I am often asked about what the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley does in the communities it serves, and the answer is simple:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley transforms lives.
This is a rather weighty responsibility; however, it is a necessity. The Club is one of many influences which come together and helps form and develop the young people of our communities. Through their participation in the Boys & Girls Club, young people learn to establish, nurture, and sustain relationships with each other; but more importantly, they receive the opportunity to form these relationships with care and compassionate adults. These positive relationships are the foundation for the positive development of our youth.
Many of our young people take full advantage of these relationships and the staff or volunteer become mentors to them. This mentoring is a crucial component of transforming a child’s life. Through this relationship, the member is assured and feels confident that they have a trusted and respected adult to whom they are able to approach with all issues which may arise. They feel confident that there is no judgment or criticism from their mentor. They know that they are accepted, regardless of their walk in life.
Lastly, and most importantly, they know that they have someone who cares about them and is there to provide any guidance that is asked for. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley is in the business of transforming lives. We do not do this in a silo or vacuum, but through solid partnerships and collaborations with our school districts, teachers, parents, and members’ social peers. We do this through the support of our communities, the countless individuals and many business to whom we are grateful to for their financial support of our mission.
Finally, we do this through the support and oversight of the organization’s Board of Directors. We are grateful and appreciate the numerous volunteer hours that donated to the Club, because every volunteer impacts and transforms a young life. Lastly, the passion and commitment of the staff of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley ensures that there is consistent and reliable adults who are willing and ready to form connections with over 700 young people in our communities. Transforming lives is a heavy task and calls for accountability, transparency, compassion, passion, and love for our members.
To the youth, I encourage you to join the Club; and to the adults, I encourage you to become a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Diablo Valley community.