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Alumni & Friends is a community of former Club members and supporters who aspire to stay connected, network, and give back to Clubs and kids who need us most. Join Alumni & Friends to get involved, today!

Alumni
Alumni & Friends represents a global network of former Club members and passionate supporters of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama. The mission of Alumni & Friends is to advance the development of Club alumni and enable all young people to reach their full potential. We are advocates, donors and champions for Clubs and youth. We serve as a peer network of support and resource for young Alumni transitioning into life beyond their local clubs. We’re launching this initiative in celebration of our 60th year of service to Mobile’s youth. Be a part of the community. Join Alumni & Friends today to connect, develop or give back!

Alumni Spotlight

Kelsey

Kelsey Marie Perine is a BGCSA Alumni and our 2016 & 2017 BCGSA Youth of the Year! Kelsey recently graduated from Southern University Summa Cum Laude with full honors and a 4.0 GPA.

During her undergraduate studies, she was the co-student marshal, participated in 5 internships, and held 8 leadership positions – including serving as the Chief Justice in SGA. She successfully defended her honors thesis on the impacts of the Shelby Decision on minority electoral access, and was accepted into 5 law school programs with a 5-star recruit rating!
 
Congratulations, Kelsey, for choosing to attend the University of Alabama’s School of Law this fall. We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments!
Meroe

Meroe Williams is our new Hollingers’ Island BGC Branch Director and a former Club kid! We are happy to have her as a part of our BGCSA team! 

Meroe grew up in the Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She really enjoyed being active in her Club, she especially loved playing dodgeball and running track with her team.
 
Today, Meroe is a Coast Guard wife with two dogs, and she loves to be outside and physically active. She is competitive, hard-working, and always ready to try a new restaurant. Lastly, she is passionate about saving our planet, and she stays conscious of her actions to be more sustainable/eco-friendly.
Over the years, the Boys & Girls Club taught Meroe many great lessons, including that “you should try everything once, because if you don’t, you could be cheating yourself out of something great.”
Gee

Gerald “Gee” Archard is one of our Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama alumni! This summer, he worked as a program assistant at our Hollinger’s Island 21st Century Club.

Gee grew up at the Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club and is a lifelong Club member. He returned to our organization this summer to gain experience in his field of study and to be a positive influence on youth in our community.
 
We would like to send a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Gee for being selected a master’s candidate! We are proud of you and all that you have and will accomplish.
Zack
Zackary Todd is our Senior Torch Club Supervisor, a National Boys & Girls Club trainer, and a Club Alumni!
Zack is a lifetime Club member who attended the Roger Williams Boys & Girls Club from 6 years old until he graduated at 18! Zack exclaimed, “As a kid, I loved everything the Club had to offer; we did so many activities and went on so many adventures that there was always something to do!” Zack appreciated the incredible staff at his site, especially the former Unit Director, Mervin Thomas. “Mervin Thomas is the reason I am a Boys & Girls Club staff member today; he really changed my life.”
In addition to impacting young lives at BGCSA, Zack is currently a Sergeant in the Army National Guard, where he has served for over six years, and he is a Big Brother for @Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama.
 
Zack attributed BGCSA for teaching him necessary life skills like time management, organization, adaptability, and leadership!
Hailey
Meet Hailey, a BGCSA Club alumni and a current Police Cadet with the Mobile Police Department.
Hailey attended the Semmes Boys & Girls Club from ages 7 to 18, and she created many childhood memories at her Club. She remembers the staff being so kind, understanding, and driven to succeed! She also learned a lot from her involvement in many groups, activities, and meeting people from diverse backgrounds.
While working with the Mobile Police Department, Hailey intends to progress through the police academy to become an investigator for our community!
Hailey says, “The Boys & Girls Clubs make sure everyone is happy and having fun while also learning in a great environment. The Club has taught me that opportunity is everywhere. I was able to get experiences and opportunities that led my path into adulthood. The Boys &Girls Clubs was like a second home to me. I learned that no child is too big, and no child is too small. We all have room to grow and develop. The Club has taught me that mistakes happen, but we excel, and we learn through exposure and experience. Lastly, the Club has taught me to enjoy everything life hands to you because there should never be a dull moment when you are having fun!”
Tiffany Pogue
Tiffany Pogue is our Club Media Specialist and she is doing #WhateverItTakes for our community.
Her infectious smile and willing spirit are evident through her work at the Boys & Girls Club South Alabama. She keeps the public informed of BGCSA activities through e-newsletters, social media posts, videos, and photography.
Her candid shots capture the successes of Club kids creating memories and taking their studies and confidence to greater heights by participating in programs with assistance from Club staff.
“I love my job and try to communicate how our programs impact the lives of Club kids,” Tiffany says. “I was a member of Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club, and participating in programs such as Keystone, Torch Club, No Limits Girls Aviation, Gavel Club, and photography club changed my life. I became outgoing, determined, and community-oriented.”
That determination pushed her to graduate high school, obtain an associate’s degree from Bishop State Community College, continue her studies at the University of South Alabama, and work for the Boys and Girls Club. She’s also the owner of Creatif Shots and is an active community advocate.