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Boys and Girls Club Give the Gift of a Great Future

bgcWhen I was a kid, the Boys and Girls Club of America was a big part of my life. My parents both had full time jobs. To keep myself busy after school, they suggested that I check out the club to see what they had to offer.

At first I went to the club for the teen socials which is where I made some long lasting friendships, but as I got older I went on to teach ballet to the little ones who also attended the club.

I will never forget the year that my students performed for their parents at our holiday recital. One of the parents came up to me afterwards and thanked me for teaching her daughter how to dance. She shared that dance lessons weren’t in their budget and how they appreciated that the club offered the opportunity. I will always remember that parent’s gratitude.


Fast forward a couple of decades (and a few years), and the Boys and Girls Club is still going strong. This year marks the 2nd annual BGCA Give the Gift of a Great Future Holiday campaign. This holiday season you too can help out by playing The Giving Game which is a fun and free way to make a difference.

You can also vote in the Kids Give Back photo contest. This contest will award a $2,500 grant to the winning club!

It’s such a great time of year to teach your children about giving back. The Boys and Girls Club has a list of tips that discuss ways that parents can open up dialogue on this topic with their kids.

My favorite tip on the list is to be enthusiastic. If your kids see you getting excited about making a difference, then they will get excited too! It’s a good type of contagious!

For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of America, be sure to check out their website and their Facebook page.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Club of America. I received a promotional item for participating. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Sarah Boswell says:


    It is wonderful to see you supporting such a wonderful organization. I will admit that my opinion is a bit biased -my mother is the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County in Arizona. Still, like you attending the Boys and Girls Club, and later volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, was a big part of my childhood. I forged lasting bonds and was given opportunities that I would probably have not otherwise not received. One that sticks out is touring a radio station in Tucson (a very popular radio station), meeting the Deejays, and then organizing our own “radio station” at “The Club” (as we called it) one summer. At the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County, every member is encourged to give back to the community in some way. I encourage all of your readers to not only check out the “Kids Give Back” contest that is currently running, but to seek out thier own local Boys and Girls Club and give back themselves. It is a rare occasion that a volunteer is turned away.

    • Sarah- It’s such a positive place for kids and adults alike. I’m so thankful for people like your mom who work so hard to ensure that these clubs are staffed and funded. They make such a huge difference in young people’s lives. I especially love how they teach kids about community service. A message that is so important these days. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. 🙂

  2. So, Melanie, why have we not heard about your exploits as a ballet dancer and teacher??! All kidding aside, it is a great organization among many and I support your endorsement for getting involved and being enthusiastic, yes, the kids notice. Great post that juxtaposes with the A Discussion post that follows.

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