Where I grew up we didn’t have a Boy and Girls Club, the first time I had ever heard of one was when we visited Westchester County for my brother’s travel basketball team and they played a team that had been started by the Boys and Girls club.
I’m one of those people who if I hear about something I’m unfamiliar with I want to learn more about it. So of course I looked up the information that I could and I absolutely loved the concept. In case you’re not familiar with the Boys and Girls club they offer club programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by teaching them life skills. The club is targeted to kids and teens who’s parents both work full time which means that if not for the Boys and Girls club the children would be home alone. The goal is to let these children have a safe place for them to be while having fun at the same time.
Recently the Boys & Girls club has joined forces with Amway to focus on the importance of healthy diets and lifestyles.
They are working on three different initiatives right now.
- POSITIVE SPROUTS®Sustainability Grants – Amway is providing $30,000 in Sustainability Grants to ten deserving Boys & Girls Clubs who previously received community gardens from Amway. The funds are designed to assist Clubs with the maintenance of their garden as well as improve nutrition for Club members. For more information on the POSITIVE SPROUTS program, click here.
- Garden In A Box Kits – Amway is donating 150 Garden In A Box kits to Boys & Girls Clubs who demonstrated an interest and need for establishing a community gardening program at their Club. The kit includes a variety of fruit and vegetable seeds and supplies Clubs need to get started.
- POSITIVE SPROUTS® Curriculum – Amway is enabling the delivery of a healthy food curriculum to 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide ensuring that all Clubs have access to educational materials promoting healthy eating habits.
I think my favorite out of the three programs is the Garden in a Box Kit. I truly believe that as an entire community we would ALL be better off if we learned how to grow our own gardens even if they were small gardens. Not only would it help save money but it also helps teach people how to be self sufficient which is an invaluable skill.
Do you have a Boys & Girls Club near you?
Do you help in any way or are your children apart of it?