At-risk Youth

Posted by Janette on 08/01/2014

July 2014
Boys and Girls Clubs have been around for 150 years, helping low-income children and youth navigate through some of the challenges they encounter. In Oklahoma County, the boys and girls clubs serve 300 children every day, ages 6 to 18 and provide 58,000 meals each year. The clubs offer girls and boys a safe place to be when they're not in school, provide character-building activities and social interaction. 

Gerry Bonds, Kavi and Jane Sutter
Joining Gerry on the program are Jane Sutter, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County; and 11-year-old Kavi, a longtime boys and girls club member and a budding ballerina. LISTEN NOW 

Many Oklahoma teenagers who have no family support need help as they enter young adulthood and learn to live independently. Youth Services for Oklahoma County is a nonprofit organization that helps at-risk youth with emergency shelter, community outreach, and intervention programs. They also have a program that helps them stay in school and graduate.
Gerry Bonds, Nina and Debbie Forshee
Gerry interviews Debbie Forshee, President and CEO of Youth Services, along with Nina, one of almost 500 teenagers who has earned a high school diploma, thanks in large part to a program called SKIL: Supporting Kids in Independent Living. LISTEN NOW

Organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs and Youth Services are deeply involved in the effort to help at-risk Oklahoma children complete their basic education, break the cycle of poverty and neglect too many of them have known, and become engaged adults who will shape the future of our state.  

"Thank you" to people and organizations everywhere - public and private - who make it their mission to help children have a better life.

-Debra Martin, Writer/Producer- 

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July 2014 - Program 311
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