Spring Community Beneficiary:
Boys & Girls Club
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides a fun, safe environment for kids to learn, play, grow and meet new friends.
From sports to education and group activities, the Clubs provide quality programs to thousands of area kids every day. Kids who may otherwise lack the resources for such opportunities.
The number of children left home alone with no adult supervision has only increased over the past 10 years. That’s why the Clubs are open before and after school, snow days and some holidays, providing a positive outlet for kids during their free time.
Giving these kids a wholesome place to go and some positive guidance is the key to bettering their lives … building their self-esteem … and providing a GREAT future for the kids who need us most.
EDUCATION & CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Kids who drop out of high school are significantly less likely to secure jobs, earn a decent salary and become self-reliant adults. As such, high school graduation is an important goal for all Club members.
We help our members leverage their skills and strengths to plan for fulfilling careers. With the right preparation, kids from the most difficult situations can set themselves up for success … today and in the future.
Kids who can express their wants, needs, opinions and ideas are more likely to become productive, responsible citizens and successful leaders.
Our members learn the basic skills of public speaking and debate, empowering them to positively influence their peers and their communities, develop self-esteem and appreciate cultural differences. Members also register to vote and learn how to take an active role in the democratic process.
The health habits developed in adolescence affect health and quality of life throughout adulthood.
Our members learn the value of exercise, proper nutrition, fitness, teamwork and sportsmanship through team sports and group activities. As a result, they develop the skills they need to resist drug or alcohol abuse, gang involvement and other risky behaviors.
In this global economy, mastering technology is critical to success. This is especially important to kids in the urban core who may not have access to computers or the Internet.
Our members learn basic computer skills that will set them up for success in their careers and in life.