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Boys and Girls Clubs launches campaign to advocate for kids during out-of-school time

Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest: (l to r) Jack Longo (7), Kylie Rabelo (7), Kauanne Santos (7) and James Mwangi (7). (Photo/submitted)

Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest: (l to r) Jack Longo (7), Kylie Rabelo (7), Kauanne Santos (7) and James Mwangi (7). (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest (BGCMW) July 31 announced the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids to help them achieve great futures. The local club is joining Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to ensure that every child and teen has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path for success.

According to BGCMW, every day 15 million kids nationwide (one out of four) leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. During the summer, an alarming 43 million kids in America lack access to summer learning programs, increasing their risk of learning loss and putting them at a disadvantage before the school year starts. The way a child spends their time after school and during the summer can significantly affect the path they take.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest has been serving the community with afterschool and summer programs for 70 years,” BGCMW President Fran Hurley said. “During that time, we'se seen the positive impact that occurs when young people have access to a safe place with caring adult mentors and enriching programs during out-of-school time. We want today's generation to be successful in school and in adulthood, to be healthy and active, and to develop strong character skills they need to become future leaders for our country.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest is asking the public to help the organization reach more kids and put them on the path to a great future. The organization serves over 3,500 children and youth each year, providing quality out-of-school programming in Marlborough, Hudson and Framingham.

For more information about the Great Futures Campaign, visit www.greatfutures.org. For information on BGCMW, visit www.bgcmetrowest.org.

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