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Swa-Rai Mommy: It’s National Boys & Girls Club Week!

When The Boys and Girls Club of America come to mind, I can’t help but have fond memories of my childhood. I will never forget in 1990 when the Boys and Girls Club opened up in my neighborhood. I remember running home telling my mom about this new place for kids and going on and on about how I had to become a member.  When she told me no, I was crushed, we simply couldn’t afford it. I remember going past everyday wishing I could be apart. Everyday after school, I would stand at the club’s door like a sad puppy, just wanting to be apart.

664479_543008172382895_1236575489_oThen one birthday it happened: My mom saved enough money to purchase me and my brother a membership. I remember it like it was yesterday, I swear my life couldn’t get any better at that point. Going to the Boys and Girls Club was magical for me, it opened my eyes to a whole different world of new people, places and things. I couldn’t wait to get out of school everyday to head over to the club. This week is National Boys and Girls Club Week;  if you have a child I strongly suggest you head over to your nearest club to take a tour. If you are unable to go on a tour you can take a virtual tour here.


I created so many memories in this place that I’m now looking for a club for the boychild to join. I want to create in him, those same memories that the Boys & Girls Club instilled in me. Going to the Boys and Girls Club taught me how to meet new people, express myself and how to have fun. For more information on how you and your family can help support National Boys & Girls Club Week go here: Why not start creating memories now that will last a lifetime!

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


About the author

Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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