Boys & Girls Clubs of America Announces “Agenda for America’s Youth”
Out-of-School time provider champions solutions impacting the nation’s youth
Out-of-school time is at the forefront of our agenda because we believe it is the critical vehicle for accomplishing these solutions for kids and teens, including ensuring Safer Childhoods so every child feels safe physically and emotionally, not just in Clubs, but everywhere. Clubs not only make kids’ childhoods safer, they build the resiliency that will last young people a lifetime. We will champion issues that support youth in making positive decisions and embracing Healthy Lifestyles & Wellness. We prepare youth for life after the Club with Education, Leadership opportunities and Workforce Readiness, equipping them with the skills they need for success in the workforce, while fostering partnership that create access to real-life experiences to explore career options. When every young person has access to quality out-of-school time opportunities, when they’re safe emotionally and physically, when they are healthy and when they have the leadership skills for great futures — that is how we ensure equity and inclusion for all young people.
“Every day, 60+ Boys & Girls Clubs around the State open their doors to thousands of youth, giving them a safe place to play, learn, and explore. Affordable out-of-school-time care helps families ensure their students can be in a place with caring adults, who are focused on their educational, social and emotional development.”
“As one of the largest youth serving organizations in the State, Boys & Girls Clubs takes seriously their responsibility to advocate on behalf of not only the 112,000 youth we serve, but all of Arizona’s youth. Our Agenda for America’s Youth will bring into specific focus those areas where we can support their development, and help them realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible members of the community.”