I AM UNITED WAY-PAUL GEHRKI

boys and girls club2Paul Gehrki
Youth Development Coordinator,
I started working at the Boys and Girls Club in 2006 right after college. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew that I wanted to make a difference in children’s’ lives. I took a part-time position with the Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville, and loved every minute of it. Within three months, I was offered a full-time position, and I jumped at the opportunity. For the last seven years, I boys and girls clubhave been at my current position as Youth Development Coordinator. I oversee the afterschool programming and the day to day management of the youth. At the Boys and Girls Club, we run a variety of programming in the areas of character & leadership, health & life skills, the arts, and education & career. We choose to live united to enable us to run these programs. All of our various programs require staff and/or materials. We are unable to help children with homework afterschool without the proper staff and proper school supplies. We are unable to teach kids about healthy cooking and healthy lifestyles without the proper staff and proper groceries for the program. We are unable to pick up children that don’t have rides here without the proper budget for travel expenses. I love the difference that we are able to make in 200 children’s lives a day at the Boys and Girls Club of Fayetteville. We choose to live united in order to make all of that possible.