Mar 26, 2017|
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
United Way’s Terri Westerfield discusses the many services offered by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.
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Hello everyone and welcome to united way it'll of united. I'm Terry Westerfield. And today I had a new friend I would welcome the program. Thomas fell Andrew Thomas is the president and CEO of the boys and girls clubs of south east Louisiana welcome Thomas welcome thank you I am glad to see. You've got so many things that are going on at the Boys and Girls Club and they really work with united way in terms of what we're trying to do and that is to eradicate poverty you not only a southeast Louisiana has a blueprint for prosperity we do wanna eradicate poverty in our region because we're strategically investing in programs and initiatives collaborations. And advocacy efforts that will meet Archimedes greatest needs we have a bold vision of equitable communities were all individuals are healthy. Educated and economically stable. In Jefferson Orleans plot commend Saint Bernard. Say Kennedy attached the whole. And Washington parishes. And we know that children arsenal of our most vulnerable citizens and that's where the boys and girls clubs come in and the boys and girls clubs of southeast Louisiana is united way community impact partner. And Thomas now go again the president and CEO of boys and girls clubs of sealock. Tell us how he yours your help. And important role that you play our community Schiller you know year right kids. Our our our future really of everything you think about they're going to be that people sitting in our chairs tomorrow. They'll be our elected officials though BR postman they'll be our doctors lawyers are teachers and nurses. So if kids don't get it that you know we in and I say this all the time we only have one shot. Giving kids the perfect shouted the best job unimaginable you know get a do over. They only have one child and so that's so we do the boys and girls clubs is trade hope and opportunity. Are and Credo but create opportunities and hope for kids that. They might not yet if we didn't have a boys and girls clubs and we're serving over their run right at thirteen nearly thirteen hundred kids out southeast Louisiana we have a club and threaten our West Bank club. We have a clog your in your once the NFL yet club on south broad. We have a club in Slidell and Covington in each one of those clubs any day after school that he be anywhere from sixty to a 120 years old kids. That are coming to our clubs to get help with homework to get a meal that after that evening to. Getting in our computer labs researching things seeing things that they may not have exposure to from a positive standpoint. You know you think about poverty and we have a high percentage of our kids that live in part Rihanna Chris we serve all kids. Primary those kids that need us most and today that's all kids I mean. You know kids went to family mean to both candidates are working as no one at home after school clubs there for them and steal latchkey kid that was his term housing we know Venus play everybody every kid can benefit from a good boys and host program you know we have a formula for impact that takes kids who need us most. And with those kids we offer a world class club experience through homework assistance. Interaction with with positive role models are americorps program. Our coach is programs our staff that are on our clubs. In sports fitness and recreation health and life skills character and leadership development programs education expiration. In the arts. You know speaking of the arch right there and I NFL club as the state of the art music studio recording studio that kids should come and take advantage of wow he looks up because there's so there is it's. I think and that's the point I think people don't realize. Just what an integral role you play how many major offer to get what you just talked about you really get your whole. Your mission statement there. And I look at it if we're talking of that before the program. All of these things that you're giving kids access to that otherwise you may not have as you said at the time and opportunity for do over it's now or never kind of thing and they're not only be. The good things of life but the character and leadership development and enrichment you're giving them tools. For him to be successful. That if you connect academic success we want our kids lately our club to have academic success which we need in our life so our kids needed as well. To got to be employable to ever. To read and write in and and hold down a job and do all those things and knowing which career moves they want Hammond. Having people that can they can see that are in those careers and opportunities that if they weren't in a club they may not get those opportunities and make it's and and a different. Get good character and citizenship we want our kids to be you know they give back to this Q meaning through community Cyrus for. So many generous people that helped us and boys and girls clubs when our kids to do that we're building their future wrote terror means that feature called one means that future. Civic leaders of mark meaning we want them to be. Educated on electoral process we want to be educated on. What it is stupid discriminate tell them how to vote but we want them to be inevitable we want to understand how the system right exactly because they play a role in