Meet Giselle. She’s one of the kids whose life you change by supporting the Boys & Girls Club. Since the Oak View Branch’s opening in 2012, Giselle has attended the Club almost every day. As a bright young girl, she always had plenty of questions for our staff. She wanted to know about the big questions facing adolescents. Growing up, her body, changing social dynamics, expectations at school, and lots more. Thanks to your support, the Club’s staff was there to try to give her all the answers she needed. But, they also realized that if Giselle had so many questions, lots of other girls probably did, too. She was just the only one brave enough to ask.
Inspired by her curiosity, the staff started SMART Girls. The program is designed to help pre-teen and teen girls discuss sensitive issues in a safe environment of other girls their age, led by staff mentors. The program also encourages positive peer pressure to help kids make the right choices about drugs, alcohol, relationships, and more. And, the program helps build kids’ self-esteem. With the guidance and mentorship of the Club’s staff, Giselle grew from a shy, and reserved child to a confident, and self-assured teen today. Giselle has become a leader among her peers.
Giselle is also a fantastic student. As a Club supporter, you are giving her the resources she needs to live up to her full potential as a true star student. She is only in 9th grade, but she’s already taking Advanced Placement courses! She counts on the Club to get help with her homework and to get the computer access she needs in order to complete homework that requires internet research or typed papers. Like most of our Oak View Branch members, she doesn’t have a home computer or internet access. When she’s at the Oak View Branch, she can use the Club’s computer lab. Giselle says, “Without the Club, I’d have to drop my AP classes because I wouldn’t be able to do my homework.” The computer access she gets at the Club helps her stay on par with her more affluent peers in high school. She’s a bright girl. With your continued support, the Club can give her educational opportunities she can’t get at home.Thank you for changing Giselle’s life and helping her create a great future for herself.
There are more than 400 kids at our Oak View Branch. Each one is counting on donors like you. With your help, they can come to the Boys & Girls Club each day to get the resources and support they need to succeed in school and in life. Please make a gift to sponsor a child today.
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