Emani Price, a 16-year old junior at Independence High, joined the Franklin Boys & Girls Club when she was 11 years old.
“My mom and sister made me join the club, but it was worth it.”
She needed a place to go after school where she could get her homework done and still hang out with friends.
“The Club keeps me connected with kids,” she said. “I get to see all those familiar faces and I get to meet new friends. They are so welcoming when I first came, I want to do the same for others.”
Emani likes interacting with all age groups at the Club and particularly likes the time each day when all the members assemble together in the main room. It’s a chance to see everyone and meet new members. When schools were closed Emani attended the Club Next program to avoid getting behind in her school work and stay in touch with her friends.
She was invited to be a club ambassador, an area-wide program that gives teens a seat at every level of the Boys & Girls Club organization. They provide input and perspective on new programs.
“I bring feedback from the kids on what and how to improve programs and it keeps me connected with the kids,” she said.
At school she’s a member of the IHS marching band color guard and plays the clarinet in the concert band. At home she also plays the piano and guitar, but her passion is design.
“I want to be an interior designer,” she said.