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Boys, girls club scheduled to open doors in Carbon County


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By C.J. MCMANUS
Sun Advocate community editor

A new boys and girls club is slated to open its doors to the youth of Carbon County in the near future.

According to a recent media release, the club will be part of a national organization that aided more than 4.8 million youth last year and boasts branches at more than 4,300 locations.

"We are excited to announce that a group of motivated citizens have been working towards this worthwhile facility for the youth of Carbon County," commented Liz Ferguson in the press release. "Throughout the history of the boys and girls club, there have been thousands of lives changed for the better."

The 2007 National Harris Survey confirms that boys and girls clubs have an immediate effect and long-lasting impact on their alumni.

The statistics provided in the media release indicate that:

Sixty seven percent of the alumni identified the club as the place where they learned how to "say no" to drugs and alcohol.

•Twenty eight percent of the participants reported they would have dropped out of high school if not for the club.

•Fifty one percent of the youth achieved a higher level of education than they thought possible because of attending the club.

•Fifty seven percent of alumni said the club saved their life. The statistic rose 5 percent from the 1999 survey.

The compelling outcomes as well as the reputation of the program are aimed directly at the children of Carbon County.

"We are very fortunate to live in a community that will support the Boys and Girls Club and have citizens who are deeply invested in making a difference in the live of children," said the release.

The croup's national website at www.bgca.org, reports that the United States is facing a growing crisis with soaring high school drop-out rates, coupled with low fitness and high obesity within young people.

"Boys and girls clubs are providing solutions to this national epidemic through homework help, engaging and fun nutritional tips, energizing sports and recreational activities and challenging academic programs," said the site. "Throughout the nation, clubs are reaching out to a generation at risk by providing positive guidance and exciting opportunities."

The mission of Carbon County's Boys and Girls club will focus on inspiring participants, families and the community to realize the youth's full potential as productive responsible and caring citizens, explained the local press release.

"We will provide a fun, safe, supervised environment for educational and recreational activities where boys and girls can develop self-esteem and qualities needed to become productive community leaders and members," said Ferguson.

The non-profit club intends to offer a safe place to learn and grow by giving local kids life enhancing programs and opportunities, as well as positive role models. The club teaches young people the skills they need to succeed in life, supports public education initiatives, offers one-on-one academic tutoring and allows volunteer opportunities for local citizens and university students, according to the release.

It is reported that because the club is non-profit, dues will be at a minimum for the families who need the services, with additional assistance available to those cannot afford that minimum.

The organization has a longstanding national reputation for good will and in 2007, Forbes, Smartmoney and U.S. News and World Report ranked the BGCA among the top charitable organizations in America. That ranking was based upon the cost effective use of donor dollars.

WORTH magazine has ranked BGCA as one of America's top 100 charities based on financial efficiency, strength of reputation and program effectiveness.

Some basic age statistics about the national organization reveal that:

•Sixty five percent are from minority families.

•Eleven percent are less than seven year-old.

•Twenty six percent are between the ages of seven and nine years of age.

•Twenty nine percent are 10-12 year of age.

•Twenty one percent are 13 to 15 years old.

•Eleven percent are 16-18 years old.

•Two percent are more than 18.

As for gender usage:

•Fifty five percent of club members are male and 45 percent are female.

The numbers show that the club has effective outreach programs and is useful to children of all ages and genders in the community.

The group has invited all who are interested in the program to their next meeting which is conducted on the first Wednesday of every month at noon in the classroom above the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum. Liz Ferguson and Megan Motte plan to approach the county commission on Dec. 10 to give an update and request support for the club from Carbon County Commission officials.

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