One member here at the club has caught my attention recently. Her name is Roselyn and she is 5 years old. Roselyn is very sweet and funny but she has a hard time reading, writing, and speaking in English as her first language is Spanish. It was heartbreaking seeing her sitting in my room with a book and struggling to read the words on the page in front of her. After two instances of this I put it upon myself to help Roselyn with her troubles with English. It has only been a short amount of time so far that I’ve been helping her but it is impressive how much she is improving and picking up on certain words and phrases. She is also getting better at pronouncing words in English and is, slowly but surely, reading more. It is success stories like this and many more that make our work and the Boys & Girls Club valuable and a step above the rest!
- Sarah Craik (Youth Development Professional, Learning Center)
I try not to pick favorites when it comes to the kids, but there is one kid in particular that really has a big spot in my heart. Treysen who is 6 years old, used to get in trouble quite a bit, and he would get really upset. For the past few weeks he has been coming up to me throughout the day to check in and let me know that he is having and good day and making good choices. Whenever he makes a bad choice, he will come and tell me and we talk about what he could have done differently and what he will do if a similar situation were to happen in the future. I feel like Treysen and I have gotten closer recently, he always tells me I’m his favorite and he tells me he misses me when I’m not at work. Knowing that I can make this impact on kids here at the club is the reason I choose to work here. These kids really do hold a special place in my heart and I am proud to say that we are making a difference in our community.
- Sierra Machal (Membership Services Lead)
Parker R. has so much potential, if he just knew how to show it sometimes. I feel like the Boys & Girls Club influences him to have a positive attitude when we sit down and talk to him. We have learned how to effectively communicate with him and that he just needs to be talked to in a way that he understands. Parker has learned to be patient when we are patient with him!
- Chyler Beck (Youth Development Professional, Athletics)