By: Faith, Teen Club Member, Lutsey Clubhouse
Hi, my name is Faith and I am a sixteen year old sophomore at Green Bay’s East High School. My mother, my sister, and I moved to Green Bay in November of my sixth grade year when I was eleven years old. Having just started middle school in Milwaukee, and then relocating–I worried about simple things like fitting in and making friends. Soon after I moved here I became a member of the Boys and Girls Club. This really helped me because a lot of kids from my school were already members there and it gave me a chance to make friends and get to know a lot of people.
When we first moved to Green Bay I cried myself to sleep every night because I just wanted to go back home. The Club immediately became an escape from all those worries. At first it was a place that I could go and have fun and pretend that everything was okay. It soon turned into a place that I grew to love like a second home.
There were a lot of programs that I became involved in at the Club. The first program I remember joining was SMART Girls. We would talk about anything on our minds, and for me that was great because it was exactly what I needed at the time. I began to realize that there were a lot of people here that cared for me and wanted to help me deal with some of the stress the move had caused. To this day the Club is still a place like home and there are still people that care about me; people that I can confide in and people who believe in me. There are people there that support me in the things that I do by coming to my band concerts or simply helping me out if I am a little short on school supplies.
The Club means more to me than I will ever be able to express. I am truly grateful for the Club, the maturity it has taught me and the person it has made me. Because of the Club, I have a place to study and practice my music, which I am very passionate about. Because of the Club and the people there, I have a place where I can go after school where I will always feel safe and welcome.
Because of the Club, I have become part of a wonderful volleyball team. I enjoy participating in volleyball here at the club because it is competitive enough to push me to become a better player, yet it is non-competitive enough to allow me to just have fun. A team is something
bigger than I could ever be by myself. And for that I am sincerely grateful. At the Club I have also become involved in the Teen Advisory Committee, Club T.V., Keystone, and Sports Club which I am currently the president of. All of these programs have helped to shape me into the mature, responsible, young woman that I am today and, without the Club, I cannot, and I do not, wish to imagine what my life would be like. FaithTeen Club Member, Lutsey Clubhouse