Sadly, we were reminded of Newark’s shocking gun violence, when on March 3rd, three people, including one innocent bystander, were killed in two separate incidents. These murders occurred within one mile of our Clubhouse on Avon Avenue, on the very same streets that children travel to reach our doorstep.
The Boys & Girls Club of Newark does so many wonderful things for young people. We provide academic enrichment so that children can get good grades and attain on-time grade advancement. We encourage kids to lead healthy lifestyles. We help build good character and citizenship among our Club members. But, BGCN also does something very fundamental. We keep Newark’s kids safe!
BGCN takes great pride in effectively steering young people in Newark from harm’s way. Our newly renovated Clubhouse is a refuge. Inside our building are caring adults – youth development specialists – who work with children and their families to achieve positive outcomes.
While we hope that gun violence in our city will soon abate, BGCN remains an oasis; a positive place. If all we ever do is help keep Newark’s children safe, we will be making a significant contribution in one of the most troubled communities in our nation.
CEO Boys & Girls Club of Newark