Rating: 4.73 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 44 S Rembert St Memphis TN 38104 USA

Mission: Maintaining facilities and administering various programs for the benefit of local boys' and girls' club members The number of boys and girls served in 2008 was approximately 5,500
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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.

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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