that when they get to be eighteen. We want and another thing we do is health and life skills and if you think about it being touted obesity being so big in Louisiana. Probably have them migrate out and rice varieties and media you know and and and we have great restaurants and is there a great places to eat and things but sometimes it's not interfere in poverty humane IBM and a to eat as healthy as you could because you wanna fill your stomach up with something so you might be something that's more I mean starches and morph. Threatening illness in an area whereas it's a food desert right go to the convenience store there's nothing wrong with you being sure absolutely reloading and things that are as you said yes fat sodium and so it. I'm looking what you're talking about it really Thomas this. Boys and Girls Club have really they evolve to meet the needs of the neighborhoods these terror. And it's that they've really got to holistic approach that you really expanded maybe the boys and girls clubs of 2030 years ago yet swimwear. Always striving to meet the kids in needs and do things and we have the autonomy. As a board we're part of boys and girls goes America but each club as an autonomous organization. So we have the opportunity to add to it to create programming that's unique to the club your N. I've been working for boys and girls goes for the past twenty something years started in Lafayette Louisiana. In the Canadian organization and there are some things there they do maybe differently act came to New Orleans in knowing known nine. Went back to laugh at a little while and then the last six and a half years I was in high point north Carolina's CO there. And the one thing I will say that she can win when one armament going from my job interview first time leaving Louisiana thinking. When am I doing them leaving home and to make up that I visited but I never lived. And going into the club I remember them taking like it was yesterday when they toward me in that club that felt like home for me because. There's something unique about Boys and Girls Club that is. Fairly the same route. And there are some things that are there will be different this round that okay yes I mean you know so it's it's it's again when you think of you know. The economy and everything goes on in life. The kids started doesn't matter to all of that because that's that one shot. It's a constant an and it's gonna in an isn't as always going to be kids there's always going to be a need for people to support and work with kids those needs may change in time. But they're you know there's some basic needs kids wanna be feel like they're out there. They have a place they Campbell on a place taking called Iran that's boys and girls clubs they get a sense usefulness that there's something you can do value for others. A sense of influence that when they have a voice and has taken speak someone's got to listen and an assistant competence if you think about it we call that I used on mr. virtually human development strategy it's things that we need in our everyday life and that we're giving kids that quite frankly a lot of times don't have those opportunities to get those needs met. Positively we give them those opportunities because they're needs we'll get met positively or negatively. Unfortunately sometimes as they're non and a united gateway of his boys and girls clubs very. If it's a YMCA great gains he needed his need to be involved in some type of afterschool and summer program as are open year round and that's two TP to the edges you know slurs because can use you know the company's intention problem I mean that's what some of the research has shown us that kids will forget. Somewhat and an end in the summer I'll tell you that's the biggest thing we do we have a pro called summer brain game. And basically what we want kids to understand and if you think Mikey gang kids from party. If it when they're in school during the school year they pretty much on target and hit the summer months. In they don't typically sometimes have books and home don't get trips to the library and have all that exposure. So those kids come and boys and girls clubs we try to keep them. And we've done that over the last few years keep them on paths when they start the school year they have not had that summer slide. They're a direct radio right right where they left off where their counterparts who may not. Who do have those opportunities would be ahead of them. So it it's it's it's not to say that there in worsening year Nikki it is just that there are opportunities aren't assign. And went boys and girls that we try to level playing field and sometimes actually raise it higher than what I. I really expect. What to what it's a pleasure reading you and you have such passion for this Thomas you share a little bit about where they Katie an area in here Carolina and back. Were you ever in boys and girls clubs as a kid and how did you get involved in the whole program. And now unfortunately we be at that I was lucky to open a Boys and Girls Club in Monterey harbor is a director but we didn't have that as a kid grown up for Jewish idea idea I mean how I went to parks in Iraq a lot this summer my parents my mother was a girl scout leader scout leader my father and Beatty basketball. My father Randy youth baseball programs I was always around kids. My degrees in business it's not often you find a figure well and in our congrats and good but they analyze how me tremendously I will say that but. You know so our