Since COVID hit over a year ago, we’ve all discovered the many meanings of the word “remote” in our lives: remote learning for kids, remote work for adults, and most of all, the feeling of being remote from other people and everyday life. Fortunately, nonprofits like the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven are leveraging every resource they can find to provide a haven where kids can be safely together to play, learn, and just be kids.
This 150-year-old Club–the second oldest Boys & Girls Club in the U.S.–is keeping its doors open to New Haven youth. Since last September its Learning Hub has provided technology and staff support for students participating in remote or hybrid learning, as well as integrating fun after-school activities and two meals per day. Last summer, the Club was able to re-imagine its summer camp program to give youngsters safe, socially distanced in-person outdoor activities, unlike many other camps that sat out the season.
This year, the camp is expected to serve 75-100 New Haven youth aged 6-14, mainly from The Hill neighborhood. Activities will include athletics, arts and crafts, project-based summer learning, reading and literacy help, games and tournaments, and special programs with community partners. Two 4-week sessions will be held, and a daily breakfast and lunch will be included—all at no cost to the campers. Liberty is proud to support this experience with a $15,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club.
“This COVID year has been especially difficult for children, and most of all for those from low-income families, who were struggling with disparities before the pandemic,” said David Glidden, president and CEO of Liberty Bank. “We’re proud to support the Boys & Girls Club of New Haven in enabling youth to enjoy the fun and enrichment of a summer camp experience.”