This year, more than 5,000 youth between the ages of 6 and 18 years old will walk through the doors at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties and have access to high-quality programs and services that can help them discover their interests and put them on a pathway to achieve their full potential. The hope and opportunity inside the Boys & Girls Clubs’ doors ensures success is within reach of every young person who enters, just like 16-year-old Jasmine at the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club.
Jasmine is a talented artist who first discovered her passion for art, especially drawing and design, as a young Club member at the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club. At the Club, every member has access to the National Fine Arts Program, which provides children with an outlet to creatively express themselves through drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, mixed media and traditional crafts, as well as, the Digital Arts Program, which allows children to learn photography, music recording, website design and simple movie-making.
Throughout her life, Jasmine has faced a number of obstacles, like the loss of her mother, yet manages to find inspiration from all aspects of life while maintaining a 4.0 GPA at Booker High.
“I’m inspired by whatever catches my eye and draws me in,” she said. “I’m mostly driven by the memory of my mother, and enjoy making people smile through my art.”
Jasmine is well-versed in her artistic skills and has experience with watercolor, acrylic paint, pastels, portraits, landscaping, first and second perspective and freelance drawing. She aspires to attend Ringling College of Art & Design to expand her abilities, knowledge and portfolio.
“I want to major in Illustration and use my degree to pursue a career in freelance fine arts that may even lead to owning a tattoo parlor one day or trying out the field of makeup artistry,” said Jasmine. “I dream of using my art to encourage and uplift others near and far.”
Over the past year, Jasmine has done live talent demonstrations at different Boys & Girls Clubs’ events including the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club Annual Dinner and the organization’s signature fundraising gala, Champions for Children. Once completed, her paintings were auctioned off to the events’ guests. To date, Jasmine’s pieces have raised more than $1,800 to support the organization.
Jasmine is a fine example of what can happen when youth are given the opportunity to find their passion and have guidance from caring adults to help them cultivate their skills. Inside the Boys & Girls Clubs’ doors, every child, no matter the circumstances they may face, can learn, play and reach their full potential under the guidance of positive youth development professionals in a safe, enriching environment.
Enrollment for our Summer Program at all five of our Club locations will open January 30 for current members, and February 1 for the public. Click here to find a Club near you.