members starting out of college working in the club and Abigail and and and amp Avago Louisiana's unit director. Did that for about five or so years and the whole time I was there I kept saying my dad who. Was a general manager for eco electric coming library and very connected throughout the community yes it. In a dead we we need to clubbing and yet we really need a club and I am talking to our club step mom boss and whatnot. And then in 1997. We had the opportunity opened the first club in your mind your own it's bad and as you know went on to be an operations person we open called monopoly assistant I've grown since then. In here in New Orleans you know I mean. It it it probably it takes Iraq roughly right at a thousand dollars a year to support one kid in our club and he can fluctuate depends in camera to take a few more. Our little less of piquant and went on adding staff training so that's good to. So you know truly the invent if you think about it a thousand dollars to go to boys and girls club for years. Aren't there alternative if acute since the gun on a wrong path to a tennis 75000 dollars acute and more. Are more prevention is so much more. Affordable so much more cheaper and the things that'd be benefit from when our kids grow up and as successful we have a better economy does more employable people. Where workforce development all of the things that you think about. In a boys and girls clubs winning companies or look you know our kids have great people skills they actually do put as negated a young age and our number one any. And those assaults deal that are exactly are invaluable and people don't get jobs are talking out of business leaders that we communicate with in the community. They put out of you know 500 people ratio for a job. And none of them have the soft skills just to make it through the interview yeah so which they're doing is incredible. It it is it it's you know in and we cannot do that out without obviously united way support the people who support united way people who support the boys and girls clubs I mean it's it's it's truly. You know I and I and I tell us in my staff we do you know we do a campaign in I'm in house and I'm always said you know anyway it's kind of like an insurance policy enemy. It really is because I can tell you so many times. Where I've been and that you know art Katrina came through this community. United it was very health of the people you can have a single family far it can be a Red Cross agency that comes out LP a Salvation Army. You need any place for your kids boys and girls clubs YMCA Boys Scouts girl starters or lots of different. Nonprofit agencies that you know people help and our community and it does take all of us. Z does I think of it is as we've we truly work in tennis have you know it is so that we can greet. Something that's holistic and pour that whole community us. And you know and and really when you think about it when you investing in youth you're investing in the hope and opportunity that we will continue. To be a greater nation always striving to improve. Always striving to make things better for kids for people for our society for the community we live in. If he he think you know and I will tell you include community after community after community clubs have done things to help in certain areas crime rates come down. Especially juvenile crime rates when you think about. A kid tends to get in trouble most of time after school till about 6:7 PM where opened during that time. There also and during the summertime there and today so we're open from us you know and nine it's 530 is our regular time. For parents who need the club before and on May have as early bird program. We are you know we also partner with other pros to get kids fed so afterschool day again either a snack or meal depending on which the club and is. They're getting good a programming good opportunities we have a great relationship but americorps they come in. And every one of our clothes we have anywhere from three to four people we have a coach coach across America believes that title might be saying it wrong but. Coach program and our NFL club we have a full time music studio instructor that's come from notes for notes. Let's look at you know 'cause I know you're target yet senator who looks let's break it down here her body useless and it begins before clubs once again we've got. Been to the winning Britain and a big deal for sure but in Gretna let's start with rentals are the best bank and that's how they were coming guys you know went on on the. On the west main asked out east and west county but if I live on with the campus and it's like well let's but. It's a confusing thing Boehner. 