Janail Archer’s journey from Club member to Clubhouse Individual Services Director has been one of tremendous resiliency and growth. Though she faced unstable times in her early years after being separated from her sisters due to her birth mother’s struggles with addiction and alcoholism, the Club served as a constant. After she and her sisters were adopted by the same family a few years later, she became a regular at the Club and was involved in a number of cultural arts and leadership programs such as Keystone Club and Toastmasters. She also developed strong relationships with the Club’s staff members who helped her through hard times.
“There were a lot of staff members that really had a big impact on me,” said Janail. “One staff member who had the biggest impact on me was Kurt. Kurt helped me think long-term about problem solving and picking and choosing battles.”
Through the support of her staff mentors, she went on to be named Youth of the Year at the local and state level. She recently graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Community Services and is currently working on her Master’s in Organizational Leadership.
Janail came back to the Club in 2018 as the Clubhouse Individual Services Director.
“With the position I have now, my journey goes full circle,” said Janail. “It gives me a sense of purpose knowing that if I didn’t have the staff members helping me when I was a member, I probably wouldn’t be where I am now. This is the perfect job for me. I love the Boys & Girls Club whole-heartedly. I wake up excited to go to work. A lot of kids say the Boys & Girls Club is their second home. It’s definitely a true story for me.”