Boys & Girls Club Seeks Community Support for Mission
Underprivileged youth have always had a tough time in school due to lack of resources and mentors, and it has been exceptionally difficult for struggling youth during COVID-19; however, the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing is lending a helping hand.
Normally an activity center that provides youth with the resources and role models they need for success in school and beyond, the Boys & Girls Club has turned into the Lansing School District Learning Lab during the ongoing pandemic. The Learning Lab gives students the opportunity to get help navigating the complicated world of online learning. The lab also gives parents the opportunity to go to work without leaving their children home alone to complete their schoolwork.
Because of the increased need for supplies and resources, the organization needs additional help from the community. The Boys & Girls Club of Lansing has put together a COVID-19 relief fund, with the money going toward programs and meals for those who need it.
“In staying true to our mission, the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing has always made the needs of youth and families a priority,” said Carmen Turner, president and CEO of the club. “We have modified our building to ensure it’s COVID safe for our children and staff for learning … keeping in mind the need for social and emotional support that the club has always provided. We have been — and will continue to be — a solid foundation for the community.”
There are also many different after-school programs that the Boys & Girls Club offers, from virtual clubs to money management for teens to health and wellness. One such program is the GET City (Green Energy Technology) STEM program. This program is meant to deepen students’ science, technology, engineering and math knowledge, skills and research.
If you are interested in supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing, you can sign up to volunteer or donate at bgclansing.org/support-us.