910 street and right now phenomenal staff phenomenal club kids in the green carpet cheneys. A great technology lab both from the Thomas foundation as well as Cox communique submit to attack lapse there a learning senator great staff great americorps people programs and GM. Great outdoor space to play in an empty lot next story of the club. And you know just tremendous opportunities you know and if they want they just need to call call micro and parts animal's numbers memorized it. Just call the West Bank club or just look on our web site. And you site address BG CS ELA dot org. And is everything you need to know about our clubs there's information about our summer programs information about each club everything. In enemy have a club in Slidell another great club that's opened its and a and a middle of a city park there we have a swimming politically it's a week with this poll is an it is the only dismantled each one of our clubs as a little bit of a little bit different and in the west bank's own wounded GM they have now on the ring him. So I mean you know it's it's tremendous you know this again great staff there great support very community support. Great board members it in Slidell and Wes buying and coming to meet him in at boards and have a corporate Mordechai overseas opening. But in you know tremendous rate things there onto the avenue that that club's been around for quite a few years as well Gretna was actually our first and I thought totally it's extra bit of an ogre that you know which I think it one time was high school gym for one and it's an all re done it yet and it is and instantly there pal and set up I NBA has supplementing that foundation is up to fix that are the times over the years so. Great support now and in in Covington we have a club there that it's it's an an old used to it habitat build used to be a grocery store. It's an it's come along way in its timing just recently put an outdoor basketball court there. Thanks to both the police and fire department of content and they came on Puerto slam. And that's started that dream without them we went around that core. Say it again it goes back what you're saying they recognize the importance of the boys and girls clubs. Having kids who have this time on our hands SP productive let's keep them safe keeps the communities say it cuts down and cry. It doesn't and the police and fire department there you know helping with that and putting it court there view about maybe six or so months later. Chevron the greater New Orleans sports foundation Republicans decided that Courtney to look even better so they need it have some ovals and put its thirty outdoor goals out there. That are made more of a commercial gory. Tremendous we've also had done some things with hoops for kids and I represented John Schroeder and did some stuff there and help. You know do some things that mean also put a playground and our Covington club so it has its only club and an outdoor court now outdoor playground. And then of course we have the club here in use in New Orleans they NFL yet club and when an NFL yet actually a lot of people don't realize that it's a Boys and Girls Club you know and I mean Imus and what NFL yet means does that mean you're not ready for NFL not yet. I joke about the burden that it would be a different region and youth education. And you outback with the partnership used to be for years you know how many years but. For the first five years of that partnership everywhere this Super Bowl would be the NFL Super Bowl and bill would probably use now Haitian town in the first five of those were standalone. After that they were all boys and girls clubs wherever they are Indian in Denver could have been in Miami can and who knows where. But winning and this was probably about three or four Super Bowls ago they built that in New Orleans so. That relationship and NFL doesn't continues that race obit. It's still a club and it's still one of our farm four clubs here in it in the southeast Louisiana. Investor you're talking comes on you you brought up but they have the music you not as they are and they want the first to really go high tech and that he was though. Right couple Super Bowls we go bit. Brought in a lot of the nice that computers is that chair of the kids can sit back. And they can only have fun they were entertainment but there were learning gained. Yes that's everything we do you know we we have a problem ISI guess she caller program a philosophy. What's called how project learn and we use a lot of high yield learning activities where kids are participating in programs and activities. And having fun and don't know that learning. You know you could be here in teaching kids step cook in your not really just teach you how to coach you're teaching them science is teaching a measurements you're teaching them math all those math and only a few things and I remember Eric Kidd. Government does something as simple as sort of an anomaly and teach it this way but. Aren't certain things have stuck in my head over the years that you know in my mama's schoolteacher that's probably why. The things that you know when you mean you can association something with something you tend to remember. Because it's so it's a practical you know and if you think a standardized testing we've come to an education today nothing wrong with that he just is what it is. But the more exposure kids have to you know if you talk if you're reading a sentence and is talking about putting on your trousers. I never call them trousers and the only reason I knew it would trousers is because somewhere in a book somewhere you routed or rent it Simon most of time his hands is shards of unity is what whatever name you have so. If you could you know it if you if you are reading about an escalator but yet you live and a communion that you are in a place that you never even read an escalator. That's a big deal and we take so many things for granted in this world that kids that don't have those opportunities. Boys and girls clubs on the bridge that gap and really shatter an idea just to give our give every kid the opportunity. To be successful responsible contributing members and and that's what we do it all four of our clubs. In addition to our club some of our outreach programs in the schools are and wherever we're our. In a different