Peters­burg Boys & Girls Club holds open house

Club seeks to de­velop life skills, cre­ativ­ity in kids 6-18 years old

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Kelsey Re­ichen­berg Staff Writer

PETERS­BURG — The Peters­burg Club of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Rich­mond held an open house on Thurs­day so peo­ple in the com­mu­nity could learn more about the club’s pro­grams and meet some of the staff and mem­bers.

The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Rich­mond fea­tures five clubs — four in Rich­mond and one in Peters­burg — with af­ter-school meet­ings for kids ages 6 to 18. The club strives to teach kids life skills in a phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally safe place where they can ex­plore their in­ter­ests through mem­ber-driven, themed pro­grams in­clud­ing STEM, dance, art, box­ing, fit­ness and more.

“Our goal is to be more than an af­ter-school pro­gram. We re­ally fo­cus on life skill de­vel­op­ment and what that en­tails,” said Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor Kelly Mc­Carthy. “Our thing is hav­ing fun with pur­pose; ev­ery­thing we do is in­ten­tional. We don’t want to waste their time. We want them to be en­gaged and to have an en­riched, ful­fill­ing af­ter­noon where they’re learn­ing things with­out even maybe re­al­iz­ing it.

“The kids have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore new things … be them­selves and try new things,” she added. “There’s [also] space for home­work and snacks, a time for un­wind­ing.”

The club also of­fers lead­er­ship pro­grams for teens. One pro­gram called Ready2Win pro­vides teens with work­force de­vel­op­ment, al­low­ing them to par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity ser­vice, in­tern­ships, ap­pren­tice­ships, job shad­ow­ing, re­sume prep, col­lege prep, and more.

“We try to set them up for suc­cess, whether they're go­ing to go to four-year col­lege or a two-year col­lege or they’re go­ing to open a busi­ness,” said Mc­Carthy.

Staff wants the com­mu­nity to know that the Boys & Girls

Club of Metro Rich­mond is avail­able to use as a re­source, and they’re open al­most year-round, of­fer­ing sum­mer camps in June and July.

“Our club is open for 10 hours a day in the sum­mer,” Mc­Carthy said. “We have field trips and all sorts of things go­ing on. We close for about three weeks in Au­gust, but that’s it.”

The Peters­burg Club is held in a build­ing shared with Bland­ford Acad­emy on East Bank Street. For more in­for­ma­tion on the club, visit www.bgcmr. org.

Kelsey Re­ichen­berg may be reached at kre­ichen­berg@ progress-in­dex.com or 804-722-5109.

[KELSEY RE­ICHEN­BERG PHO­TOS/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM]

The Peters­burg Club of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Rich­mond held an open house on Thurs­day evening at their build­ing on East Bank Street so peo­ple from around Peters­burg could drop by to learn more about the club’s pro­grams and meet some of the staff and mem­bers.

Stu­dents ages 6–18 can par­tic­i­pate in the Peters­burg Club of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Rich­mond, where they learn life skills and take part in var­i­ous cre­ative and fun pro­grams in a phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally safe place af­ter school.

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