Mobile -Today civic leaders and supporters of the Boys and Girls Club met to discuss ‘The State of Our Youth.’ The meeting took place at the GulfQuest Maritime museum. The topic of discussion .. poor academic performance, obesity and crime within the Mobile community. To address these issues, the Boys and Girls Club announced a new initiative, ‘The Great Futures Campaign.’
The goal is to provide opportunities and experiences for children at risk. One of the biggest issues, Tim Wills, CEO of The Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama says, is the lack of pride that children have, “for our children, really all kids, there is a sense of hopelessness, right, they don’t have a sense that they can achieve anything. So when only forty per cent of kids in the classroom read proficiently by the end of the third or eighth grade, there is no sense of hope.”
Going forward, Wills says the organizations hopes to serve more kids, more often and in more neighborhoods. For more information on how you can help just click on the link below.