activities that we do that allow kids to participate. We want them up you know I wish every child. We'll belong to a Boys and Girls Club and if not a boys and girls got some youth program because there's so many good things out there. That his need to have that teachers can't do it all and eight hours a day or five hours seven hours and it takes families it takes. You know and when mom and dad are or where they live with as two or three jobs or is working. Late evening it's very difficult to come home help somebody with homework it's. Specimen came out this new map that I asked after they thought. I saw as opportunities that are Stabenow working with the universities and isn't in Tulane Loyola Delgado grip you know. Wherever these universities are Xavier this students that come in and volunteered there's americorps people. Signal that our David this is a these are the volunteers because of the people listening right now many may want to help. And they want to be knowledgeable I know that sometimes there is. Different or stronger criteria needed when you're working with children. The only thing we have to do because you work with kids and justice should be anywhere you were aggregates we don't background check that is the requirement. As clean background if you have our economy as skill it may not be something we've thought of it's going to be an opportunity for kids. You know that there are some great opportunities have come over the years in much when he. Plus years what an open honest I don't know story. Twenty plus years Tony for years actually when boys and girls clubs there are some programs that we've developed because of volunteer came to us and said hey yeah like to teach is to slow. Are like to keep you know and we can counseling while they got. The selling groups they came. To hear what hours meaning our clubs are constantly evolving and changing. You know if you have a talent for a year interest in and sharing you know a commitment simply as you have a collection of coins are. A collection of stamps buttons whenever. And you wanna share this which is the show them. And with that does is give his one and maybe I could use something let me start small and it becomes something bigger. Don't like ignorant that they may find a cash and ever so it otherwise. They never been exposed just come talk about your career tell us what it took to become that when given a web site against your people been a singer just to the end. What's that website to website are personal website is BGC boys girls club. Southeast Louisiana so BGC SE LA dot org. Are they can call our office at 504. 5660707. Slips you know I'm gonna ask you to say that name and write one more time that numbers it was a right to Graham and rape or char 5045660707. What Thomas is this we are it's Boys and Girls Club kept a lot of lot of things into the unisex and it can do them but. What we're talking earlier about after school activities and in staying out of trouble and climbed one of the things to that young women. Pregnancy rates go up all kinds of the things that can happen to you too young ladies who don't have an opportunity. To engage other activities. What specifically is being done to help young women and some of these programs. My aunt and and of course we are obviously we have programs that address our Smart most problems with the skills mastering resistance training. It's for all kids and is to teach him to stay away from dangers of drugs alcohol and premature sexual activity. But when you talk about girls sometimes girls won't talk about things and from a voice of Enron and not Smart girls that does the same thing just for the girls. And understanding your body and in what nine. The same thing for the boy's passport to manhood so there are some separate programs and it bit it goes really beyond that because. A lot of times when years and that's that that's. That education piece but there's also says part of that you gain in a club this sensible hauling a sense of power since the usefulness of companies that things. So it's beyond just the program that you really are club experience that does it for everybody. And the better that experience is the better our pertaining to his will have in life to be successful country being responsible adults. So it's you know we served thirteen hundred kids obviously but not all thirteen honey kids aren't Smart moves route thirteen and accuse me come after school for power but when they do come they get that experience of a club. The things that's missing in life is a lot of times for a field you know having at best out that is your. And that that the better your childhood is the better a year like adult life is going to be in that's what we want people have when they come to boys and girls clumps of this tremendous opportunity. Through programming through. You know and partnerships you know we mean a -- experts in everything so we are not so we call in May be nurses to come talk about certain things are doctors are. You know mental part that's pulling in Richmond and yeah be able to answer the questions that young kids need to know yes or ask in a more positive adults you can put in front of a child's life the better chances they are gonna have the things they need us to be successful in life. When you mentioned the onto go back to peace because we talk americorps and Vista as. Now this is a wonderful program I know that we are fortunate united way to have vista's common in or with us as always. But is that something that really is kind