The Summit Community Transition Program is proud to nominate the Boys and Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties as our Community Partner of the Month for May 2019.

Summit is a brand new Community Transition Program and is located at the Boys & Girls Club. Sue Bloom, Executive Director, and her staff have been extremely welcoming and beyond accommodating.

The Boys & Girls Club has included our program in many of their events.

Our students served as the welcoming committee at a Chamber of Commerce Greeters gathering held at the Boys and Girls Club in October, and again this spring at a Luncheon. They also helped judge an art contest.

Last Fall, we started a monthly job club called The Breakfast Club. Our students, known as “skill builders,” turn the club’s kitchen into a restaurant, and the gym is used to practice networking skills.

Each month, the students have improved their pancake making skills and the basics of networking skills. Boys & Girls Club staff have participated in several job clubs, allowing our students to share their delicious pancakes and practice basic interview skills.

Most of the Boys and Girls Club staff know our twenty-plus students by name. “Good morning” greetings by staff and “Have a nice day!” can be heard throughout the day.

The Community Transition Program’s big community breakfast is this Friday, May 17th, and many of the Boys and Girls Club’s board of directors are coming to see this new partnership in action.

We are grateful for the opportunity to be housed at the Boys & Girls Club. Our skill builders have been able to learn kitchen and janitorial skills and are able to translate those skills to their job sites.

It is an honor to present you with this award. Thank you Sue Bloom and the entire team at the Boys and Girls Club for supporting the Community Transition Program!

Pictured from left: Kathy Goss, School Board Chairperson; Sue Bloom, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Salem, Marion & Polk Counties; Rebekah Willhite, Special Programs Employment Specialist; and Zachary Sapp, Special Education teacher with the Summit Community Transition Program.