Participating in something positive to keep children active, healthy and engaged will include some cost. Unfortunately for some families, that cost may be too much or in some scenarios, a family has no money at all for any extra activities. By being a coach and program director myself, I know that programs don’t have extra funds, outside of operating costs, to assist families in need. I have personally seen the look on a child’s face when you hand them a permission slip and they see the cost and know their family cannot afford it. It is our belief that with community involvement we can help numerous families in and around Dane County to provide them with the help they need to keep their child busy with activities.
Studies have proven over and over again that after school programs and club activities are an important part of a young person’s life. These programs and activities provide instruction to learn better team building skills, self-esteem, etc. They help form relationships with different kinds of people, communication, and introduce them to new experiences. These skills can be used not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom. The alternatives for many of these kids are to turn to gangs and drugs. We need to change that by offering opportunities to learn a healthy and productive lifestyle.
With access to so many negative things like drugs and bullying (physical or cyber), providing opportunities is so important to make sure that all of our children are accountable for their time and actions. We need to make sure that programs and activities are accessible so our children can learn self-worth and build esteem, which is so needed with our young people today. These activities will help to eliminate the hang-out time, in which kids can get into drugs, alcohol, gangs and even be a part of bullying. If our children have more access to these programs and activities, they will be accountable for their time to parents, coaches and themselves. Blueprint4Hope is quite literally, and metaphorically, the Blueprint for hope that gives kids the tools and guidance to succeed in life