Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama (BGCSA) mourns the loss of General Colin Powell. “He was a visionary and advocated for the Boys & Girls Club states Tim Wills, BGCSA CEO. “Powell understood young people need support and encouragement to build bright futures by providing quality programs in a safe and nurturing environment.”
Programs such as Guitars Not Guns encourage youth ages 8 to 18 to place a guitar in their hands instead of a gun. In addition to learning how to change from one chord to another, youth learn perseverance and discipline to build self-esteem.
Powell shares his commitment to the Boys and Girls Club in a speech given at the two-thousandth Club opening in September 2011. He challenged others to invest in our youth by providing more mentors and using resources to fund institutions like the Boys and Girls Club. “When a community comes together, it says to our young people we care about you. They see people who have expectations of them and about them and will not let them fail. We do not have anything more important to do than to protect youngsters and put them on the road to success, Powell stated.”
To learn more about Guitars Not Guns and other programs at BGCSA, visit www.bgcsouthal.org.
To view Powell’s remarks, check out the video link below.