Do you believe that the world has become a complicated place and that a simpler time has passed us by? Maybe it has for some, but the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania is full of hope and opportunity for over a thousand children in our community. It is a place where children can play, have fun, explore their own interests and learn about themselves and the larger world they live in. Our safe, positive environment also provides kids with the opportunity to define, clarify and develop their values; to establish a sense of what is important and what is right and wrong.
Even more importantly, young people need someone to be there to help make a difference in their lives; to instill hope and opportunity into their view of the world. Staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA makes a positive difference every day. We hold our youth to high expectations. The commitment and availability of caring adults lay the foundation for relationships built on mutual respect and trust. These positive relationships give youth the confidence to look up to staff and even pattern their lives after them.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA utilizes a time-tested Youth Development Strategy that promotes and enhances the development of boys and girls by instilling:
- A sense of competence, the feeling there is something they can do well,
- A sense of usefulness, the opportunity to do something of value for others,
- A sense of belonging in a setting where youth know they fit in and are accepted and
- A sense of power and influence by giving them a chance to be heard and to make decisions.
Besides your parents, who made a difference for you in your childhood? Was it a favorite teacher? A coach? A neighbor? Or someone else who guided you and taught you about life?
You can be the one to make a difference in the life of a child by providing him or her with a safe, secure and stimulating environment through our Boys & Girls Clubs. We need the financial support of caring people like you to help us reach the children who need us most. Your investment gives the Boys & Girls Clubs the chance to develop a generation of Americans who are productive and caring citizens. They will become our community, national and world leaders, exhibiting strong character and integrity to build a better life for themselves, better communities for their fellow citizens and a stronger America.
A myriad of kids depends on our Boys & Girls Clubs. We must continue to reach out to additional children to offer programs that provide a future for ALL kids. Your financial investment is essential to ensure that our Club continues to offer programs and activities for young people throughout our community.
For more information or to make a donation, please contact Julianne Cucura, development director at (570) 342-8709 ext. 110 or jCucura@bgcnepa.org.