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To inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
In an age of difficult challenges for youth and families, the work of the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing has enabled us to become one of the major stabilizing influences on the youth of Lansing. The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing is widely recognized as the premier agency serving youth from disadvantaged circumstances. Relying on the dedication of our personnel-both paid and volunteer-and the efficient use of facilities, the Boys & Girls Club can provide quality programs for youth between the ages of 7-17. An important factor in the success of the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing is its recognition that many youth fail because they do not have a sense of self-esteem. Thus, the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing employs a Youth Development Strategy. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling:
A Sense of Competence
The feeling there is something boys and girls can do and do well
A Sense of Usefulness
The opportunity to do something of value for other people
A Sense of Belonging
A setting where young people know they "fit" and are accepted.
A Sense of Power or Influence
A chance to be heard and to influence decisions.
When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps girls and boys achieve their full potential.
- Patrice Patrick
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