The Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County has received a $10,000 United Way grant to start operations in the Magazine community.

With the formation of a new partnership with the Magazine School District to offer services for after-school and intercession hours that coincide with the district’s new hybrid school year, BGCSLC was there the first day of the new school year on July 30.

The school district also helped acquire funds for member registrations and initial costs that in turn helped the Club provide a match for the United Way dollars.

“Magazine Club site is up and running,” states Rick Scott, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County. “The Magazine School District administration, staff, and support personnel have all been very helpful and supportive through the startup. Parents, guardians and young people are happy that we are there.

“This is another example of the importance of partnerships that help provide our Club services to more youth. This new extension site will further provide growth and impact for additional young people in the South Logan County service area. We appreciate United Way of Fort Smith and their part in this work.”

“We are extremely fortunate to have such a great Boys & Girls Club in South Logan County in Booneville under the leadership of Rick Scott. Rick, his staff, board, and volunteers are a shining star for Logan County”, said Eddie Lee Herndon, President of the United Way of Fort Smith Area. “A great example of their work is the expansion of the club into Magazine with a partnership with Magazine Schools, United Way of Fort Smith Area, and other community members to provide a much needed afterschool program. United Way was very pleased to provide a $10,000 matching grant to help get the club extension up and running.”

In recent years, the Club has added programs related to STEM, career exploration, life skills, and healthy habits to supplement the ones that continue to be important for youth development – giving our youth a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence, and competence.

There are no more powerful tools in the life of a young person than to instill in them that they have worth in this world and that they can accomplish important things. At this point in their life, they need positive role models, positive and encouraging relationships, a positive attitude about their future, and the tools they will need to make positive decisions in their life.

Those who visit the Club in Booneville during the after-school hours or during its extended summer program hours see that it is a hub of activity. During program hours, young people are engaged in various activities related to learning, developing good character and leadership ability, citizenship, developing healthier lifestyles, and working on their social skills, all mixed with having fun. These activities and programs will also become a part of the work in Magazine.

A few of these types of programs have already started to occur during the recent intersession. As well, if you have seen the activity of young people on Saturday mornings during soccer season, or the fun and excitement of elementary school age children playing basketball at the Club on winter evenings during basketball league play, the impact that the Club has on the lives of its members and other youth served is evident. Many have witnessed the smiles and have heard the laughter during the annual fishing derby or Day for Kids at the park.

The local Club has had a strong partnership with the Booneville School District, who has provided its Main Club facility since its charter in 2001. Ongoing cooperation has provided many opportunities for area youth through the years. In 2011, in a partnership with the First United Methodist Church in providing a building and utilities, the Club opened a second site to better serve teens in Jr. High and Sr. High school.

Board members and staff will be the first to acknowledge that the success of the local Club over the past 17 years has been dependent on the partnerships that have been cultivated and have grown in the South Logan County area.

These partnerships have helped to provide stability and sustainability for the work of the organization. Involved and dedicated individuals, local businesses, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, local government, the local school district, and service-oriented agencies such as United Way of Fort Smith Area have all played a vital part in the diverse resource stream that has enabled the Club to continue its services and meet needs for its young people.

United Way of Fort Smith Area has provided major support to Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County from its beginning through its annual campaign resources made possible by the generosity of a diverse network of donors, fundraisers, and volunteers.

Through its Community Impact Grant program, United Way of Fort Smith Area assisted BGCSLC when it began its Teen Center with the purchase of technology equipment for its academic programs.

Within its six-county service area, United Way of Fort Smith Area has helped numerous organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County meet the growing needs of young and old alike.

In 2012, a new phase of cooperative efforts for youth developed with the City of Booneville when land was purchased adjacent to the baseball/softball complex for the Club to build soccer fields for its growing program. That project continues through the help from many partners who have provided services.

Each fall season, sponsorship signs are posted at the fields to recognize those donors and providers. For the past two years, assistance from local faith-based organizations, businesses, and individual donors has helped the Club continue its after-school snack program for its members each day.

Now, the work begins to cultivate strong partnerships in the Magazine community in support of the Club. The Magazine School District is familiar with the work of United Way of Fort Smith through its participation in annual campaigns and helping to coordinate the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for local children.

The Club invites you to find out more about its day-to-day activities by visiting its website, bgcslc.org, or its Facebook page.