Trees of Hope: The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland

Darren Danielson
Updated: December 17, 2018 02:27 PM

Hom Furniture and WDIO are featuring the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland in our trees of hope campaign this week. For more than 45 years, the Boys and Girls Clubs have been helping countless youth find a safe, positive place to engage in life-changing programs and activities at their five northland locations.


It's an unfortunate reality, some children don't live in healthy environments. Many don't have positive adult role models, or often both parents have to work late just to make ends meet. The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland understands that.

All five northland kids clubs are places where kids find caring adults, one-on-one support with after school programs and a great place to make new friends.

Ted Hoffman is the manager of the Lincoln park club and he says they are proud of the expansive lists of activities and programs they bring to kids every day. Kids can come every day and can get help with homework, hang out with friends and participate in several different academic and athletic art programs.

The programs are evidence-based and designed to promote respect, positive attitudes toward school, improve social relationships, and decrease risky behaviors in youth.

17 year old Rodrick Campbell has been a club member since he was 12 years old. He describes the Boys and Girls Club as a place where you can get help with your homework, create new things, do new things, hang out with better people and stay off the streets.

All five locations, two in Duluth one in Superior, one in Grand Rapids and one in Coleraine provide safe, supportive environments, especially for kids who need it the most, so they can reach their full potential in life.

As we talked with sisters, 11 year old Neveah and 7 year old Olivia Carlson, they talked about what they want to be when they grow up. Neveah says she wants to be a police officer, Olivia told us she wants to be a science teacher.

It costs more than $800 to serve one child annually, but an annual membership only costs families $20 per year. Because of that, the Boys and Girls Clubs rely on generous donations.


Darren Danielson

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