WILMINGTON--Phylicia Powers runs the Community Boys and Girls club in Wilmington. The club helps at-risk youth that struggle at home and at school. She says, "Children are coming here with a lot of issues and they're being labeled in school, and those labels are preventing them from getting to that next level". Many of the students go home to unfavorable situations. When students arrive they immediately participate in activities geared towards boosting leadership skills and improving grades. 75% of the students are on the honor roll. "By being here we're able to work with a lot of those issues that those children have and we're pushing them more towards success" Powers says. Seven year old Sean Bindranauth says teachers are helpful. "Staff members help you with your homework and with things that you can't do". For many of the kids like 13 year old Dustin West, it's a place that provides security. "You can have fun and still be safe". Eleven year old James Davis agrees, "This is a great club we like to go here everyday because this is the place that we have to keep off the streets and where our friends are at". Powers says they teach kids to use their circumstances as catalyst rather than as an excuse for underachievement. "Pretty much letting them know that the sky is the limit not that the limit is the sky". It seems the club is creating success stories, one kid at a time.
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