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Boys & Girls Club Names New Director

Adam Collins was recently named executive Adam Collinsdirector for the Boys & Girls Club of Claiborne Parish, replacing Ron Anderson who turned in his resignation May 31, 2006. Collins will be responsible for overall planning and operation of the organization, in addition to providing leadership, direction and support to members of the the Board. He will also develop and maintain public relations, promote strategic alliances and collaborative partnerships, and institute administrative and operational systems.

“Mr. Collins comes to us with a background in higher education as well as community based non-profit service experience,” said Board President, Mr. James Ridley. “He is both civic minded and service orientated so we are elated to have him partnering with us as we move to meet our stated mission.”

Collins formerly served as an assistant professor of English at Grambling State University for eighteen years. While at GSU, he served as a series coordinator in his department and chaired multiple committees. He was an original charter member of the City of Grambling Arts Council, where he served as grants chairman. In addition to volunteer work in various capacities such as establishing a newsletter, Mr. Collins served two terms as vice-president and one term as treasurer on Pine Belt Head Start at Gibsland’s Parent Involvement Board, where he helped coordinate and sponsor numerous school and after school activities.

He worked four years at the Methodist Children’s Home of Ruston as a ropes course facilitator/counselor. He is a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Clay where is serves as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent, and church clerk.

Adam and Bettina, his wife, have two children, Nina and India.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of America is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. In collaboration with the Club’s Board of Directors, Collins’ immediate goals include development of the following:

• Improving grounds and facilities at the Haynesville unit

• Expanding services to Webster Parish by immediately facilitating the re-opening of a unit in Minden by November

• Strengthening partnerships with local schools by focusing on curriculum reinforcement.

In the near future, the Club will be signing an agreement with the Claiborne Parish School Board and will move the Homer unit to the old Homer Junior High building on Pearl Street. Plans are also in the works to open Clubs in Minden, the Springhill area, and in Bienville Parish.

Karl Malone Gives $100,000

To Boys & Girls Club

BY SUSAN T. HERRING, Editor, The Guardian-Journal - 03/02/06

KARL MALONE "Put your money where your mouth is"....a statement that has been used many times over the years to prove you believe so strongly in what you say you are willing to back it up with your money. That is exactly what Karl Malone did. When he spoke to members of the Claiborne Chamber of Commerce in January, he issued a challenge for business owners to give something back, to invest their money in their community.

Last week, Malone was guest speaker at an event sponsored by the Haynesville Community Improvement Association to honor the Claiborne Boys & Girls Club. As the Club Director Ron Anderson told of plans to improve the facilities and add things that would attract more teens. A. D. Williams, director of the Haynesville Housing Authority and School Board member, was sitting beside Malone and remarked how difficult it would be to raise needed funds. Malone scribbled a note and passed it to Williams, authorizing him to make an announcement. The note read, "I am giving the Claiborne Boys and Girls Clubs in Homer and Haynesville $100,000."

"It costs approximately $1,175.00 per year to serve one child. The incarceration cost for one youth for a year is $126,780.00. It is obvious that donation to our services is not only an investment, but an opportunity to improve the community one youth at a time," Anderson said.

Designated space will be set aside for teens at both Homer and Haynesville. Centers will be equipped with laptop computers, wireless internet access, video games, pool and foosball tables, as well as educational games and activities. All age children will have access to the center on a rotating basis under constant supervision by their staff of eleven employees.

A much-needed fenced play area will be provided at Haynesville which will include a basketball court. Although the Clubs are presently open from 3-7 PM Monday - Friday, Anderson said they were considering opening Teen Centers on Friday and Saturday nights as well.

Anderson said, "Karl Malone has propelled the Boys & Girls Clubs of Claiborne to the next level of service. Our youth will prosper, and we are going to continue to challenge then to show their appreciation by striving to do and be their best."

Teens interested in joining must be in regular attendance at school. They will need to fill out a parental consent form which is available at either Club and pay the annual membership fee of $10.

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Claiborne gears up for summer
Summer registration going on now
The Homer and Haynesville Boys and Girls Clubs of Claiborne is beginning its summer enrichment camp.

Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the camp will last approximately seven weeks, with registration June 1-7. At the Homer Boys and Girls Club, participants may register between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. At the Haynesville site, participants may register at the same times.

A bus route will be available. Bus group 1 will be picked up from 8:30 until 8:50 a.m.

The 21st Century Program for students, grades 1-6 (ages 6-11) will be held from 9 until 11:30 a.m. Bus Group 2 will be picked up between 11 and 11:25 a.m.

