Isaiah W. is a longtime Club member who is now in high school. He can be found at the Club most afternoons and almost every day during the summer. Isaiah has matured into a quiet leader and mentor—someone the elementary age kids like and trust. He can usually be found in the games room, surrounded by a handful of grinning boys and girls.
Isaiah says he models his demeanor after the Club staff members he connected with as a younger child. “I try to be friends with the kids,” he says. “I play down to their level, maybe act a little childish. But I can be serious when they need me to.”
Isaiah, who maintains good grades—mostly As and Bs, will begin earning college credit at Blackhawk Technical College his senior year, giving him a jump start on his secondary education and future career as a welder.
Izabel K. is a former Janesville Boys & Girls Club member who now lives in Canton, South Dakota. At just 14 years old, she has created a youth-focused charity called “Building Girl.” Her efforts are focused on addressing bullying—something she has personally experienced—and empowering girls with workshops that focus on life skills.
Having led more than a dozen “Building Girl” workshops in her own state, Izabel returned to the Janesville Boys & Girls Club in the summer of 2017 to give back to an organization that made a difference in her life.
In 2017, Izabel will compete for the Miss Teen South Dakota title.