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Boys & Girls Club of Washington County Partners with Bester Community of Hope for Teen Program  

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HAGERSTOWN – The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County is partnering with Bester Community of Hope, a San Mar initiative, to bring a popular teen program to the Frederick Manor Club.

Tomorrow’s Leaders is a program where teenaged members of the Boys & Girls Club at Frederick Manor are paid a stipend to work at the Frederick Manor summer camp.

“Rebooting the Tomorrow’s Leaders is part of our plans to offer more services for our teens, as it is a gateway to official future employment,” Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Addie Nardi said. “To be able to partner with Bester Community of Hope, who have had such an impact in this community, is the icing on the cake for this program.”

Teens enrolled in the program are selected after an interview process. They receive a life skills test in the beginning of the program and have to supply goals and reflections daily. They will also have an end of summer reflection. Their daily tasks include assisting the staff, mentoring campers and providing a safe atmosphere for their kids. They are also mentored by staff members.

“Bester Community of Hope was created to strengthen the social fabric of neighborhoods in the South End of Hagerstown. Supporting programs like the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County and the young people who attend those programs is a perfect fit for our work. The beauty of the Tomorrow’s Leader’s partnership for us was that it creates a ladder of leadership for teens in Frederick Manor and the Elgin Station programs to be a difference makers in the lives of their younger peers, and doing so can create a lasting ripple effect in their communities,” said Keith Fanjoy, CEO of San Mar Family & Community Services

Bester Community of Hope is an initiative of San Mar, focused on prevention with a place-based strategy for positive outcomes for the children and families located in the Bester Elementary School neighborhood in Hagerstown.

The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County runs four after school programs and summer camps throughout Washington County, Maryland. The organization mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. The club has been successfully serving the community since 1941 and currently serves approximately 1,000 youth aged 6-18 years old.

For information on this program or sponsorship, please contact Addie Nardi at 301-733-5422 or addienardi@bgcwc.org .