The Mission of the Boys and Girls Club is simple: To provide safe, supportive places where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life.
The small but mighty Boys and Girls Club in Norris Arm provides this safe supportive space for an average of 75 youth every day. The Club truly is an integral part of the community, and they were interested in expanding the youth’s involvement in the community as a whole through a volunteer training program.
United Way’s Community Fund grant enabled Norris Arm Boys and Girls Club to implement a training and recruitment program aimed specifically at youth. As the population of the area grows older, so too does the volunteer base. The Club recognized the need for more volunteers in the community and wanted to give the youth the training and capacity to become more engaged in local events and activities, both within the Club and in the community at large.
Fifteen youth participated in the program, accessing First Aid and High Five training. The Club partnered with the local Recreation Committee and the youth volunteered with the committee’s events and activities throughout the year. The volunteers also gave their time to the Club’s Homework Haven program, assisting 35 of the club members in this program with their school work during after school programming.
“I have been a part of the volunteer Program at the Norris Arm Boys and Girls Club since it started…this is my first time volunteering and I am really enjoying taking part in programs at the Club. I help the kids with their crafts and homework and I also prepare snacks for them. And much to my surprise I even like doing the dishes.
I get to be with my friends and at the same time we are making a difference by heling the Boys and Girls Clubs with their programs.
Because of this program I have learned the important work volunteers do in the Community and I will be looking for more opportunities to volunteer.
My name is Tao Rowsell and I am thirteen years old and have been a member of the Norris Arm Boys and Girls Club since I was five years old”
~Youth Volunteer Training program participant