Staff Donald Smith

In 1989 I began a journey with the East Valley Boys & Girls as a young Club Kid, little did I know this organization would have a long lasting and vast influence on my life. My name is Donald Smith and I am your new Branch Executive for the Compadre Branch. I cannot begin to express to you all how excited I am to be apart the Chandler team and lead this branch. I look forward to the great opportunity to get a chance to meet and work with each of you.

I’d like to take a moment so you get to know a little about myself, from the ages of 5 to 18 years old I was actively involved with at our Tempe Ladmo Branch. Like our Club members today, I too benefitted so much from our Club programs, activities and opportunities I was fortunate to take advantage of. I had the honor of representing our East Valley Clubs as the Youth of the Year in 2002 and having the distinct honor of capturing the National Youth of the Year title being the first ever Club member from the East Valley to win this prestigious title. From there, I had the privilege of meeting our nations President in the Oval Office, represent and speak on behalf the 3.5 million youth and teens the organization serves across the nation and military bases around the world, and share with thousands of people across the nation how this organization impacted my life.

I am a graduate from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks & Recreation Management, Go Devils! Prior to coming back to this organization I worked for the City of Chandler Recreation for 7 years, ran and directed a High School completion program and Housing Program for homeless youth, and managed a Community Center in Downtown Phoenix. Also for the past 9 years, I have been directing and facilitating leadership and diversity awareness programs for High School and Middle Schools around the Valley in the Kyrene, Phoenix Union, and Chandler Unified School Districts.

I am so happy to be back in the Chandler community and excited to building stronger community relationships and partnerships that be able to bring new and exciting resources for the Club members and the families we serve. This is a great Branch with an amazing, dedicated team of staff who I’m extremely lucky to work alongside with. Please feel free to stop in and say hi anytime. I am here to continue the tradition of our Boys & Girls Club of creating better lives, one kid at a time.
Donald Smith
Branch Executive

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