Member Spotlight Feb 16

Doubling the Impact  Member Spotlight: Twins Jajuan & Jaquan

Research confirms engaging families through youth development and after-school programs benefits children. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor supports and empowers families, often serving members who are siblings, cousins or extended family members. Eleven-year-old twins Jaquan and Jajuan are sixth graders at Morton Hill School in Benton Harbor and have been Club members the past three years. Their older brother Jamon, a ninth grader in Benton Harbor, is also a Club member, attending the Joel E. Smilow Teen Center.

Jaquan and Jajuan belong to the Club as members at the Fettig Youth Campus where they are excited every day to spend more time with their friends. They both love basketball and say the gym is one of their favorite places to be at the Club. Jajuan was recently recognized by the Club’s sports & recreation program instructor Bryce Hurst for his leadership with a Hall of Fame award.
Math is their favorite subject. Through the support of their teachers, Ms. Nelson and Ms. Wilson, Jaquan and Jajuan are enjoying learning about fractions and ratios. Add the extra help they get in the Academic Room at the Club and their school work continues to improve. “I am doing better in school and I definitely turn in my homework now that I have help at the Club,” said Jajuan. 

The boys also qualified to participate in the Club’s new RoboTech program, taught by Whirlpool Corporation’s WERLD (Whirlpool Engineering Rotational Leadership Development) Program engineers. The program emphasizes STEM education and creatively engages members to use innovation in solving a serious of complex problems. Skeptical when they were first selected to participate, Jaquan and Jajuan made the choice to discover the benefits of the program. Looking back, they can’t imagine not being a part of the 
adventure to understand robotics and work with professional engineers. “Programming the robots to act by themselves is my favorite part,” said Jajuan. 

Jaquan and Jajuan also made an impact on their WERLD Program instructors. Instructor Jordan said, “You guys did an awesome job building and coding your robot! I hope to see you continue your robotics careers and teach yourself, as well as others, more about building and programming robots.” Instructor Kylie exclaimed how thankful she was to be a part of the team, saying, “I had an absolute blast working with you guys to create our robot. I am so proud of you guys for your hard work, curiosity, and enthusiasm.”

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