A Positive Place For Boys & Girls

By Claudia “Lala” Fernandez
Wednesday - March 10, 2010 Share

By Claudia “Lala” Fernandez,
Program Director, NFL Youth Education Town Hawaii
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

Victoria was your typical teenager on the edge. She was a great kid with good intentions, but was slowly slipping into a downward spiral of fighting in school and bringing home poor grades. Through our Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii teen outreach program, we brought Victoria into our clubhouse as a member.

Since then she has blossomed! Participating in our teen club activities, she realized fighting was unnecessary and found new motivation to better her grades in school. She set long-term goals for herself and was willing to work hard for it.

She shared that if it were not for the staff caring about her, she would still be that typical teenager on the edge.

Victoria is just one of many thousands of heartwarming stories of how the BGCH has positively impacted our keiki. For more than 30 years, the BGCH has developed programs and opportunities for the keiki’s whole well-being, including homework assistance, physical activities and sports, involvement in community service, and team building and leadership training opportunities.

Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii members participate in the annual Duke Kahanamoku Foundation Ocean Sports & Fitness Day

Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” we have 12 BGCH’s clubhouses and out-reach sites on Oahu and Kauai providing programs six days a week for keiki 7 to 17 years old - all for just $1 a year! On the Leeward side of Oahu, we offer three clubhouse facilities: Hale Pono in Ewa, a clubhouse in Waianae and the NFL Youth Education Town Center Hawaii in Nanakuli.

We invite the community to support our mission by signing up for our fundraiser, the fifth annual Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Honu Race. Three-thousand rubber honu are available for adoption for the big race, scheduled for Saturday, March 20, at Wet ‘n’Wild Hawaii. Tickets cost just $23 and include an all-day admission to the water park and an adopted honu to race for prizes.

Tickets must be bought in advance and are available through March 17 online at http://www.bgch.com or at any of our Leeward clubhouses: Hale Pono Ewa Beach Clubhouse, 689-4182; NFLYouth Education Town Hawaii Nanakuli Clubhouse, 668-9399; or Waianae Clubhouse, 696-2754.


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