Outstanding Members and Alumni Talk About the Club
LaMale Williams Club Alumni: He is currently attending high school at Johnston County Early College Academy; he is also enrolled in college courses. The program requirements for the grant funded by Bill and Melinda Gates for Early College nationwide include 5 years of high school. He will graduate from high school with an Associate’s Degree in General Education and credits towards his Bachelor Degree. He plans to transfer to East Carolina University with hopes of earning his B.A. in Clinical Psychology and a M.A. in School Psychology. He will graduate in May of 2015; at the Club we are proud of LaMale.
At the Boys & Girls Club he was known for his spiritual attributes and he set an example of his beliefs every day. He always had a kind word, a smile and he was always willing to lend a hand. LaMale always said he thinks of the Club staff as part of his family. He believes that the positive influences at the Club has enable him to transcend the negative influences that he has face and may face in the future. He was a Club member for 9 years. He was able to impact the community because of his motivational skills. In his leadership role at the Boys & Club as President of the Torch Club, he was able to promote volunteerism in the Club and Community. His words were inspirational and heartfelt.
LaMale believes in helping other and held a “Food & Clothing Drive” to support our local Red Cross. He took on the leadership role planning, recruiting and implementing the projects to its successful completion. He was always looking for created ways to extend Club programming into the community. His determination to make a difference was evident in our “Street SMART”, Boys & Girls Clubs of America program. “Street SMART counteracts the negative lures of gangs, violence and “street” influences on young adolescents age 11-13”.
At the Club our first 20 minutes each day we had a “Pool Hall meetings”, around the pool table to discussed topics that affective the lives of the members daily. LaMale often led these group discussion encouraging members and telling them that violence was not the answer, and promoting communication skills to resolve conflicts. He used his leadership roles at the Club to impact youth at his school and church.
LaMale became an Assistance Youth Pastor at his Church at age 15 and his responsibility includes ministering to over 40 youth. His duties also include preaching at youth service two Sunday a month. At his church he is an usher, on the kitchen committee, build and repair committee and on the home mission committee.