During a time of a sick and hurting nation, future nurses are bidding farewell to their high schools and the Boys and Girls Club to commit to healthcare careers amid COVID-19. Over 100 years of serving our communities, the Boys and Girls Club provides hope and to young people across the country. Their mission is to enable young people, especially those who need to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
The Boys and Girls Club provides world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person. Members are on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrate good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.
The Boys and Girls Club provides safe, positive, and inclusive environments for all. They support youth and teens of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, and religion to reach their full potential.
Programs offeredThe Boys and Girls Club offers many programs, including those to assist them in preparing for a future in healthcare. The programs include:
Sports and recreations
Health and wellness
Character and leadership
These programs empower youth to excel in school, become good citizens, and lead healthy, productive lives. The workforce readiness program helps young people meet tomorrow’s workforce challenges by exploring their interests, passions, developing their employability skills, and applying knowledge to real-world work experiences.
Boys and Girls Club Feeds Families Among COVID-19 CrisisSome Boys and Girls Club teens say that the COVID-19 pandemic motivates them even more to pursue healthcare careers. They want to return to the world kindness and goodness in which they have received by going through the program.
Boys and girls club help support disaster relief efforts across the country. Clubs are there to support and serve their community from crisis through recovery. The Boys and Girls Club is stepping up during the COVID era by feeding in-need communities. Many clubs are being mandated to close, leaving vulnerable youth without food. Luckily, Boys & Girls Clubs are providing access to meals during this unprecedented time.
The closing of schools had a significant impact on families and how you feed children. The Boys and Girls Club has partnered with several companies to provide “drive-through” pantries at five Club locations. Staff and volunteers provide food bundles in vehicles while practicing social distancing and safe, hygienic practices.
“We take the need for families to have access to food very seriously. This initiative is one way we can help bridge the gap. Our staff continues to identify alternative services and programming during this time to meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations,”
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston President & CEO, Kevin Hattery.
Boys & Girls Clubs prioritize the need to access meals in their communities, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
How Boys and Girls Club Support Suicide PreventionChildhood, especially the teen years, can be a stressful time. Internal and external changes within an adolescent may be unsettling for some youth, especially when combined with family or school issues. They may lead to feelings of stress, confusion, and depression.
Nationally, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24. Suicide is a significant health concern in the United States that impacts thousands of young people, their families, and communities each year.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus recently piloted a suicide prevention program in response to the alarming rate of youth suicide nationally. One aspect of the program is to get youth talking about suicide and reporting concerns to adults. This club tracked the disclosing of suicidal ideation or thoughts, which ultimately led to reduced suicide rates.
Suicide is preventable. By recognizing the warning signs, listening, talking, and taking action, you could save a life. The steps include:
Ask- ask “are you thinking about suicide”
Be there- increase connectedness to those with suicidal thoughts
Help them connect- help them connect to support systems and local resources
Follow up- call to check in with those after they have connected to support systems
If you or someone you know needs support, seek help immediately. You can call the free, confidential National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) at any time.
Call to ActionHelping our communities, especially during unprecedented times, helps heal our hurt and broken nation. Nurses are living in a world with COVID-19 and other health disparities. They continue to provide care, fearful of what awaits them after each shift, the fear of the unknown. Future nurses look up to us to provide care on the frontlines and promote health and wellness to all. Increasing youth opportunities to reach their full potential is the ultimate priority of the Boys & Girls Club.
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