Meeting Matthew today, you’d never guess he was once a child with behavior challenges at school. This caring, bright first grader is a bundle of energy and the first to greet you when you walk through the Club! The only child of a single parent, Matthew’s father Edgar struggled find consistent care for him after school. He knew Matthew needed a safe place to go each day but lacked quality options at his elementary school. Then, Edgar heard about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson. With the help of the Club’s transportation program, Matthew now attends our Main Street Clubhouse. Edgar is able to continue working full time without worrying about his son’s safety and security. Matthew has blossomed into a child who thrives on positive reinforcement and encouragement from staff.
Edgar says “At the Clubhouse, Matthew is making friends. I like that he plays soccer with Coach Mario and learns to get along with other kids. Staff are reinforcing what I am teaching him at home which is to be respectful and nice to others. The Club teaches Matthew that he must act responsibly and that helps him not get in trouble at school.”
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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