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08/03/07

Hometown Hero--Boys and Girls Club Beaufort Staff

Boys and Girls Club Beaufort Staff are Hometown Heroes. Boys and Girls Club Beaufort Staff are Hometown Heroes.

The Boys and Girls Club in Beaufort recently received the Youth for Unity Leadership Award for their Diversity Program they've implemented at their club.

Diversity is all around us and through a special program at the Boys and Girls Club in Beaufort, kids are learning first hand what it means and how to embrace looking past skin color and backgrounds.

"It's to get our club members 6 through 18 to understand the racial, cultural, differences of people and to get them to interact with one another, to know what others are feeling, what others are going through," said unit director Sam Burke.

They're learning about these differences by putting their feet in other people's shoes. Through role play, they're acting out what different classes of people went through during the Civil Rights Movement and the Holocaust.

For Tamara Holmes, being in the lower class meant sitting on the floor, not in comfortable chairs. "It was sad because I felt like I didn't have as much as the upper and middle class," said Holmes.

And by playing the cards they were dealt, these kids say they've learned what this diversity program is all about. "I learned that never judge people by the color of their skin or by their culture," said Tyler Samuel.

Since the club initiated this program two years ago, they say it's made a difference. "Yeah, I think it's a small change but I think its going to get bigger and bigger as we expand it," said Boys and Girls Club worker Nicole Shiflet.

They'll be able to expand the program now that they've won national recognition. That's why the staff at the Boys and Girls Club in Beaufort are this week's WTOC Hometown Heroes.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com 

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