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Alumni help Nashua Boys & Girls Club win national award

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua received an Honor Award for average daily attendance at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 108th National Conference held recently in San Francisco.

The Nashua club received $5,000 from the MetLife Foundation, sponsor of the recognition program, which honors local clubs for innovative, effective programming leading youths to great futures. ...

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The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua received an Honor Award for average daily attendance at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 108th National Conference held recently in San Francisco.

The Nashua club received $5,000 from the MetLife Foundation, sponsor of the recognition program, which honors local clubs for innovative, effective programming leading youths to great futures.

“We know firsthand that expanding our average daily attendance is the gateway to successful outcomes,” said the club’s chief executive officer, Norman Bouthilette. “We cannot achieve the impact we need unless children are regularly participating at the club.

“Membership and attendance rates are directly related to how great an effect we have on our club members. Clearly, serving more kids more often is crucial for continued impact and sometimes even saving a club member’s life.”

Two youths who benefited from the club’s programs in the past are now leading it into the future. Joe Maryanski and Julie Dube spent most of their childhood at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua. Both were active in the Keystone Club, recognized as Youths of the Month and participated in the Toastmasters Public Speaking program. Today, Maryanski is director of teen services and Dube is the clubhouse director.

Over the last year, Maryanski and Dube focused on recruiting more members to attend the club more often and for longer periods. Through a formal plan that included increased program opportunities, later bus routes for teens and incentive programs, the club has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of members participating more often.

Last fall, Maryanski and Dube, with the assistance of chief operations officer Kurt Norris, shared their plan with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. As a result, the club was recognized by President Jim Clark as the national Honor Award winner for average daily attendance and participation, along with employees from MetLife Foundation.

“In communities nationwide, Boys & Girls Clubs play a vital role in providing young people with safe places to learn and grow,” said Dennis White, president and CEO of MetLife Foundation. “We are pleased to recognize the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua for providing exemplary programs and making a positive difference in the lives of local young people.”

For more information, visit www.bgcn.com.