What You May Not Know About Your Local Boys & Girls Club
We, along with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, want to ensure kids have all the tools they need to succeed.
By: Jeffrey Lavery
When you think of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, you may think of a place where your community’s youth can play games, do homework and make new friends. The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, Rhode Island does that and so much more.
In the past, children learned through interactive play, reading, lectures and other traditional methods. While those practices are still in place today, they are now accompanied by technology-enabled curriculum, ranging from online-based lessons to the use of laptops and tablets. And while the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket will always be a fun, safe place for our kids to run, jump, swing and play, we’re also introducing new assets that ensure they can access the technology they need to keep up with their schoolwork.
Today, a Boys & Girls Club like Pawtucket’s features numerous cutting-edge tech tools, including high-speed internet, tablet devices and sometimes even 3-D printers. We’ve introduced these tools with the help of generous donors and partners to ensure our kids can access technology they may not have access to at home. Despite the proliferation of technology in the classroom, not all students have the means to simply plug in and turn on. That’s why today’s Boys & Girls Clubs are adapting to provide all children with a safe place to explore their capabilities and potential using technology.
We are very proud of the technology investments made in the Boys & Girls Clubs, and equally pleased with the safeguards we’ve put in place to keep our kids safe and to teach them about the ways the internet should be used – for personal growth and exploration, not bullying and abuse. Your neighborhood Boys & Girls Club doesn’t see your community’s youth as simply passing through: no, they are committed to setting them on a path to academic success and future prosperity by giving them the tools they need to excel.
We encourage you to visit a Boys & Girls Club or a Technology Center in your community and learn how they are working to keep your children connected, so that they can feel empowered to contribute to the greatest future possible.
Want to learn more about how we’re keeping children connected? Check out this article, Keeping Your Kids Connected: The Importance of Digital Literacy.