Traci fondly remembers playing the character Dumb Donald in the Club’s production of Fat Albert. Club-produced plays help members build confidence and self-esteem while learning teamwork. “Ms. Gowens always encouraged us to express ourselves and it was the first time that I felt really confident,” says Traci.
Traci is excited about graduating in April from Western Michigan University where she is majoring in Film, Video and Media with a double minor in Non-Profit Leadership and Gender & Women’s Studies. She wants to dedicate her life to bringing conscious media back to the forefront. “I want to empower others the way that the Clubs empowered me,” she says.
Whatever she does, Traci says, “I just can’t stay away from the Boys & Girls Clubs!” During her first years of college, Traci worked at the Clubs’ Fettig Youth Campus in Benton Harbor, assisting in the art room her first summer and in the drama department the second. This past summer, she worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kalamazoo. “The Clubs are a passion for me and I just want to give back.” Traci says her entire family feels the same, “We are a Club family!”