One Girl's Perspective

Beth Baldwin, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro,  shared this letter from Maia, a young woman who participated in several of the Club’s programs during her high school years. Beth wanted us to hear firsthand how our grants impact the lives of the girls we support. Here is Maia’s story–and we thank her for it.

"Without the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro in my life, I am certain that I would be a very different person. I have often thought about the negative path I may have traveled had I not been exposed to the extraordinary personalities of the staff members and the support I continuously feel from them. The programs and the people at the Club have undoubtedly shaped me to be this person, and I am, fortunately, proud of who I am today. I have the Club to thank for that. 

"Specific programs that I have found incredibly useful would be Keystone and Teen Talk. I have learned more through Teen Talk than I did in an entire health class at my high school.

"Keystone has helped me immeasurably. It provided me with fun ways to get my community service hour requirement done. I learned a lot about myself and the things I want for my future by visiting colleges with the Keystone Club. But most importantly, it helped me realize that I love to be an involved leader. Having the opportunity to immerse myself in my community and take charge in order to make positive change has made me realize that I want to do that everywhere I go.

"Without the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro, the person I am today would be a person I would not recognize. I am proud to be able to call the Club my home away from home and I wish the best for it when I leave for college. However, I will surely be coming back often to visit the place that made me."

The Vermont Women’s Fund is proud of the work of the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro, and the important programs it provides for young women and girls in southern Vermont.