The Boys and Girls Club Summer Recreational Camp for ages 6-16 will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

After programs are over, the buses will transport children to the following drop off locations. Stop 1 will be at the corner of Martin Luther King and Adams Avenue. Stop 2 will be at the corner of Monroe and Buckner Street (side street by Refreshing Springs Church). Stop 3 will be at Armory Drive in front of the National Guard building. Stop 4 will be at Keith’s Food Mart at the front of the store and Stop 5 will be in front of Ebenezer Church.

Vera Meadors will be the lead teacher and unit director for the 21st Century program in Homer. Betty Waldron will be the projector coordinator for the 21st Century group in Haynesville. The unit area director is Jonavan Robinson.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Claiborne Parish is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens.

For more information or to pick up a form, please call 927-2718.

The Herbert S. Ford Museum Has Reopened To The Public
Phase I of USDA construction has been completed at the Ford Museum and regular hours have resumed. The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 noon and 1:30-4:00 PM. For special appointments, call 927-9190. Admission is Adults - $3, Children - $1, and Families - $5.

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Compared to other Americans, twice as many Claiborne adults have dropped out of school before the 10th grade, and national education statistics indicate that three times as many of our youth are at-risk of dropping out. Our teen pregnancy rate is higher than the state's, which is among the highest in the nation. Our juvenile arrests tripled in 1996 (from 5 youth in 1995 to 17 in 1997) and rose another 40% in 1997 (25 youth). Of every five children in Claiborne Parish, two live in poverty. Our youth problems are not unique to Claiborne Parish nor are they confined to the poor. Since 1960, with the entry of more parents into the workforce, American children have lost 10 to 12 hours per week of parental time.

Compared to the State of Louisiana, Claiborne Parish has:

  • More:
    • Young children in poverty (47% versus 33%)
    • Medicaid eligible (62% versus 45%)
    • Teen pregnancy (per 1000 live births) (69 versus 54)
    • School drop outs, youth crimes, homeless youth
  • Less (fewer):
    • Low birth weigh infants
    • Infant mortality

On Criterion Reference Tests, the percent of Claiborne Parish children passing:

  • Math
    • 5th Grade: 87%
    • 7th Grade: 74%
  • 12th Grade:
    • Language, Composition, and Social Studies: 91%-93%
    • Mathematics: 84%
    • Science: 88%
National Comparison (California Achievemnt Test): Medial Percentile Rank
  • 4th Grade: 55th percentile
  • 6th Grade: 35th percentile

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The Boys and Girls Club Movement is a nationwide affiliation of local, autonomous organizations and Boys and Girls Clubs of America working to help youth of all backgrounds, with special concern for those from disadvantaged circumstances, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

The Claiborne Parish Boys and girls Club provides afterschool tutoring every weekday afternoon during Power Hour. We implement Boys and Girls Club national programs that provide character and leadership development, education and career development, and health and life skills development. We focus on individual creativity and cultural awareness within all of our programs.

Measurable short and longer term goals in Claiborne Parish are to:

  • Increase the percentage of our youth who:
    • Engage in supervised afterschool and summer activities
    • Pass Criterion Reference Tests
    • Go to college
  • Decrease rates of:
    • School drop outs and truancy
    • School disciplinary hearings
    • Teen pregnancy
    • Juvenile crime
    • Child abuse and neglect
    • Domestic violence
    • Remedial college course enrollment

Programs Include:

  • Power Hour- Tutoring
  • Power Hour- Tutoring
  • Character Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Career Development
  • Health and Lifestyle Issues
  • Field Trips

Available Services Include:

  • Youth Friendly Place
  • Tutoring and Study Skills
  • Support Services - Transportation
  • Mentoring
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Youth Friendly Employers
  • Summer Camp
  • Alcohol or Drug Program

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Executive Director
Homer 318-927-2718
Connie Tell
Haynesville 318-624-1188
Fax 318-927-2551
Organizing Members (as of February, 20,1998)
  • Volunteer Executive Director: Ivy Reid-Lewis
  • Interim Executive Committee (see Contacts): Dave Knoebel (president), Lafaye Jackson (operations); Shelley McKean(support services); Gene Coleman (finances); Al Lynn (treasurer); Alice Stewart (secretary).
  • Committee Chairmen: Joe Michael (properties), Jerry Adkins (programs), and Ben Booth (board development). Toney Johnson is helping with insurance matters and Marie Gray with volunteer recruitment.
  • Serving on Board of Directors:In addition to above executive committee members, these Claiborne Parish residents have signed commitments to serve on the Board and at least one committee: Ben Booth, Terry Clason, Lt. Col. (ret.) Britt Doze, Jr., Dora Ann Hatch, David Newell, Oubin Ramey, Ruthie Rhodes, Rev. Kerry Sims, Peggy Tucker, Dr. Melinda Willis, Frederick Young, Rev. Willie Young.
  • Other supporters: Rev. Kerry Sims, Fred Young, Bobby Butler, Gurvis Vines, Jerry Adkins; from Wal-Mart, Connie Owens and Patricia Johnson; from the schools, Janet Holland.

