According to the After School Alliance, in Colorado seventeen percent of children go unsupervised after school – a time of day which correlates with the peak hours in which teens are most likely to engage in risky behavior indicating the necessity of providing youth with quality after-school programs.
A substantial and growing body of research points to the positive academic, social and emotional outcomes associated with participation in quality after-school programs. At Boys & Girls of Metro Denver, our kids continuously reaffirm this:
Melissa Johnson BGC
Growing up in a Spanish speaking household, eight year-old Club member Melissa serves as the main translator for her parents. As she is working to improve her English skills, Melissa knows she can turn to the Clubs’ Learning Center to receive reading and writing help. Through participating in the Accelerated Reader and Youth One Book One Denver programs, Melissa stays academically motivated. “These reading programs help me improve my English. I get to read the books multiple times and then turn to a group to discuss my findings and learn new words,” said Melissa.
Anai - Jeffco BGC
Social influences can greatly impact the trajectory of a childhood – both for the good and the bad. For sixteen year-old Anai, the positive social connections that she has made at the Boys & Girls Club are what’s important to her. “Over the years the Club has taught me the benefits to growing strong relationships with my peers and teachers,” said Anai. “Through my interactions at the Club I have grown to become more outgoing.” Anai has big dreams that the communication skills that she has developed at the Club will one day help position her to run her own Boys & Girls Club.
Stephen Denver Broncos BGC
In the nine years that Stephen has been attending the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club, he has become emotionally invested in all of the Clubs' programs. “The Club is an extension of who I am. It has been a part of my life as long as I can remember,” said Stephen. In the beginning, Stephen remembers engaging in reading programs, technology focused groups, and sports teams. Now, as a teenager, Stephen is involved in leadership programs and works as a Junior Staff member. His support system at the Club has grown so strong that he feels out of place if he is unable to go to the Club for more than two days in a row.
With Club doors open to youth in need year-round, Melissa, Anai, and Stephen are just a few of the hundreds of kids whose lives are positively impacted by Boys & Girls Clubs programming every year!