Buley Center partnering with Boys & Girls Club after school

A new partnership at the Buley Center will provide Boys & Girls Club afterschool programming beginning this academic year.

“We’re excited about this collaboration,” said Qiana Clemens.  “We’ve used Boys & Girls Club programs in our summer AIM programming. Now, we’ll have it at Buley all year long. So what are we doing – providing support to children and families – is the same.  How we are doing it – collaborating with the strength of the Boys & Girls Club of America programming – is different.”

Families can register for the after school program, including homework help with Power Hour and many more nationally recognized Boys & Girls programs, at the Buley Center during school registration periods in the coming weeks or go online at bgcmuncie.org.

“This partnership expands Club programming and gives more children access to nationally known programs that focus on the organization’s pillars – academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles,” said James Mitchell, president of the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie.

In its strategic plan, the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie conservatively forecast that the Muncie Club could be serving 3,500 kids annually in multiple locations by 2020. “We see the need growing not just in our Club neighborhood but across Delaware County, and we’re actively pursuing partnerships that help address these needs,” Mitchell said.

This collaboration comes on the heels of new partnerships between Boys & Girls Club of Muncie and Muncie Community Schools in which afterschool programming for K-5 and middle school kids shifts to the East Washington Academy and Southside Middle School, taking critical before-school supervision and after-school, high-impact programming where it’s needed most.

For years, the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie has been an active community partner, collaborating with entities across the city.

This type of collaboration is not new to the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie, three years ago, the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie, along with others, moved its summer programming to AIM, Muncie’s premier summer youth enrichment program, held now at Southside Middle School. AIM is a collaboration among the Boys & Girls Club of Muncie, the Buley Community Center, Motivate Our Minds and the Ross Community Center alongside the Muncie YMCA. It focuses on providing children in kindergarten through eighth grade the emphasis they need over the critical summer months to retain what they’ve learned during the school year and to be ready for the next grade level.

“These are collaborative enterprises that broaden community awareness of the needs that so many in our community face,” Mitchell said. “The partnership with Buley Center makes sense for our community and more importantly for the kids.”

To contribute to the on-going improvement of the lives of youth in our community, please visit www.bgcmuncie.org/donate.

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