The Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 in Hartford Connecticut when a group of women believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, organized the first club. Today the Boys & Girls Club of America is a nationwide organization that serves more than four million boys and girls at more than four thousand locations. Eighty one clubs exist in Tennessee, benefiting almost sixty thousand young Tennesseans through membership and various community outreaches.
The Boys & Girls Club of Fairview was established in 2007 and is located inside the Berean Free Will Baptist Church. The club offers programs designed to develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, to set personal goals and to live successfully as self sufficient adults. Members also engage in physical fitness activities, and they learn how to make positive use of their leisure time. They are also taught stress management skills as well as an appreciation for the environment.
The club’s after school program involves a strategy called “Project Learn” where members are fostered in continuous learning both in and out of the classroom. Volunteer tutors are recruited to help students with homework and to address individual areas that need special attention or improvement. Members are also encouraged to participate in high yield learning activities such as leisure reading, writing activities, and board games like chess and Scrabble that help develop their cognitive skills. Parental involvement is also encouraged. By communicating with parents about members educational needs and achievements the club’s staff and volunteers help increase young people’s chances for success in school and in future learning. “Project Learn” also offers recognition and incentives to members to keep them motivated to learn.
The Fairview Boys & Girls Club, a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee is a United Way of Williamson County Agency. Executive Director, Denise Carothers is currently looking for volunteers to work with members participating in the Fairview clubs after school program. “We hope all local community leaders, citizens and parents will join us in putting the needs of our children and teens at the forefront of our priorities. Members of the community can help by becoming tutors, mentoring youth and donating items to be used as incentives for participants of the after school program.”
In its latest “Philanthropy 400” report, The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Boys & Girls Clubs of America number one among youth organizations for the 13th consecutive year, and number 12 among all nonprofit organizations. For information on local volunteer opportunities or to find out how to make a donation, call the Fairview Boys & Girls Club at 615 799-1880.