GARY | Rose Joiner, director of the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club, along with staff and club members, spent two weeks preparing for the recent move from the Fifth Avenue location to the new club at the former Tolleston Middle/High School, 2700 W. 19th Ave.
But there was something else on Joiner’s mind. She was aware that the deadline was fast approaching for the two-day opening gala. A special day was reserved to honor VIPs, businesses, the board of directors and others who had given financially and raised necessary funding to complete the project.
She wanted a team of club members to provide guided tours of the new club for the VIPs and other dignitaries and to thank them for making a commitment to provide a much needed upgraded facility for Gary’s youth.
To be sure the youth volunteers were properly trained for the task, she called on Sandra Craig, owner of the Etiquette Civility Group. Six youth were chosen and the training was conducted under the auspices of one of the club’s five core programs, Character and Leadership Development.
Craig taught the club members the art of meeting and greeting in a social setting. The club members learned the proper introduction, with a friendly smile and by expressing their gratitude to those attending the opening. The youth were brimming with self-confidence as they proudly showed off their new club.
“I hope others will see the value in preparing young people by coaching and instructing them in the skills of etiquette," Craig said. "Our youth need to be taught that knowing how to act in different situations promotes self-confidence and provides the necessary skills in all settings for a successful life on many levels.
"After many years of teaching and observing the lack of social skills in classrooms, I’m convinced the lack of etiquette training is the missing link in our educational system. This is what motivated me to reach out to homes, schools, and other youth organizations to address this critical lack of service.”