Open the Door, Take the Tour at The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod

Open the Door, Take the Tour at The Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod during the week of March 27th through 31st

March 27-31 is National Boys and Girls Club week and the Boys & Girls Club of Cape Cod will be opening their doors for tours every afternoon from 3-5pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

“Open the Door, Take a Tour” is part of the national celebration of Boys & Girls Club Week, commemorating Boys & Girls Club service to millions of kids nationwide and to the over 1,000 children and teens who are part of the Boys & Girls Club on Cape Cod.

“When was the last time you played Dodge ball or created an art project?” asked Club Executive Director, Ruth Provost. “You will have a chance to do those things, if you choose, when you come in for a tour, plus you can play some pool, air hockey or foosball and have a cup of coffee or a soda and some cookies. Most importantly, you will have a chance to talk with some of our members and find out why the Boys & Girls Club is so important to so many Cape Cod children and families. At the Boys & Girls Club kids find homework help, free tutoring, healthy snacks, arts programs, health and fitness, sports, and character and leadership programs just to name a few – and in the process, we have a huge impact on our kids. Every time I give a tour, the reaction is the same – “I had no idea you did so much!”

This past year the Boys & Girls Club had a chance to find out just how big the impact they had on their kids was. Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) committed to measuring how much young people in Clubs were achieving a number of years ago via online surveys administered annually in most Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. The surveys are anonymous, and the data is scrubbed for accuracy before being returned to the Clubs normed against local, state, and national results. Last year they asked teen specific questions that mirror the Youth Risk Behavior (YRBS) questions asked in high schools around the country to see what kind of impact they were having on high-risk behaviors.

The data back from the 2016 round of teen specific YRBS questions demonstrated the impact of being in a Boys & Girls Club kids. It was normed against youth in Massachusetts and the nation who answered the same YRBS questions. The Mass. Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs compiled the data from the 19 Clubs that included the teen specific questions last year and found that 91% of Boys & Girls Club teens abstained from alcohol, compared with only 67% of the general Massachusetts teen population; that 93% of Club teens abstained from marijuana use, compared with 78% of the Massachusetts teen population and 99% of Club teens abstained from cigarette smoking, compared to 89% of the Massachusetts teen population.

“The kids are taking the 2017 surveys now, and we are looking forward to seeing how this data holds up when a larger cohort of youth are surveyed this year. We invite you to find out for yourself what a Boys & Girls Club is all about during the week of March 27-31. Open our door, take a tour!”

The Boys & Girls Club is centrally located on the Upper Cape near the Mashpee Rotary and Mashpee Commons off of Route 151 on 31 Frank E. Hicks Drive behind the Mashpee Police & Fire Stations. For information, call 508-477 – 8845, or visit them on the web .

Author: Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

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