Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA 2023 Impact Report


the magic within I am filled with gratitude as I reflect on 2023. Our 26th year was filled with transition, fun, meaningful moments, and most importantly – wonderful people. We are blessed to serve the most awe-inspiring group of young people and their families. We are thankful to have passionate, kind, mission-driven team members who dedicate their days to ensuring we provide safe opportunities to those we serve. We are governed by a Board of Trustees that brings so much wisdom, leadership, and vision to guide our path. And then there’s you – all the wonderful supporters, partners, and volunteers who made this Club year possible. We could not do this work without you. As you read through this Impact Report, with the success stories, impact numbers, and the beautiful faces of our children, please know that you are a critical part of the team that makes these magical moments possible. As the year unfolded, we celebrated Black leaders in STEM, traveled to DC for a weekend with our teens, and watched Ashton take the lead as our 2023 Youth of the Year. In a time of need, our community radiated warmth, rallying behind our kids and their bike program. We teed off with longtime allies at Delta Dental, ran alongside 496 of our closest friends on the 4th of July, and embraced cultural diversity with our first Hispanic Heritage Art Contest. We spoke with our representatives about how they can support the work of out-of-school-time pro grams. Field trips to Richmond, Ashboro, Abington, and beyond sparked curiosity and joy, accompanied by the thrill of water balloons and giant slides. Our youth emerged as leaders in service, organizing food drives, supporting Project Linus, the Rescue Mission, and other impactful initiatives. The Magic Within podcast became a platform for voices to be heard, culminating in a celebration at the Jef ferson Center with the magic of Brian Bence and an original piano composition by talented Club member, Recks. Together, we witnessed the magic of the holiday season as 517 children unwrapped gifts chosen with care. Our youth and staff questioned, explored, learned, played, and grew—all with your steadfast support. As we transition into 2024, we are thrilled to embark on this journey with you once again. A heartfelt thank you extends to Scott Jenkins for his 2022-2023 service as Chair of our Board of Trustees and invaluable leadership during the crucial CEO transition. Scott, your support has been instrumental, and we express our deepest gratitude. Welcoming Archie Freeman as our new Board Chair, we eagerly anticipate the next chapter in BGCSWVA's story under his guidance.

With profound gratitude for your unwavering commitment to youth,

Rebekah Meadows, Chief Executive Officer Boys & Girls Clubs of SWVA


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