At almost eleven-years-old, Jamari has already been a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor for six years. Just like her older sisters Latoria and Taniya, Jamari has found a second home at the Club. As she begins fifth grade, Jamari knows that she is well prepared because she received the academic support she needed at the Club this past summer. Jamari says she is so thankful for the summer literacy program where she was able to increase her reading by one-half grade level.
In addition to helping her prepare academically, the Club has also helped Jamari with her attitude. For the past two years Jamari has participated in SMART Girls, a gender-specific program designed to empower young ladies and help them develop the skills they need to become strong, successful young women. The most important lesson she has learned is to treat everyone with the respect they deserve. “Never judge a book by its cover,” says Jamari.