of a mainstay. We offer we do we we don't have the best the part of America or we do have two other kind we do all right we have an americorps placement and a matchup from saying the name rights of our asses listening. Our Melissa Utley I don't I've army. At each one of our clubs you know we have americorps people that are they get a spike and figure out 300 dollars there which is 3000 and a quarter so they can get to 9000 humans despite and so we got a grant to do that from the americorps. And and elegant India should do your minister but they do is they they feel in and help with our staff running programs and activities and things it's another role model and our kids get to see. Those individuals there. Gain in day out supporting our programs and kids in whip out in the conserve the kids and often younger and there are writing Polly enter that area it's a lot of times it's hard to hear it there I have a mix of the world a better finish school. They had a thing again not only get that stipend and get an education or did they can play pay school tuition. Are any kind of bills this from schools so that helps als well to other. And then they have this on the bronco and I believe it's called coach across America may have that wrong but it's up. Up to us I think there's something like that anyway that program. McCartney NFL club we have of a coach and as a physical education type responding the strength training in things like that for helping apple orchard where we hope to have two album one in West Bank club and in Oakland next. So you know without that we we would have a hard time producing in getting in my kids we serve you know and always willing to celebrate things you know blazing gusto because this week it's going to be marched when he sum up on the 31. We also wanted to know if you grew up in our club here in north in New Orleans are any club across America. We really wanna hear from them so as we want our we call mark club alumni and there's lots of them there's so Washington Shaquille O'Neal. Jacqui joining her halo gentle though I had us President Bill Clinton has tons of people. That you know and not I'll just famous athletes but there are CEO major corporations CEOs they grew up in a boys and girls clubs if you are out there listening grew up in a club or you know someone Negroponte club here in New Orleans. Or anywhere in the state Louisiana anywhere in America are actually now we're on military bases around the world. So any place that you grow up and boys and girls clubs we wanna hear from them. And on the Thursday night. March 30 at our NFL club from 530 to 630. Where Hammond and on the icon open house come and see with the club looks like today. Lettuce here from new you know here you are as one of our you know our coach and Republicans as a form of Boys and Girls Club he would he grew up in Shelby North Carolina wasn't just it was just inducted into the on the aisle of the Chancery and LSU is a formal boys and girls but did so it's it from all walks a slight exaggeration. To import and everything any like I said when I started this conversation with you that we're producing. Future. Americans kids it civic leaders. Is continuing and what's with the boys and Els club does for over how many fifty years and hopefully for generations to come. A T I certainly hopes of a four locations. Again it's this without people want to do. What else like does it check it out she wants to figure that all the individual club they may know they are taking caller office again or call one of the local clubs they him like to take it to an if you can't make it to the alumni place there but she can come later we still wanna hear from largest. Send me an email my email is teeth album. At BGC SE LE dot org announced ballot Ferrari and Ozzie and I got to spell but if others he. As in Thomas F as in frank is an apple Alice in Louisiana. G is in charge always an Oscar you as an up tee is and Thomas at B is and boy do using Eros is in club as is and Sam he is in east palace and the reason is an apple about power and sometimes my voice sounds a little funny so as an article here this last senate but that wave it. Teeth outlet BGC SC LE dot org. Tremendous opportunity always look and help always Witten. To make the world better for the kids we serve are in in Q is that we going to serve in the future until it does a great great program thank you so much for coming Thomas you've got about. I'm gonna pretend o'clock here thirty seconds what's to wrap up her what you want people to take away from today. Hit it sure you know giving giving back to our communion is always important and we went Judy if you have the opportunity help kids please call the boys and girls clubs. And it's national boys and girls where we marched there 27 to 231. You know great future start here. Thank you so very much Thomas vowed to president CEO boys and girls clubs of southeast Louisiana. Another way of southeast Louisiana has a blueprint for prosperity to eradicate poverty in our region. Where strategically investing in programs initiatives collaboration is an advocacy efforts to meet our community's greatest needs. We have a bold vision of equitable communities were all individuals are healthy educated and economically stable. In Jefferson Orleans plaque commend Saint Bernard. Saint Tammany had to borrow and Washington bearish as for more information please visit united way EC a ST LE dot or. Or you can call 5048225540. I'm Jerry Westerfield of four united way all of you had died.