The Crisis Facing Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland
COVID-19 is affecting families in the Duluth and Superior community in a variety of ways:
- Hundreds of youth face IMMEDIATE food insecurity
- Over 58% live at or below the poverty line and face potential job losses
Parents are concerned about their kids, their jobs and their futures
- I have children and parents to care for? What if I get sick?
- What if I lose my job and can’t pay my rent or buy groceries?
- If our kids do not go back to school “soon” how will I be able to work?
- How will my kids keep learning?
How Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland is Responding
FOOD AND NUTRITION
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland has meals available for pick up:
Lincoln Park Club, 2407 West Fourth Street
Monday – Friday
Snacks 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Dinner 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Meal Pick Up Locations: Harrison Park (parking lot) 5:00 – 5:30 pm and Memorial Park 5:30 – 6:00 pm
- We are strengthening our virtual programming to ensure kids are still learning in the out-of-school time through targeted and engaging activities.
- Our Virtual Club launched on Monday, April 6.
- Staff members are calling current Club members families at home so they can hear a familiar voice and have someone to talk to during this scary time.
- Staff are also calling Club members and getting them on small group calls so they can talk with their friends. For kids who do not have cell phones, this can be a lifeline.
- Club members can utilize the online platforms such as Myclublife.com, Myfuture.com and our website – www.bgcnorth.org for safe social interaction online.
Great Futures Start Here.
The Boys & Girls Clubs fill that gap between school and home. We provide welcoming, positive environments in which kids and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs, and build supportive relationships withe peers and caring adults.
Since 1971, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland has helped countless youth find a safe, positive place to engage in a variety of high-impact programs and activities, all with the goal of empowering them to reach their full potential. Our services span the Duluth-Superior region, including St. Louis County (MN) and Douglas County (WI), and most recently, into the Iron Range area. Today, our Clubs have grown to include five branches across the Northland region:
• Two branches in Duluth, Minnesota
• One branch in Superior, Wisconsin
• One branch in Grand Rapids, Minnesota
• One branch in Coleraine, Minnesota
CURRENT PROGRAMS and ACTIVITIES
All of our Clubs’ programs and activities are evidence-based and strategically designed to increase attitudes toward school, improve social relationships, and decrease risky behaviors in youth. To evaluate our impact on the youth we serve, we use our “Formula for Impact,” which measures three priority outcomes, including academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship.
“To empower and inspire all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens.”
Our goal is to provide as many youth as possible with a safe, supportive environment that provides them the services they need to achieve bright futures as caring adults.
Over 8,000 youth served
Over 2,500 hours of tutoring
Over 68,000 healthy meals and snacks provided
Now more than ever, the Boys & Girls Clubs is uniquely positioned to make a significant difference in the lives of our kids. We have access to the youth who need us most, and programs that will help them build great futures. With an increased number of youth being served at our Clubs, we have the opportunity to produce great impacts in the areas of academic success, healthy living, and good character and citizenship.