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Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham to Expand, Change Name

DURHAM, NC – For 77 years, the Boys & Girls Club has been providing a safe place for Durham youth to learn and grow. The Durham nonprofit currently serves 130 children per day and operates as an after school program, athletic facility, and summer camp. Previously known as the John Avery Boys & Girls Club, the organization changed its name in 2015 to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham to allow for growth throughout Durham County.

The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham is now realizing its expansion goal by merging with the smaller Boys & Girls Club location in Chapel Hill, officially becoming the ‘Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties’ by the beginning of 2017. The joining of the two Clubs has been endorsed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, who has helped with the process.

Initially part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Eastern Piedmont, the Club in Chapel Hill first acquired its charter in 2015 and now serves 50 children at Northside Elementary School. Over the course of the year, it became apparent that the merging of the two Clubs would benefit Durham and Orange Counties and help more youth.

The main building located at 808 E Pettigrew St. in Durham, named the Smith/Avery Complex, will remain the organization’s headquarters; the staff in Chapel Hill will be managed by the Durham CEO, Jerome Levisy.

Outgoing CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Eastern Piedmont, Sarah Marion, believes that this will strengthen the organization and reach more youth.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Durham and Orange Counties will be to inspire and enable all young people, particularly those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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