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Hope for America's Youth
Beyond the Blue Doors of a Boys & Girls Club
by Jane Edwards Sutter

HOPE FOR AMERICA’S YOUTH, BEYOND THE BLUE DOORS OF A BOYS & GIRLS CLUB is an exploration of how caring adults can ignite the bright potential of America’s youth. After the loss of her beloved mentor—when the doors of her career in government were slamming shut—Jane Sutter found new purpose, renewed faith, and hope as the CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. Now retired, she catches up with some of her former “Club kids” to see where life has taken them since they walked out those blue doors. Interwoven with their stories is her own journey to—and through—those same doors. She uses the stories of individual Club kids (as well as exceptional volunteers and professional staff) to shine a light on issues of self-esteem, childhood trauma, and generational poverty. Sutter believes it is important to share a sense of hope with young people from all walks of life, not just those in our immediate families, to create stronger, more-compassionate communities.

"Jane Sutter’s path of servant leadership warrants study by anyone searching for personal meaning and in pursuit of societal impact—which should include all of us! What a story she has to tell!" —Clifford Hudson, Former CEO, Sonic Corp. "Readers will be heartbroken by the pain and truly inspired by the strength and resiliency of these kids who have overcome so much. This book is a primer on what can happen when nonprofits work well, and a hard look at the many societal issues that still need to be addressed to keep our children safe." —Mary Melon-Tully, President/CEO Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation "I promise you. If you read Jane's story of hundreds of frightened and underserved children, you will become an advocate of her theory that helping children reach their potential should be society's number one priority." —Bob Burke, Constitutional Lawyer and Author

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Jane Sutter is the former President & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County. She was Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Southwest Region Executive of the Year in 2017, and was American Mothers, Inc. Oklahoma Mother of the Year in 2019. In retirement she volunteers extensively with the Harding Fine Arts Academy Foundation, Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation’s ReadOKC, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. She and her husband David live in Edmond, Oklahoma.


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