Iverson R. – Current member of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley
What does the Boys & Girls Club mean to me? The Boys and Girls Club means a great deal to me. The Club is a great place to hang out with friends thanks to the fun games, the cool decorations and the very nice staff who are happy to be with you. One of my favorite things at the Boys and Girls Club are the activities they plan to make the Club a better place, including the fun field trips. Also, the Boys and Girls Club is always open on the school breaks so we can come and have some fun instead of staying home.
However, for me, the Club is more than just a place to hang out. The Club has changed my way of living and turned me into who I am today. For example, when I came to the United States in 6th grade, I did not speak English. Going to the Club helped me learn English fast thanks to the staff helping me make friends and practice my English. The Boys and Girls Club made it possible for me to achieve one of my goals of getting good grades by helping me with my homework with a lot of patience and calm. I was having a hard time getting things finished since I was still learning to speak English. The staff members explained things to me very well without needing a translator. They also motivated me to keep working hard since I wanted to give up all the time because of my lack of English knowledge and patience. Clearly, the Staff members at the Boys and Girls Club are what makes the club a great place to be thanks to the love and patience they have for the students.
The Boys and Girls Club also means a lot to me because I have made memories with the staff and my friends which have changed my character. There are some memories I won’t forget, both happy and sad, including the death of Ro, one of our staff when I was in 6th grade who meant a lot to me. Ro motivated me in the art of music and was the nicest person I have ever met in my life. Also, the day Nate left for another job has marked me because he was loved by everyone and was always there when we needed him. Nate meant a lot to me since he helped with both my homework and problems that were going on my life. In addition, as my first ukulele teacher, he inspired me to master the beautiful sound of the ukulele. Thanks to him, I improved my English language, learned a new instrument, and became a leader at school which helped me create the Ukulele Chord Club where I teach other students how to play the ukulele so they can have fun learning songs they like and making new friends.
Thanks to the Boys & Girls Club, I have become more confident and tried to help in my community. I am involved in a leadership group named WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) at Colina where we try to make our school a better place for others who need help to adapt to the new environment. We also support students who are victims of bullying, the ones who are shy and need help to make friends, and the ones who are struggling in school. We fight to make our school a fun and safe community for everyone.
The confidence I got from going to the Club helped me become a better mentor. The Boys and Girls Club changes everyone who goes there, thanks to the kind staff members we have at our Johnson Club. The memories and experiences I have from the Boys & Girls Club have brought me to where I am today: from a shy English beginner to a strong student and a great leader. The Club has given me hope for my future dream of being the first in my family to go to college.