JCYF decided to pursue the option of obtaining a Boys and Girls club for Jennings County about 4 years ago. There are steps that we had to follow in order to do this. We were paired with a Boys & Girls Club Center liaison, Andre Arrington, to help us through the process. We then had to conduct a Community Readiness Assessment. We wrote a grant to cover the cost of the assessment. We found that 83% of people surveyed agreed that we needed a youth center. In order to proceed, JCYF had to make some changes to strengthen our organization. We created a new mission, increased our impact, and increased our revenue. We announced our plan to bring a Boys & Girls Club to Jennings County in 2019. We partnered with Ryon Wheeler and the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour to help our dream become a reality. Ryon and his team will be continuing the process of creating a board of advisors, providing programming, and securing a location for the Boys & Girls Club of Jennings County. We will continue to raise funds to support the programming for Boys & Girls Club of Jennings County.
Meet Andre Arrington our Boys & Girls Club liaison. He helped us through this process.
JCYF raised $15,000 to launch Boys & Girls Club programming in January right after Christmas Break at Hayden and Graham Creek. There were about 60 kids in attendance each day between the two sites. Unfortunately the program was cut short due to Covid-19, but the funding that is left over will go towards programming in the fall of 2020. The program was well received by the kids, parents, and schools.
It’s hard to get you more info right now as things are still up in the air as what the fall will look like. Ryon and his team are hoping to continue to work with the school system to see how we can best serve more kids. They will provide more information about future programming for the Boys & Girls Club of Jennings County once they know more.