Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia understands that our youth need access to a safe, supportive learning environment even when schools cannot open their doors. In response to the school closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, BGCP is operating 15 Access Centers to support youth during the virtual school day. Our Access Centers follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines including sanitation practices, social distancing, and mask wearing. All Access Centers are equipped with WiFi Access, and caring professional youth development staff. Youth attending Access Centers will receive free breakfast, lunch, and snacks daily, and individual supply kits. In addition to providing support for virtual learning, our Access Centers engage youth in Literacy and STEM Enrichment, and recreational programs to support academic, social, and emotional health during this difficult time.
For more information about how to sign-up for Access Center programming and program hours please click here.
As we enter a holiday season unlike any other, and you reflect upon the true meaning of love and family, help us to bring the gift of Peace on Earth to our Boys & Girls Club kids. In an unprecedented year that has caused turmoil and distress nation-wide, for the children of Philadelphia, matters are even worse. The daily challenges of poverty, an inadequate educational system, hunger, and neighborhood crime and violence not only persist through this season, but have been intensified by the COVID-19 Pandemic. In our communities, unemployment, food insecurity, and violence have skyrocketed, with homicide rates across the city increasing by 32%, unemployment growing by 217% and food insecurity rising by over 40%. At the same time, youth have been academically abandoned as school doors remain closed and only online-instruction is available for youth already facing severe educational obstacles.
As our kids and communities faced a tidal wave of uncertainty and fear, Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia adapted our programs and services to restore a sense of security, peace, and goodwill for the kids who need us the most. Working with the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Housing Authority, we have provided over 180,000 emergency meals in 15 locations since March 23rd 2020. In April 2020, we launched our Digital Experiences for Youth (DEFY) Club virtual program, engaging over 550 youth in daily STEM, Literacy, and Recreation Activities. On July 6th, we reopened our doors to safely provide in-person programs at a time when our communities were most in need. Currently, we serve over 650 youth at 15 locations, providing full-day programs to assist youth with the virtual school day, serve healthy, home-cooked meals, and engage youth in daily Literacy and STEM programs to prevent long-term learning loss and academic disengagement. For children in Philadelphia, our Clubs offer a safe-haven where they can learn and grow into productive, caring, and responsible young adults. During this difficult time, your gift can help the holidays shine a little brighter than usual for the 9,600 youth we serve.
Please join us in bringing Peace on Earth to Philadelphia’s youth, and ensuring that despite the chaos and uncertainty that surround them, they have the opportunity to meet their full potential and achieve their dreams. Together, we can help our future leaders triumph during a time when all odds are against them.
Your leadership and support will make a difference.
In the best interest of the kids,
Lisabeth and Joseph Marziello
Thank you TODAY Show and Comcast for highlighting the ongoing efforts and crucial work we do to continue to uplift and support Philadelphia’s youth, as well as spread the word for their virtual Toy Drive supporting our clubs!
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