894 Isabelle
Memphis, TN 38122
(901) 324-57
Club Hours
Monday – Friday: 2:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Ira Samelson Jr. Club

Directions to Ira Samelson Jr. Club

Club Director – Carissa Smith

Carissa Smith is a native Memphian. She was raised in South Memphis and graduated from Fairley High School. Carissa grew up in an environment where faith and the love for others were fundamental strengths that shaped her morals and beliefs about the world around her.

As a teen, she volunteered with her mother who taught her the value of giving back and responding to the needs of others. These lessons helped her become a peer counselor for at risk girls in the community. After receiving her first stipend, she realized that she could be rewarded for something she was passionate about.

As a result, she began a career path with agencies where she could mentor youth and brighten their futures. Her faith has led her to the Memphis Boys & Girls Club where she plans to positively and creatively impact the lives of the children she serves.

Email: carissas@bgcm.org

Program Director – Bianca Bowdry

Bianca Bowdery was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High school where she quickly became accustomed to being a leader. She quickly learned that being raised in the inner city, there were very few options. She decided to live by the slogan from Booker T. Washington, “We lead and others follow”. She attended Porter Boys & Girls Club where she participated in various activities including the Youth of the Year competition. Bianca truly believes in the mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs, much so that she has enrolled her children as members. She knows to see real change you have to put in the work, teach, and guide the youth. She plans to do just that with a smile on her face and love in her heart.

Email: biancab@bgcm.org