Mar 18, 2021

It takes a village...

COVID Stats
COVID Stats

In the club I have grown and learned many things, but above all, the club is like a second home for me.”

-Isis C, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Isis is a 15 year-old girl who has been in our clubs since 2012. She currently attends the ninth grade. Isis is an extremely talented young woman full of ideas who stands out for her creativity and service. Like 40% of our kids, she lives with her mother. She has taken advantage of the diverse programs in the organization, where she developed leadership skills. She aspires to a career in the Arts.

Edwin is a committed, responsible activist who attended the club at his community since it opened its doors. While at the club, he stood out as one of the most active participants in the Keystone Leadership Development program. He was also a prominent participant in the Upward Bound program. His passion for service motivated him to train as a social worker at Sagrado Corazón University. While pursuing his college degree, he assisted incoming students as they got acquainted with university life. He is currently pursuing his master's degree, integrating social work and communications.

It takes a village to raise a child and thanks to donors who believed in our mission in the past, Edwin is now an active member of our society. Thanks to donors like you, who believe in our mission now, Isis and all the kids in our clubs will follow on Edwin’s footsteps and achieve their dreams.

With your donations totaling $2,723 during this quarter, we are providing virtual academic and socio-emotional support, meals and free internet access. We are addressing the education and social gaps our children and youth face while living in inequality and uncertainty after the consecutive crises experienced during the last three-years in Puerto Rico.

When you receive this report, it will be a year since the entire population in Puerto Rico saw their lives changed due to COVID-19. We are preparing to fully reopen our clubs, where children and youth feel emotionally and physically safe, develop healthy adult connections, experience a sense of belonging and are recognized.

I am including a dashboard showing how, with your support and that of many donors like you, we have come together to reach out and lead the way during this extraordinary times.

On behalf of Isis, Edwin and the thousands of children in our clubs, thank you.

Sep 22, 2020

Still Standing Strong

COVID Impact
COVID Impact

Greetings from Puerto Rico!

It gives me great pleasure to say hello, I was looking forward to let you know about us! It's been six months since the entire population of Puerto Rico went into a mandatory quarantine imposed through an executive order by the Governor to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I'm not going to lie, it has not been easy, for us or for our kids. Very soon in the process, through a survey of our families, we found the many challenges they were facing. The materials prepared by local school authorities presented several degrees of difficulty for many of our children, particularly when parents were not prepared to help them.  Most of our families only had a cell phone, which could make access to virtual classes difficult, specially at homes with more than one child. As days kept passing by and families kept loosing income, food became scarce and hunger evident.

But there we were, every step of the way. In a couple of weeks, we developed a virtual resource center free of charge for all children and offered support to families through the phone, text messages or any way possible. Eventually, when restrictions started to be lifted, we adapted our daily hot meals program into a grab-and-go model. With all safety measures in place, families stopped by to pick up a four-portions hot meal. I'm including a link to the virtual resources and a picture of our indicators of impact.

The stories of how these actions have helped families are endless. With your donation, you have been an active contributor to the solutions. We cannot thank you enough.

Thank you!

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May 27, 2020

Thank you for your support!

Greetings from Puerto Rico! It’s been along time since I've talked to you about numbers. This time, the numbers have a very special meaning. While we are all experiencing a different reality due to COVID19, for thousands of children in Puerto Rico the quarantine adds up to previous life-changing experiences. If we put together an average of 92 days of class lost after hurricane Maria in 2017, a couple of months of schools closed after the earthquakes in January 2020 and now the quarantine, there’s a whole generation of teens who don’t know what a normal high school is. Our hearts go to the kids starting their learning experience in kinder to third grade, where crucial skills like reading and comprehension are developed.

The good news is that the tireless leaders at Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico were very fast at finding solutions. Through phone calls, text messages, and other digital communications, they have been able to reach 3,965 Participants with activities to do at home as if they were at the clubs, and to assist with the modules assigned by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

As children were mandated to stay home, parents became teachers. Many of our parents found several degrees of difficulty when helping their children with schoolwork. Therefore, in an unprecedented effort, our leaders designed a way to support, reaching 3,503 Parents.

All the learning resources developed at this time plus the virtual activities designed for the after-school program can be found at our website. I want to take this opportunity to invite you to stop by and take a look at the resources at bgcpr.org/educateencasa. They are free and children do not need to be club members to benefit from them.

I also want to thank all of you who contributed to the project on May 5th during #GivingTuesdayNow. Your contribution at this time is greatly appreciated.

I hope next time I write we are all healthy and standing strong!
 
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