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Leaders tour Boys & Girls Club of Albany

Hundreds of kids go to the Boys & Girls Club of Albany in the summer months. (Source: WALB) Hundreds of kids go to the Boys & Girls Club of Albany in the summer months. (Source: WALB)
Shanterria Miller has been going to the boys and girls club for the past six years. (Source: WALB) Shanterria Miller has been going to the boys and girls club for the past six years. (Source: WALB)
Leaders took a city bus around the different club sites. (Source: WALB) Leaders took a city bus around the different club sites. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of kids in Albany are spending their summer at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany. 

On Tuesday, Dougherty County leaders got a look at what they've been up to.

Shanterria Miller, 16, has been coming to the Boys & Girls Club of Albany for six years.

"Being at the Boys & Girls Club of Albany helps you stay on track," explained Miller. "It helps you instead of doing something negative, it helps you do something to keep moving along."

Miller spends time during both the school year and summers participating in club activities.

"We do different classes here which helps me at school during my regular classes," said Miller.

The Boys & Girls Club of Albany serves roughly 600 kids when school is out.

This summer Miller is volunteering at the Jane Wilson Unit. 

"It gives me something to do. So instead of just helping one person, I am helping a lot of people," said Miller.

On Tuesday leaders had the chance to see what Miller and other kids are doing at the club. It's part of the 'Big Blue Bus Tour.'

It took leaders to multiple boys and girls club sites in Albany. 

"This is an opportunity for them to see our clubs first hand and see how we are able to make a difference in the lives of young people," said CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Albany Marvin Laster. 

Laster said most leaders are familiar with the club. 

"There are very few people in this community that have not been impacted by the Boys & Girls Club of Albany," explained Laster.

Laster hopes people who aren't familiar with the club, begin to see the benefit it has on kids just like Miller. 

"We like to say that there are many doors in this community that open, but the doors in the boys and girls come truly transform lives," said Laster.

Tuesday was the third annual bus tour. 

Laster said he hopes to continue it for years to come. 

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