Great Futures Day Set for May 22, 2019
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Launches Campaign to Recognize the Great Futures of Hawaii's Youth
HONOLULU, May 6, 2019 (Newswire.com) - Today, Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) announced the launch of the Great Futures Day Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids and empower today’s youth to achieve great futures. BGCH is joining Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to redefine the opportunity equation for kids by elevating the critical role out-of-school time plays in a child’s development. Through the Great Futures Day 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.
On May 22, 2019, all nine Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Clubhouses on Oahu and Kauai, which provide a safe place to go after-school for more than 4,500 youth, and reaches more than 14,000 youth through its outreach programs, will be holding events to recognize Great Futures Day such as obstacle courses and talent shows. Friends, families, local businesses and members of the community are encouraged to go to www.greatfuturesday.org to sponsor a clubhouse and help them reach their fundraising goals.
Last year, Great Futures Day raised nearly $200,000 to support Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. This year, the goal is to raise $250,000. Donations are accepted online at www.greatfuturesday.org.
“After-school is a critical time for our youth, when they need guidance, support and caring mentors. Great Futures Day is a day when our community comes together to show our youth that we believe in their future and want to invest in them,” says Paddy Kauhane, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. “Our programs work. 67% of Boys & Girls Club alumni say that the Club kept them out of trouble with the law. 98% of our Clubhouse members are on-track to graduate high-school on time. To keep these vital programs going, we need the help of the entire community. It costs us $1,400 each year for a child to be a member of a clubhouse, but the membership fee is only $25/year for elementary and middle-school students, and $10 for high-school students. That difference is made up through fundraisers like Great Futures Day.”
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. Thus, Clubs create a fun and engaging environment that keep kids coming back.
BGCH is asking the public to help the organization reach more kids to put them on the path to a great future. Visit www.greatfuturesday.org for more information.
About Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) is a nonprofit organization serving more than 14,000 youth, ages seven to 17, each year on Oahu and Kauai. The mission of the organization is to inspire and enable youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. BGCH Clubhouses and outreach sites provide affordable membership and guidance-oriented development programs that emphasize education, technology, and career development; health and life skills; the arts; character and leadership development; and sports, fitness, and recreation. BGCH is an affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and has been operating in Hawaii since 1976. For more information, visit www.bgch.com or call (808) 949-4203.
Source: Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii