Kelsey is a local high school student. After school she attends Boys & Girls
Clubs of the Midlands with her younger siblings, which is partially funded by United Way donors like YOU. When she first joined the club Kelsey was withdrawn, very shy and she often checked in on her siblings to make sure they were ok during their activities. At meal time, she made sure all her siblings ate before she did, and it became apparent to staff that she was bearing responsibility to take care of her siblings at home. With support from staff, Kelsey was encouraged to try activities to help her break out of her shell, including art and STEM, and she slowly began to trust the staff to take care of her siblings. Staff also gave Kelsey and her family clothing donations, which helped increase her confidence. Once Kelsey realized that she and her siblings were safe there, she grew into one of the club's happiest and most vocal youth. Kelsey learned how to be a kid again, grew close to staff and club members and discovered new interests. She participates in almost every club
activity and field trip and is now seen as a leader by those around her.