Every child needs a safe place to learn and grow, and the Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County provides that place. It’s a place where children can explore; a place where they can dream and reach for the stars; and a place where caring adults guide and enable children to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring adults.
Carlton W. Mitchell is one of those “caring adults,” working with and helping guide a group of young boys as they prepare for graduation from the Boys & Girls Club Passport to Manhood program. This program is designed to help boys understand what their roles will be as they continue their trek towards manhood. Passport to Manhood, as with all programs offered at the club, is aimed towards a universal goal of preparing today’s youth to become tomorrow's leaders.
In addition to his service with the Boys & Girls Club, Mr. Mitchell is an active volunteer throughout the Longview community, and he has served as a board member for both the Good Shepherd Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce.
“Volunteerism should be something that we are honored to do as opposed to an undertaking that we feel obligated to be involved in,” Mr. Mitchell said. “We should also understand that the greatest resource in any community [is] the people who live and serve there.”
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Mr. Mitchell has lived in Longview for more than 30 years. He received both his bachelor and master degrees in business from LeTourneau University. Mr. Mitchell serves as director of student support services for the university. He and his wife, Tammy, have been married 16 years, and Mr. Mitchell has two adult sons. The Mitchells attend Lifebridge Christian Church.
“I enjoy the camaraderie that is fostered through joint efforts of many people throughout Longview and the surrounding area . . . and the can-do spirit of the people of this great state,” Mr. Mitchell said.
For more information on the Boys & Girls Club of Gregg County, or the Passport to Manhood program please visit www.bgcgregg.org.