Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Great Futures program continues to expand and for the first time is operating in-person at four high schools. Located inside Forest Hill Community High School, John I. Leonard High School, Lake Worth Community High School and the newest Club site, Santaluces Community High School, Great Futures Clubs focus on ensuring students graduate on time and with a plan for the future. Each Club offers a wide range of academic tutoring, advising and service learning. College and career readiness activities are also provided to promote workforce readiness.
Great Futures Clubs abide by Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s mission to serve young people who need us most. The program targets English language learners, special needs students, students with disabilities, and high school students who need additional support. Last year the Clubs served 586 students through virtual and on-site programming, and this year are on track to help even more.
Lake Worth Community High School Senior Subentz Charles is described by Great Futures staff as an outstanding member of the new program for his kindness and enthusiasm. Charles takes full advantage of the program’s academic tutoring and enrichment activities and has become a valuable asset to the program.
“Subentz has dedicated his life to be of service to others and is always eager to help his Club director, his teachers, and his peers at his Lake Worth High School Club,” said Project Director Amy Pages, who oversees all high school Club locations at Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “We are very fortunate to have him in our program.”
Subentz has been so inspired by the encouragement he’s received from his teachers in the Great Futures program at his Club; he taught himself how to use a camera. He regularly seeks opportunities to capture and document his peers’ achievements at special events as he’s keenly aware of how easily a person can be motivated when their efforts are acknowledged. He is known as the ‘events photographer’ at his Great Futures Lake Worth Club, and he’s incredibly proud of that role.
“Kids aspire to do great things when given opportunities,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County President & CEO Jaene Miranda. “When we can remove obstacles, provide help and acknowledge their achievements, they gain the confidence to achieve and exceed their goals. The expansion of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Great Futures programming insures even more of our area’s youth who need us most will reach their potential.
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