Club Staff: 4 years
Amazing people from all walks of life begin their journeys for future greatness and success within the safe and nurturing space that is the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia. From the children who come to learn and grow in a culture of hope and opportunity to the caring adults who empower them with life-enhancing programs and development experiences, everyone who enters our hometown Clubs leaves empowered to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens, like Cole Miller.
Cole was 18 and in his first year of college when he started working at Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia. Like many young freshman, he was conflicted about his major—Art Education—and was unsure if it was the right career path. That is until he spent his first summer working at the Club. He quickly realized his passion was in art and education, after working with the kids in programs that encouraged their artistic expression. Cole continued to work at the Club every summer for the next four years and has gained not only real-life work experience in his career field, but “one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” he says. This summer, Cole worked alongside the Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance to do exciting new art projects with the kids and host the first ever BGCNG children’s art gallery.
What’s next for Cole? This fall, he’s off to his first professional teaching position at Rome High School, and he credits BGCNG for providing him the valuable experience that helped him secure the job. As he embarks on this exciting new journey, he reminds us all, “Appreciate where you are today. Every day you have one more day of experience and wake up the best version of yourself that has ever existed and that, I think, should be celebrated.”
So do we, Cole!