Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
(Proverbs 22:6 ESV)
In may ways this scripture speaks to the very core values of The Salvation Army’s youth programs.
Working with parents, community leaders and schools, our trained staff of professional youth workers and Salvation Army Officers work to support and mentor at-risk youth from some of metro Atlanta’s most destitute neighborhoods.
Victoria Platt is one of those youth. In this speech from our 2011 Youth of the Year competition, she talks about how in her neighborhood “at least two people are shot every week, and when I walk down the street I am scared I might be one of them.”
Victoria says that since becoming a Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Member she has found a safe-haven to go after-school. One that “keeps me hallowed from harm.”
She also talks of learning new sports such as handball and other activities at the Club. She even learned to cook her now favorite dessert Peach Cobbler Pie.
Last year alone, 1300 of our Club members took part in more than 16,000 structured sports activities, camping excursions, arts and culture field trips, tutorial programs, and other character building activities.
Find out more about The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta, or make a monetary donation today at www.salvationarmyatlanta.org.
A $40 donation will provide a child a full year of recreational and educational activities at one of our Clubs.