How many block club meetings did you attend as a teenager? The 2nd Chance Church Teenage Block Club on the south side of Flint has met 12 times, and they have only just begun. The club is comprised of 12 young men between the ages of 13 and 17, whom live in the neighborhood surrounding Second Chance Baptist Church, 1950 Burr Boulevard, Flint, 48503. The club’s motto is, “Safety in Numbers and Community Service.” Since forming in July, the youth have organized a neighborhood clean-up, a food give-away, and backpack distribution for children in the neighborhood.
The Teenage Block Club kept its momentum going by meeting for one hour, Monday through Thursday. Now that school has started, the group meets on Tuesday evenings. Each club member contributes $10 per month in club dues. The club includes a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Club officers run the meetings by carefully employing Robert’s Rules of Order.
“I didn’t know about block clubs, teenage or adult, but I wanted to help out the community and found this as a way to do it,” said club Vice-President Anthony Whitehead.
Members drew community support in forming and operating the club. Art Horton is an adult who manages programming at Second Chance Baptist Church for youth between the ages of six and 12. The programming is supported by the YMCA Safe Spaces Program and Second Chance Church. Many of the young men who formed the Teenage Block Club participated in the youth programming when they were younger.
Horton was helpful to club members, offering organizational support and securing meeting space. The club also received a $600 mini-grant from the Neighborhoods Small Grants Program (NSGP) of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. NSGP provides funding for neighborhood-level projects in Greater Flint. The Teenage Block Club was one of 32 groups that received a NSGP mini-grant in 2013.
“They really have given to this community. By forming the club they are learning and growing as young men and giving to the community at the same time,” said Art Horton.
For more information about the NSGP, contact Lynn Williams, Senior Program Officer,
at (810) 767-8270.