Meet Hawthorne Director Stephanie Ziegler

Please help us in welcoming Stephanie Ziegler, our new Hawthorne clubhouse director! Get to know a little more about her with a quick Q&A.

Stephanie, welcome to the Club! Where are you from? How long have you lived in Hawthorne?
I was born and raised in Hawthorne. I have ventured off to Reno and Arizona for a couple of years at a time, but always seem to end up back home. I am married and have three kids. 

What are some of your hobbies?
Our hobbies include anything outdoors. We spend a lot of our time in the summer camping, fishing, and on off-road trips. Our kids are in sports, so we also spend our weekends driving them around and watching them play! 

What makes you want to work with kids?
Kids are our future! They are full of creativity and bold ideas that you can learn and grow from.

What are some goals you have for the Hawthorne clubhouse?
My goals for the Hawthorne Club are to bring the attendance up. I also want to enhance the programs we run and focus them on activities within our community. I would like to push this Club to be self-sustaining and get involved with the community events.

What’s your favorite animal?
Dogs are my favorite animal. No matter what, they are always happy to see you. No matter your mood!

What makes Boys & Girls Clubs special?
Boys & Girls Club is important because it allows us to be a mentor in our community. We are a place they can come to and feel safe. And for some, it is their safe place. We teach values and integrity along with life skills.

What is the most important issue facing youth today?
I want our kids to get out and experience things more. Social media inhibits the natural social skills that are built from everyday physical and verbal interaction. Our kids aren’t learning or taught how to deal with the real world today because of sites like TikTok, Snapchat and Facebook. I am guilty of it also, to an extent, with my own children. Computers and devices have become so invaluable today that I feel like it is taking place of manners! Our kids have learned a sense of instant gratification instead of working for what they want.

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