Dolce’s Desk Guest Columnist: Club on the Go
Juliana Simmons, Director, Camp Hidden Valley / Grant Writer
Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford & Cecil Counties
Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County’s mobile approach for delivering youth development to those who need it most!
As the weather warms up, Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County (BGCHC) is busy preparing for a summer of on-the-go day camps.
During a time our youth were forced to rely on computers to create and maintain social connections, BGCHC needed to respond. Communities are also facing never-before-seen levels of food insecurity due to the financial impact of the coronavirus. To meet the needs of our changing world, BGCHC is proud to introduce Club on the Go. Club on the Go is a revolutionary initiative designed to provide youth development programming and food access to communities that need it most.
Each Club on the Go mini-bus will be staffed by both a Director and an aide, trained in trauma-informed approaches to youth development. The vehicles are outfitted to provide a Club experience in the neighborhoods where Club members live – including sports, arts and crafts and STEM activities. Club on the Go will provide numerous activities to keep kids engaged and learning, even when school is out of session. This mobile approach allows BGCHC to strategically target communities most in need of services, helping to build equity in neighborhoods that have been historically underserved in our community.
Club on the Go will go beyond BGCHC’s long-standing tradition of youth development. To lessen the impact of COVID-19 on food insecurity, each youth who attends a Club on the Go session receives a meal, ensuring they receive well-balanced, nutritious food.
Club on the Go summer camps will offer regular daily programming in multiple neighborhoods across Harford County. Each vehicle is equipped with a sound system. As it enters each neighborhood, it plays the Club on the Go anthem. Wherever you hear the Club on the Go theme song or see one of our brightly colored mini-buses, you’ll always see kids running outside to join in on the fun!
To learn more, check out http://bgcharfordcecil.org/