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Zane Smith Named Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Executive of the Year!



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During the recent Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida, Zane Smith, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County, was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Executive of the Year. For more than a century, Clubs have helped put young people on the path to great futures. This award is given to a Boys & Girls Club Executive Director that has made significant contributions to the work while in their position of Executive Director. This year’s recipient has done exactly that for our local Boys & Girls Club. In 1996, Zane Smith began as the Executive Director of the then Boys & Girls Club of Bakersfield. Right away, he realized the Boys & Girls Club was experiencing some difficult times: it was housed in an old rundown church that served around 45 kids a day, had an annual budget of less than $250,000, and was nearly ready to shut its doors. Within the first year as Executive Director, Zane Smith was able to lead the organization out of its financial woes, while at the same time managing the 1.5 million dollar construction of a brand new Boys & Girls Club facility for the youth in his new-found community. “It is Zane’s vision, passion, beliefs, and commitment to the kids in our community that has continued to lead this organization to where we are today,” said Barry Hill, Associate Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County has a committed program team of over 400 youth development professionals at 53 traditional and school-based sites providing programs and activities for over 5,500 children daily after school.” For more information, visit bgclubsofkerncounty.org.

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