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Marvin Green, 37 

Director of Operations at Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond

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Scott Elmquist

Marvin Green has consistently worked his way up in the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond to become director of operations. As he likes to say, "Ain't no stopping me now." He oversees daily operations for the five clubs and staffs them with leaders who will provide a safe experience. But he's really known for looking beyond safety and making fundamental changes within the organization. Over the past couple of years, he's refocused the vision to encompass life skills, workforce development and trauma-informed care. "I was seeing young people not having the skills to be able to succeed in life," he says.

This may sound like behind-the-scenes work, but have no doubt that Green's presence looms large on a daily basis. "He's committed to bringing a sense of welcoming and belonging to the members with his jovial smile and big personality," one colleague remarks.

You can bet he wore that smile during his long journey. Green was 8 when he began attending the club. He started working in the locker room as a junior staff member and later became a counselor. Aside from taking a five-year hiatus to work in the mental health field, he's been in the club ever since. Still feeling fresh in his current role, which he accepted last spring, he isn't wasting any moment. Even the little things matter, whether it's making sure a young person has a healthy after school snack or a ride home.

"My faith motivates me on a daily basis to stay humble and keep the course, so I can be an ultimate servant to young people," he says.

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