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Boys and Girls Club aims to build tomorrow’s leaders

Published 11:02am Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Provide a safe, educational place for area children to gather, and building the leaders of tomorrow is the mission of the Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area.
Melissa Reynolds, chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Club of the Lake Martin Area, said the Boys and Girls Club’s mission is one of inspiration that seeks to put local youths on a positive path to the future.
“Our mission to inspire our young people here in the community to want to get a good education and to come back once they have gotten their education to be good citizens and leaders,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds that a part of that mission is also giving children somewhere safe to go after school is out.
“One of the things that I am very interested in is keeping our young people off the streets between 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. That’s a critical time for our young people,” Reynolds said. “Our children that come to our club are there because their parents do not have any way to keep them at home during that time.”
While gathered at the Boys and Girls Club, children also learn lessons about health, education and career skills.
“We have four areas that we focus on, and they are character and leadership development, health and life skills, education and career, and sports fitness and recreation,” said Lakita Hawes, financial and programs director of the Boys and Girls Club.

“We have a Smart Moves program that focuses on smart decisions and moves within your life that will be beneficial to you.”
Reynolds said the Lake Martin Area United Way has been crucial in helping the Boys and Girls Club accomplish its goals.
“United Way is one of our biggest supporters and has been one of our biggest supporters for the past five to six years,” Reynolds said. “They help with the money that is given to us to help fund our programs and help pay our staff for those programs.”