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Abigail Amat

Darden Club Director

Direct Contact Information:

aamat@bgcsjc.org

Hello! My name is Abigail Amat and I am the Club Director at Darden this school year.

This will be my second school year as the Club Director at Darden, but I was also a Youth Development Professional at Darden during the '21-'22 school year! I'm so excited to be able to continue seeing Darden families every day and striving to make a positive impact on all of your children's lives! I am currently in my second year of my Master of Social Work program at Louisiana State University, where I attend classes virtually. This school year I will also be in my first field placement as a part of my MSW program, which I will be doing through the BGCSJC Emotional Well-Being team. I'm very much looking forward to this school year and all of the fun that I'm sure will come with it! Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns regarding Boys and Girls Clubs at Darden.

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Jess Alexander

Lincoln Club Director

Direct Contact Information:

jalexander@bgcsjc.org

Hello! My name is Jess Alexander.  My team and I are excited to start this journey and meet you all! 

This school year will be my third year as a Club Director at Boys & Girls Clubs. I spent two full school years at Nuner Fine Arts Academy in South Bend. I love my job because of the families I get to see everyday + I am committed to making a positive impact! 

I graduated from Indiana University South Bend in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Special Education with a Concentration in Early Childhood Development. I love working with children and seeing their potential bloom. 

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Travis Washington

Madison & Muessel Club Director

Direct Contact Information:

twashington@bgcsjc.org

 I’ve been a part of the Boys and Girls Clubs all my life. I grew up as a club kid. After graduating high school in 2010 I began working at Club. I’ve worked as a YDP, as a Team Lead and now a Club Director. My goal is to open up my own club one day. My goal for our club this year is to be recognized as the best all around club in St. Joseph County with our families, staff and partnerships. 

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Shanell Exum

Marquette Club Director

Direct Contact Information:

sexum@bgcsjc.org

Hello! My name is Shanell Exum, and I am the Club Director for our Marquette site. My team and I are very excited to serve our community and meet everyone! I am so looking forward to meeting and working with all the lovely Club kids this year. If you have questions or concerns about anything related to the Boys & Girls Clubs at the Marquette site, please reach out! I look forward to a great year!

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Kania Franklin

Monroe Club Director

Direct Contact Information:

kfranklin@bgcsjc.org

Hello My name is KaNia Franklin, I will be the new Club Director for the 2023-24 school year at Monroe Primary Center. I've been working for the Boys and Girls Clubs for about two years. This will be my first year being a Club Director. My team and I are excited to get to know and help you guys through the school year. My goal this year is to help each and every kid accomplish at least one goal that they want to achieve before the end of the school year. I believe that our team will do a great job helping Monroe’s scholars throughout the year. We are here to help them in any way we can, whether that be homework or just needing someone to talk to. I value my job because kids should always come first, I've been around kids all my life and they are important to me. I know what it's like to have a great support system and I would love to be that support for your child. We are excited to meet all of you and make great memories.

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April Reed

Nuner Club Director

Direct Contact Information:

areed@bgcsjc.org

Hello! My name is April Reed, and I am the new Club Director for our Nuner Fine Arts Academy site. The team at Nuner is very excited to serve our community and meet everyone!

I’ve been with the Boys & Girls Clubs for about 3 years now, serving as the Team Lead for Nuner last school year.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Bethel University, and I got my start working with children through private tutoring and educational theater. Working with children is such a source of joy and fulfillment to me, and I am so looking forward to meeting and working with all the lovely club kids at Nuner this year. If you have questions or concerns about anything related to the Boys & Girls Clubs at Nuner, please reach out! I look forward to a great year!

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Darden Primary Center

18645 Janet Dr. South Bend, IN 46637

STRIVE hours: 2:30 PM - 6 PM

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Lincoln Elementary School

1425 E Calvert St. South Bend, IN 46613

STRIVE hours: 2:30 PM - 6 PM

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Madison STEAM Academy

832 N Lafayette Blvd. South Bend, IN 46601

STRIVE hours: 2:30 PM - 6 PM

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Muessel Elementary School

1021 Blaine Ave. South Bend, IN 46616

STRIVE hours: 2:30 PM - 6 PM

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Marquette Montessori Academy

1818 Bergan St. South Bend, IN 46628

STRIVE hours: 2:30 PM - 6 PM

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Monroe Primary Center

312 Donmoyer Ave. South Bend, IN 46614

STRIVE hours: 2:30 PM - 6 PM

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Nuner Fine Arts Academy

2716 Pleasant St. South Bend, IN 46615

STRIVE hours: 2:30 PM - 6 PM

FAQ

Where will Club programs be offered?
After school programs will be offered at Marquette, Muessel, Monroe, Madison, Lincoln, Nuner, Darden, Harrison, Wilson, Warren, Coquillard.

When will Club start?
Club begins August 21.

What are After School program hours?
Our after school programs run from school release to 6 PM. After school programs are at no cost.

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