Clint Morse introduced two dedicated ladies who told us about two local programs that help our youth.
Elaina Beard is the director of the local Boys and Girls Club, which operates out of the Salvation Army's Croc Center. Their mission is to enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible adults.
Currently they are offering a Summer Day Camp, with about 175 youth capacity. Their daily activities include swimming, reading, bible studies, studying other countries and occasional special guests. It operates 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.   During the school year, an after school program is offered with homework assistance, life skills, youth programs and leadership development. About 40 percent of the youth served are on scholarships.
Rianna Sykes Wenske is the director of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, which pairs adult mentors with youth in need. The "Bigs" usually meet one on one once or twice a month with their kid, and provide a positive role model and individual attention.
The club currently has about fifteen adults and youth matched, which is down significantly due to Covid, but is trying to expand its numbers. Their last fund raiser netted about $14,000, and there are many success stories of lives that were changed from this club. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor or serving on their board is encouraged to contact the local Big Brothers Big Sisters office.