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GREAT FUTURES START HERE!
Dr. Johnson attended the Boys & Girls Club, Springfield Unit in High Point from the ages of 6 to 15. By attending the Boys & Girls Club, he learned you don’t have to be old to be a leader and that despite your living or family situation, you can turn any obstacle into an opportunity. He states, “I give credit to the amazing staff at the Club who saw greatness in me long before I knew it within myself.” Today, he owns and operates his own business and serves as a dedicated philanthropist and founder of Dream Makers Academy, a nonprofit which serves kids and families who grew up in socio-economically challenged neighborhoods and schools with outdated resources.
Daniel Erb, PT, PhD
For 7 years, Daniel Erb, PT, PhD, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at High Point University, attended the Sarah Heinz House Boys & Girls Club in Pittsburgh, PA. His favorite thing to do at the Club was to try new things. He learned how to work with others in a respectable way through tasks like building campfires, solving math problems or avoiding bullies. Dr. Erb says, “Club staff were encouraging, patient and emphasized hard work. I learned that when things don’t work out the way you want, you need to adjust your plans and move on.”
Jonathan Waller, Boys & Girls Club alumni and Engineer with The Timken Company in Randleman, NC, was born in Newnan, Georgia. Jonathan graduated from Frederick Douglass Magnet High School in Atlanta in 1988 and began pursuing the first of four degrees. He met his wife Cassandra in 1991 and they were married in 1994. They have two sons and one daughter.
Jonathan joined Timken in 1999 and has taken on positions of increased responsibility in Engineering, Production Control, Quality, Manufacturing and Lean across multiple Timken Plants. He received an AAS in Mechanical Drafting and Design from Clayton State University, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University and an MBA from the University of West Georgia. He is the recipient of two United States patents and a Doctor of Theological Studies from Bethany Divinity College and Seminary.
Jonathan became a member of the Joseph B. Whitehead Boys Club in Atlanta, Georgia around 1977. He played organized sports and was a member of the Tee-ball and Football teams over the years. Some of the activities that he participated in were Photography Development, Arts and Crafts and Swimming. The club was where Jonathan learned to swim, a skill that has served him well over the years. While in high school, Jonathan also served as a volunteer at the Club. The club was a safe place while growing up in Atlanta and inspired a desire within him to serve others.
Joseph Roberts, a 7-year Club member and graduate of NC Central University, says the combination of dedicated staff and a Club poster stating “Education is the key to success”, helped to push himself to do well in school and attain a higher education. He said, “My Program Director drilled it in my head that education is the key to success. He said it every day and it stuck with him. The Club helped open my eyes to the world and taught me that I could do anything.” He played in the Eddie Pope Soccer League, where he took his first trip to Washington, DC, a trip he will always remember. Joseph will receive his Graduate Degree from University of Tennessee in Geography this May He plans to get five years in the work field before pursuing his Phd in geography. He wants to travel the world while he is still young.
Marine Reserve Sargent and Fire Fighter for the High Point Fire Department, Michael was a member of the Boys &Girls Club for only two years, but the impact from those two years will last a life time. His main reason for joining the Club was his desire to play basketball. He played at the Club regularly and says that the Club provided him with a place to go after school and stay off of the streets. At the Club, there were staff he could relate to and who understood the challenges he faced on a daily basis. He tells the story of playing basketball out in the community with a well- known drug dealer and how his Club Director warned him to be cautious. Later, Michael witnessed the same drug dealer being apprehended by police. Michael said, “That day I knew I wanted more out of life and I would not go down the same path”.
“I grew up in the Boys & Girls Club. Nearly every day after school I did my homework, played games and found safety from dangerous elements in my high-risk neighborhood when I walked through the doors of our Club. I can honestly say that without the motivation of the staff and experiences I had at the Boys & Girls Club, I don’t know where I would be today. Twenty years later, I’m a proud member of their Board of Directors.”
Dr. Brett Carter
Dr. Brett Carter, former Boys & Girls Club member and former Board member of the organization, is a true testament to Boys & Girls Clubs’ tagline GREAT FUTURES START HERE! Dr. Carter, Dean of Students at UNC-Greensboro, grew up at a Boys & Girls Club and credits much of his success to great mentors and Club experiences.
Joyce Gomez, one of three sisters, attended the Southside Club for ten years. She is a 2013 High Point University graduate with a degree in Biology and the first person in her family to graduate from college. She plans to attend graduate school and become a pediatrician. She is taking the year off to earn income to put towards graduate school and student loans. “For a long time the Club was like a second home to me. I got to know the staff and members closely. The Club is definitely a great foundation for becoming a well-rounded individual. The Club gave me plenty of good memories for my childhood that I carry into adulthood.”