We provide a safe place to learn and grow...ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals...life-enhancing programs and character development experiences...hope and opportunity. Watch the video to see how we're creating GREAT FUTURES for our members!
JOIN US AFTER SCHOOL!
We now pick up at Gardner Park Elementary, Woodhill Elementary & WC Friday Middle! To view a full list of schools we serve, click HERE.
Afterschool Program Cost
$40 registration fee
$20 per month
Bessemer City: 2:30pm - 6pm
Bradley Teen Center: 2:30pm - 7pm
West Gastonia: 2:30pm - 7pm
*All Clubs close at 6pm on Fridays.
Mandatory Parent Meetings
Bessemer City: Saturday, August 8th @ 10-11:30am
Bradley Teen Center: Rolling, meetings will be held one-on-one when you register
West Gastonia: Saturday, August 8th @ 10-11:30am & Friday, August 14th @ 5:30pm
Click HERE to learn more!
CLUB MEMBERS COMPLETE SUMMER COPS PROGRAM
On August 12th, over 40 members at the West Gastonia Club members performed a cadence ceremony and received certificates for their participation in the COPS (Children & Officers Problem Solving) Program with the Gastonia Police Department. Chief of Police, Rob Helton, was in attendance along with Gastonia Police officers and Foundation members. The children performed a cadence they learned for guests before receiving their certificates.
Chief Helton shared this advice, along with his personal story of playing baseball at the Club as a kid: "The decisions you make right now can help shape the opportunities you have later...Don't let somebody who's doing the wrong thing pull you in the wrong direction. You're on the right track and taking the first steps in the right direction."
The COPS Program,
or Children & Officers Problem Solving, began as a collaboration between
the Boys & Girls Club and the Gastonia Police Department. Club CEO, Chad
Melvin, and Sgt. Kevin McSwain understood the value of building relationships
between law enforcement officers and youth in the community, particularly in
West Gastonia. They wanted to target 5th grade students through a pilot program
over the summer that would eventually become a continuous, year-round program.
"Our goal is to
teach the kids to lead by example and be role models to their peers in
school," says Sgt. McSwain.
Throughout the summer,
officers met with the kids on Wednesdays for 5 weeks to conduct an
assortment of activities focusing on respect, leadership, and team building.
The kids worked together in individual "squads" to learn cadence and
drilling etiquette. They got to hear from a different uniformed officer each
week about their roles and responsibilities with the police department. COPS
program also follows a curriculum, where kids learn about gang prevention and
making smart choices, bullying prevention, and social media/online safety. To
keep it interesting, the kids enjoyed recreational activities with the officers,
such as a Lego challenge and chopsticks relay!
We are proud of all those Club members who graduated from the program and are grateful to the Gastonia Pollice Department and the Foundation for bringing such a fun, educational experience to our kids!