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Poverty matters: Almost 50% of young children in low-income families live with a single parent, while only 14% in above low-income families do. In the absence of protective relationships, serious, prolonged elevated stress responses most often associated with poverty, domestic violence, and substance abuse are very damaging to healthy brain development.
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In One Member’s Words:
“Having come to The Club for the last twelve years, I have witnessed the struggles many kids have had to go through. I have seen my peers placed into the foster care system. I have seen the effect that divorce has on kids and I have seen the embarrassment of a friend having a parent become incarcerated. I have been coming to the Club throughout personal struggles of my own. As “Club Kids” we have grown to celebrate together, cry together, experience opportunity together and even mourn together. The Club is where family exists when your own fails you. This is what The Boys & Girls Club means to me.” – Jada Lin