The Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau had an exciting 2021 after they moved into their new building last April with membership that continues to grow as they provide programming that supports academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character.
“We have had many volunteers come and work with our youth this year,” said Cameron Ward, Volunteer Coordinator. “Coming out of Covid, many of our members need extra help with reading and math. Our volunteer tutors have made a huge impact on their success.”
But BGCP is more than homework help; activities include Triple-Play sports skills, hiking, swimming, art, choir, drumming, coding, Odyssey of the Mind, Lego Club, Gardening Club, NASA, and other STEM activities, to name a few.
In addition, BGCP encourages good citizenship through volunteer activities and programs like Smart Girls and Passport to Manhood.
Boys and Girls Club serves members from kindergarten through high school.
“With a focus on better teen programming, our membership has grown from 5 to 30 members this year,” said Spencer Copen, Operations Director. “This year, we will implement even more teen programming with Friday teen nights and Career Readiness which will help our teens prepare for the future.”
BGCP Board Chair Dr. Joy Clark said they were able to significantly increase the amount of support they were able to give to families last year and she’s looking ahead to the future.
“The Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau holds a very special place in my heart, and thanks to the support of our community, we were able to support 225% more families this year,” said Clark. “We are proud of our accomplishments and are excited to provide more and better opportunities for our kids and teens next year.”
BGCP ended winter programming with a holiday party for families, volunteers, and community partners. In addition to a shared meal, families participated in holiday games, crafts, and music. BGCP choir members provided the entertainment.
As part of BGCP’s end-of-year celebration, Kathryn Davis was recognized as Volunteer of the Year. In addition to running a successful Concierge Services business, Davis $ Co. Her passions consist of two core themes: her hometown and making a difference.
Davis began volunteering at BGCP in 2019. In addition to assisting with specialized programming for our youth, she joined BGCP’s board in September of last year, where she is focused on facility management and safety.
Davis enjoys spending time as a volunteer with the BGCP and adores the opportunity she has to help shape today’s youth.
“We are so grateful to Kathryn and all she does for the Club. She is a rock star,” said Carmen Waite, CEO.
BGCP’s new building is located in Cashiers, NC, the boys and Girls Club of the Plateau’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. For more information, visit BGCP’s website at www.bgcplateau.org or contact the club at 828 743-2775.