Joyce Williams, Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development at Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), was recently elected chairman of the board of directors for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD). She has served on BGCD’s board of directors for several years as an advocate for the organization’s mission and its service to the community.
Williams, who is BGCD’s 51’st chairman of the board, has focused on including high-worth, technical workforce readiness programs for the organization; those programs continue to strengthen workforce partnerships between BGCD and employers. This partnership has also helped initiate BGCD’s Career-Ready program.
“The mission of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,” said Williams. A Boys and Girls Club provides a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; and hope and opportunity.
“Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas is an organization that stands for traditional values while it provides progressive programs that address the problems which our youth of today face, such as substance abuse, teen pregnancy, gangs and violence,” said Williams.
She added, “Being a part of such a historical organization with deep roots in the community for 51 years- one that has served to anchor many young people and which provides them with opportunities that enrich and have an impact on their lives- is what motivated me (and still motivates me) to serve. When I hear ‘Club Kids’ say it feels like a safe place to be or that the club has given them hope, I know I am in the right place, making a difference.”
Williams is the first African-American woman to serve as chair of BGCD’s board of directors. “I consider it a great privilege and an honor to assume the responsibilities of chairing our organization. Leading the board means partnering with the community, business members and leaders to leverage resources consistently, which enables us to provide ongoing opportunities that help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens,” she said.
BGCD opened in November 1965 at the West Dallas Boys Club; today, clubs are open to all boys and girls ages 6 to 18, regardless of race, religion or national origin. Local clubs in Dallas serve more than 4,000 young people annually at 20 locations throughout Dallas County.