Boys & Girls Clubs of America Celebrates Month of the Military Child
Clubs who serve military youth worldwide to wear purple on April 13th to show support for military-connected youth
Atlanta, GA – In honor of Month of the Military Child in April, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is celebrating the half a million military-connected youth they serve each year. To show support for military kids and teens, Boys & Girls Clubs across the country and on military installations worldwide will join the U.S. Armed Services in wearing purple on April 13, 2017.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has had a long-standing partnership with the U.S. Armed Services for more than 26 years, and Clubs worldwide are joining them in recognizing the strength and resilience of military youth this month.
“Boys & Girls Clubs provide a welcoming and inclusive environment to the children of our military heroes, who often find themselves moving from place to place as they grow up,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are proud to join our partner, the U.S. Armed Services, as we celebrate the incredible resilience, adaptability and accomplishments of our nation’s military youth.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves and supports half a million military youth and their families every year, including the 484 affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military instillations worldwide. Join Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the U.S. Armed Services in celebrating military-connected youth by wearing purple on Thursday, April 13. Community members can follow along or use #BGCMOTMC and #BGCPurpleUp on their social channels to show support online.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.