The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis is the premier youth development organization in the Midsouth. They have great leadership, beautiful facilities and a highly motivated and trained staff. Please join me in supporting this incredible organization... Memphis needs them!
I am a part time teacher who has experience with working at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. My son, also, is a member. It is an excellent program for our youth for a lot of reasons. A few notable ones include the following: The BGCM give our youth the support that they need educationally, mentally, physically, and emotionally. During the afterschool hours, students have a safe haven to go to. Therefore, they can get assistance with homework, continue their learning, become motivated about their future after graduating from high school, and they get to have a nice meal should parents be working. It keeps them out of the streets and out of harm's way. Additionally, the summer program that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis has is an excellent alternative to kids staying at home and possibly getting into trouble while parents are working.
The vision of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis showcases the organization perfectly: "Provide a world-class experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle."
The Clubs provide a safe and fun atmosphere that allows members to grow through various learning opportunities that the members may never have access to on their own. If you were to ask any of the members at the 6 area Clubs and Technical Training Center why they come to the Clubs it wouldn't be for the basketball or because their parents make them - instead it would be because of the caring staff and volunteers and the high standards that they are kept to.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis provide an essential service to this city. By providing these kids with a supportive, healthy place to spend their after school hours, the Clubs fight many of the negative influences our youth come up against. The Technical Training Center should be a model for other after school organizations: these trainees are given so many resources to find jobs and post-high school education.
I have been involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis for almost 15 years. When I see the kids that go through our program, it is very motivating and compelling to give both personally and professionally to the organization. There is such a void any many kids lives for positive role models and environments. The BGCM fills that void helps produce quality and productive young adults here in Memphis. I don't believe there is organization in our city that is in a position to make this type of impact on our kids.
I am a volunteer teaching pool at the Oakhaven Boys and Girls club and very aware of the everyday operations. I am impressed that these clubs do extensive background and drug testing on volunteers and employees protecting the youth. I have been teaching at this club now for about two years and Miss Evelyn Young, the executive director, takes great personal pride and care in running this facility. The equipment is always maintained, the facility is always clean and there are always improvements taking place. She deals with all issues quickly and fairly while maintaining a positive, controlled and safe environment. The Oakhaven youth enjoy many in-house programs and sports that keeps members very busy. Miss Evelyn has also created a program for older youth on Friday nights keeping them off the streets. She is creative and always looking for new ways to help her kids. I am proud to be associated with this club and will continue into the future. Memphis needs more of these facilities and caring, concerned directors like Miss Young.
They are Providing great opportunities for the Youth of Memphis and Shelby County. This is the premier youth development organization in the mid-south.
The Oakhaven Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis provides an excellent opportunity for young people to have a clean, warm, nurturing and safe place to go after school. It is also comforting to know the club provides snacks and meals for the attendees and assists them with homework. I especially like that the club provides limited work experience for several of the teens, which teaches them responsibility, and helps them learn good work ethics early in life.
I have been on the Board of the BGCM since 1993 and can attest to the fact that it is a fundamental part of the social fabric of Memphis. With as many 'at risk youth' as we have in our city, lending them a hand in their journey towards becoming productive citizens is now more important than ever !
My connection to Boys & Girls Clubs spans about 45 years...38 of those years as an employee in three different states. Not only has my family benefited from the many resources the Club has offered, but I have learned to be the best I am. Now I am serving and giving back a wealth of competence, a sense of belonging, a willingness to influence others and a useful attitude to care. Truly, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will change the life of a child who needs a fun, safe place to be. Parents can be confident that the Club is more than just a hangout place...we are a home away from home. Had it not been for our Club in Omaha, Nebraska, my brothers and I would surely have different ending to our stories. Thank you Boys Girls Clubs for making a difference in my life and for making me...a phenomenal woman!
I have worked with Boys & Girls Clubs for over 35 years and I would not still be here if I did not totally believe that what we do for and with "our" kids it rewarding to them. I know we provide quality programs and the dollars are spent wisely. Anyone who drops by a club and wants a tour will be guided by one or more of "our" kids and they will be more than happy to tell "their" personal story. We offer so much and are a "safe place" for all of "our" kids. We welcome all to visit or to check out our website!
I have been associated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis for many years. The programs and the positive relationships which are built, provide positive life changing experiences not only for the members served, but staff as well. The effects of the impact of the Boys & Girls last a lifetime. I know of no other service of this type which has had more positive impact on more individuals.
This is a much needed organization especially when we have so much crime in Memphis! It's time we start teaching these children and teens how to become caring and successful members of society!
One of the greatest issues facing the Memphis inner city youth is the breakdown of the traditional family structure. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis provides a supervised community with positive role models and and programs that help our youth make the right decisions as they navigate the difficult years of adolescence. The BGCM is the home and family that so many of our children do not have. The Memphis organization has been able to provide these services on a very tight budget over these last several years in a tough economy.
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.