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Max Schulte / WXXI News

Cars were backed up a block at times as people came to the Boys and Girls Club Thursday to pick up food. 

Most people came by car, while others walked with laundry or shopping carts. Three hundred people were registered for this one and hundreds more for similar events around the area.

The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester will close starting on Monday, March 16, in keeping with the recommendations of the Monroe County Department of Public Health in helping to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

A new documentary explores the aftermath of the 2015 mass shooting at the Boys and Girls Club in Rochester. Raekwon Manigault, Jonah Barley and Johnny Johnson Junior were killed during the shooting, which took place during a Stop the Violence basketball tournament. In Move, first-time filmmaker Tam Little speaks with the victims' families and with community members who came together to reduce the violence in their neighborhoods. The film will be screened at The Little Theatre on December 12 and December 15. It's part of the One Take Documentary Series and the Black Cinema Series. The screening on December 15 is sponsored in part by the Association of Black Journalists. 

Little joins us to share what she learned, and we'll hear from the victims' mothers about how they are carrying on their sons' legacies. Our guests:

  • Tameakia Little, filmmaker
  • Anita Barley, mother of Jonah Barley 
  • Lentory Johnson, mother of Johnny Johnson
  • Tammy Burnett, mother of Raekwon Manigault

One year ago this week, three men were killed in a drive-by shooting outside the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester. The organization will host a remembrance ceremony and plaque dedication in honor of Raekwon Manigault, Johnny Johnson, and Jonah Barley. 

We talk about healing, the impact of violence, and the good work being done at the club. Our guests:

  • Dwayne Mahoney, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
  • Bishop Willie Davis
  • Tamara Shepard, licensed social worker with the Rochester City School District, and alumna of the Boys & Girls Club 
  • Wanya Bruce, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester’s Youth of the Year and WNY Youth of the Year

This is National Boys and Girls Club Week and the celebration peaks on Thursday at 500 Genesee Street in Rochester.

Executive Director Dwayne Mahoney told WXXI the club is near the end of two years of renovations, adding 10,000 sq. ft. of space, and renovating another 18,000 to create more room for programming for kids.

"We added an arts studio, dance studio, recording studio, also an additional computer lab."

The current computer lab houses an accelerated reading program. One new room is tablet room with ipads.