Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa held a media breakfast on 17 May, 2018 at Blue Label Telecoms with the aim of introducing social upliftment programs to the youth of Gauteng. The organisation provides facility based programs for kids during non-school hours – every day after school, on weekends, and during school holidays. BGCSA serves learners in grades R to 12 in those traditionally idle and unsupervised hours when they are vulnerable and most at risk. “We want to help develop well rounded kids who not only have book smarts, but are leaders in their communities, and also are exposed to careers, arts and culture, sports, community service, and other opportunities that help guide their post matric life.” said Laura Parker, Director of BGCSA. “Our mission is to give all kids who walk through our doors a chance at a great future.” added Sne Vilakazi, Marketing Coordinator for BGCSA. “That is why we create safe spaces for them in their communities where they feel emotionally and physically safe, so that they can prosper and thrive by doing programs and activities that serve their needs and interests.” she concluded. “We currently serve over 1,000 children & families annually, through membership and outreach, in our 3 clubs in Pimville & Protea Glen, Soweto, and Bertrams, in the inner city. We’re in the process of opening up a fourth one in Alexandra within the next two months, and are looking towards opening a 4th and 5th site in Vrededorp and Cosmo City towards the end of the year.” said BGCSA Board Chairperson, Archie Rantao.

Source: http://cosmocitychronicle.co.za/after-school-clubs-with-social-upliftment-programs-geared-towards-gauteng-youth/