On Wednesday, March 6, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (BGCSM) held another visioning sessions as part of a two-year campaign to reimagine the Clubs as world-class spaces, offering experiences to empower youth to become change agents for their life, Club, and communities.
With 7 Clubs in Southeastern Michigan, over 125,000 square feet of programming space, and more than 250,000 youth living within a five-mile radius of our Clubs, BGCSM is uniquely positioned to drive youth development and economic mobility in neighborhoods across Southeastern Michigan, and this is exactly what we intend to do.
However, change of this magnitude does not happen without the involvement and investment of staff, community stakeholders, local business community, city officials, entrepreneurial thought leaders, and most importantly, our youth.
BGCSM visioning sessions are a connection point for key stakeholders to gather in one room for a series of dynamic workshop experiences including expert panelists, youth voice, visioning exercises, and visual note takers documenting the thoughts, ideas, and conversations that will ultimately create the blueprint for our new Club spaces.
During Wednesday’s Visioning Session, Cortnie Squirewell, Executive Director of Innovation & Stakeholder Engagement at BGCSM, lead a panel discussion and Q&A with expert panelists Philip Cooley, founder & CEO of Slows Bar-B-Q & Ponyride, and Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Theaters, discussing the keys to creating extraordinary customer experiences and provided key insights into how they achieved success.
From there, participants broke off into smaller groups where Club members, staff, parents, entrepreneurs, and business leaders worked together through a series of moonshot activities and open discussions designed to cultivate the vision for the future of the Clubs.
Among the leaders lending their expertise to the sessions were Craig D’Agostini, Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast, Scott Lesher, President of Creative Productions, Inc., Jennifer Demello-Johnson, Vice President of Agency Services at Amerisure Insurance, Delarro T. Greer, US Chairman and EY Americas Managing Partner for Ernst & Young, Jim Pastor, Vice President of Program Management and Quality at Adient, and Myra Anderson Executive Director and President of Sean Anderson Foundation.
With each workshop session sound tracked with an upbeat music playlist curated by DJ Todd Everett and son, the environment was ripe for with energy and ideation.
It’s an exciting time here at BGCSM as we reimagine the future of our Clubs. Stay tuned for more to come!