Two years ago Boys & Girls Clubs of America launched the Great Futures Campaign to call attention to the crisis facing America’s young people and to “redefine the opportunity equation” by elevating the role of out-of-school-time programs in reversing negative trends like poor academic performance, obesity, drug use, and youth-related violence. The Great Futures Campaign seeks to mobilize the nation in support of afterschool and summer learning programs that tackle these issues to inspire and empower more youth toward success.
The campaign identifies out-of-school-time programs as a key component of the solution to America’s youth crisis. Research shows that out-of-school-time programs work: young people who attend afterschool and summer learning programs have better attendance, improved behavior, higher grades and improved test scores among other outcomes. Boys & Girls Clubs offer a variety of programs in the areas of education, health and nutrition, and character and leadership development at its more than 4,100 clubs nationwide.
On Thursday October 20, our Club took part in the annual event “Lights On After School”. This fun filled national event is put on to promote after school enrichment and child safety across the country. Our Club members got to make healthy snacks, worked on arts & crafts, and then listened to music and danced the night away! We love events like this that raise awareness for after school programs.
To find out more about the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Texas, or to make an investment in our youth, please visit www.begreatnext.org