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Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club: January Highlights

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Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club

Karen Robertson, Senior Executive Club Director

January has been an enriching month at the Club and we’re thrilled to have introduced several new programs to our Club youth. We are also looking for new and exciting ways to provide hope & opportunity to our youth in Morgan County. Over the course of this year, you’ll be able to read about these programs and hear from our youth on the impact their making here in our Movement Newsletter. Be sure to stay plugged into our Facebook as we post the daily on-goings of our Club life. As always we are so grateful to the wonderful community support we receive to continue our mission of enabling all youth to have the tools to become productive adults. A special thank you for Dr. Jep Paschal of Paschal Orthodontics for his $10,000 gift to our Club. 

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MMCBGC Passport to Manhood enriches Young Men

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Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club has kicked off a new program for boys ages 8 to 14, which reinforces character, leadership and positive behavior. Passport to Manhood is comprised of 14 sessions that use interactive activities, such as tying a tie, to focus on a specific aspect of character and manhood. It also includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community. 

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“Starting Passport to Manhood has been such a fun and exciting program for our boys to engage with,” Tabitha Lowe, MMBGC Program Coordinator shared. “This program matters because our Club youg men are the next generation and it is important to make a positive change in their life, so they can make a positive impact in others.”

Lowe said the boys have been learning how to properly dress, give back to their local community, work together and greet one another. 

“I’ve been enjoying Passport to Manhood because I like the activities that we’re being taught and can see why they are going to helpful to us down the road,” Jacob J., MMCBGC Club member said.

Adrian M., another Club member, echoed Jacob’s share by stating that he’s learned how to do things he’s never done before, like tying a tie, and how to help his family out where he lives.”

Lowe said she’s seen the youth interact with the program already within good leadership. 

“I had a Club member come up to me after finding some loose change that fell out of someone’s pocket inside the Club,” she said. “He quickly grabbed the change and brought it to me to hand back. He said, ‘I didn’t want anyone to take this money because it belongs to someone else and a good man always makes good decisions.”

For Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls club volunteer Walter Murray being a part of the Passport to. Manhood program has been a joy. 

“I absolutely enjoy being here at the Club with the members because they keep me smiling and engaged, Murray shared. “I was happy to step in during Passport to Manhood to offer input and share my experiences with the young boys.”

 To learn more about Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.com/mmc or call 706-342-1117.

Celebrating MMCBGC Members of the Month

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TEEN OF THE MONTH

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YOUTH OF THE MONTH

For Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club members being named Club Member of the Month is a big deal - it’s highlighting those Club members growth and leadership skills within the Club. 

 

Teen member of the Month, Denaisya Farley, who’s been a member for five years, said “the Club has helped me to become a better person and how to carry myself at school and at home in a way that opens up learning opportunities.”

 

Denaisya is a member of Torch Club, which allows her to express her ideas and give back to the community in a leadership Club experience,” Tabitha Lowe, MMBGC Program Coordinator shared. “She has been learning how to grow successful in life and how to be prepared to handle challenging situations. We’re so proud to call her our Teen Member of the Month.”

 

MMBGC Volunteer, Woody Buress, who tutors Denaisya and other Club members, shared that “Denaisya is a hard worker and loves working with math and reading challenges.”

 

Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month, Kayden Hall, who’s been a member for two years, said “the Club offers me new places I’ve never been, new programs that help me learn and new friends that I didn’t know you could have – I love my Club.”

 

“Since meeting Kayden, she has become such a light in our Club,” Tabitha Lowe, MMBGC Program Coordinator said. “I’ve seen her grown from reciting the BGC way characters to willing asking staff if they need any assistance in their program areas. This is a true act of leadership and we are proud to have her here at MMCBGC.”

 

To learn more about Madison-Morgan Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcncg.com/mmc or call 706-342-1117.

Dr. Jep Paschal Committed to MMCBGC Youth

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Dr. Jep Paschal believes in community giving and because of this he believes in giving toward life-change work happening within the Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club. It’s been Dr. Jep Paschal commitment to give each year toward Club and this year is no different. He recently visited the Club with a $10,000 check and was met with cheers from Club youth.

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“Donating to the Club was a watershed moment in Paschal Orthodontics life of donating,” he shared. “It was the first significant annual donation that we were able to achieve and has since become one of our principle commitments. It is safe to say that this donation was a turning point in our lives and opened the door to an annual giving program that we truly appreciate being able to support.”

During his visit Dr. Paschal spoke to Club youth about the importance and power of learning. 

“You truly never stop learning,” he shared echoing that the Club provides them a place to practice their learning skills and how to become productive adults. 

It’s the youth themselves that pull on the heartstrings of Dr. Paschal for his continued involvement – for him, it’s a no brainer.

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“Opportunity, future, community, commitment,” he shared. “These are the words that come to my mind when I think about the local Club. When I come here, I’m seeing children forming bonds with true mentors that are helping them become more than they would have been if the Club wasn't in their lives. I’ve seen community members grow because of the roles they are involved with at the Club.”

Giving to the Club matters to Dr. Paschal because “kids need a place to go where they can grow.”

“Giving matters because without it the Club ceases to exist.   The lives that it touches on a daily basis will cease to be exposed to local leaders and many business leaders the reside in or out of Madison.”

To learn more about Dr. Jep Paschal and Paschal Orthodontics, visit www.paschalorthodontics.com. To learn more about the Madison-Morgan County Boys & Girls Club, visit MMCBGC Club page or call 706-342-1117.

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