A picture of Herbert.

Herbert had been a Club member since he was 5 years old. At first, the Boys & Girls Clubs were just a place to go after school, but eventually it turned into his home away from home. The Club was a place where he felt safe and comfortable. It helped Herbert with his problems, when no one else could. Most importantly, it helped Herbert through his biggest problem of all, bullying. He was bullied for his name, braces, and intelligence. That time was one of the most difficult times of his life. It made him feel like he was worthless, as if no one wanted to be his friend. But with the help of the Boys & Girls Club he was able to get through that time with encouragement and strength. He states, "Without the staff and other members, I don’t know how I would have made it passed that difficult time." It was programs such as Passport to Manhood that helped him realize his personal slogan “My Haters are my Motivators”. Meaning that he doesn’t let what people say bother him in any way, shape, or form. The Club taught him that in order to become a responsible and respectful person, he must rise above the negativity and not retaliate. The Clubs helped Herbert be proud of who he his and proud of the man that he is becoming.