Shane Bargy has spent the majority of his professional career making a difference in the lives of youth in the Capital Region community. As Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady, he knows firsthand the impact a strong adult role model can have on the life of a child and that has become the canvas on which he has built his career in youth development.
After more than 25 years working for a non-profit, he has operated under the belief that it’s necessary to go above and beyond when developing ways to assist the families his organization serves. His dreams are big, but that’s what has allowed him to give back successfully to the community for the last quarter of a century.
While Shane has a notebook full of inspiring memories and instances where he realized he was making a difference, he especially recalls a time when he was teaching guitar to a tween who was having a difficult time fitting in socially. After taking lessons for about a year the youngster was hooked and became obsessed with the instrument. After winning a high school talent show the boy’s band was asked to play at the Boys & Girls Club Halloween Celebration. Now, instead of having trouble finding his way, because of the confidence he had gained and the popularity of his band, he started being “worshipped” by other teens like a famous rock star.
“I can trace any success I have had in my life to my mother, grandmother, and to two coaches who went out of their way to make sure I knew I was special,” says Shane. Through his encouragement and example, he has dedicated his life to giving that feeling back to others.
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