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The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Turning Youth of Risk into Youth of Promise

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ClubProverbs 22:6; 
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

The energy of youth is palpable the instant one steps through the doors of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Church Hill: tutors help children with homework; youth are at play in the gymnasium, pool and game room; young artists participate in music and dance; and teenagers are engaged in financial literacy and other learning experiences.  By providing young people with the tools needed to succeed, youth at risk become youth of promise and can rise above an uncertain future on the streets.

The need for a safe haven is especially strong in Church Hill. Consider these statistics - a staggering 93% of children qualify for free or reduced lunch; the average income for neighborhood households is $13,000.00 per yea; and sadly more than 50% of all youth do not graduate from high school. As we strive to change these statistics, we are mindful of the fact that each child needs individual attention.  Children mirror those they admire, and for that reason it is essential to provide them with positive, encouraging influences. The staff and volunteers at the Club are able to do just that. "I would say Mr. Paul has been a really big mentor in my life. He is strong in faith... I want to believe as much as he believes. Just the way he carries himself is excellent, and I would like people to see that in me too." Those are the words of Charles Bolling, a young man who has benefited greatly from the individualized assistance and positive role models at the Club. 

The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club has served the Church Hill community for 90 years.

Currently, the Boys and Girls Club carries a membership of 447 youths.

Overall, the Club impacts the lives of more than 1,000 young per year through outreach, in school programs and special projects.

- An average 74% of youth report doing well or great in educational commitment, actions with others and healthy activities they are involved in.

- Of 102 report cards collected for the marking period ending Jan 31 2012, 54% or 55 students made the honor or scholar rolls.

The Salvation Army is dedicated to continuing to shape the futures for youth in Richmond and we are hopeful you will partner with us to do so. Please know that your contribution will indelibly impact and change the life of a young person and therefore change the future of our city. 

Thank you for your kindness. May God continue to abundantly bless you.

To read about Alvin Cole, a member of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and our 2012 Youth of the Year, please click here.

If you would like to contribute, you can do so online here, or by calling (804) 591-3816.

 


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