Following one of the most influential mergers in Boys & Girls Clubs of America history, Fort Worth and Arlington leaders celebrated on October 4 the new Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County, a youth development organization that will serve nearly 22,000 children and teens this year. We were especially thankful to have Congressman Marc Veasey of Fort Worth, State Sen. Konni Burton of Colleyville and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams join us for our formal kickoff.
We were inspired by stories of the impact that Boys & Girls Clubs can have on a child by author and entrepreneur Chris Gardner, a Milwaukee club alumnus, and our own Board of Directors Chairman Mark Caffey, who spent time as a youth in our Arlington clubs.
We are already seeing the positive impact of uniting our Arlington and Fort Worth organizations as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County. Our team is implementing evidence-based programs that help kids and teens succeed in school and life in sites where the programs previously were not offered, and we are strengthening existing programs through professional development to provide our kids the quality they deserve.