Talk about things coming full circle. Meet Dom Panucci – a former Boys & Girls Club member since age 6 and now Program Manager at Boys & Girls Clubs in Carnegie, PA. As an only child in a neighborhood where there were not any kids his age, the club gave Dom an opportunity to develop friendships with children who shared his interests. A fixture at the club, Dom felt like it was a second home to him participating in the after school programs, sports programs throughout the year, and summer camp. He recalls those days with a big smile on his face. “Playing in the sports programs, it didn’t matter if you were an all-star or the last kid picked. Everybody played the same amount of time, everybody made the playoffs, and everybody got the same medal, whether or not your team came in 1st place or last place.” said Dom. “It was just fun.”
It was that kind of fun that led Dom to help out at the club, volunteering where he could when the club needed him. His participation and volunteering, along with his good GPA, eventually led to Dom being crowned Western Pennsylvania Youth of the Year in 2011. He went on to join the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year Nominating Committee shortly after, helping to highlight other potential club candidates for the honor.
It was this positive energy and ‘can do’ personality that led Juan Perez, Head Director of the Carnegie Club, to advocate for Dom when the club position of Program Director became available . A position Dom took on in February 2015 and absolutely LOVES! Now he oversees the same after school programs, sports programs and summer camps he used to attend.
“Juan has been an amazing mentor to me,” says Dom. “Over the past few months Juan has shared so much with me about every aspect of running a successful Boys & Girls Club. The skills he has taught me are skills that will serve me well anywhere in life or any job.”
It seems that Dom is jumping in to his new role and bringing his youthful ideas with him. From a new LED sign for the building, to new 21st century after school programs such as the robotics course or ‘interactive sports gaming’ and a new teen lounge for 13-18 years old, Dom is again tackling this job with the fervor he is known for. “It’s an honor to be a leader here at the Boys & Girls Club where kids are looking to me to provide an answer or be a positive role model. I am replacing an incredible program manager, Lou Trombetta and those are big shoes to fill,” says Panucci. “I hope that with my hard work and determination I can continue the great programs that he built here at the Carnegie Club.”
“Dom is a one of a kind young man,” says Susan Kalich, Vice President & Chief Development Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. “I have known him for over a decade and his passion and willingness to help out with whatever is needed; even when he was a "kid" and was the one needing the help, has always been inspirational to me. It is a real gift to be able to see someone grow up in the Club and then be able to give back as an employee. I am proud of Dom and all of his accomplishments to date and know that this is just the beginning of great things to come for him."
We couldn’t agree more. What a wonderful success story for the Boys & Girls Club of Western PA and their mission – enabling young people to reach their potential as productive, caring & responsible citizens!
Name Dom Panucci firstname.lastname@example.org Phone Number (412) 337-6682 Hometown Pittsburgh Resident Collier Township Education Chartiers Valley School District/Robert Morris University Profession Program Manager Awards 2007 Dapper Dan ; 2009 Carnegie Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year ; 2011 Boys & Girls Club of Western Pa Youth of the Year Title Program Manager at Carnegie Boys & Girls Club Favorite Clothing Stores? Finish Line What gives a woman/man style? Personality gives any person style. It doesn't matter how you look, what matters is how you act around others. Who is the most interesting celebrity you ever met? I never met a movie celebrity, but a famous athlete I got to meet was Mario Lemieux at the 2009 Dapper Dan dinner. Who is your hero and why? Both of my grandfathers. Each one of them has taught me so much about life and how to treat people. Do you have any pets? Yes a golden retriever, Sophie What is the greatest gift you've ever given? I know it very cliche but the love I give to my family. What is the greatest gift you've ever received? Again, the love from my family. What was your first job? Coaching a Flag Football Team at the Carnegie Boys & Girls Club. What are your volunteer activites? When I was younger, I volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club and at my church. (Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish) What is your greatest indulgence? Chocolate What are your favorite books/writers? Harry Potter Books with Author J.K. Rowling What is the best advice you have ever received? When working with children, you have to understand that you are now taking on the responsibility of a parents' most important thing in the world!! More important than their house, car, etc. A parent's child is their whole world and they are now entrusting you with them. What is your motto? "Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what your going to get" Which social event is your favorite? Going to watch the Pirates at PNC Park