Friday, August 26, 2016
Boys & Girls Club Has A New Location
The Boys & Girls Club of Union County might beg to differ.
The Plainfield club held an open house Thursday at its new location and the young people themselves were its best advertisement. Zaire, 17, said he has been a member for four years and the club is where, he said, he learned "to present myself in a very respectful and intelligent way."
He is an Emergency Medical Responder with the Plainfield Rescue Squad and plans to have a career in law enforcement and communications.
Lord, 16, said he got into the club by accident, but has since learned public speaking and now feels confident speaking before a large crowd of people.
"I give a lot of time being here," he said, including his birthday and Thanksgiving.
He is also aiming for a career in law enforcement.
Club members are not just part of the local club, they have opportunities to take part in national gatherings and to receive recognition for their accomplishments on many levels as well.
Club member Shaila, 16, said she had fun while gaining leadership skills.
"It forces you to interact with other people, but you end up enjoying yourself," she said.
Sepetjian said teens who have a bad attitude and are disrespectful are asked to leave the club, but one such individual has since become a mentor and is a "Youth of the Year" finalist. She attributed the turnaround to being in a place where a young person feels safe, engaged and respected.
Ron Brangman, Associate Club Director with the Union club, said the Plainfield club has a unique feature in its bike exchange. Bicycles for children of all ages are available. See the link below for Bike Exchange hours.
Brangman said club members can receive help with college applications and tours as well as job preparedness.
The Plainfield club is accepting members. For more information, see the Boys & Girls Club of Union County/Plainfield Club.