Our Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
For 28 years, Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama actively seeks to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies have difficulty in reaching. We are dedicated to ensuring that our community’s youngsters have access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures.
The Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Alabama is part of a nationwide affiliation of local, autonomous organizations and Boys & Girls Clubs of America working to help youth of all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. It is facility-based and offers daily access to a broad range of programs in five core program areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
Our programs have taken regional awards each year for the past 11 years, including Best Overall Program (6 time recipient) , Sports, Fitness & Recreation Program (5 time recipient), Arts (4 time recipient), Health & Life skills (3 time recipient) and Education & Career Development (2 time recipient). Our Director and Executive Assistant are also regional award winners. Our Board of Directors has also won the Board Performance Award for the State of Alabama twice. Our Club received the 2012 Gateway Award (For highest increase in Average Daily Attendance) and the Club Advocacy Champion Award in 2019.
With the 2014 expansion of our main Club, we serve more of our local youth than ever before, and see them into young adulthood in a safe, caring environment.
There is nothing more important than the safety of our youth members. We work every day to create a safe, fun environment, so kids can have every opportunity to be successful in life.
We do not tolerate inappropriate behavior of any kind, including child sexual abuse or misconduct. From strict adherence to policies and guidelines within Club facilities and staffing structure, to equipping young people with the critical thinking and social-emotional skills to make healthy, safe choices, ensuring Club members are safe is the first step to success.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America continually updates and innovates robust safety policies, programs and training for local Club staff and volunteers that are designed to protect young people from threats that are present in our society. Through the national Child & Club Safety Department we implement layers of safety policies and guidelines to keep our kids safe including:
In summer of 2020, local Boys & Girls Clubs voted to adopt additional safety measures, to improve safety within Clubs. Many of these practices were already in place, however Boys & Girls Clubs determined these practices should be mandatory for all Clubs:
And much more. Learn more about safety policies and actions, and recent enhancements to strengthen safety at Clubs at https://www.bgca.org/about-us/~/link.aspx?_id=F5F1AB27E0F84ED68ABF2AE17575572F&_z=z
My name is Shirley Brunson and I am from Enterprise, Alabama. I am a graduate of Troy University where I studied Human Services. I love working at the BGC.
My name is Coach B & I like to be active. I started coaching in my son's second year of sports & in that time I've learned that being a role model is my passion. I’m the oldest out of 3 brothers so I have always been like a big brother to everyone around me so being at the Boys & Girls club makes me feel right at home!
My name is Koko Marden, I am a student at Auburn studying accounting and I enjoy working with kids to learn and develop skills that will help them throughout life! I enjoy games and time with family and friends in my free time. I like working at the BGC because it feels like a community where everyone cares!
Oliva has been with Boys & Girls Club for a little over 24 years and she is still loving it. She has worked at three different sites for the Boys and Girls Club to include; Hillcrest Boys & Girls Club, Glenway Boys & Girls Club, and now working with the kids at the main site. She enjoys interior decorating, gardening, and shopping in my spare time. She is also the preschool teacher at her church for Sunday school and her passion is for the children. Her motto is, "if I can help at least one person along this road called life, then my living will not be in vain".
I work in the BGC computer lab, where my main goal is using the resources that the web provides to encourage kids in learning new skills. This could be anything from the basics of programming to learning a new language or utilizing STRIDE to help them study for classes. When I’m off the clock I’m usually reading a book, making food for my friends or learning something new!
Jane Bloodworth has has a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University in Elementary Education with a grade 1st-6th teaching certificate. She has been teaching at D.A. Smith Middle School since 1998! When Jane is not at work she enjoys hanging with her grandkids, woodworking, reading and digital design.
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