: Look to the stars

Image Courtesy: Look to the stars

The foundation’s goal to encourage youth to be a voice in their community matches BGCA Great Futures campaign to provide a safe and engaging place for kids to be their best selves.

Endorsing that message was Yankess star CC Sabathia, Olympic icon Jackie Joyner-Kersee, singer Estelle and “The Talk’s” Adrienne Bailon who made an appearance with thousands of others at the Crossroads of the world.

The festivities weren’t confined to the big apple, boys and girls clubs across the nation were celebrating the new initiative to emphasis after-school programs.

Virtual celeb supporters included Lebron James, Kelly Rowland, Ashanti and Michael Phelps that took to their social media to show support. Kelly posted this pic on her Facebook page.

Photo Courtesy: Kelly Rowland Facebook

Photo Courtesy: Kelly Rowland Facebook

“When the 3PM school bell rings, 15 million    kids in      America have no place to go. But just    like me, you can  help! Open the door for  America’s Kids…”

Now through Sept. 15, all donations made to Great Futures campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, to donate click here

GIRL’S DAY!! Angela Simmons Hosts Girls Empowerment Day for New Jersey Teens

Photo Credit: Angela Simmons Instagram

Photo Credit: Angela Simmons Instagram

No boys allowed!! That was probably the sign hanging from the door at the Boys and Girls Club in Jersey City, NJ earlier this week. Angela Simmons, daughter of Rev Run of Run DMC, hosted her second annual GirlTalk Takeover that invades Jeerzy’s most famous club in America. The socialite and fashion designer created the community initiative, alongside Kerri Levine, a real estate exec, to bombard young girls with positive images and role models.

Angela described the importance of allowing tweens and teens be queens for the day to The Star-Ledger:

Impressionable young girls are not receiving the right messages or being exposed to positive influences, particularly through the media. GIRLTALK #takeover fills this void by creating an entertaining event in a comfortable setting with role models and professionals delivering important messages to encourage the girls’ full potential and help shape them for a healthy and creative future.

The day long events– for gals aged 8 to 16– feature mini makeovers; manis and professional makeup artists to beautify the girls. Followed by tips on rocking the runway for the future models in the house. Next up is health and fitness activities. Somewhere Michelle is giving her thumbs up. And rounding out the empowerment sesh is a lecture about healthy eating by a chef (have no doubt there were snacks of the healthy and no-so-nutritious variety). But nothing tops the dance party that turned into a tutorial for Angela on the latest teen dance moves.

“The Real” host Adrienne Bailon made a surprise guest appearance to give an encouraging talk to the ladies. And couldn’t pass up a group shot with kiddies.

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Let’s cross our fingers that Angela will take this project on the road to other towns. It is greatly needed…