On Thursday, March 17, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) made a significant announcement. The organisation declared the critical landmark of a gift of $281 million from none other than Mackenzie Scott. Notably. This is the biggest collective token that an individual has ever bestowed. In its 160 year old history, the Boys and Girls Clubs, considers this as the biggest gift of support.
The Club is the United States of America’s largest organisation posing as one that is youth-serving. Importantly, it plays a critical part in the lives of over 4 million young people, that too every year. Possibly more than 4,700 locations harboured in organisations across the nations. These communities work towards creating opportunities that work towards the betterment of lives of children and teenagers. The provisions refer to providing of safe places, caring mentors, along with ways to building skills during summers and after school.
The foundation on which BGCA is built, is involvement and a sense of belonging. These qualities aid to the establishment of an empowering surrounding, one where children can strive towards their full potential, and enjoy themselves too. The organisation also offers assistance with homework, learning STEM. Along with sports and recreation, forms of art, leadership opportunities and many more.
“Gifts like this are rare and have incredible impact. It’s a historic moment for our organisation and the Clubs that received MacKenzie Scott’s significant support,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
At this point, youngsters continue to face an unparalleled degree of hindrances to their triumphs. Research indicates how factors such as absence of technology, an inspiring surrounding and proper guidance can block them from gaining success. Additionally, lack of food security and other important elements can lead to setbacks which could last for a long time in the younger generation.
The Boys & Girls Clubs strive to do whatever they can to help these children, along with families in need. They work to fill the gap of opportunity, making sure youngsters have access to opportunities and experiences that can alter their lives. The CEO of the organisation points out how attending their development programmes, children become more resilient and strong. They gain qualities which are extremely rewarding for their emotional and psychological health. The organisation hopes that Scott’s gift would help communities all around to strive for a brighter future.