Dominic is an eighth grade member of the Club’s Edwin Markham Middle School site. Living in Watts and having adapted to surroundings that are not always celebratory of big dreams, at first Dominic appears a bit shy and reserved. However, when asked the timeless question “What do you want to be when you grow up,” Dominic couldn’t have enough to say. His answer was not just one career but instead all the problems he would solve in the world by becoming an electrical engineer.
Dominic shared, “Football is fun but my favorite is STEM. We made our own 3D fidget spinners! I also like the help Ms. Raquel gives me in math. I need her when problems are hard…I want to save the environment by deciding how cities use electricity. I know I need to be good in math for that.”
Many Club members start with us severely deficient in core educational disciplines. We provide supportive staff, educational stability and access to vital Academic Success Programs that help youth face their educational challenges.
Kids and teens develop leadership skills and gain opportunities for planning, decision-making and volunteer service through program activities that include art expression workshops, public speaking training, peer-to-peer council elections and leadership conferences.
At the Club we develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors. In fact, 97% of Club teens report abstaining from tobacco use compared to 73% of teens nationwide.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson didn’t just leave an impact on me, they left me with pride. Without them I wouldn’t be the confident, reliable and diligent person I am today. Without the Club I would’ve never guessed that my great future started when I walked through those doors.
Just like we welcome kids every day, the staff – we welcome each other. We thrive and grow together – that for me is unique about the Club.
At the Club the integrity and quality of the staff is amazing, They are experts in their field, and they’re smart and passionate about what we’re doing for kids. I’ve been a volunteer for many years and I’ve just gotten more involved.
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