When I was a kid, the Boys and Girls Club of America was a big part of my life. My parents both had full time jobs. To keep myself busy after school, they suggested that I check out the club to see what they had to offer.
At first I went to the club for the teen socials which is where I made some long lasting friendships, but as I got older I went on to teach ballet to the little ones who also attended the club.
I will never forget the year that my students performed for their parents at our holiday recital. One of the parents came up to me afterwards and thanked me for teaching her daughter how to dance. She shared that dance lessons weren’t in their budget and how they appreciated that the club offered the opportunity. I will always remember that parent’s gratitude.
Fast forward a couple of decades (and a few years), and the Boys and Girls Club is still going strong. This year marks the 2nd annual BGCA Give the Gift of a Great Future Holiday campaign. This holiday season you too can help out by playing The Giving Game which is a fun and free way to make a difference.
You can also vote in the Kids Give Back photo contest. This contest will award a $2,500 grant to the winning club!
It’s such a great time of year to teach your children about giving back. The Boys and Girls Club has a list of tips that discuss ways that parents can open up dialogue on this topic with their kids.
My favorite tip on the list is to be enthusiastic. If your kids see you getting excited about making a difference, then they will get excited too! It’s a good type of contagious!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys and Girls Club of America. I received a promotional item for participating. All thoughts and opinions are my own.