Soon to graduate seniors at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County are preparing to launch into their futures, but are also looking back at their time with Club. Jammal Redd from the Elkhart Club has been attending since eighth grade and credits the programs and staff for helping him develop during his high school years.
“The staff encourages you to participate in activities that you might not want to try at first. Then you find out – this is fun!” he said.
He’s taking part in the Keystone Club. It provides leadership development opportunities for teens between the ages of 14 and 18. The youth participate in activities focusing on academic success, career preparation and community service. It’s that last category that made a big impression on Redd.
“I got to do volunteer work at Faith Mission and Riverside Village (a senior care facility),” he said.
Once he graduates, Redd plans to attend Southwestern Michigan College and study information technology. As for his experiences at Club, he would recommend other teens try it.
“I would encourage them to go to a Teen Night and give it a try. You get to experience how fun it is!”
Good luck to Jammal as he enters this new phase of his life.