A 15 year old sophomore at Great Oak High School in Temecula, contacted Melissa, the Unit Director at the Great Oak Clubhouse in Temecula, CA. The student was looking for a community service project that would truly have impact on the community and make a difference for children in her own town. She met with the Melissa, the Unit Leader, to discuss potential projects. When the student saw the empty shelves in the Club library, she knew this was where she could make a real difference.
As we all know, encouraging early reading makes a tremendous difference in academic success. But since the opening of the club, the library- due to the lack of funding- had not made a lot of progress.
The eager student's new community service idea was to build a contemporary, fun, and inviting library for the children to use. So, she recruited eight of her friends and went to work.
They held garage sales, went to area businesses requesting donations and held several other fundraisers to support the project. The young student meticulously planned, organized and implemented the entire project.
After weeks of hard work and dedication, she was able to see her project to completion. She purchased over 100 books for the library, purchased several youth-oriented magazine subscriptions and even bought bean bag chairs and throw pillows so that the kids would have a cozy and fun place to read.
Keeping the age and interests of the kids in mind, she purchased contemporary books like the Harry Potter and Twilight series. And knowing that more than one child at a time would want to read them, she purchased multiple sets. As a result of her project and her individual dedication, the library was transformed into a reading hub. The kids love going into the library to read now because all of the books are new and contemporary.
This student truly made a difference in the lives of children in her community and proved that one person, no matter how young, can be of service in a really significant way. Through her involvement in Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s “Year of Service” initiative, she joins thousands of Boys & Girls Club members who are regularly contributing their time and talents to make a difference in the world.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has been changing and saving young lives, providing hope and opportunity for kids who need them most. Today, some 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.5 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found all across the country and on U.S. military bases throughout the world. Clubs provide young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. In communities large and small, Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a recent Harris Survey of Club alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their life.
National headquarters are located in Atlanta.