In 1999, a group of dedicated individuals set out to give Pleasants County youth something new. The collaborative effort included representatives of Pleasants County Schools, Pleasants County Parks and Recreation, and community members who made up the first Board of Directors. Within the first month of opening, more than 100 youth joined the new Boys & Girls Club of Pleasants County. Today, the Club boasts nearly 1,000 members with its afterschool and summer programs, along with the Teen Center.
From a few early recreation activities and homework help, the Club has expanded its programs to include everything from peer resistance training to computer technology. Club members, ages 6-18, can participate in sports leagues and competitions, educational activities, arts and crafts, leadership clubs, STEM activities, including "Got Science" and more. When academic needs are an issue, the Club works with local teachers to provide tutoring services. Community service is emphasized through a number of activities, ranging from trail building in Pleasants County Parks, Adopt-A-Highway and special Club-Community CARE events.
Grants have been an invaluable source of funding for the Boys & Girls Club of Pleasants County. OJP grants, through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, provide some operational support. Additional grant funds from multiple sources are sought to support varied programs and groups like RAZE, the teen tobacco advocacy groups, Reducing the Risk, SMART Moves, drug and alcohol resistance training and Family PLUS, family involvement and engagement programming.
The Teen Center, established as a separate unit of the Club in 2004, offers year-round opportunities for members ages 13 and older. Located in the basement of the Jim Spence Center, the Teen Center is the place where teens come to meet with friends, get involved in projects or groups, play games, or just hang out.
Teens have always been active leaders in the Club. They help with the Adopt-a-Highway community service project, work at the baseball and community pool concession stands, tutor and mentor younger members, and support other Club activities. In the ten years that the Club has participated, seven of our teen Club members have been chosen as the West Virginia Youth of the Year. Our outstanding youth of the year members have been Matt Parsons, 2003; Charity Drake, 2004; Rosie Dillon, 2005; and Salik Rashid, 2006, Danny Fleegle, 2007; Lacey Templeton, 2008; Alex Zacarias, 2009; Michael Edman, 2010; Ashley Lamp, 2011;Courtney Clayton, 2012, Marissa Gutierrez, 2013, Tre Staples, 2014 and Sammi Clayton, 2015.
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