It all started in 1860, when three women in Hartford, Conn., decided to take in young boys that roamed the street; the forgotten youth of the Industrial Revolution. These caring ladies planted the seeds of what would eventually become the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. By 2012, their grassroots effort has blossomed into a network of over 4,000 Clubs, including the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee.
It was with strong community support that the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee (BGCL) opened its doors in Adrian in January 2001. For more than 11 years, the BGCL has provided a safe place for youth. In our 11 year history, we have seen exponential growth—requiring progressive, structural change. In 2001, the Club began in a tiny woodshop at Drager Middle School, with only 100 members. In a short time, we outgrew this space and relocated our program to the Adrian Piotter Center. This facility served as our home for 4 years. With membership continuing to grow, the Club needed a even larger facility to call its “forever home.”
After researching the possibilities, the Board of Directors undertook a $1 Million capital campaign and collaborated with Adrian Public Schools (APS) to convert an unusable middle school pool into a new, dedicated and secure facility for the Club. The new Clubhouse was dedicated on January 3, 2011.
Since moving into the new Clubhouse, our membership has continued to grow. Over 1200 members now look to the Club to meet their need for supportive relationships, and to just have FUN. Our staff mentors provide consistent guidance and implement dynamic programs. Together we are enabling youth to reach our organization’s three Priority Outcomes: to achieve academic success, live healthy lifestyles, and develop into leaders of strong character.
Meet Ryan Curtis!
When Ryan Curtis first joined the Club in 2004, he was an angry young man, having been the victim of abuse from adults he thought he could trust. Ryan repeatedly lashed out at students and teachers at school, and was eventually transferred to a program for emotionally impaired students. He rebelled against the structure of his new school and eventually landed in the juvenile detention campus. During his stay in juvenile detention, Ryan began to understand he was going in the wrong direction.
After his release, Ryan made a commitment to attend the Club on a daily basis. He tells us, "At the Club the staff encouraged me to join in activities and interact with other members. I was reluctant to participate, but the staff would not give up on me. Every day when I entered the Club I had a fresh start.
Ryan began participating in Power Hour, Money Matters, and Keystone Club; He credits these groups for providing him the information he needed to make important changes in his life. Ryan worked his way out of special education classes back into main stream classes and became a leader at the Club. For all his efforts and personal growth, Ryan received the coveted Youth of the Year award in 2010
"I now understand that I am in complete control of my responses to bad and good situations," Ryan states. "I must make positive choices to get positive results."
Ryan has completed Basic Training in the US Navy. He will be stationed at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.
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