This post was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
How did summer vacation come so quick?  It feels like the kids just had their first day in September yesterday!
While I love the lazy mornings and the beach days, I also worry about how much knowledge my children are loosing during the school break, especially being a special needs family.
After watching the regression of my children in the early school years and feeling helpless, I learned that I need to tap into the subjects they are passionate about and develop a good out-of-school schedule that keeps them engaged and learning in-between those beach days.

Anthony’s biggest passion is science and technology so he has been attracted to STEM themed activities for the last several years.
S: Science
T: Technology
E: Engineering
M: Math
Anthony is my introverted child who would rather build a robot than play a game of football.

He has a language delay that hinders him from opening up and building friendships, so once my husband and I discovered this passion we searched for every opportunity for him to develop that skill and use this passion as a tool to break out of his shell and keep the social and academic skills he has built all year.

 

I recently learned about the Boys and Girls Club My.Future platform that I am super excited about.  The My.Future programming sparks kids and teens interest in STEM by encouraging them to explore topics that they are already interested in.  Anthony’s favorite top right now is robotics.
For over 150 years Boys and Girls Clubs have been a leader in out-of-school programming.  I remember attending my local Boys and Girls Club as child and enjoyed the after school homework help with my friends, the dances, and the sports games.  So when my own children reached the school age it was a no brainer when I got them a membership.
Now research shows that out-of-school programs advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) knowledge and increases interest in these careers.  This makes the Boys and Girls Club an even greater investment in my children’s future!STEM not only helps our children learn and develop essential skills it is also preparing them to compete in the future global economy.
STEM jobs are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields in the U.S. by 2018.Are you looking for a out-of-school program for your child this summer?  I would definitely recommend checking out the My.Future program.

 

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