We welcomed Danielle Paul and Kate Dunnagan to our breakfast meeting this Wednesday.  Danielle is the Resource Development Director and Kate is the Director of Mentoring Programs at the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club.
 
The presentation was given to us by Kate Dunnagan, who has been in Savannah, and serving at the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club, since September of last year. Kate has a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her role within the Club is to pair young people with positive role models to help them reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Kate made it clear to us that volunteers are key to this objective, and her aim is to build a strong base of volunteers throughout the Coastal Empire.

The Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club (FCBGC) provides several different services for children:
- One-on-one group mentoring for children aged 9-16
- On-site mentoring after school at the West Broad YMCA
- A community based, usually weekend, variety of activities, such as parks, museums, games, etc.

In the latter case, transportation to the selected activity is provided by the mentors, and the mentor pays when tickets or admission charges are incurred, unless the parent volunteers to pay. Mentors must be members of the FCBGC, for an annual fee of $10. If a person volunteers to be a mentor, a one year commitment must be made, with 3-5 activities per month, to build a relationship, such as bonding and social involvement, with the mentored children. The actual nature and location of the activity is decided by the mentor/child/parent or guardian.

Site based mentoring focuses on classroom skills, such as academic subjects, classroom behavior, interpersonal relationships, study skills, conflict resolution, and goal setting. The FCBGC offers the Kids’ Café and the Power Hour which offers help with homework and study. The need is for volunteers, most particularly for males, to help the male children whose lives may lack positive male role models. Contact may be made M-F 3.30-6.30pm, fcbgccrd@comcast.net
 
Below is pictured Danielle Paul, Phil Turek and Kim Dunnagan.
 
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