All gifts received by December 25th will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000!

        What Your Gift Can Provide: 

  • $275 College and career prep
  • $150 STEM and arts support programs
  • $78 A safe, positive and fun environment
  • $42 Daily hot meals and healthy activities

Jamari’s Story

At the age of five months old I was involved in a life-threatening car accident. A drunk driver hit the car I was in, causing antifreeze to leak on me, burning my skin. I was rushed to the hospital where I had to have many surgeries. As I got older I had low self-esteem due to the fact I looked different from other kids. As much as I wanted to blend in, my scars always seemed to draw unwanted attention. I became depressed and looked for help in all the wrong places. Life seemed overwhelming at times and I needed a safe place.

In fourth grade I found that safe place at the North Omaha Boys & Girls Club. At the Club, I was able to participate in sports and activities that I used to be afraid to do. I started to make friends and build positive relationships with Club staff. Club staff encouraged me to study and do my homework. They even helped me find my passion to go to college to become an accountant.

One day I hope to be able to give back to the Boys & Girls Club for giving me the chance to be a better version of myself and for allowing me to be defined by the person I am, rather than the scars on my body. I want to be able to share my story with other children so that they can make better choices. The youth are the future, so I plan on using my influence to save them just as the Boys & Girls Club saved me.

– Jamari R., age 18