Grantee Blog 2020

Back on Course

The Boy & Girls Club of Clifton opened its doors to summer campers on July 8, after receiving approval from Governor Murphy. Staff, trained in COVID-19 procedures, greeted campers at curbside, performing symptom screening and temperature checks. Campers entered the facility with hands sanitized and masks in place. Once inside, campers were treated to an exceptional summer curriculum designed to mitigate summer learning loss, as well as, the “COVID-19 Slide”—patterns of academic setbacks typical of summers throughout an extended closure, and the COVID-19 Slowdown—where students maintain the same level of academic achievement they had when schools were closed in Mid-March. Campers and staff were excited to be back and ready to enjoy a quality, albeit COVID-19, camp experience, with social distancing, handwashing/sanitizing procedures, and face coverings for all.

Along with the re-opening of the Club, came the re-directing back to our original NJHCN focus. We are in the process of assessing our policies, procedures and practices concerning healthy eating and physical activity in the after school time. With our partners, An Ounce of Prevention, City Green, Shop Rite Dietitian and the Clifton Department of Health, we are looking to explore healthier options in fundraising offerings, family engagement, vending machine selections, and professional development for staff.  We are also exploring opportunities for increased physical activity, by identifying ways of repurposing the Club’s games room to include games that require bodily movements to play—while not replacing traditional physical exercise. We are excited to get back to our initiative, which will affect over 5000 children, their families and members of the Clifton community.

We are grateful to NJHCN, our funder, Partners for Health and our community partners for their patience and faith in us as we continue to work towards progress in program improvement.

Thank you.

About the Grantee

Boys & Girls Club of Clifton (BGCClifton)

The Mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For over 70 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton has provided targeted programs that help youth achieve academic success, good character and citizenship, and a healthy lifestyle.