Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee have a plan to keep kids safe

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is taking a new approach to helping kids stay out of trouble. Clubs plan to schedule to focus on what club officials are calling some of the most dangerous times of the week. “Weekends are tough for kids in Milwaukee. It’s not the safest place for them to be,” says Kathy Thornton-Bias, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. Clubs are adding nine new locations in Milwaukee plus Friday night and Saturday activities. “It’s important that we make our services available, not only on school days and after school, but also on weekends, which can be a very dangerous time in our city,” Thornton said. Bias at WISN 12 News. and security issues are increasing in the city, the aim is to offer young people more places to go and more things too, such as an open gym or music lessons. Fourteen-year-old club member Amiro thinks that’s something Milwaukee needs. “There are a lot of kids who can come here and have fun, instead of being outside and doing these dangerous things,” Amiro said. another serious concern, the wave of reckless driving through Milwaukee. They recently doubled the number of teens in their free driver education programs. She added that the size and scale of the clubs puts the organization in a unique position to partner with other groups to address the serious concerns facing the city. “Together we can achieve this,” Thornton-Bias said.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee take a new approach to helping kids stay out of trouble.

Clubs plan to schedule to focus on what club officials are calling some of the most dangerous times of the week.

“Weekends are tough for kids in Milwaukee. It’s not the safest place for them,” says Kathy Thornton-Bias, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

The clubs are adding nine new locations in Milwaukee along with activities on Friday nights and Saturdays.

“It’s important that we make our services available, not only on school days and after school, but also on weekends, which can be a very dangerous time in our city,” Thornton said. Bias at WISN 12 News.

As violence and security concerns escalate in the city, the aim is to offer young people more places to go and more things too, such as an open gym or music lessons. Fourteen-year-old club member Amiro thinks that’s something Milwaukee needs.

“There are a lot of kids who can come here and have fun, instead of going out and doing these dangerous things,” Amiro said.

Boys and Girls Clubs are also tackling another serious concern, the wave of reckless driving across Milwaukee. They recently doubled the number of teens in their free driver education programs.

“Given all the reckless driving we see in our community, that’s exactly what we need to do to step up,” Thornton-Bias said.

She added that the size and scale of the clubs puts the organization in a unique position to partner with other groups to address the serious concerns facing the city.

“Together we can make it happen,” Thornton-Bias said.

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