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Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha teens visit Washington, D.C.

Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha teens visit Washington, D.C.

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The Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha received a Howard J. Brown Family Leader of Literacy Award Thursday.

This summer, over 40 teen members and five chaperones from the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha experienced a five-day, all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Youth from all over the state of Wisconsin took similar trips to D.C. thanks to Herb Kohl Philanthropies.

Students visited several museums and national monuments including the National Museum of the American Indian, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Museum of Natural History and more. The group even met Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin.

The goal of the trip was to make history come alive, expand horizons and give youth an opportunity to imagine themselves as future leaders.

It also emphasized leadership development and expands upon the positive youth engagement that Boys & Girls Clubs of Kenosha provides every day.

Funding from Herb Kohl Philanthropies covered all meals, lodging, exhibits and travel expenses.

The feedback from club teens has been positive, especially with the opportunity to travel and learn.

“I enjoyed the National Museum of the American Indian because I learned so much,” said Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha member Akira Spann. “Many of the exhibits were about things I had not learned in school, like the broken treaties or the relocation marches.”

“I am glad that I was able to go on this trip because I don’t know if I would have been able to visit D.C. without it,” said BGCK member Veronica Reed.

Herb Kohl Philanthropies focuses its work on three key areas that are important to our community, region and state’s well-being: education, economic opportunity, and quality of life.

It prioritizes K-12 classroom support and youth development. It also recognizes Wisconsin’s teachers, principals and their schools along with high school students through the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship Award Program as well as sponsoring the state’s Teacher of the Year program.

The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha is a youth guidance organization dedicated to promoting health, social, educational, vocational, cultural, character and leadership development. The club helps youth improve their lives by building skills, values and self-esteem.

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