Posted on January 21, 2021

Lt. Governor Husted visits Boys & Girls Club on listening tour

by Ciara Lucas

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Ohio are switching gears to provide more support for families across the state during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lt. Governor John Husted met with staff in Columbus to learn more about their efforts and ongoing needs.

Boys and Girls Club locations have been essential resources for kids during the pandemic. Remote learning has caused a serious need for child care during the day.

“They need this kind of an environment with trusted adults, with academic programming,” says Lt. Governor Husted.

“From a COVID-19 point of view, programs like this are essential.”

Across the state clubs have adapted, extending operating hours to become learning centers. They’re a safe place to go during the day.

Staff says the biggest impact has been kids’ mental health. Students are craving social connection, which makes physical distancing a challenge. But with technology and a dedicated staff, the organization is providing as much support as they can.

Lt. Governor Husted says in order to keep supporting these organizations, the federal government will need to step in with funding.

“We’re doing all that we can as a state.”

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