National Boys and Girls Club Week is a time for clubs around the nation to open their doors and show communities just how great club kids are.
Youth at Nashville's Boys and Girls Club are excelling, said Unit Director Gregory Spence.
Since joining Nashville's club in September, Spence has been working hard to build up Nashville's Boys and Girls Club after the club closed over the summer for renovations.
During National Boys and Girls Club Week, Spence said the club will offer a free week of club activities for youth. Spence said he hopes families will take advantage of the opportunity to come see what the Boys and Girls Club has to offer.
And in Nashville, there are plenty of opportunities.
Spence has added more artistic programs for youth to take part in, including photography and filmography. The club continues to offer other programming as well, including homework help with Power Hour.
Spence said many club members have shown tremendous improvements in their grades since coming to the Boys and Girls Club.
Every day, once youth arrive at the club from school, there's an assembly for all club members. Spence said that's an important time for the entire club to come together. Games are played and prizes are given. Following the assembly, club members are given a healthy snack and then homework begins.
Spence said the club is blessed with Mr. Troi and Ms. Ashley, two of the club's program assistants who work with youth every day to ensure their success not only at school but in life.
Each week, the club picks a youth to spotlight, which Spence said has proven to encourage club members.
"We try to make it a weekly thing to motivate them to do their best," he said.
National Boys and Girls Club Week will be celebrated this year March 27 through 31. Various activities will take place throughout the week to celebrate the Boys and Girls Club.