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   [Gainesville, GA, March 30, 2017] – On Wednesday, March 29, Boys & Girls Clubs board members, staff and community members gathered for a special announcement at the Joseph F. Walters Club: Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County has changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier. The Chamber of Commerce was on hand for a ribbon-cutting to symbolize the change.
The organization has been serving the Hall County area since 1954. Sixty-three years later the Club serves over 5,600 youth in Hall County annually. Now, the organization is making preparations to serve even more. The new name reflects our desire to help more youth who need us most. We realize there are thousands of kids in neighboring counties with no safe place to go after school and during the summer. “We have been approached by surrounding counties expressing the need for our services in their communities. Changing our name will put us in a position to better serve Hall County as well as expand into other areas that are currently underserved in terms of youth development during out-of-school time,” says Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier CEO Steven Mickens.
The decision comes after years of deliberation and careful consideration by senior executives, board members, and longtime Club supporters.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.To ensure that youth leave the Clubs as well-rounded individuals with a plan for the future, Clubs are focusing efforts on three key outcome areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.
The Clubs serve over 5,600 young people annually and over 650 members, ages 6 to 18 every day. Sixty-three percent of our youth come from economically disadvantaged circumstance.  The Clubs membership is 47% male and 43% female, 40% African-American, 40% Hispanic, 12% Caucasian and 8% Multi-Racial.
The work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County is supported by over 64 full- and part-time staff, plus a volunteer force of over 300 community leaders and private citizens. The fee for membership is $40 per year per child and the after-school program is free.  The eight week Summer Program is $180 per child. No child is turned away due to inability to pay. For more information on the Club, please call Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County at 770-532-8102.