Nine-year-old Jada rides the bus home from school every day. She unlocks the door and hurries inside. She makes herself a peanut butter sandwich and sits down to do her homework, alone. She’d like to be at Boys & Girls Club, where she spends school breaks and summers during the day – but her mother would never let her walk the 1.4 miles to the club. She’d have to cross three major streets to get there.

Currently, children from 10 area schools arrive at the club on our vehicles, have a hot after-school snack, participate in homework assistance, exercise in the gym or play in Memorial Park. Members participate in the Junior League’s Reading Club, create in the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Arts After School program, take part in Leadership Clubs like Torch Club, Keystone Club, Boy Scouts, Students Working Against Tobacco and more, or participate in Health & Life Skills classes.

A grant from the women of Impact Oklahoma will allow us to purchase two 30 passenger busses and serve an additional 10 schools – serving every school within a three mile radius of the Club.

You can help Jada “Get on the Bus.” She’ll have a safe, positive place to spend her out of school time where caring adults will offer guidance and mentoring. She’ll increase her levels of school effort, academic confidence, integrity and community involvement. She’ll decrease her likelihood to smoke marijuana, carry a weapon, drink alcohol, interact with the police or begin sexual activity.