When I walked behind the blue doors at my local Boys & Girls Club with my son and a group of parenting bloggers, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d watched PSA’s on how Denzel Washington and Jennifer Lopez attended BGC when they were growing up..I knew it offered after school programs.
But I’d never been behind the doors myself until I was invited to preview National Boys and Girls Club Week (April 7-13, 2013). Once I was inside I learned more about the membership, volunteer opportunities and the fun kids ages (6-18) can have there. Keep reading for more news on membership, a video of what goes on behind the scenes, how you can get involved at your local club and why your vote is needed.
Boys & Girls Club Testimonial & Video
When I walked down the hallway with my three-year old son I had the cutest conversation with a boy who appeared to be about 10 years old. He looked at my son and asked, “”Is he coming here?” I said, “Maybe when he’s old enough.” The boy replied, “He should. It’s fun!” That impressed me!
Once we were inside the gym, I asked another boy if he would mind playing with A.J. and I also caught the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club director playing circle soccer. Here’s a look at the video:
Blue Door Decorating Contest
Choose from the seven finalists of National Boys and Girls Clubs April 9, 5:00 p.m. PST. The local Boys & Girls club with the most votes will receive a $5,000 Lowe’s gift card. Visit the Boys & Girls Club Website and click “vote now.”
Tour and Volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club
Take a tour of your local Boys & Girls Club to see how it’s enriching the lives of young people. They can get help with homework, self-esteem, learn crafts and play sports in a safe environment. I met a member of the Buckhead Optimists Club who was teaching knitting to a group of tween girls.
As a service project, your charitable organization or fraternity/sorority can volunteer or sponsor a learning opportunity.
Learn more at GreatFutures.org. You can also take a virtual tour of Boys & Girls Clubs.
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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting
on behalf of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I attended an information session and
received a gift bag and promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.
I need to look up where our closest club is now that we’ve moved!
I’ve never visited one, but I’d like to! I’ll have to look up our closest one. Thanks for sharing this!
I’ve never visited one, but it would probably be a good thing to do.
I love this, looks like such a great thing to get kids involved and help teach them!!
I do a lot of work with early childhood programs in my city, but for the kids that are a little older (Boys and Girls Club age) I really don’t know what is available. This is fantastic info, I will look into our area and see if we have one so I can direct parents when their kids age out of our programs!
This looks like so much fun!!! I have never been inside the boys and girls club before.
I’ve never been to a Boys and Girls Club before. It looks like everyone had a great time! (Unfortunately, there isn’t one in my region.)
I went to the only one that I knew of and it looked nothing like this:( My son loved it because the kids were running around all over the place but my daughter hated it. I would love to find and a support a club just for the kids. Maybe I will try again.
I have never visited a Boys & Girls Club. I know that they are wonderful assets to the communities they serve. What a great post to inform those of us who don’t know all the B&GC has to offer!
We don’t have any where I live. Thanks for helping raise awareness, I’d love to visit someday
I have never taken my kids to a Boys and Girls club. This article made me want to look into it.
I have worked with several B&G clubs and they are a great resource for parents & children alike!
This reminded me to check out our local Boys and Girls club for summer activities. It’s a great place for my son to make friends.
I think I definitely need to check out the Boys and Girls Club. Pretty nice post. Thanks for sharing!
When I toured preschools, I was told to always observe if the children are happy in the environment and excited to see the teachers. By that little boy telling you your son should come here basically vouched for the center:)