Boys and Girls Club Keeps Working with Kids Despite Coronavirus

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Anthem Foundation is directing $110,000 to support five Kentucky Boys & Girls Clubs in Louisville, Paducah, and Harlan in their efforts to offer virtual youth programming for 6-9 year-olds and provide meals for 6-18 year-olds during the COVID-19 health crisis. 

Boys & Girls Clubs across the state have been forced to quickly transition their vital services to Kentucky’s youth, but their goal remains the same: providing the Bluegrass State’s youth with a safe haven in which their minds and bodies can flourish.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana has been providing virtual programming from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm. Kids can drop in on sessions throughout the day including ‘Wake Up & Energize,” “Positive Action, Active Hour” and more. The virtual programming also includes “Learning & Instruction” time focused on art, reading, STEM, self-help, and more. Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana are engaging nearly 900 youth per day with their Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube outlets.

The Club is also distributing over 850 daily meals to youth 18 and under in three locations (Newburg, Parkland, and Shawnee). Anthem Foundation’s support allows the Clubs to provide critical healthy meals not just to kids, but also to other family members in need. The support has provided snack packs, hygiene kits, and more. With COVID-19, Boys and Girls Clubs are needed more than ever.