UNION – Russell Triolo, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, today was the guest speaker at the Elizabeth Rotary Club’s general luncheon meeting held this week at The Garden Restaurant.
James Duffy, Elizabeth Rotary president, welcomed Triolo and thanked him and the organization for the excellent programs and services they have offered to thousands of children in Union County for over 55 years.
Triolo provided an overview of his organization that provides services throughout Union County in Elizabeth, Union, Plainfield, Roselle, Hillside at a total of 13 sites. He further stated that his organization is planning on providing additional services starting in September in Linden through a partnership with the Linden Board of Education.
He pointed out the mission and core beliefs of the organization are to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens. He emphasized that the Boys & Girls Club provides a safe place to learn and grow thrrough ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life enhancing programs and character development experiences and hope and opportunity.
Triolo stated that “The most dangerous time in a child’s life is the hours between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. every day. This is the time when our kids are most likely to get in trouble.”
He continued “Those hours – 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.– are the times when youth are most likely to either commit or be the victims of crimes. It’s a frightening reality that we all need to be aware of. It’s also a reality that, every day; as many as 15 million kids are unsupervised during after-school hours. So what can we, as a nation do to keep our children safe? One very simple answer comes to mind: give them an alternative to trouble. Give them something positive to do in the afternoons and evenings.
The trick is to provide kids with alternatives more appealing than running loose in the streets or hanging out at the mall. And that’s where Boys & Girls Clubs come in. Clubs offer youth valuable educational programs that help them improve their performance at school and develop a love of learning.”
Triolo emphasized the fact that his organization has a strong desire to increase its presence in the City of Elizabeth where they have provided services since 1992 and looks to continue to work closely with the Elizabeth Rotary Club, the City of Elizabeth, the business community and other nonprofit organizations in a collaborative effort to help children become responsible adults.
Triolo concuded his remarks by thanking President Duffy and the members of the Elizabeth Rotary Club and recognized them a leader among civic organizations in the area as they continue to live the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County, which operates facilities in Union, Roselle, Plainfield, Elizabeth and Hillside, serves over 7,500 children. They seek to inspire and enable young people, who need them most, to realize their full potential and have provided opportunity for youth since 1955. They are part of a national network of some 4,000 neighborhood-based facilities, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which serves more than 4.6 million young people annually, in all 50 states and on U.S. military bases worldwide.
Known as “The Positive Place for Kids,” the Clubs provide guidance-oriented character development programs on a daily basis for children 6-18 years old, conducted by a full-time professional staff. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development, education and career exploration, financial literacy, health and life skills, the arts, sports, fitness and recreation, and family outreach.
To find out more the many year round youth development programs offered by BGCUC, visit http://www.bgcuc.org or call 908-687-7976 ext. 1.
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