December 1, 2010

Be Great! Kids Across Kern County Are Counting On It

Kristen A. Beall, Ed.D.

Jeff Pickering, President and CEO visiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County, hosted by Andre, Maggie Cushine and Zane Smith

Be great. A message that jumps right off the screen when you log on to

Be great. Visit one of the 39 Boys and Girls Clubs sites throughout Kern County and witness this message being delivered to more than 4,300 school-age youth each year.

Be great. Do what I did and join Andre, a bright, confident high school senior, on a tour of the Youth Center in Bakersfield and realize that "being great" is not just a slogan. "Being great" is a way of life promoted by our Boys and Girls Clubs that fosters a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and positive influence so that kids can build self-confidence and self-esteem.

Be great. Stop what you're doing right now and take 3 minutes to watch a video through Kern Community Foundation's online Nonprofit Search. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County is one of the very first organizations to complete an online profile. You'll see testimonials from Board members, club members and parents alike; all who see the tremendous impact like this one has for our community's quality of life.

Be great. If you like what you see, do what you can today to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County. Executive Director, Zane Smith, and Resource Development Director, Maggie Cushine, can offer ideas where you can provide the greatest assistance.

Be great. Great kids like Andre are counting on it.

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Zane Smith

Thank you Jeff for coming out and visiting with us - it was great for Andre's confidence! He just told me he is going into the culinary school at Bakersfield College next year and wants to volunteer to teach cooking and kitchen safety for our younger kids at the Club.

Welcome to Bakersfield/Kern County...we are lucky to have your leadership and vision at the Kern Community Foundation. We are very excited about the path that you and your team have taken on behalf of non-profits...and look forward to working with you!

December 1, 2010, 7:03pm


Thanks Zane. I really enjoyed the visit. You and your team are doing a great job.

December 2, 2010, 2:17pm

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