A month on helping American kids wouldnt be complete without a mention of The Boys & Girls Clubs of America.   We’ve all heard of them.  Here’s what their site says about their organization and its relevance in American communities:

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. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. They are truly The Positive Place For Kids

That’is just a general statement, but, you get the point.  You hear in the news a lot about kids, especially teens, just out on the street, doing nothing, getting into trouble. Or sometimes it’s a matter of their not having anywhere to go to be enriched, exposed to new things, or even just a safe place to hang out. That’s where the Boys & Girls Clubs come in.

My brother has been in some way or other associated with The West End House Boys & Girls Club in Allston-Brighton MA, for, I don’t know, 10-12 years or something, in various capacities. Remember their old slogan “The club that beats the streets.” Alex used to joke “The club that beats the kids.” I still think that’s funny.  Alex is the executive director of the Commonwealth Tenants Association which is a community organization located in the same basic neighborhood. The kids from CTA use the WEH and participate in programs there.

Alex is involved with the WEH Keystone club which is a program for teens designed to help build leadership and character.  He’s devoted a lot of time to it and he has seen the positive results. He  has also probably beaten some of the kids, but that’s another story.

If you look at the WEH site, you can see the large and diverse population of kids they serve, what they offer, and how you can get involved.   You can also check this site here to find a Boys & Girls Club in your own neighborhood. You can volunteer, make a donation, or maybe send your kids there to get them out of your hair…Heh. 

Drop as you see fit.

And now, here it is people, your moment of Twin:

IMG_4963b Well, one twin and big sis.


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