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November 15, 2012
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November 15, 2012
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The Boys and Girls Clubs is my primary long-lasting community involvement. Since 1966 when I was introduced to the works of the then one small club, I have been convinced that more is being done with less by this organization to nurture the growth of inner city kids. The measurable outcomes, such as 100% high school graduation rate of last year's seniors, is testimony to the devotion and competence of the staff. The Boys and Girls Clubs are a high impact positive force in our community. Bert Barnett

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 7, 2012

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November 7, 2012

I have been working with the Boys and Girls Club for the past several years and have been so blessed by the work they do for these precious children. They truly have a servants heart for these kids and anytime I stop by there everyone has a smile. You can tell they are devoted to serving their community by offering opportunities to children that wouldn't receive them any other way. I hear stories from these kids saying they never would have never had the hope of graduating high school without the encouragement and programs offered from the Boys and Girls Club. I am so grateful to this organization and their staff for all that they do!! Angie Breland

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

I have worked for Boys & Girls Clubs for 30 years. I have seen many success stories and can not name another organization that does what Boys & Girls Clubs can or attempt to do. Our kids are provided with quality programs served by quality staff.

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I have seen many success stories throughout the 30 years I have been with this organization. I have seen kids come in with little self esteem and leave as a Youth of the Year. It is amazing what Boys & Girls Clubs can do.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Always strive to keep quality employees so our kids can have quality services. This is a must to make us successfull and to provide our kids with what they deserve.

April 29, 2011

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April 29, 2011

I have been with the Hickory Hill (Bernal E. Smith) club for about a year and can not think of a better way to serve to the city of Memphis. It is true that our children are our future, and the Boys and Girls clubs of Greater Memphis provide an environment that cultivates learning. The most recent statistics (2009) that I've seen show the graduation rate for Boys and Girls Clubs seniors at 98.8% versus 61% for Memphis City Schools. Education is a key part to success later in life, and these kids will be ready for the challenge.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

not just the statistics but also in the kids themselves. The 2011 Youth of the Year, Shannon Wright, was as impressive a 17 year old that you will ever meet. She was confident and well spoken and was thankful for being part of her club.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it. Every child in the city should have the opportunity to be a part of the Boys and girls clubs, and that takes money.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis is, in my opinion, the most effective youth services organization in the area. I not only believe this but I give my time and money to help the mission. I have seen the results over the past decade that I have been associated with the Clubs. The Clubs have literally saved lives and has almost five decades of alumni to show as proof.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing young people attend and participate in Clubs, go on to leadership in their fields and attribute much of their success to the values and training the learned as a Club member.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to raise enough money to serve every single young person in the county.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis reach so many kids and families each day. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis is the Salvation, we take our kids out of diseasters each day in their homes, BGCM is the person there for their pain and hurt that they face each day. BGCM is the religious place for kids, we teach them right from wrong. BGCM is the Education place for our kids, we stress the importance of Education each day in our Clubs, we graduate 97.6%. We are family for most of these kids, we are their mother, father, brother and sister. We do so much, but we need to reach more. We reach 7300 a year, we need to reach all the kids out there that need us the most. BGCM is here for all those kids and we will continue to reach more.

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I enjoy seeing so many kids graduate. So many families life turn around. I had one little boy who came to me with so much anger. He hit me in my stomache one day and threaten to kill me. I told him that he couldn't hurt me. Long story short, each day I would work with this kid and told him that he was a great kids and that I loved him with all my heart. That kid turned a 360 in three weeks and is now one of the best kids at the Club. (He was angry because he lost both parents at the same time!).

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would beg for more money every day from those who are blessed to give to this organization. We can do so much more to bring more kids off the street. We can turn bullies into angels. We take students making failing grades into graduating. I would not make changes in the organization, but in my community and country.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis has provided support & leadership for youth since 1962. The impact has reached generations of thousands of our citizens. The organization stays true to its mission: “To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.” Just ask one of the alumni.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

For 32 years I have worked with the members of BGCM. I have seen these young members grow up become productive members of society and raise their familes to do the same.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would make is to serve more members which is tied to additional funding.

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

With a deep and broad history of working to change Memphis to be a better place, I have been through every new idea...county agenda....new initiative. You name it. Nothing compares to the kind of success we see everyday in our Boys & Girls Clubs. If only we could take all of our youth today and guide them through the BGCM system, this city would be a very different place just a few years down the line. Just imagine a city with a 98% high school graduation rate or rare teen pregnancy!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting the kids often and being in the afterschool clubs. I learn more from them than I could have ever imagined.

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WIsh they could reach all the needy children in the area. Not just the 7300 kids they serve each year. They need more clubs, in more locations!

April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis do an incredible job of giving kids a safe and positive place to just be themselves. The caring staff provides a reliable network of support for over 7,300 kids in Memphis. The programming helps kids become more capable, responsible, productive members of society.

If you've got money, please donate. If you have time please give it!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen graduation rates at the club climb to 97.6%, almost 36% higher than Memphis City Schools.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to connect more kids with mentors from the community.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis (BGCGM) has been an organization that's helped the families in this community for many years by providing a special & safe place for children to learn, grow & gain exposure to the world around them. As a board member for many years, not only do I help raise the funds to carry out the mission, I parcipate and communicate directly with club members and staff to gain perspective on how the club is going. I choose to give of my time and talents to be a part of an organization that truly is involved in children's lives, tries to enhance the character of every child and provide a safe, clean place for them to come to. This organization has always been about putting the best staff with the best programs in the clubs which produces the best children possible who come from disadvantage situatons. And when you put this organization in front of a community that can see the benefits, you can get people and board members like me who truly see how this organization should be supported. We need to keep asking people to give a little time and a lot of money to this effort. The founders of the Boys Club are getting old or have past on but their community spirit and sense of purpose needs to be rekindled in others today so that this organization continues to provide safe places to for children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the smiles and activites occuring every time I visit the club and thinking..."What would all these people and childfren be doing if this club was not here?"...I am glad to know me and my fellow board members had a little help in keeping this organization active in the community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more training for other areas other than vocational trades. Training in sales (Insurance, banking, etc), TV/Radio industry, teaching are areas where early exposure encourages those type of careers. I would also consider a Life coach/big brother arrangements for those older children leaving the program but still need support. The paradigm has changed and people need help with this shift in thinking.

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