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New Boys & Girls Club opens in Greene County

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County is proud to announce the opening of a new Club in Greene County. The organization tells 9 On Your Side the new Club will operate within Greene County Intermediate School, and will begin by serving approximately 100 youth per day, gradually increasing to serve as many as 160 per day. Club members are being referred from Snow Hill Primary, West Greene Elementary, and Greene County Intermediate Schools. Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Miller said, “A dream is being fulfilled in Greene County.  The Greene County Boys & Girls Club will open its doors to serve Greene County's youth for the first time.  Greene County Schools are excited to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs to provide more opportunities for our youth and to help them reach their full potential in school and in life.”

The opening of the Club has been made possible largely in part by a dedicated founder’s committee, which was instrumental in raising the funds necessary to operate the Club. Vice President of Operations Donyell Jones commended the group, saying, “The Greene County community has shown that the future of its young people is, and will continue to be, a priority.” The Club is also being made possible by support from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and matching funds from Goodwill Community Foundation, which has been one of the largest financial supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs in Lenoir and Beaufort Counties, which are also part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County organization.

The organization tells 9 On Your Side the program will focus on bringing life-changing programs in the areas of academic success, character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles, to an otherwise underserved group of youth. The Club will be open Monday through Friday from after school until 7 p.m. The Club is slated to open on November 18th. Jada Mumford, principal of Greene County Intermediate School said, “Our school community is excited about partnering with an organization that is built upon fostering the success of students through positive relationships and interactions so they can reach their full potential. We share a collective desire to make an impact in the lives of our students and it is our expectation that the Club experience will provide an additional support system for them.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County serve nearly 1,000 youth every day at eight locations throughout Pitt, Lenoir, and Beaufort Counties. The Clubs provide a safe positive environment, caring adult mentors, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. The organization mission is “To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” President & CEO Misty Marston said, “This is an exciting opportunity to bring the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs to more young people, and we are thrilled to be a part of the Greene County community.”

The Club has a full-time Unit Director in Byron Laws, who earned his Master of Social Work degree from North Carolina State University, and attended the Raleigh Boys’ Club as a young person. Laws commented that, “I know that great futures start at the Club, and now that these young people have one, they will have the opportunity to get involved and eventually give back to the community that has invested in them.”

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