Volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club

by Ryan Kenny

ryan-web“Volunteering really benefits me because it builds my social skills and I feel good about helping people.” – Ryan Kenny

I volunteer at a place called Noopa. It’s a place at the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake where teenagers can have a safe spot to come to for hanging out, have various resources such as counseling, activities, kitchen, laundry room, showering facilities, an entertainment/media room and more. It’s unique because I’ve been told it’s a one-of-a-kind program in Canada for the Boys and Girls Club organization.

Being a teenager several years ago, I started going to Noopa. I went there a lot during that time, and it was pretty much my favorite place to go after school. Since I was aging out of their intended age range which was 18, I was hearing they allowed people to volunteer.

Since I got along a lot with the workers there, I decided to do some volunteering. What I do is help with the technical stuff of the media room, talk to the teens, and help the staff.

Volunteering really benefits me because it builds my social skills and I feel good about helping people. Plus it presents me with opportunities to broaden my social knowledge.

For example, an argument with a youth one night taught me about letting things go and the value in not perpetuating an argument.

Being here is just very special to me and I love to continue being around the people and being part of its history.


You can learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Williams Lake & District by visiting their website at: www.bgcwilliamslake.com

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