Petersburg Boys & Girls Club holds open house
Club seeks to develop life skills, creativity in kids 6-18 years old
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.
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.