Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

An 'Evolution' for Youth Leaders, Volunteers

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

An 'Evolution' for Youth Leaders, Volunteers

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SARASOTA COUNTY

Just a few months after celebrating its 20th year helping area youth develop self-confidence and leadership skills, Sarasota Community Youth Development announced that it will fold its operation at the end of the summer.

But while the organization is going away, its signature programs - - STAR Leadership and SRQVolunteen -- will continue under the auspices of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.

"We've been partners with CYD for 20 years," said Tamara Chapman, marketing director for the Boys & Girls Clubs. "We're excited about this next step and, to be honest, proud to be the home for these two high quality programs.

"It's been a well-oiled machine. We are going to take over that well-oiled machine and try and take it to the next level in terms of participation."

CYD will continue to operate the programs until the Boys & Girls Clubs officially take control Aug. 29. As part of the transition, the Boys & Girls Clubs hosted a welcoming party Tuesday.

"It's time for a new adventure," said Karen Bogues, CYD's executive director since its inception in 1996. She will oversee the transition then look for other opportunities.

Crystal Griffith will continue with the Boys & Girls Clubs as coordinator of the STAR Leadership program, which places high school students with area government or nonprofit boards as well as fostering internships.

Jasmine Akins, a STAR graduate, will continue to operate the SRQVolunteen program, which offers training to middle and high school students in a variety of volunteer activities.

"I'm trying to think about it as the next evolution for CYD," Bogues said. "Some of the things we've pushed at and advocated have taken hold."

Most notably, CYD fostered the notion that youths could be community leaders, too. In all, 55 nonprofits now host a student on their boards or offer volunteer opportunities. …

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