About MNW Boys & Girls Clubs
Youth Development Strategy
At MNW Boys & Girls Clubs, all of our programs and activities are designed to maximize opportunities for young people ages 6 through 18 to acquire four basic “senses” which help them build self-esteem and grow into responsible and caring citizens.
MNW Boys & Girls Clubs create a climate in which these important “senses” are fostered in every participant, member, volunteer and guest involved in our program.
These four “senses” are:
A Sense of Competence
Young people feel proud and confident when they acquire new skills and know they can do something and do it well. This happens naturally through participation in programs, but it can be enhanced through a conscious effort to help girls and boys develop skills and to recognize them formally and informally for their achievements.
A Sense of Usefulness
Young people know the satisfaction of doing something of value for others. It is important to seek out opportunities for young people of all ages to do something useful for others, whether it is helping at the Club or participating in community service projects.
A Sense of Belonging
Young people know they are welcome and feel that they fit in and are accepted. This occurs naturally in Boys & Girls Clubs. It is enhanced through warm greetings from staff members when young people arrive at the Club, the use of membership cards, small group programs, Club T-shirts, publishing and posting names and photographs of young people involved in programs, or anything else, tangible or intangible, that help young people feel safe, comfortable and accepted at the Club.
A Sense of Power and Influence
Young people know their opinions are heard and valued and that they can influence decisions. This can be enhanced through participation in youth councils, discussion groups, interest surveys and other opportunities to contribute to the development of Club programs and rules.
Boys & Girls Clubs provide:
- A safe place to learn and grow
- Ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals
- Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
- Hope and opportunity
The Boys & Girls Club is a youth development organization dedicated to promoting the health, social, educational, vocational and character development of boys and girls. It aims to help young people improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during critical periods of growth.
The mission of Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Georgia, Inc. is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.