During the five years I worked juvenile probation, I worked hand in hand with an after school program at the Boys and Girls Club. I had several kids that benefited greatly from the time they spent there - it kept them off the streets. They did learning activities, they were active, and they weren't using drugs or getting in trouble while they were there.
One of the things that struck me most about the program was how much the people who worked there cared about the kids. On more than one occasion I got calls about a kid when they became concerned. Boys and Girls Club is a wonderful resource in the community.
This year marks the 3rd annual Give the Gift of a Great Future Holiday Campaign for the BGCA. To see how kids are giving back in their communities, go visit the Kids Give Back contest, and vote in their photo contest (I voted for a branch in California that was helping with a midnight meal at a mission). You can use the gift tag generator to create festive holiday tags, and also learn tips on how to encourage your own local kids to give back.
Readers, do you have any favorite ways to give back this season?