Country Wide To-Do List

Growing up as a military kid meant moving every two years, but it also meant exploring the country from coast to coast. If you are headed on a road trip, trying to stay busy, or want to be a tourist in your own city, here are some of my favorite things to do and see […]

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Preventing Child Sex Trafficking

Content Advisory: This article contains sensitive information related to safety of children. If you suspect someone is a victim of sex trafficking, call your local law enforcement or The National Human Trafficking Hotline. Young people today in our society face an onslaught on safety issues, but one of the most horrific is the issue of […]

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Cultivating Confidence Through STEM

Three years ago, N’dira M. began attending Ft. Meade Children & Youth Center, a military affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Before joining, she was shy and quiet, more of a wallflower than a social butterfly. She is physically challenged by cerebral palsy, and struggles with the use of her lower body. […]

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Growing Up in a Military Family

Serving in the military—or having a family member who serves—is an unmatched honor, but it can also provide families with a unique set of challenges. Christian A.’s childhood was segmented by a series of moves. Every year and a half, for several years, he and his family would be relocated by the military to a […]

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Impact of Grief on Kids

Loss and transition are both natural parts of our lives from the moment we are born, however, grief is an all too familiar experience for many of the young people we serve. According to a recent survey conducted by the New York Life Foundation, one in 14 children will experience the death of a parent […]

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Native Club Nurtures Kid’s Passion for Nature

The generational passing of values of appreciation for nature and the environment is a sacred practice held dear in many Native communities. However, as technology has become more accessible to children, some Native Clubs and their respective Tribal Elders have found it difficult to connect youth to the natural world and pass along values that […]

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Five Tips For Teens to Avoid Debt

Back in the day, most people learned how to manage their money through the school of hard knocks. That’s still true. But today’s young people face much larger, higher-stakes financial decisions at a younger age than their elders. For example, in 2018, the average college graduate faced $29,200 in student loan debt — the highest […]

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Club Nurtures Career Path

Growing up in West Africa, Amirah frequently taught younger children multiplication tables or played educational games with them. She liked working with kids. When her family moved to New York City and Amirah joined the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem, she decided to explore career paths that fit that interest. She spent a summer […]

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Club Alumni Changing the World: Laura Jenny

This post is part of a “Where Are They Now” series highlighting Youth of the Year who have gone on to become leaders, innovators and problem-solvers who now shape our world. Club alumni like Laura Jenny are using foundational skills they learned at Boys & Girls Clubs to make a difference in their communities and […]

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Paying it Forward for Today’s Youth

By the age of 5, Club alum Tony Orr knew what it felt like to be unofficially relegated to a life with little hope. His life took a more positive direction after he moved in with his grandmother, who registered him at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. The first-generation high […]

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