To enable all young people, especially those who need us most to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
The Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green started over 65 years ago as a place for kids and Teens to go after school. Today, it has grown into much more than that, providing critical programs and services to meet the increasing needs of Bowling Green youth. Youth receive basic needs like a safe environment, caring adults and healthy meals and snacks. All our Club members and Teens receive programs while they are in our Club that are based around three core areas: Academic Success, Character and Leadership Development and Healthy Lifestyles. Our Teen members specifically receive programs to help them to graduate high school on time and be college, career, trade or military ready.
We have realized that our Teen population has increased 75% in the last three years and the need for soft skills training, job training and life training is at the forefront of what we teach our Teens and show them through mentorship. In 2016, we served 150 Teens within the Club and through our outreach efforts.
The Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green has realized that our Teens need to be prepared for life. Teens need a safe place to go and need caring, positive adults to help guide them and mentor them. We know there are Teens in the community who need a safe place like the Boys & Girls Club to spend their afternoons and days off from school.
With this being said, we have decided to launch a $1.2 million dollar public campaign to build a Teen Center for the Teens of our community to include renovations to our current building and sustain our endeavor for years to come. This Teen Center will be a state of the art facility, built on the grounds of our current Club and will be a second home to 200 of our community’s Teens. With a new, expanded Teen Center, teens will have a place to spend the day during school breaks and after school each day. Teens will get the soft skills they need, like opening a bank account and budgeting, applying for a job, applying for college, and the ability to articulate to others what their goals are in life.
We are asking you to help us make a commitment to the Teens in our community by helping us raise $1.2 million to support our Teen Center build and to ensure that we are here for 65 more years to help those youth that need us most.
In the next several months, you will see us asking for help with this endeavor from the community during our public media campaign. We hope that we can count on you, our loyal friend, to help us get started today with a donation or pledge. Your consideration and continued support for the youth of Bowling Green and Warren County is greatly appreciated.