HOUSTON, August 7, 2019 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) announces registration is now open for its after-school programs at 23 different clubs in the Houston area, beginning on Aug. 26 and running through the school year. The hours of operation are 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
As the region’s leading youth development organization, BGCGH has achieved an enviable record of creatively engaging, educating and empowering low-income youth in ways that improve their chances of achieving and sustaining academic and economic success. For a list of our Club locations or membership information, visit our website at www.bgcgh.org.
More than 22,000 youth ages six to 17 walk through the doors of BGCGH Clubs each year for after-school and summer programs. These children and teens are provided nutritious meals, strong role models, homework/tutoring assistance, organized athletics, character development, access to the arts and field trips. The cost for the school-year program is only $5 per child; however, scholarships are available for families who need help covering this cost.
The vision to put success within reach for BGCGH members is being realized, with about 89 percent of teens on track to graduate from high school. College prep and workforce development are especially emphasized with high school students. This concept reflects the nonprofit’s national campaign tag line, “Great Futures Start Here.”
“Our Clubs offer tested, proven and nationally recognized programs designed to empower kids and teens to excel in school, become good citizens and lead healthy, productive lives, all within a safe and welcoming space,” says Kevin Hattery, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. “Our staff members are highly trained in youth development. We encourage parents and guardians to check out our programming and consider enrolling their children at one of the many Clubs located in the greater Houston area.”
Parents can enroll children even after school starts. No one is turned away. However, it is recommended that individuals register as soon as possible to allow their children to begin the program when school starts, making for a smoother transition.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston is also hiring for a variety of positions, including Youth Development Specialists. Volunteers are needed as well, whether for tutoring, coaching or assistance with computer skills.
If you are unable to volunteer but would like to make a difference in the lives of children and teens on the lower socioeconomic ladder, donations are the way to go. Some 60 percent of youth in the Greater Houston Area are growing up in low income households, with 20 percent living in extreme poverty.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston counts on corporate and individual donations to fund our year-round programs that impact the lives of children in households that struggle to provide basic needs. For example, $20 a month, or $250 a year, allows 10 Club members to go on five field trips to museums, businesses and sporting events.
Go to our website at www.bgcgh.org to learn more about jobs, volunteer opportunities and to donate. Each donation is an investment in a child’s future and our community’s future, as BGCGH empowers and prepares the next generation for an increasingly competitive educational and work environment.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
Our mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Our vision is to put success within reach for our Club members and keep them on track to graduate high school. We help them realize a positive plan for the future that includes good character, citizenship, workforce readiness and a healthy lifestyle. Each year, more than 22,000 youth ages 6 to 17 walk through our doors for our afterschool and summer programs. At our Clubs, youth are provided meals, strong role models, homework assistance, organized athletics, character development and access to the arts. Membership costs just $5 per school year, and we accept applications for children ages 6-17. We are a United Way agency. Great Futures Start Here.
This article was originally posted on The West University Moms on August 15, 2019.