Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA 2023 Impact Report


Written on the wall is this quote from famous Boys & Girls Club alumna, Misty Copeland, and was voted on by Club members:

"Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to suppor t you." —Misty Copeland

On the morning of November 9th, 2023, a special event unfolded at our 9th Street site in Roanoke City, drawing together a distinguished group of founding members, committee members, current board representatives, scholarship beneficiaries, generous donors, and our dedicated staff. The centerpiece of this gathering was the unveiling of an enchanting mural, a seamless blend of artistic expression and philanthropic commitment. Crafted by the accomplished artist Molly Kernan, the mural serves as a visual testament to the altruistic vision of Mike and Danielle Wise, founders of the Jim Barker Scholarship. It stands as a powerful symbol of their unwavering dedication to nurturing growth and fostering opportunities for our Club members. Beyond its philanthropic narrative, the mural pays homage to the remarkable achievements of scholarship recipients, casting a poignant light on their journeys of triumph.

Crucial to the realization of this artistic vision was the pivotal support from Delta Dental of Virginia, whose benevolence underscores the transformative power of collaboration and community engagement. The mural not only enhances the physical space but also elevates our shared commitment to cultivating a nurturing environment where every Club member can aspire to greatness.

THREE SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED IN 2023 Since its inception in 2020, the Jim Barker Scholarship Fund has awarded six scholarships totaling $28,700 to assist Club alumni

with their post-high school educational dreams. In 2023, the Fund extended its impact, awarding scholarships to Lawrence Moore (James Madison University), Hunter Muddiman (Savannah College of Art and Design), and Tyler Turner (Virginia Commonwealth University). These recipients embody the Fund's commitment to fostering excellence across diverse academic paths. We are excited about the promising futures that lie ahead for Lawrence, Hunter, and Tyler and express heartfelt gratitude to all who have contributed to this transformative scholarship fund.


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