I recently received an invitation to visit and tour my local Boys & Girls Club in Brookhaven which is part of the Boys and Girl Clubs of Metro Atlanta. It had been years since I’ve stepped foot in the doors of a Boys & Girls Club facility. The only other time I’ve visited one was when I volunteered right out of high school. During my tour, I was reminded of all the great things the Boys and Girls Clubs of America have to offer.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides a strong foundation for youth in the community to help ensure that they have great futures. They empower youth in a fun, safe, affordable and caring way. Youth are engaged through different programs that help educate them , develop their character, and encourage leadership. The Boys & Girls Clubs really prepare youth to be responsible, productive and caring citizens.
During my tour I learned a lot about the clubs that I didn’t know. For example, I’ve always thought that the Boys & Girls Club was only for disadvantage or troubled youth, but I found out that wasn’t the case. I also realized that I wasn’t the only one that had that misperception, in fact over half the people there didn’t realize that. The Boys & Girls Club welcomes all youth between 6-18 years old to become a members and the Boys and Girls Club belong to the entire community.
There are more than 4,000 Boys and Girls Clubs that serve millions of youth nationwide. During National Boys & Girls Club Week (April 7-13) clubs all over are inviting everyone from the community to “Open the door. Take a tour.” Click here to find a local club to visit and take a tour, or you can take the a virtual tour.
Even if you don’t have children of your own that meet the criteria visit your local club to find out what happens behind those blue doors. My tour was amazing, it was great seeing happy, respectful youth, thriving in such a positive environment. The staff were so warm and inviting that you may find yourself wanting to be a part of this mission.
Want to be a part of creating great futures?…There are always opportunities to donate, volunteer, or partner.
Learn more about the National Boys & Girls Club Week to find out what other things they are doing to celebrate.
Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I attended an information session and received a gift bag and promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.