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For 47 years, youth like Jianna, Nainoa, and Bella have been coming to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) looking for a safe place filled with hope, opportunity, and Lōkahi (to be together).

Some needed a safe place to go while mom worked a few more hours, while others joined to stay out of trouble. Some joined the club to get help with their homework and learn new skills, while others came to make new friends.

Then, in March 2020, childhood was put on pause.

Since the pandemic, Hawaii’s youth have developed new fears and anxiety and are grades behind in school. Some lost a loved one while others were kept apart from friends and family for months, even years. 

A recent study reported that emergency hospital visits by children for mental health issues went up by 24% for children ages 5-11 and about 30% for kids ages 12-17. Their stories of feeling alone and of despair are heartbreaking.

Being at the Club has always been about connection, acceptance, and belonging. 

Your gift today will allow us to continue to do our very
urgent work
and help those children who need us most.


Can we count on you to help kids be kids again?

 

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