Education and community support is kind of a big deal for all of us at Rocket City Mom. We’ve made that part of our mission for almost 10 years, so you probably already know that. What you may not know is that thanks to a partnership with Earlyworks Children’s Museum and presenting sponsor, Progress Bank, we were able to give $4,000 back into our community!
If you joined us earlier this year at our Learning Expo at Earlyworks Museum, YOU also helped to make this gift possible. Thanks to the hard work of so many, the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama is this year’s RCM Community Education Grant winner.
What Boys & Girls Clubs Do
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. These young people need to know that someone cares about them. The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama offer that and much more!
12 clubs. Over 5,000 kids served yearly. For more than 75 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama (BGCNAL) have been doing important work for local kids by helping to strengthen their communities.
CEO Patrick Wynn said it best: “What we do here is something no other agency in North Alabama does. Boys & Girls Club embeds itself in the neighborhood with bricks-and-mortar locations and becomes part of a child’s Village.”
Four key characteristics of BGCNAL
Every Boys & Girls Club you see, in every town you visit, will always have four things:
- A Dedicated Youth Facility: The Boys & Girls Club is a place – an actual neighborhood-based building – designed solely for youth programs and activities.
- Open Daily: The Club is open every day after school, when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets.
- A Professional Staff: Every Club has full and part-time youth development professionals, providing positive role models and mentors. Volunteers provide key supplementary support.
- Available/Affordable to All Youth: Membership dues are affordable. Clubs reach out to kids who may lack access to other community programs.
BGCNA doesn’t just facilitate programs, they host them around the corner from where kids live and provide them with a safe space with qualified professionals to mentor, help with homework, serve a snack, play a game, or provide guidance. There’s no other place like it.
Bottom line: kids participating in BGCNAL programs benefit from trained, caring, professional staff and volunteers who help young people take control of their lives and reach their goals. Rocket City Mom and our incredible partners are so thrilled and grateful to be able to help.
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