My foundation currently sponsors the Boys and Girls Club in my family's hometown: Bentonville, Arkansas. It is such a privilege to have the amazing opportunity to also now sponsor the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico. Through my sponsorship, the club youth will gain hands on experience to study an actual research bee hive and learn about the importance of pollinators.
What does the Boys and Girls Club Do?
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.
Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives.
Boys and Girls Club of Arkansas Reports
Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico Statistics
How Donations are Put to Use
Every day, 11.3 million kids (1 out of 4) leave school with no place to go. And every summer, 43 million kids lack access to summer learning programs. This means that millions of our nation’s youth risk being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe.
However, research shows that what happens during the out-of-school time can have a significant impact on reversing the negative trends facing youth, including dropout rates, obesity and violence. And that’s what Boys & Girls Clubs are all about – providing youth with a safe, constructive, supportive environment when they are not at home or at school, where they can have fun with peers and be guided by trained youth development professionals.