Jaylah Lane joined the Southside Homes Clubhouse of A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club five years ago at the age of eleven. Being a part of the Club, and becoming actively engaged, helped Jaylah to take a critical look at her surroundings and herself. She began to recognize that kids at her school always seemed to follow each other and behave exactly the same as everyone else - no one expressed any originality. She also recognized that people in her neighborhood always sought the easy way out, never putting in hard work. As a member of the Club Jaylah learned to express her own personality and that hard work and a good work ethic pays off.
Jaylah became very engaged with various programs offered at the Club, including Keystone Club, Torch Club, Money Matters, Graduate for Mas, Junior Staff, and SMART Girls. She feels that each program has helped to shape her in a positive way, and has helped her to set goals that are opening the door to a great future. “While all the crazy things in life may be happening, the Club is always there to keep me focused. Every person in this world has goals. Some just don’t have the motivation to reach them. Being at the Club, I not only have set goals, but also gained the confidence needed to achieve them.”