Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia (BGCSWVA) has served youth in the Roanoke region for over 25 years. Currently, we meet the afterschool and summer program needs of over 1,000 children and teens each year. We continue to operate in our region thanks to local funding, with significant corporate and individual support.
Because of BGCSWVA, tens of thousands of students in our region have graduated from high school with a plan for the future. But one question remained. How would these hardworking kids pay for that future?
One of our current Board Members, Jim Barker, CFO at Delta Dental of VA, grew up as a Club kid in Bristol, VA. Jim had the opportunity to be a first-generation college graduate, in part thanks to the caring staff at his local B&GC. Jim recognized that kids need inspiration and someone to look up to as proof that their dreams are possible. In Jim’s own words, “My mom suddenly became a single parent after the passing of my father. My mother did a great job of monitoring my educational progress while taking me to church every Sunday. However, we didn’t live in the best neighborhood. The Boys and Girls club protected her investment in me afterschool while she worked to provide for the family.”
Thanks to the benevolence and generosity of fund founders Mike and Danielle Wise, the Jim Barker Educational Scholarship Fund was established in 2020 and is available for Boys & Girls Club members to assist with post-high school educational pursuits. The fund is held at and operated by The Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia. To date, $28,700 has been awarded to deserving young people.
You are invited to make an investment in the Jim Barker Scholarship Fund today to ensure our Club Kids have the opportunity for brighter futures!