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John Rosales, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County Regional Vice President - Denton County, shared an overview of the nonprofit organization’s work and invaluable support of local youth as the featured presenters at last week’s Lewisville Noon club meeting.
 
“We’re here at the request of the community,” said Rosales. “We’re the largest Boys and Girls Club in the state of Texas, with ten brick and mortar locations,” he said. Services include everything from gang intervention programs to workforce readiness programs, a music and youth initiative, and many others, he explained. The local club sees up to 100 kids after school on weekdays and has a mobile clubhouse, empowering staff and volunteers to serve even more children.
 
“We go to four after school sites in Lewisville and Denton,” Rosales noted, and the club likewise participates in special events, like the Colorpalooza springtime festival in Lewisville, as part of its outreach. “We really want to be a resource for schools,” he added, by offering special programs like the STEM camp over the summer for area students. 
 
The Boys and Girls Club piloted teen programming at the Lewisville Library and has been a part of back-to-school fairs and set up after school programs at several local apartment communities. “We also want to be a partner in addressing public health” and tackling issues like food insecurity, Rosales said, noting that the nonprofit recently opened a full-size commercial kitchen and food pantry.
 
To learn more about how the Boys and Girls Club is reaching young people in the area, or to volunteer or donate, visit https://bgcgtc.org.