Director: Sylvia Adams
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer that, and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs have offered a positive place for kids in Winston-Salem since 1938. The Clubs provide quality after-school at two locations: the Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club and the International Corps Boys and Girls Club. In additon we provide summer programming designed to enable all young people, especially those most in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The Area Command currently operates Clubs at two sites:
The Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club on Reynolds Park Road is the newest of the facilities and offers 22,000 square feet including a dedicated space for teens, a media center, art room, gym and gameroom, classrooms and a soccer field with a view of downtown Winston-Salem. This Club will have the capacity to service approximately 1,000 members.
The International Boys and Girls Club began in 2003 and has quickly grown to more than 130 members. This Club is located at the International Corps and provides an excellent feeder opportunity to other Corps programs.
Club staff monitor the number of school absences, tutoring and homework help is offered daily, report cards and progress reports are collected from all members, and individual help with End-of-Grade Tests is available.
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
A Boys & Girls Club Provides:
A safe place to learn and grow...
Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals...
Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences...
Hope and opportunity.
Character & Leadership. Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. The programs also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.
Education & Career. These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement.
Health & Life Skills. These initiatives help youth achieve and maintain healthy, active lifestyles.
The Arts. These initiatives help young people enhance self-expression and creativity, develop multicultural appreciation, provide exposure to and develop skills in crafts and visual, performing and literary arts.
Sports & Fitness. These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.
Mario Lopez, Jr., actor and TV host, surprised our Boys and Girls Club members recently during Family Extravaganza Day at the Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club. He is a member of the Boys & Girls Club of America Alumni Club and credits the Club for providing him with a safe place to grow and develop as a youngster. Photos