Valdosta Boys & Girls Club receives grant to motivate local kids

| July 8, 2016

By Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

VALDOSTA, Ga. — A grant from the Taco Bell Foundation is making sure boys and girls in Valdosta reach their full potential.

It’s worth over $12,000 and comes just in time for Summer programs at the local Boys & Girls Club.

“It keeps me busy instead of sitting at home all day,” says Brandace Jones.

She’s only a sophomore in high school, and already planning her future.

“Just thinking about it just makes me want to accomplish more things and see what I can do,” says Jones.

She’s already taking trips to college campuses, through the Boys & Girls Club.

One of many activities, funded by the new grant.

They say activities like this, inspire young people and help keep them in school.

“I’ve always wanted to do robotics, but this is actually my first time doing it so I’ve always enjoyed it and wanted to do it,” says Gregory White.

White and Desmon Yearby are working together on a robot.

They’re both only 12-years-old.

“I’m excited I get to show them how hard-working it is. Just because it’s in the Summer doesn’t mean we don’t do anything,” says Yearby.

A summer filled with hard work, leaving them with a skill they can be proud of.

“It keeps me motivated and keeps me going,” Yearby adds.

A summer break, now igniting a passion to learn.

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