The Kids Club
BU KIDS CLUB AND PCS STUDY CLUB
The Kids Club, in many instances, will be the beginning of a five year relationship, in which these young people will participate through on-going BU Programs through the Educational Outreach, Leadership Development, and Community Economic Development Programs provided by Barrios Unidos. Emphasis is placed on self-esteem building and conflict resolution, as well as cultivating an in-depth awareness and appreciation of their cultural heritage. The goal is to prepare youth with the necessary social skills to become productive members of the community.
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These children come from low socio-economic environments. Their communities are overwhelmed with crime, gang activity, and where violence in the "hood" is the norm, not the exception. Often, their older siblings are active gang members, are incarcerated and/or expired. There are not many positive and productive activities available for their involvement; "they ain't got no where to go". Barrios Unidos provides after school activities for these youth in their neighborhoods, organize monthly field trips and movie nights. Speakers and mentors are brought together with the youth as positive lights in their lives. We try to re-establish some positive norms for an otherwise unimaginable daily existence for these youth.