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Boys and Girls Club hopes more teenage members join
BARSTOW • Barstow Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Malan was the guest speaker at the Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday and spoke to children about Internet and social media safety.
Malan warned the boys and girls about dangers of social media and spoke about “INSAFE.”
• If in doubt, ask an adult that you trust to help you.
• Never post anything that could upset anyone else.
• Sharing is important, but not everything is meant to be shared.
• Always think carefully before you post.
• Friends are people that you actually know, not someone that you have just met online.
• Enjoy the web, but remember to stay in control as you would in the offline world.
In an effort to get the community involved with the Boys and Girls Club, the club is looking to have a speaker address the children twice a month.
Tony Benavidez, Executive Director, said he is working hard to get guest speakers to come to the Boys and Girls Club because he feels there are a lot of people throughout the community that have a lot to offer.
Benavidez said even though there are 86 members, the Boys and Girls club is looking to get more teenagers involved with the program.
“Right now we’re looking for more pre-teens and teens involved,” Benavidez said. “We’re currently working with outlet store managers to put together some career programs. It’s kind of difficult (to get teenagers involved) so we’re just skimming through ideas.”
Benavidez is hopeful to have more high school students involved by the start of next year and feels it would be “extremely positive” for the younger kids to have older peers as role models.
In hopes to get more involvement, the Boys and Girls Club is starting to offer new programs and has made significant renovations. The programs Passport to Manhood and Smart Girls will run in the fall, according to Benavidez, and they have begun providing the boys and girls with healthy snacks as part of the Healthy Lifestyles program.
For more information about the Boys and Girls Club call 760-255-2422.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.