Last week I was invited to the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club Live Blogger Event in preparation for the launch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA)’s “75 Blue Doors” Project. BGCMA is celebrating its 75th anniversary (woot woot!) and want to share how they have been opening doors for kids in Atlanta and the surrounding area. I was very excited to get an insider’s look into the Boys & Girls Club and learn more about what they have to offer. At the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club, we got to meet a wonderful group of other local bloggers, tour the facilities and participate in activities with the kids.
BGCMA’s goals are to support kids and teens’ academic success, build character and leadership skills, and to encourage healthy lifestyles. I have to say that all the activities and facilities support those goals. Although Spring is only in its beginning stages and the Winter cold seems to keep trying to sneak back in for a few brief moments, we got to catch a glimpse of the Club’s outdoor garden that the kids help tend and I imagine in a few months it will be full of leafy goodness to help teach the kids about growing and eating healthy food.
The Games Room was full of tables (pool, foosball, air hockey, ping-pong, you name it) all set to child’s height that even the Goober could almost play. The vending machines were health conscious and there was even an exercise bike in the corner. It was very fun to watch some of the bloggers get in on a game of indoor soccer with the kids.
The kids have time built in to the afternoon activities to work on homework and tutoring if needed in a much quieter room than the Games Room. I very much enjoyed seeing a group of kids huddled around a teacher and learning to crochet, which is a skill I’m still working on acquiring (I’ve gotten knitting figured out, but crocheting is taking me a bit longer…)
The next room, the Art Room, was possibly my favorite, but that might be simply because I’m an art-lover at heart. It was very cool to see the art covering almost every surface of the room, including the ceiling (and the hallway) and to talk with the retired teacher who runs the room and is coordinating a theatre production with the kids.
The passion the volunteers have for teaching and encouraging the youth is really very inspiring. Next week (April 7th – April 13th) is National Boys & Girls Club Week and Clubs all across the country will be opening their doors and inviting people to take a look for themselves and see what Boys &Girls Clubs of America does for its community, its youth, and its country. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta’s 75 Blue Doors Project, click here. The first door will be unveiled on April 1st and all the doors will be unveiled by April 7th. You can vote for your favorite Blue Door or take a virtual tour here. For the folks in the Peachtree City bubble, there is a location as close as Newnan where you can take your own tour and see just what an awesome organization BGCMA is and what cool facilities and activities they have to offer our kids. I hope after reading this endorsement, you will find a local Club in your area and Open a Door and Take a Tour!
For more information on how you can help support National Boys & Girls Club Week, click here.
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I attended an information session and received a gift bag and promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.