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Boys & Girls Club – A Safe Place (BOL Archives 2002)

In 1999, plans started forming to provide a safe place for Madison County’s children to “hang out.” By April of 2001, the location was decided and a five-year lease was signed. The club opened in October of 2001 and in November of 2001 the Boys & Girls Club of America provided Madison County a charter certificate. Today, the Club has 782 members and a mission statement reading, “To inspire and enable all young people of Madison County, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.”

Boys & Girls Club Logo
Boys & Girls Club Logo

The center proudly displays the Boys & Girls Club sign outside, but nothing can prepare visitors for what is inside. A desk is located just inside the door to provide a check in station for the children and a pick up station for the parents. Beyond the desk is an enormous room full of bright colors, couches, toys, games, tables, and playful children. The area is basically one large room with doors on each wall. Every door leads to a special activity room. One room is for the youngest children to play, one for the youth, a reading lounge, computer center, an arts and crafts room, preteen corner, and an open room for “on the spot games.” The center of the room is full of video games, pool tables, board games, a small jungle gym, and a sound system to play music. Continue reading Boys & Girls Club – A Safe Place (BOL Archives 2002)