Business Spotlight: Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County

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The Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County started as an after school activity for teens in a Mont Harmon classroom. In February 2011, they officially became a Boys and Girls Club under the direction of Mckelle Warburton. Last year, the club finally moved to its own facility and created a fun and relaxing environment for children.

The Boys and Girls Club is currently under the direction of Josie Luke, the executive director, and Kelsey Meno, the teen director. Josie Luke has always wanted a career that involved helping people. When she saw the opening, she thought it was the perfect way to help youth in the community. Luke and Meno make the perfect combination to run the club and together they strive to make a difference and provide a fun environment for children. “I joined the Boys and Girls Club because I wanted to make a difference,” Meno explained.

The Boys and Girls Club is a non-profit organization that provides a safe place for teens to hang out and learn after school. Everyday after school from 3-6 p.m., young teens ages 12- 18 are welcome at the Boys and Girls Club. Children are provided with a snack, help and time to finish homework as well as other fun planned activities. Quarterly, the kids are rewarded for good behavior and progress in school classes. This quarter, children who received good grades in school will have the opportunity to visit Hang Time, a trampoline park in Orem. “It’s a lot of fun and I get caught up on my assignments and the people are great,” said a club member when asked what their favorite aspect of the Boys and Girls Club is.

The club also encourages children to become involved in the community on weekends. March 23-29 is National Boys and Girls Club week and the Carbon County Club will be hosting an open house and blood drive for the community from 2-6 pm on March 24. The following day, they will hold a kite flying contest and on March 26 the kids will be participating in a service project. The public is welcome and encouraged to come and participate in these upcoming events. They will also be hosting a dodge ball tournament in May as a fundraiser.

The Boys and Girls Club is open to any teen between the ages of 12-18 and all teens are encouraged to apply. There is a $20/year fee and scholarships are available. To apply, contact Luke at bagccc@gmail.com. The Boys and Girls Club is located at 130 North 200 East in Price and can be contacted at (435) 637-6066.

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