National Boys and Girls Club of America Assists Local Programs
B&GCA provides local clubs assistance with personnel training, facility construction, fund-raising, and program evaluation. They also provide models of programs that have been successful elsewhere, including tutoring, mentoring, recreation, health promotion, juvenile delinquency prevention, youth employment, citizenship and leadership development, alcohol abuse prevention and education for family life.

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Claiborne Boys and Girls Club
763 Lyons Hill Rd.
Homer, LA 71040
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 777
Homer, LA 71040

Homer 318-927-2718
Connie Tell
Haynesville 318-624-1188
Fax 318-927-2551
Hours: Monday thru Friday - 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Boys and Girls Clubs of America
The Boys and Girls Clubs of America was organized and incorporated in 1906 by a group of 53 existing local clubs which believed that a national organization could serve to help establish new clubs and provide assistance to existing clubs. BGCA is a national youth organization providing support services to 1,200 Boys and Girls Clubs facilities which help more than 1.6 million young people connect with opportunities for personal growth and achievement. Today, 700 member organizations with about 1,200 service locations provide youth services in health promotion, juvenile delinquency prevention, youth employment, citizenship and leadership development, alcohol abuse prevention and education for family life.


  • Smart moves is a comprehensive program for the prevention of teen pregnancy, alcohol and other drug use for boys and girls ranging from 10 to 15.
  • Targeted Outreach is an intervention program aimed at boys and girls who at the greatest risk of becoming involved in juvenile delinquency.
  • One-With-One is a career development program which links adult mentors who are sucessful in various fields of potential interest with boys and girls.
  • Broader Horizons Program gives groups of club members opportunities to visit workplaces and educational institiutions for exploration and discussion of career areas in which they have expressed some interest.
  • The Albert L. Cole/Reader's Digest Youth Entrepreneurs Program encourages entrepreneurship by awarding cash grants to clubs so that members can develop and implement their own business plans. This program is designed to involve disadvantaged children in a person learning experience about free enterprise.
  • The Commitment to Quality Program offers local clubs a process for assessing th relative strengths of their youth servies in each of six basci core program areas as well as the clubs climate, staffing and supervision, daily program activities and year-round program services.


771 First Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Ph: (212)351-5900
Fax: (212)351-5994
Boys and Girls Clubs Of El Dorado, Arkansas
For 55 years the Boys and Girls Clubs of El Dorado has actively sought to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies have had difficulty in reaching. We are dedicated to ensuring that all youngsters in our community have access to quality programs and services, especially education services.

El Dorado, Arkansas is a racially mixed, rural South Arkansas agricultural community of approximately 25,000 people...Many of our citizens are close to the poverty level. Yet our schools and community have made some inroads, with the help of a very active cadre of volunteers among us, both in terms of money and time donated.

Services Include:

  • Boys and Girls Club Family Education and Literacy Center. Supports El Forado Educational Foundation. Provides access to technology for local families.
  • A safe place to conduct supervised activities for the physical, mental, and moral development of children 5 to 18 years old.
  • Educational enhancement to children who are "at risk" in schools whose parents work makes it impossible for them to provide such support.
  • Supervision of children of working parents (approximately 50 during the school year and 100 during the summer) for a $5.00 membership fee. Many of these children otherwise have nowhere to go and are left to "hang out."
  • Health education and skills training necessary for abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and sexual behaviors that endanger school age children.
  • Mentoring with caring, adult volunteers to children who need encouragement, support, and someone to talk to.
  • Athletic and recreation activities (soccer, basketball, baseball, summer day camp, activities in an arts and crafts room, activities in a game room)
  • Collaboration of services with other community organizations who commit support, resources, and direct involvement towards children's development.

Organizational Structure:

  • Board members
    • Reflect the diversity, including cultural and socio-economic, of the community
    • Have skills helpful to the Boys and Girls Club mission
    • Are commited to the future of the Club
  • 2 paid professional staff
  • 5 part-time staff
  • In 1996 alone, 500 volunteers contributed $150,000 in time.


  • The Club is self-supporting through donations, membership dues, and modest program fees, which are waived if a child is unable to pay. Much of the operating funds are given by the United Way of Union County.


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