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September 12th, 2012

Boys & Girls Clubs gearing up for annual “Day for Kids” event

NEWBURGH - Boys & Girls Clubs of Newburgh is getting ready to celebrate “Day for Kids,” (BGC Day for Kids) an annual event highlighting the importance of adults and children spending meaningful time together. This year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is asking adults to Pledge to Play by spending meaningful time with young people and engaging in active play. In Newburgh, BGC Day for Kids will be celebrated with thousands of parents and kids participating in an event on September 15, 2012, from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at 285 Liberty Street.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Newburgh is one of hundreds of Day for Kids events planned nationwide (all events are open to the public). There will be free food, giveaways, a bouncy house, games and face painting.

BGC Day for Kids Pledge to Play aligns with Boys & Girls Clubs of Newburgh‘s overall initiative to help young people become more active, ultimately establishing a sound foundation for success. Play is great for young people. It fosters creativity, imagination, exploration and helps kids develop and master various skills. Adults can take the Day for Kids pledge by visiting

While many Americans recognize the link between spending meaningful time with their kids and the tough issues facing young people, many don’t believe they have the time, skills or resources to do as much for their children as they feel they should. Through Day for Kids, BGCA is urging every adult to play a part in ensuring a brighter future for our young people by getting involved and becoming more engaged in a young person’s life.

“Boys & Girls Clubs Day for Kids is focused on fostering stronger relationships between adults and children by emphasizing the importance of spending meaningful time together,” says Kevin White, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Newburgh.

It’s no secret that America’s youth need our help; less positive, meaningful time spent with caring adults can have devastating effects. Consider these statistics:

• According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than one-third of high school youth meet the recommended levels of physical activity.

• Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy noted that 15-19 year-olds account for more than 20 percent of violent crimes in the United States; in 2005, 9.9 percent of youth aged 12-17 were current illicit drug users.

• Three out of 10 kids are overweight or obese

From academic failure and gang activity to poverty, drugs and violence, kids face a daunting array of problems - with serious consequences and fewer safety nets at home and in the community. BGC Day for Kids is one small step in rebuilding “villages” within our neighborhoods; providing young people with the skills and motivation they need while protecting them from the dangerous problems they face every day.

Regardless of background, there are no boundaries to the potential of every child. To assist parents, practitioners and other caring adults, BGCA has created engaging educational resources to help them encourage and develop positive relationships with kids.

A year-round web site,, is available to provide tools, resources and tips that support interactions with young people. The site also features a Day for Kids Pledge where adults can re-affirm their commitment to helping change a child’s life by getting involved.

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