Elaine Trant Brown
I am passionate about this program for several reasons. One, I went there as a kid. Some of the very same people who used to cheer me on during dodgeball games, bumper pool/Ping-Pong tournaments and I once won a (whip cream) pie eating contest. The memories are invaluable & so was the fun for a kid.
These days, kids don't really have a safe place play or hang out with their friends. Parents are working, cost of programs have escalated while income stays the same. As much as parents need an option, kids need an option too. Many kids go home to empty homes with nothing to do. I am proud to say this club as grown so much and is a tremendous resource to both families, members & the community.
They offer leadership programs (Torch Club) which kids need to learn. Kids need to think differently, it’s a competitive environment. Art & dance programs, for the little dancer who maybe doesn't have a ride because her parents work. Technology & Homework room--learn skills and get your homework done with the support of peers to guide them.
The goals continues as they build out the Teen Center this year. This group really has no place to go, except walking around, the mall or at a friend’s house unsupervised. Recently, they held a WWF wrestling event which my son told me was "epic'. I remember the crazy days when wrestling was on Saturdays, as fake as it was, it was entertaining.
So, you can see, they are making a difference in our community safe, building next gen leaders & teaching skills with mentorship programs for every age. Help me, help them to continue the tradition building our next gen leaders. These will be the people you will want to hire.
Brighter futures start here--just ask Denzel Washington, Paul Mitchell & Jennifer Lopez.
Denzel Washington tells us what Billy Thomas means to him; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySGuCDLmn08
Jennifer Lopez--she realized her creative side, its where learned to dance/perform & gave you the feeling part of something big. Nurturing children /giving them self-esteem never gets old: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2yok3j-1vw
John Paul/Mr. Paul Mitchell reflects of a valuable club leader--Mr. Gomez and the difference he had on his life; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVUe0c2W63A
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