For the past 15 years, the Lean On Me mentoring program has provided Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club members with the opportunity to receive one-on-one guidance through meetings held once per week at the Club.
Volunteer mentors serve as positive role models and help enhance the childs self-esteem and confidence level. Meetings are held once a week between the mentor and mentored at the FSBGC. Child safety is a priority and a background check is required for all mentors.
The goal for the volunteer mentor is to build character and increase potential in the mentee. Whether its playing a computer game, shooting basketball, playing ping-pong or tackling a homework assignment, the mentor provides positive reinforcement and friendship.
Once a month a group activity is conducted. During these monthly activities, participants are involved in various fun events, including: bowling, skating, area sporting events, movies, etc. Special parties are held in December and May. These monthly events are optional for participants.
The program is supervised by FSBGC staff. Lean On Me coordinator Kari Fenby regularly checks with mentors, mentees and parents to monitor progress. She provides orie tation sessions for all participants.
Previous mentors in the program have included:Hank Needham (Cavanaugh Elementary School Principal), Dale Harpeneau (UA Fort Smith Baseball Coach), Billy Higgins (UA Fort Smith Associate History professor), Amanda Daniels (Girls Inc.) and Sam T. Sicard (President of First National Bank).
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Clubs are open during the summer from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Summer Program begins first week in June and concludes the last week of July. The fee is $25. The 9-week Summer Program offers a variety of activities and events including 'free' breakfast & lunch, field trips, daily game room tournaments, guest speakers, PGA golf lessons, arts & crafts, technology, Marilyn Foster Poetry contest, MusicFest, Summer Olympics, girls softball, baseball, skating, swimming, and much more.
'Free' nutritious meals are served daily at the Boys & Girls Club. The program is funded through the USDA child nutrition program. A local church (New Covenant International) prepares the meals and deliver them to the club sites. During the summer breakfast and lunch are provided. During school days, after-school snacks and dinner are provided. For detailed information regarding serving times, contact your unit director.
For the past three years, the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club has hosted the Southwest Regional Boys & Clubs of America Fine Arts Exhibit. More than 500 entries are submitted from 8 states. FSBGC members compete on a local level, with winning works submitted to the Regional competition. Categories include: Monochromatic Drawing, Pastels, Watercolor, Oil or Acrylic, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Collage, Sculpture and group project. For more information contact Jason Morland, FSBGC director of operations at (479) 782-7093.
The city-wide Elementary School Chess Tournament is held annually at the Evans Boys & Girls Club during the month of May. More that 135 students participate in the event. Evans Unit Director Tim Higgins helps coordinate the Chess program. Emphasis is placed on sportsmanship, self-discipline and respect. For more information regarding the Chess program, contact Tim Higgins at (479) 646-9519.
The Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club is a proud partner of Special Olympics. three events are held at the Club during the school year. For more information regarding Special Olympics contact Monica McKinney (479) 650-2679.
"Leaders On The Rise" Keystone Club meets at the Stephens unit under the direction of Roneka Grooms. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for young people ages 14 to 18. Teens participate in activites in and out of the club and focus on community service projects. Contact Roneka Grooms at (479) 782-6392.
Each year several college scholarships are awarded to club members who submit an application and meet certain requirements. These scholarships are presented by the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club Alumni & Friends Association. Applications are accepted typically during January through March of each year.
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The Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club provides limited transportation to Club members after school. Because the Fort Smith public schools do not offer bus transportation for elementary students (except for special cases), many children cannot access the Club after-school. Through the program, the FSBGC van picks up students from their school and transports them to the Boys & Girls Club.
In 2008, the Club started a pilot program at Cavanaugh Elementary school, transporting 28 kids per day to the Evans unit. The shuttle program soon expanded to 13 schools and four vans.
|Evans Boys & Girls Club||Cavanaugh, Beard, Carnall|
|Jeffrey Boys & Girls Club||Pike, Sutton, Ballman, Tilles|
|Goldtrap Boys & Girls Club||Barling, Euper Lane|
|Stephens Boys & Girls Club||Howard, Trusty, Spradling, Tilles|
Parents must complete a registration form.
There is an $ 25 fee per semester.
All participants must have a current
Boys & Girls Club membership card ($10).
Bring filled out form to your Boys & Girls Club with $25 fee and proof of membership
The Boys & Girls Club plans to add more schools to the list
once additional transportation (vans) becomes available.