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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.

The Great!

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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

Volunteer & I serve on the Hickory Hill (Bernal E. Smith) Club board and was one of the club co-chairs for the most recent Steak N Burger event which is the largest annual fundraiser for the clubs.