Over 680 Wisconsin Club Kids to Visit Washington D.C.
$700,000 Dollars Donated to Support ‘Learning Journeys’
Kenosha, WI – June 7, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Wisconsin announced today that over 680 kids from Clubs across the state have trips planned to visit Washington, D.C. this summer to learn about American government and history, visit institutions of higher education and develop important life-skills. Learning Journeys are all-expense paid educational experiences that emphasize leadership development and expand upon the positive youth engagement that Boys & Girls Clubs provide each day. Funded by Herb Kohl Philanthropies, this educational field trip, which covers all meals, lodging, exhibits and travel expenses, requires youth to visit at least one college or university and also provides access to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
“We are pleased to support Boys & Girls Club youth around the state in this way.” said Herb Kohl. “We want young people to see history come alive, expand their horizons and imagine themselves as our future leaders, and most of all, be ready to take their place as responsible, productive citizens of this great nation. Whether it’s the trip of a lifetime or a life-changing trip, we encourage and support Boys & Girls Club kids in their Learning Journey.” Kohl Philanthropies is donating $700,000 to over twenty individual Boys & Girls Clubs across the state to make these trips happen in 2018.
While in Washington, D.C., students may visit the White House, Congress, Smithsonian, Holocaust Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, National Museum of the American Indian, the U.S. Supreme Court and National Museum of African American History and Culture and more. Every student will also tour a college or university, and each group can custom design their own specific trip, depending upon their background or areas of emphasis.
Over 40 Kenosha members will be going on the trip at the end of June. “What better way to end the school year than to take part in this amazing opportunity due to the graciousness of Herb Kohl Philanthropies.” Said BGCK Director of Prevention & Outreach, Felicia Dalton. “Our teens are looking forward to going and visiting the many sites of Washington D.C. Many of our members were unable to take part in the D.C. school trip and we are happy they will be able to experience all that the city has to offer.”
“Kohl Philanthropies prioritize youth who live in areas of poverty, or who qualify for reduced school lunch,” said Andy Gussert, State Director for Boys & Girls Clubs. “Our mission is to enable young people who need us most to reach their full potential. So this is a perfect match.” The trips are expected to continue into 2019.
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About Herb Kohl Philanthropies
Herb Kohl Philanthropies focuses its work on three key areas that are important to our community, region and state’s well-being: Education, Economic Opportunity, and Quality of Life. Herb Kohl Philanthropies prioritizes K-12 classroom support and youth development. It also recognizes Wisconsin’s teachers, principals and their schools along with high school students through the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship award program and sponsors the state’s Teacher of the Year program.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Wisconsin
Local Clubs serve over 143,000 youth at 159 sites across 56 Wisconsin cities. Collectively, they provide over two million meals and snacks for free each year, and raise a combined operating budget of $64 Million dollars annually. Every dollar invested in Wisconsin Clubs returns $12.42 in earnings and cost-savings to local communities.
About Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The Club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem. When you support the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, you support the kids who need us the most and their great futures ahead. Visit www.BGCKenosha.org/donate to donate today.