Dion Byrd, Boys and Girls Club of Augusta
MONTHS OF SERVICE: 1
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Augusta operates four after-school centers, targeting "at risk" youth. It offers children a variety of activities within five core areas: character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, sports, fitness and recreation, and arts and crafts.
WHAT HE DOES: Byrd mentors three boys for two hours each day. He talks to them about whatever problems or issues they're having and tries to motivate them to do better in school.
WHY HE DOES IT: "Just to give back to the community. I grew up without a father so I guess, just to kind of give back, set a better example."
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Volunteers are needed to work at least one hour per week and can work in a variety of capacities. Mentors are needed to work with individual children and are asked to commit to one hour per week for one year of service. To find volunteer or make a donation, visit www.bgcaugusta.org and click the link "How Can I Help." There you will find instructions and the necessary forms.