***Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.***
Thankfully, I am able to be home with my children every day. Working from home certainly has it's perks! But there are a lot of kids who don't have that luxury. In this uncertain economy, parents are working more and more hours to support their families, leaving their kids to fend for themselves as "latch key kids."
I remember being one myself as a kid, as my parents both worked outside of the home. For a few hours every day, I had to care for myself and my little brother until Mom or Dad got home. Nothing bad ever happened, thank goodness. I lived in a very safe, community oriented town where violent crime was almost unheard of. Sadly, not all kids are as lucky. There are many cities that have a lot of crime and gang activity, and parents who need to work are justifiably worried about sending their kids home from school alone.
Luckily, Boys & Girls Club of America has some great options to keep kids of all ages off of the streets while giving them the supervision and guidance they need. These programs offer kids things like homework help, structured, character-building activities, and give children the tools they need to succeed.
How You Can Help the BGCA :
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