BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF METRO ATLANTA ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF MAREL BROWN CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
Brookhaven, GA, April 20, 2017 – The Post Reports – Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta recently announced that Melissa B., a 15-year-old member of the Brookhaven Club, has been published in its annual creative writing anthology for her piece titled “Rock”, a celebration of strength and resilience in women and girls.
This year, the organization received hundreds of entries from more than 20 Clubs. A panel of experts including renowned authors, poets, and teachers reviewed the submissions and chose the top young authors to feature in the book.
“We are so proud of Melissa and her achievements and will continue to help her reach her full potential. We know that art and writing programs get kids and teens excited about learning and impact their academic success on a much broader level,” said Ziggy Asfaw, Executive Director of Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club. “In addition to teaching the importance of creativity and self-expression, programs like this reinforce fundamental skills such as reading, writing, and public speaking that youth can use in the classroom and beyond.”
With nearly 65 percent of Georgia’s fourth graders off track in their reading proficiency, programs that address this gap and make learning interesting and fun are critical to getting students back on track. Recent studies show that youth arts programs also foster a sense of belonging, encourage self-expression, and increase self-confidence. The “Power of Words” event and Marel Brown Creative Writing program are part of a larger effort by the Brookhaven Club to focus on academics and help kids succeed in school.
Along with its focus on helping kids succeed in school, Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club also aims to help youth live healthier and become leaders. By 2020, the organization is working to ensure that 90 percent of the youth it serves are graduating on time, living healthy lifestyles, and giving back to their communities.
To learn how you can give to or get involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, visit www.bgcma.org/get_involved.
The Brookhaven Post is a supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta