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Meet Allen!

“I am a senior at Dalton High School where I play football. I started coming to the Boys and Girls Club when I was 9 along with my younger brother and sister.
 
I wasn’t always happy at home. I had a difficult time with friends and school, and my dad was taking care of my mom before she passed away. The club was a place that I could have fun, meet new people, and hang out with my friends. It’s a great place for me and my brother and sister to come and leave our worries behind and just be kids.
 
The Boys and Girls Club has been a consistent part of my life even when things around me were changing. The staff are there to help me with schoolwork, and they have also helped me with public speaking and planning for my future. I recently received a scholarship and plan to use it to reach my goal of becoming an engineer.
 
My brother, sister, and I are thankful to United Way for giving us the chance to find our second home at the Boys and Girls Club.”

A United Way gift of $5 per week provides youth with one day of after school care and mentoring.

Thanks to your gift to United Way last year:
• 3,995 youth received job skills training.
• 4,307 youth participated in after school care and mentoring programs.

Education Strategic Guideline: Get kids ready for kindergarten, reading at grade level by 3rd grade, and graduating on time with skills to be career and life-ready.

Your gift to United Way will:

  • Enhance school readiness and strengthen family dynamics.

  • Provide mentoring, safe places to play, tutoring, and leadership development.

  • Keep youth on track for school, work, and life.

  • Prevent child abuse.