Key West Mayor Teri Johnston receives a warm welcome from the Southernmost Boys & Girls Club, which provides after-school care for working Key West families. CONTRIBUTED

Key West Mayor Teri Johnston visited the Boys and Girls Club of Key West on Oct. 1 and toured the club’s art room, game room, programs room and dance/storytelling room.

Johnston also heard from 9-year-old club member Haryell what she’s learning in the club’s SMART Girls program.

SMART Girls, which stands for Skills Mastery and Resilience Training, is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls in three age groups, spanning ages 8 to 18, states the club’s website.

“Through dynamic sessions, participatory activities, field trips and mentoring opportunities with adult women, Club girls explore their own and societal attitudes and values as they build skills for eating right, staying physically fit, getting good health care and developing positive relationships with peers and adults.”

Johnston also met with the club’s other members and youth coordinators, who shared their experiences and favorite aspects of the Boys & Girls Club, which is currently located at the former Reynolds School at the corner of Reynolds and United streets.

From left, Hailey Nelson, Valeria Sandoval, Mayor Teri Johnston, Haryell Desroches and Kaylee Linares discuss the club’s SMART Girls program, which stands for Skills Mastery and Resilience Training. CONTRIBUTED

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