One kid at a time

Putting children on the path to success

Kimberly Key is CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. She’s pictured with Aria, the club’s 2019 Youth of the Year.

Kimberly Key is CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. She’s pictured with Aria, the club’s 2019 Youth of the Year.

Every day, as club members walk through the blue doors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, stress from school, home and challenging neighborhoods fall away. Kids are filled with a sense of purpose and belonging, and are exposed to new experiences and opportunities.

At eight Club locations across the Sacramento region, we provide a safe and supportive environment that gives 2,500 members the opportunity to learn and succeed—developing literacy skills, finding a new passion, landing a first job and more.

With community outreach programs, we serve an additional 5,000 youths. Over the year, we hear countless stories of what the Club's programs mean to our kids. Their experiences are what help us keep our programs relevant and meaningful, and we are always inspired by their insightful feedback.

When we asked members Noah, 12, and his brother Daniel, 9, what they are thankful for at the Club, their faces immediately lit up and they both responded, “basketball!” Noah and Daniel love playing in our free intramural basketball league. They also know it's more than just having fun.

“I like playing basketball at the club because it brings people together,” Noah said.

We are thankful that kids have the opportunity to play organized sports at the Club, not just because it encourages fitness, but we love to see our kids' self-confidence grow as they practice teamwork, leadership and empathy, both on and off the court.

Aria, our 2019 Youth of the Year, also sees the impact of coming together as a Club to lift everyone up.

“The Club has taught me how to work hard and play hard,” said Aria, 17. “I have grown as a student and I want more for myself and my future than ever before. Through my club experience, I am proud and prepared to meet and overcome challenges. And along with my fellow Club members, I want to create a better future for all.”

Her experience stems from having a positive place to grow into who she is meant to be. Like so many of our kids, Aria says that she is thankful for club staff who believe in her.

As staff, we are thankful for our families for sharing their kids with us and allowing us to help shape their futures. We are grateful for the opportunity to inspire them to find their path that leads to a career they are passionate about, and where they can enjoy what they do while impacting the lives of others. We are thankful for our Club members who inspire us every day.

As an organization, we are thankful for so many caring community members across the Sacramento region who support the success of our kids. When we work together, we are able to meet the needs of every kid who walks through our doors. Together, we are building great futures for our kids, families and communities.