For years the Boys & Girls Club has been running a satellite program in the working-class, heavily immigrant apartment complex of Murraygate Village along Route 1 in Fairfax County. They’ve got a tiny space, not enough resources, a big job, but a lot of heart.
When the public pool in Gum Springs started charging their group $96 per visit, a staff person that lived in DC, drove the youth all the way to Anacostia and used his DC Driver’s License so the kids could swim for free. Despite a sever lack of space in their facility, they’ve blossomed a youth dance group that has competed regionally.
In the Fall of 2011 teens and staff at Murraygate worked with VOICE leaders to: