Growing up in New York City is not always easy. Growing up in my neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn is even harder. For kids my age, it’s not uncommon to stray and give in to the pressures of the streets.
My name is Nicolette, I’m 14 years old, and Madison Square Boys & Girls Club is making sure I stay on the right path.
I began my journey with Madison when I was 9 years old. When I was younger, I always knew I wanted to be my own person and not become who others thought I should be. I knew I had to overcome peer pressure. But I didn’t know how tough it would be – and that’s why I’m so happy to have guidance from the Clubhouse. When I’m at the Clubhouse, I get to be a strong, confident young woman, who isn’t afraid to be what I think a leader should be: bold, courageous, and fearless.
I’m not your average girl.
Between beating the boys in flag football and basketball, to dancing the days away with my friends in the studio, I am my own inspiration. Most importantly, the Club is where I can do the things that help me believe in myself. This wasn’t always the case. Last year, I was discouraged when my math scores were really low and I was struggling. The Club was there for me. The staff focused my attention and helped me see each problem in a new way. Thanks to them, I graduated 8th grade with a 93 in math! Because of my mentors, my future has never been brighter. When I grow up, I want to put my math and science skills to work and become a zoologist, marine biologist, or even a doctor!
Because of the support I receive at the Club, I know I have what it takes to be a leader. I mentor younger members to do what makes them confident. Like the staff has guided me, I know I can make a difference in their lives too.
But, I can’t do it alone.
I ask you to help boys and girls like me during this time of giving. By supporting Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, you will be ensuring other kids stay on the right path. Your generosity and critical donation will give so many other kids the opportunity to be confident, to succeed at school, and to stay on track.
Can I count on you to help?
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