Engaging students in school or with after school activities can be difficult. Many students are left to find their own recreation and companionship in and out of the classroom, and this is compounded by the pressure schoolwork can create. Out of these challenges, the central principle of the Boys & Girls Club’s mission was born: keep kids engaged.
When one young girl first came to the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County, she was faced with social and academic challenges coupled with an ADHD diagnosis. Being one of the younger children at the Club at the time, she had some trouble integrating with the group. Even some of the simpler tasks she undertook at the Club proved difficult.
As she attended the Club more regularly, she began to thrive. She formed relationships with the staff, tutors, and other children in the Club, as well as at school. These relationships provided an opportunity to ask questions and access help with school work, increasing her GPA. She is now off her ADHD medication, is part of the National Honor Society, and has achieved the “Gold” level on the honor roll.
The story of this young girl is just one example of the 200 youth that the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County serves at its two locations, in Cañon City and Florence. Through the Club’s academic and social support, in 2015 95% of the children involved in the Club met optimal school attendance, 82% had a decrease in behavior referrals, and 85% increased their GPA. Ultimately, the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County provides a place where students are inspired and enabled to realize their full potential, in spite of obstacles that might stand in their way.