Investing in Our Future
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Providing positive youth development and youth activities in the Fox Cities is a United Way priority.
Contributors: Loris Damerow, Director at the Center for Grieving Children and Ellen Evensen, Program Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters
Did you know that, according to the Afterschool Alliance, 33% of K-12 youth in Wisconsin are responsible for taking care of themselves after school because their parents are in the workforce? Providing positive youth development and youth activities in the Fox Cities is a United Way priority. You can learn more about our efforts by joining us for the United Way Experience Tour on August 7th from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley (160 S. Badger Ave, Appleton, WI 54914). The tour will feature speakers from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley, the Center for Grieving Children and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region. Sign-up to attend the tour. To get a sneak peek of the topic covered on the tour, keep reading...
For ten years, the Center for Grieving Children, a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley, has been providing a supportive environment for family members to express feelings, learn about the grieving process and engage in commemorative activities after the death of someone they love.
As one parent expressed, "When Ben died, the first thing I thought was, 'How will I get my little girl through this?' Coming to the Center has provided some real healing for both of us. My daughter can now articulate her love and memory of her Daddy using colors and words, pictures and feelings."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region, offers a one-to-one relationship between an adult and child where new experiences help the Little Brother or Little Sister become more self-confident, do better in school and enjoy time with a new friend.
Abby and Tracy's Story: Little Sister Abby and Big Sister Tracy have been together for over one year. When the match first started, Abby struggled with reading. Along with efforts at school, Tracy got Abby involved in a summer reading program at the library. She now retains information when she reads and Tracy is so proud of her.
Please join our United Way LIVE UNITED Experience Tour on August 7th to learn more about the good work being done in our community for youth. We promise it will be an inspiring event.