Boys and Girls Club national week

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Behind the colorful doors at the Boys and Girls Club on Genesee Street, kids escape the tough realities of their environment like club member Taylor Robinson. 

“Here I can read however many books I wanna read. I can go in the dance room. I can play games, play with my friends.  “

Former member Isaac Collins had these same ambitions years ago. Only fourteen years old when he became a member and landed his first job through a program,Good Grades Pay.

”  A place where you go get a hot meal speak with trusted adults. Positive peer interactions it was just a safe place. Place to keep me off the streets and in an area I could really excel. ” 

Collins continues to explain the mentors that he met as a young person were life changing. “Literally I was just a young man coming from poverty. Single parent home. Not sure of what my future would be like and Mr. Mohoney I have a lot of respect for him.  “

Dwayne Mahoney, Executive Director of the club for almost eighteen years. His club provides services to at least 200 kids per day.

” As long as there are kids that are in need of a place to go after school and we think there are we are going to try to get as many kids as we can into a Boys and Girls club.  “

Their youth development continues inside Rochester City Schools 45 and 29.  Their staff combines recreation with learning but expanding these programs take money. 

” We struggle in receiving state aid. There is a great need for that alot of our students go home and nothing to do and also it’s a safe haven for them.”

The outside of the building may have changed, but these smiles are evidence that dreams do come true. 

Tuesday, March 28 – Tuesday is all about talent and teen voice! Club members will be encouraged to share their special talents with their peers, and members of the community, during a talent show at 6 p.m.** Talented members of the Rochester community are also invited to participate. Students will also have a special presentation on spoken word and poetry by Club staff member Anderson Allen. Boys & Girls Clubs of America recognizes this year as Year of the Teen Voice. (Talents must be submitted to by March 23. Limited spots available.)
Wednesday, March 29 – Several activities will be centered around good character and leadership. Club members will be given incentives for doing good deeds, such as cleaning up the Club or helping a fellow member without having to be asked.
Thursday, March 30 – Academic Success will be celebrated Thursday with a special demonstration from our STEM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Math) Club and various trivia games, reading exercises and more.
The fun will continue at 6 p.m. with an exclusive ice cream social. STEM Club members have been working hard to perfect different flavors of ice cream and are ready to share them with their families, other Club members, and members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester Board.
They’ll also be premiering a special music video they helped create, where Club members sing and rap about Club programming. The video is set to premiere at 7 p.m.**
Friday, March 31 – Friday is dedicated to opening the doors to the community for a tour of the facility that celebrated a renovation and expansion just over one year ago. Individuals from surrounding businesses and organizations will receive tours from Club members between the hours of 2:30 and 5 p.m. Tours need to be scheduled in advance by calling (585) 328-3077 x112.
Learn more about programs and activities offered by Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester at or call (585) 328-3077.

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