Stephanie Brooks is an active volunteer in her community with a passion for promoting education for young children. For years she has volunteered with and supported the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to help kids in her local community become great leaders and successful individuals.
The origin of the Boys and Girls Clubs dates back to 1860 when three women from Hartford, Connecticut developed an idea to keep young boys from roaming the streets. These women, Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin, and Elizabeth Hammersley believed these boys should have a positive alternative to turn to, leading them to organizing the first Club. Over 150 years later, Boys and Girls Clubs of America have greatly expanded, now serving nearly 4 million young individuals in over 4,100 Club facilities across the United States along with BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.
The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America that Stephanie Brooks and other volunteers actively follow is to “enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive caring, and responsible citizens”.
All Boys and Girls Clubs are sure to provide children with:
- A safe place to learn and grow
- Ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals
- Life-enhancing programs and experiences to build character development
- Hope and opportunity to grow and succeed
To achieve this mission of providing a bright and successful future for today’s youth, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America have established a number of diverse programs that help children excel in a variety of areas. These programs include:
- Education and Career
- Character and Leadership
- Health and Life Skills
- The Arts
- Sports, Fitness and Recreation
- Specialized Programs