When you were young, who did you look up to? Who made a difference in your life? Who set you on the path you’re following today? At Beverly-Hanks, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity and means to Live Abundantly in WNC, even from a young age.
Today, we shine a spotlight on a local organization that works hard to enable young people to reach their full potential. We invite you to learn more about the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County and how you can help them meet their mission.
What is the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County?
The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club offers a safe place for young people to learn, grow, and reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. This engaging youth development organization joins together school-aged youth ages 5–18, especially those most in need of their services, in wholesome recreation and companionship. The club facilitates ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life enhancing programs, and character development experiences. More than that, it offers hope and opportunity.
What Programs do They Offer?
The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club offers a variety of engaging programs to enrich the lives of the children of Transylvania County. Programs are offered during the school year or over summer break. Their programs are focused on three outcome areas:
Academic Success – Nearly a dozen programs nurture academic success for each youth based on their individual needs. Programs are designed to improve foundational skills, reading levels, or grades, and challenge youth to excel. The Club recognizes that a youth’s academic success contributes strongly to their overall growth and development. Opportunities include Homework Club, tutoring, art classes, STEAM activities, and more.
Healthy Lifestyles – The Club recognizes that personal enrichment also comes in the form of healthy living. That’s why their programs encourage youth to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles—physically, mentally, and emotionally. These opportunities, like the Harvest Club, Bee Club, and youth running program get kids outdoors and teach them new skills and habits. The Club also participates in a number of local sports leagues through partnership with Transylvania Parks & Recreation, Transylvania County Little League, and Transylvania Youth Soccer Association.
Good Character and Citizenship – Finally, well-rounded youth also know what it means to be a productive, caring, and responsible citizen. The Club’s additional programs and activities demonstrate and foster these characteristics in participants. One-on-one mentoring is available. Evolve, a character and leadership transitional program, is popular among 6th grade members. And JAM, or Junior Appalachian Musicians, is a free program open to club kids.
How can I Support the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County?
Interested in making a lasting difference in the lives of local area youth? There are several ways you can support the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club.
Volunteer Your Time – No matter your skill set, there’s a way for community members like you to get involved with Transylvania County youth and to enrich their lives. For instance, you could assist with homework, volunteer in the gym or garden, mentor in a one-on-one capacity, run alongside members of the SMART Kids fitness program, bake with teens, or assist with the maintenance of the Club’s building or grounds. However you choose to participate, you can be confident that every moment you spend with these kids is meaningful.
Make a Donation – As a local nonprofit, the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club is always in need of one-time and recurring donations. Every donation makes a big difference. The Club also supports planned giving. Their Partners Club recognizes supporters who have achieved lifetime giving of $25,000 or greater. An annual celebration honors Partners Club members, inducts new members, and shares the latest developments of the Club’s impact.
Become a Junior Staffer – In accordance with the vision of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the organization provides opportunities for teens that help them both get ready for successful careers and develop a lifelong commitment to serving others. Take your own citizenship skills to another level by giving back to the Club! Junior Staff employees (ages 14–17) typically work 15–20 hours/week, take weekends off, and have the opportunity to go on field trips with younger members. Only a limited number of positions are available.
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Every day, our agents and staff impress us by their involvement in strengthening community efforts through service and financial support. We encourage you to get involved, too.
Help local children in need of mentorship and support now and in the future! Give of your time and money to an organization that means something to you. Reach out to the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County today. Or contact your Beverly-Hanks agent to learn about local efforts to help children in your community.
Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County
11 Gallimore Road, Brevard | (828) 885-7800 | bgctransylvania.org