National Boys & Girls Club Week runs April 7th – April 13th this year, and it’s a great opportunity for you to learn more about the Boys & Girls Club in your area. I had the pleasure to participate in an event last week at the Brookhaven Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta. The blogger event was a chance for us to learn more about the organization and see first hand how the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta are opening doors for youth.
Atlanta is a bit of a trek for me from rural Georgia, especially on a week day. But I was eager to learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs and share the experience with my daughter and two granddaughters who attended the event with me. I was so impressed by everything I learned about the organization that offers families club membership for just $35 annually, and turns no child away due to inability to pay. The Boys & Girls Club provides kids of all ages a safe and nurturing place to be after school and during summer break. There are also mentoring programs in place that encourage kids and teens to become leaders in their community.
We toured the beautiful Brookhaven facility which boasts a fantastic playground out front, and a large gymnasium. There are rooms with a focus on learning, arts and crafts, and a game room which is all about fun. The staff and volunteers at Brookhaven make sure that kids have homework assistance and complete all assignments on time.
One of the volunteers we met started out as a homework assistant, and now also shares her passion for knitting with the boys and girls at Brookhaven.
Pool and Foosball are other favorite pastimes at the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club. The girls played pool for the first time while we were there.
We were most impressed by the works of art and activities we found going on in the Art Room. There are some talented kids in the Metro Atlanta Area. Maddie and Becca posed for a pic in front of the Picasso wall.
75 Blue Doors Project
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) is launching the “75 Blue Doors” Project to celebrate its 75th anniversary and show how local Clubs are “opening doors” for youth in and around Atlanta. The project partners 25 artists with local Boys & Girls Clubs to create 75 individual art displays. Each piece of art is inspired by kids and teens at the Club who are focused on achieving GREAT FUTURES and the dedicated staff members who are helping them get there. The city of Atlanta will serve as a living gallery for these works of art. While several doors will start their display April 1, the majority of artwork will hit public locations on April 7 to kick off national Boys & Girls Clubs Week.
Be sure to cast your vote for your favorite Blue Door!
National Boys & Girls Club Week: Open the Door. Take the Tour.
This year, National Boys & Girls Club Week (April 7-13) is being celebrated by encouraging everyone to “Open the door. Take the tour.” More than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs opened their doors to serve millions of kids across the nation and on military installations overseas by offering a place for them to grow and have a great future. National Boys & Girls Club Week was established to celebrate the invaluable service that Clubs bring to communities and to highlight why great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs. Clubs provide caring guidance and fun, engaging programs that help kids: do well in school, give back to their communities and choose healthy lifestyles.
Visiting the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club in Atlanta was such a great experience for my family. I encourage to learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs in your area, or take the virtual club tour online.
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I attended an information session and received a gift bag and promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
I’m so glad you came to Atlanta for this event. The Brookhaven BGCA is in my neighborhood and I didn’t know how much fun the kids had there.
Even though our son is too young for their programs, I was impressed with how much the older kids wanted to play with him. I shot a video you can see this week!
We’ll definitely be back to enjoy the playground.
It was so great to be in Atlanta for this event. I’m so glad my mom (Laura) had the chance to meet you. Can’t wait to see your video and hear how A.J. enjoys the playground.
A great program to keep kids on the right track. It’s amazing to see children acheive.
Jennifer Medeiros says
Sounds like a great time & a worthy cause!!
Amber Edwards says
What a fantastic organization. I wish we had a club near us. They do so much good for the community!
$35 a year? That’s it? Taht’s crazy cheap for all the benefits that you get from the BGCA!
I think that the Boys and Girls Club is such a great organization. The one near you looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.
I live near a BGCA, one is directly across the street from my son’s school… we do what we can to help this amazing organization!
My nephew has been going to the Boys & Girls Club here locally for swim lessons since he was small. Now that my kids are old enough we’re going to become a lot more active in the B&GC community.
This is awesome. I’m glad you got to go and learn more and help spread the word about the Boys and Girls club. 🙂
Tiffany Cruz says
What a great program. Those kids are so fortunate to have somewhere to go.