To inspire all youth to reach their full potential as
caring, productive and responsible citizens.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area staff most recently attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Advanced Leadership Program (ALP). BGCA's week-long intensive program provided opportunity for staff to work on developing organizational plans for catapulting local organizations to the next level. Program included both pre and post work, identifying a local area within the organization that could be developed and worked on with national BGCA staff.

BGCDA's week long planning included developing a keen focus on growing and serving more kids, more often. Pictured left to right: Travis Carter, Teen Director, Foster Street; Latasha Austin, Foster Street Club Director; Terri Dorsey, Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Lashawn Farmer, Director of Programs & Operations BGCDA; and Cindy Martin, Chatham Club Director.
George Washington High School Senior, Jacanas Keene, participated in the VA & Washington, DC State Youth of the Year competition representing BGCDA. Jacanas had the opportunity to travel to Richmond, VA to compete for the state title of VA/DC Youth of the Year with over 20 other peers from BGC's all across the state.

"I enjoyed meeting other Club members from across the state and making new friends," stated Jacanas. Jacanas spent time in interviews with state leaders, had to complete extensive essays and an application to compete. BGCDA is proud to have Jacanas as a true leader in the Club! Congrats to all the VA State Youth of the Year members that participated!  
Over 13 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members from George Washington High School and their advisor, Tonya Fullerwinder-Mayo, volunteered at the Danville Club this month. BGCDA's own Jacanas Keene serves as FBLA President and stated, "I want to make a direct impact on children's lives. I feel like that is how I will leave my mark in the world!"

Jacanas recently changed her major to Education with a minor in Business. The members of FBLA planned many different activities while at the Club including fun and engaging programs with it all topped off with fun rounds of dodgeball.
Chatham Club members spent the month of April engaged in a STEM project call "Toy Workshop." Just one of the many program areas in the Maker Space, members built mobile toys with STEM teacher Ms. Amanda. Members used hammers, dowels, screwdrivers, and wheels to make their toys. tuned for his awesome success story and more from the great young men and women of the Danville Area. They gained hands on experience in engineering, reading and math.

BGCDA's Makerspaces were funded through a grant provided by the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.

Bryson Dixon, George Washington High School Freshman and BGCDA teen member recently started his very first job at Danville's local Wendy's. Bryson contributes his success and drive to obtain a job to the skills he learned at BGCDA while participating the Junior Staff program. He worked hard and with support of BGCDA Teen Director, Travis Carter, completed his application and honed his interview skills. Bryson followed up with the hiring manager in a timely and professional manner.

When staff reflected on Bryson, they noted that he was the first Junior Staff to received the Junior Staff of the Week award mostly because of his dedication and commitment to not only BGCDA, but to parents, other Club members and even community partners. BGCDA would like to congratulate Bryson for taking this initiative and setting the bar for other Club members!
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area
Business Investment 
The month of April brought two new business investors to BGCDA! Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  (top right) and Mohawk Industries (bottom right) both ran campaigns to support the kids in our community!

Goodyear employees graciously supported two gate collections to raise over $2000 in late March with presentation in April. A thank you too BGCDA Board Member, Laura Singleton, Goodyear Communications Manager, for leading this campaign.

Mohawk Industries held an employee auction with funds raised to support BGCDA. Mohawk raised over $1500! Plant manager, Jason Grey stated, "You all do great things for kids in our community. We appreciate what you do!"

A BIG THANK YOU to both Goodyear and Mohawk for investing in our kids!
Like to learn more about how your business can be a resource to BGCDA & the kids we serve? Call Faith Stamps , CEO at 434-792-3266.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area
Danville, VA 24541
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