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Tuesday, September 27 2016 @ 01:14 PM EDT

The Garfield VFW Post 2867 Presented The Diverse Teens Of Garfield A Check For $500

The Garfield VFW Post 2867 presented the Diverse Teens of Garfield a check for $500 to be used towards attending the 2012 National Keystone Conference in Fort Worth, TX. Diverse Teens of Garfield is the Keystone Club at the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield. Keystone Club is the Boys & Girls Club Movement’s most dynamic teen program. It is a chartered leadership and service club for boys and girls ages 14-18. “Keystoners” elect officers and implement activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation, and community service.

The Diverse Teens of Garfield conduct numerous community service projects including volunteering at the VFW and organizing a blood drive at Garfield High School in December.
The annual National Keystone Conference is the culmination of all the hard work and dedication that teenagers across the country and around the world put into improving themselves and their communities. It is a chance for teens to spend time with other likeminded teens to discuss issues relevant to their lives. National Keystone Conferences are truly magical events that deeply impact the lives of the teens that attend. The knowledge and experience of a Keystone Conference resonates in a teen’s life and his/her community.
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Garfield is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. By reaching children at an early age and providing positive activities and encouragement, our Club provides a compelling alternative to youth crime, gang membership, drugs, and other negative influences that effect our youth today.


The Boys & Girls Club of Garfield serves over 1500 multi-ethnic children per year. They seek to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential and have provided opportunity for youth since 1959. They are part of a national network of some 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which serves more than 4.6 million young people annually, in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide. Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Boys & Girls Club programs and staff work to make an Impact in the areas of Academic Success, Healthy Living, Character & Citizenship. For more information on Club programs please call (973)-478-7662.

by Mel Fabrikant

Mel is a longtime Paramus resident and has belonged to many Paramus organizations. He is responsible for bringing the Scholarship Show to town and seeing to it that the initial presentation went over well. His five offspring were brought up through the Paramus school system. In addition, he is a longtime Paramus Rotary member.

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