The summer of 2015 brought unprecedented gun violence to the city of Milwaukee with several of the victims being children. Summer is a time when children are out of school, and in many cases are unsupervised while parents are at work. In addition, many children who depend on free or reduced lunches at school have to go without when school is no longer in session. With this in mind, Senator Kohl made a generous gift to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM), enabling it to extend its summer programming schedule. The extension kept the Clubs open and programs running through August for the first time in the Clubs’ history.
BGCGM worked in partnership with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to offer the extended weeks of programming in August. As a result, 22 BGCGM Clubs extended their programming, bringing the total number of clubs open in August to 36. Of the 36 clubs, 30 locations were open through Friday, August 14 and six locations were extended through Friday, August 28. MPS supplied meals for Club members at its school-based Club locations during the extended summer schedule. During the extra program weeks in August, the Clubs served an average of 5,000 kids each day and more than 70,000 meals.
Take a look at some of the great coverage surrounding the announcement of the summer program extension on FOX 6, CBS 58, BizTimes, Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service!