At the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri’s Washington Elementary Site, several members were gathered around a set of directions, taking turns reading aloud the instructions for putting together a bookshelf.

The members were taking part in Passport to Manhood, a program that strives to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior. Consisting of 14 sessions, each concentrated on a specific aspect of character and manhood, Passport to Manhood is one of the Club’s premier programs.

Different lessons include responses to authority, respecting others, male stereotypes, qualities of a good role model, even careers. In addition to weekly activities, Passport also includes a service project to help teach boys the importance of giving back to the community. These projects can range from creating and delivering cards from a local senior center to hosting a food drive.

Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri serves more than 500 children daily at 11 sites in Sedalia, Cole Camp, Green Ridge, La Monte, Leeton and Smithton. For more information about the Club, including how to donate or volunteer your time, go to or call 660-826-8331. You can also stay in contact with the Club by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter @bgckids.

Maturely yours,