Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, South Haven Club Alumnus, Tyler Goodman, receives Honor of Sparkle Award

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Published on November 08, 2017 with No Comments

Tyler Goodman

Tyler Goodman is the epitome of how a Boys & Girls Clubs’ membership positively affects the lives of children and young adults. Attending Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s South Haven Club beginning at a young age, Tyler credits overcoming certain life challenges and many of his accomplishments to the Club and the youth development professionals who guided him. In May 2017, he graduated from Portage High School and is attending Ball State University. Always drawn to the law enforcement industry, his experiences at the Club are now leading him to study education.

Recently Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National President, Jim Clark, named Tyler as one recipient of The SPARKLE Fund Award. SPARKLE stands for Students Pursuing Academic Rewards, KnowLedge and Empowerment. Implemented in 2006, The SPARKLE Fund originated when founders Larry and Deborah Bridges met a young lady, Kelly Barefield, at Boys & Girls Clubs Pacific Region Youth of the Year dinner. Attending higher education, Barefield had her educational expenses covered but did not have additional funds for the rest of her daily activities while pursuing her degree. The Bridges decided to help her with this part of her life sparking a greater effort to help many other young adults like Barefield.

Today, there are over 85 past and present SPARKLE Scholars across the United States, and Tyler Goodman from South Haven, is one of them. As a SPARKLE Scholar, Tyler will receive $3,000 annually for extras such as clothing, entertainment, transportation needs, food, family or even helping others. This applies to his undergraduate studies and is renewable annually as long as Tyler is making steady progress toward graduation in a reasonable timeframe. This year-to-year grant requires only three major guidelines:

  1. Award recipients must remain in school, on campus, taking a minimum of 13 credit hours each semester.
  2. Recipients do their best in their academic pursuits;
  3. And a one-page letter is submitted to The SPARKLE Fund as to how one is progressing in their studies. The Bridges look forward to learning more about all their scholars.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County is proud of Club Alumnus Tyler Goodman and his selection by national Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s president, Jim Clark, as a SPARKLE recipient. Our Clubs are committed to helping others, just like Tyler, achieve academic success for a GREAT Future.

For information on membership, volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax-deductible donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, call 219-464-7282 or visit www.bgcpoco.org.

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