Why We Exist
Matt came to Boys Group where he developed a strong trusting relationship with the Boys and Girls Club youth worker who was quickly able to see the potential that Matt had to offer when engaged. In the fall of 2014, Matt’s youth worker encouraged him to join a weekly after school leadership program at the Boys and Girls Club’s 5th Avenue location so that he could continue to expand the skills he was developing in a respectful and inclusive environment.
Matt’s confidence continued to grow through the friendships he was forging and the encouragement he was receiving from the youth worker. This once quiet and shy individual was gradually coming out of his shell and emerging as a confident young man. Matt signed up as a volunteer at school for the Stop Sign safety patrol group, he baked and sold cookies and cupcakes as a fundraiser for his leadership group at the club and is no longer afraid to step beyond his comfort zone and try new experiences.
Matt has a sense of self! He is connected to both his school and his community.
Matt feels that his biggest accomplishment to date is having the confidence to sign up for a two-night leadership camp away from home – a feat he would never have considered just one year ago prior to joining the Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane and Area. Matt is both excited and nervous, but mostly proud of himself for having the ability to make the decision and the confidence to go on his own.
“Thank you to the Boys and Girls Club for helping me learn the skills to become confident in myself. I started to make bad choices because I didn’t feel confident. I hope I can someday give the same to someone else”! – Matt.