Boys and Girls Club - Richmond, VA

As a college student home on summer break, finding employment is usually at the top of the list. Virginia Tech's Deon Brown knew that using his skills from Psychology studies could be used at a job to make a difference. With that mindset he became a program leader and summer camp advisor at the Boys & Girls Club in his hometown, Richmond, VA. This move put him in position to do something positive in the community in a vital setting; surrounded by smart and inquisitive youth. Brown told us his decision was easy because "mentoring is a passion of mine and I felt like it gave me a good opportunity to do it."

The new job introduced Brown to the club's Program Director, Ms. Tasha Burgo. The director told us her philosophy is "all about circular support systems in the community from the kids to parents to grandparents."

 Boys & Girls Club Program Director, Ms. Tasha Burgo, with her Nefertiti Spirit shirt.

Boys & Girls Club Program Director, Ms. Tasha Burgo, with her Nefertiti Spirit shirt.

Thanks to Ms. Tasha, the club's summer curriculum consisted of educating the groups about different parts of the world each week. With the creation of Egypt week, Brown spotted another opportunity. He gave the kids a chance to learn about their own potential greatness through stories of a civilization that gave so much to us all.

"I wanted to give them an opportunity to learn something that they could relate to. Helping them recognize their greatest by giving them something that related to their learning."

In an effort to make this a one-of-a-kind experience, Deon reached out to us at The Gold Effect as a resource. His concept of the African proverb, "you don’t know where you're going if you don’t know where you came from" made this project a perfect fit. Check out the images to see the essence of our collaboration.

 The Elementary school group created their own depictions of Queen Nefertiti with The Gold Effect coloring pages.

The Elementary school group created their own depictions of Queen Nefertiti with The Gold Effect coloring pages.

The energy of this Boys & Girls Club is exactly what we mean by channeling your inner Nefertiti Spirit. We salute Deon and Ms. Tasha for using their positions to advocate positive growth and allowing us to assist. Contact us at 1goldeffect@gmail.com with your ideas on ways to continue building in the community … one brick at a time.

 The Gold Effect General Partner, Ashanti Nixon, with Ms. Tasha Burgo, Boys & Girls Club Program Director.

The Gold Effect General Partner, Ashanti Nixon, with Ms. Tasha Burgo, Boys & Girls Club Program Director.