Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Boys & Girls Club Does Good
The Boys & Girls Club (2011, p. 2) has about 4.1 million kids; 3,954 clubs; about 276,000 staff and volunteers; and 27,000 board members. The Boys & Girls Club is meant to help young people out. They help young people with character & leadership, education and career, health and life skills, arts, sports and fitness and specialized programs. The character and leadership program helps the youth become responsible, caring people and helps them develop leadership skills that help plan and decision making. The education and career programs help for the future and provide opportunities. Health and life skills help young people engage in positive things and help with their own well-being. Many of their arts programs help develop creativity and cultural awareness. Sports and fitness help with the use of free time, reduce stress, and have fun. Specialized programs help with specific needs. The Boys & Girls Club cares about where young people end up and what they will do for there future. The organization tries to make a difference in their lives, as well as in the parents’ lives. A parent at Boys & Girls Club (2011) stated, “For me and my child the Club is a life saver. I don’t know what I would do if it wasn’t for the Club. It’s a blessing for my family” (p. 2). The Boys & Girls Club helps kids with clubs and events all around the world.
The Boys & Girls Club has been around for more than 150 years. It began in 1860 with three women. The Boys & Girls Club original name was Boys Club Federation of America. The three women who started the club were Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin, and Elizabeth Hammersley. They wanted boys who walked the streets to have a better alternative. By 1906 they had several Boys Clubs and by 1931 the name changed to Boys Clubs of America. When girls started getting involved the name changed in 1990 to Boys & Girls Club of America. The whole point of the Boys and Girls Club in the beginning was to build character. The first club professional was John Collins. He devised a plan to guide the boys by capturing their interest, improving their behavior, and then increasing personal expectations and goals. In the 1950’s Aaron Fahringer created The Code for Boys & Girls Club. It was popular in the 50’s and 60’s and is still hung in some Boys and & Girls Club. The Code says, in simple terms, to believe in God and your own faith and religion, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (Aaron Fahringer, 1955, p. 2). The Code also mentions to believe in fair play, honesty and sportsmanship which are what the Boys & Girls Club stands for. When the Boys & Girls Club was called Boys Clubs of America in 1956, there were many founding fathers. One of the founding fathers was Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States. Later on many celebrities became notable members of the Boys & Girls Club such as Denzel Washington, Shaquille O’Neal, Jennifer Lopez and etc.
The Boys & Girls Club (2011, p.1) is made of “The Power of People” or the National Leadership, Officers, and Board of Governors. The President and CEO is James (Jim) Clark and The Chairman of the Board is Emil J. Brolick. The Boys & Girls Club national headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia. Even though they have a headquarters, Boys & Girls Club operates all over the world with their projects and clubs. For example, the Kiwanis International is a partner, as well as, a program with the Boys & Girls Club. Boys & Girls Club have a military partnership. A lady named Rebekah Harwell is an example. She has been an eight year member of the Boys & girls Clubs of Iwakuni. She has led projects that provide aid to victims of recent earthquakes in the area of Japan. Then she plans to attend college. She stated, “The Club has been a place where I have been able to truly grow as an individual, free to be myself” (Rebekah Harwell, 2011, p.1). According to the Boys & Girls Club...