supporting Boys and Girls Clubs across Georgia in 2017
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have helped put young people on the path to great futures since 1860. To reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, the Clubs provide a world-class experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enter their doors.
With Clubs throughout the state, Georgia Power and the Georgia Power Foundation are proud to support mainstay programming that is focused on academic success, STEM, sports and fitness, character and leadership training and healthy lifestyles.
“The Club gives kids hope that they don’t have to be stuck where they are,” said Danielle Paul, resource development director for Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club in Savannah. “They can do anything they want to do and we can help them achieve that.”
At the Boys & Girls Club of Central Savannah River Area, youth participate in summer camps that focus on STREAM, which includes science, technology, robotics, engineering, art and math. Results show that these programs are working, with 98 percent of those who participate graduating from high school.
Similar programming to reinforce academic enrichment and school engagement of youth is in place at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield through Project Learn, a program for high-yield learning activities.
“Project Learn is an overall, encompassing program that touches the children’s soul, mind and body,” said Craig Dunn, director of development for the Chattooga, Gordon, Murray and Whitfield Club.
The strategy is based on research demonstrating that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial activities.
At the Boys & Girls Club of Valdosta, 4,000 youth participated in after-school programs, summer camp and athletics that influence the whole person.
“It’s an exciting time to be here,” said Brian Flemming, president and chief professional office at the Valdosta Club. “The reason we have been successful to this point is because of the people who support us.”