Think about your childhood, for some of us it consisted of two parents who were always around to help keep us on track, but for a lot of people it wasn’t like that. Kids are being raised in homes that lack the proper attention, support, and care that a child needs and for those that have never experienced this, it’s almost impossible to imagine.
Many kids are being raised by single mothers trying to provide for multiple kids on minimum wage or by siblings who were barely adults themselves. In shelter homes where they are bullied or with families who never went to school and can’t provide the advice and guidance to help their kids succeed. These are just a few types of environments millions of kids around the globe are raised in.
Although those of us who didn’t experience this will never know what it was like, there are many things we can do to help improve the lives of those who do. Boys and Girls Club of America is a program with over 4300 locations all over the United States created to help enhance the development of boys and girls who do not have the type of guidance and attention at home that they need.
The Boys and Girls Club is open for kids throughout the entire year who need somewhere safe to go. Whether their parents are still working when they get home or they just need a shoulder to lean on, BGC and their dedicated employees are always there. No child is denied regardless of their circumstances.
These clubs provide many different types of programs for the kids including homework help, test and assignment preparation, life and academic counseling, and many other useful aids. Because of programs like this, these kids are getting the stability and resources that may not be provided in their homes.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in four children under the age of 18, a total of about 17.4 million, are being raised without a father and nearly half live below the poverty line. Think about how many of those kids will grow up without the guidance and attention they deserve. What will change these type of statistics is programs like the Boys and Girls Club, and you can be a part of it too.
The Boys and Girls Club is always accepting volunteers to help with the programs and activities they host. Just giving these kids someone to talk to makes a difference. By just spending a couple hours of your time, you could make a huge impact on their lives and their futures.
There are 22 different Boys and Girls Club locations in Austin that are available for donations and volunteers. There’s nothing we can do to change these kid’s pasts, but there is plenty we can do to affect their futures. Everyone deserves someone who believes in them and wants to help them succeed, so be that person.