By DAVID DEATON
The BGCLC is all about helping kids and helping parents. And with our after-school programs we not only keep kids safe but the BGCLC is also striving to keep kids healthy and on track for success.
The “Investing in Our Young People” study done at the University of Chicago in 2006, show that participation in after-school programs reduces drug use among youth by nearly 50 percent and also reduces the likelihood of skipping school by half.
This study also states that after-school programs improve social and behavioral outcomes as well as
reductions in aggressive behavior towards other students.
According to Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, 2007 at the University of Illinois at Chicago concluded that “after-school programs employing evidence-based approaches to improving students’ personal and social skills were consistently successful in producing multiple benefits for youth including improvements in children’s personal, social and academic skills, as well as their self-esteem.”
Studies show that children who attend after-school programs like the BGCLC are 30 percent less likely to participate in criminal activities than their peers who do not attend the programs.
Teens who do not participate in after-school programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes than teens who do participate. They are also three times more likely to use marijuana or other drugs, and they are more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity.
This is why the BGCLC offers a variety of services geared to help children be better prepared as leaders of tomorrow. We have programs like Smart Moves, a drug and alcohol prevention program, and Power hour, where students can get their homework finished before they go home and receive help from certified teachers as well. Other services we offer are one-on-one mentoring programs, art, music, recreational programs and technology education programs.
Currently, BGCLC offers services in Arkoma, Heavener, Shady Point and Poteau Schools.
Services are provided five days a week from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at all locations except our Pansy Kidd Middle School location, which is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The BGCLC is made available because of partnerships with Arkoma, Heavener, Shady Point and Poteau Schools through various grant sources dedicated exclusively to after-school programs. To find out more about the BGCLC or to donate, contact Terri Wallace at (918) 647-7136.