The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Winston-Salem
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.
Keisha Ijames, Divisional Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year
Keisha Ijames is a senior at West Forsyth High School who has been selected to represent the Winston-Salem Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs as our Youth of the Year.
The Youth of the Year competition requires each nominee to write essays on three different topics, provide copies of their high school transcripts and submit several letters of recommendation from their teachers or guidance counselors. In addition, candidates undergo an interview process. Keisha’s story is compelling, her confidence is obvious and her answers were impressive. The panel chose her as the 2015 Yoth of the Year for Winston-Salem.
Having experienced the loss of her father, her grief took her down a path that was not at all what her family had come to expect from her. Her grades suffered and her behavior did not reflect that of a young lady who was interested in attending college to become a speech therapist. After speaking with a counselor, she began to attend the Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club. Her grades came back to honor roll status. and she was selected as Student of the Year by one of her teachers.
Keisha was attracted to the Boys & Girls Club because of the Career Skills Program, after which she wanted to take advantage of additional programs available to her through her membership. She is a former recipient of the Career Skills Scholarship Award, which she received two years ago.
This year, Keisha represented Winston-Salem at the Annual North and South Carolina Youth Council Conference in Ridge Crest, North Carolina where she was selected to also represent the Divisional Clubs in the National Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year competition in April.
Keisha has been accepted to attend Winston-Salem State University in the fall.
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.
The 2015 Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club Garden Club Newsletter
This has been a wonderful 7th Year of the Garden Club. The kids have become a team of their own and it is a pleasure to be part of their team. This year, we had new partners for field trips and new activities. Here are some highlights of our season which began the first week of April and ended, with our Valentine-making party. We are weeks away from starting our 8th season and have a waiting list of possible gardeners. Read more
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