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Boys & Girls Clubs of King County launches Great Futures Campaign

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County (BGCKC) has announced the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids and empower today’s youth to achieve great futures.

The local clubs — including one in the Redmond/Sammamish area — are joining Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to shed light on the critical role out-of-school time plays in a child’s development. Through the Great Futures Campaign, the organization seeks to ensure that every child and teen has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path for success.

Locally, BGCKC is celebrating the Great Futures Campaign in conjunction with its Rotary Club’s 60th anniversary. The Rotary Boys & Girls Club, located in Seattle’s Central District, is one of the oldest clubs in the county. Today, the Rotary Club hosted an open house to celebrate its anniversary and thank the community for its support.

“BGCKC has been serving the community with afterschool and summer programs for more than 70 years. When the nation prepares to go back to school this fall, we want to ensure that out-of-school is part of the conversation,” said Calvin Lyons, CEO of BGCKC. “Through the Great Futures Campaign, we are advocating on behalf of kids and convening partners around our goal of guaranteeing that all kids have access to a safe, engaging and productive place to go between school and home.”

Boys & Girls Clubs reach kids most in need with outcome-driven programs designed to increase their performance in the areas of education, health and character development. Research shows that when kids attend the club more frequently, the impact grows. So clubs create a fun and engaging environment that keeps kids coming back. Goals for the Campaign include:

• Increase membership and access to clubs for kids who need a safe place to go after school and during the summer

• Ensure successful transitions to middle and high school, and foster college- or career-readiness with 21st century skills

• Motivate kids to be healthy through nutrition and health education, more access to healthy foods, avoidance of risky behaviors and a lifelong commitment to fitness

• Engage youth in taking action in their community and the world, promote resilience, build character strength and develop the next generation of America’s leaders

BGCKC is asking the public to help the organization reach more kids and put them on the path to a great future. For more information about the Great Futures Campaign, visit www.PositivePlace.org.

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