The Safety and Well-being of Young People is Our Number One Priority.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka’s Commitment to Our Community, Stakeholders and Donors
A Letter From Dawn McWilliams, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka
BGCT parents and guardians,
These past 5 months have proven to be challenging, complex and certainly a time like no other. No one has been untouched by the impact that has brought on by COVID-19, coupled with the important call for action on racial injustice and equity. Stress, frustration, anger, anxiety and uncertainty are at all-time high. We have and remain committed to youth and families who need us more than ever.
When 2020 began, we certainly could not have predicted the way this year would go, and there are still so many unknowns in the weeks and months ahead. We are learning as we go, with no clear end in sight to this global pandemic, its economic impact....see more
- CDC's Handwashing website
- Specific Guidance for Travelers
- Parent/Caregiver Guide
- BGCT Exposure Guidelines
Check out our BGCT Road Map for each of our locations! For more information on the individual sites please visit Our Clubs page! https://www.bgctopeka.org/our-clubs
How can you help?
As we continue to assess how to best support BGCT families during these challenging times, two areas have been identified;
- family care packs to help families and
- direct donations to provide any and all resources possible to our Club families
- fundraising opportunities like the one at the Pennant
Resources for Youth Development Professionals and Families to Engage Youth in Learning During COVID-19
In addition to virtual programming, there are lots of activities your Club can share with Club members, caregivers and your community:
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Reading Adventure Packs by Reading Rockets
- 150+ Enrichment Activities While Parents and Caregivers Work Remotely
- No Supplies Needed Simple Activities
Youth can also experience virtual tours of some of the world's most intriguing places, such as the San Diego Zoo or Yellowstone National Park. Learn more at the MyFuture resource center for frontline staff and families.
Resources for More Information
For the latest information on COVID-19:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Coronavirus Disease 2019
- World Health Organization (WHO)’s Coronavirus
- Find your local health department via the National Association of County and City Health Official’s website
Suggestions for Cleaning Mobile Devices during the COVID-19 Outbreak
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to clean commonly touched surfaces*.
- One type of surface that we touch frequently is our phone touch screen.
- Many manufacturers, including Apple, have provided new recommendations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Apple, Google and others are now recommending the use of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.
- PLEASE check with your manufacturer for specific instructions.
How to clean your phone:
- Unplug all power sources, devices, and cables.
- Use only a soft, lint-free cloth with a 70% alcohol solution.
- Gently wipe over the surface of your phone. Avoid excessive wiping or scrubbing.
- Don’t allow moisture to get into any openings.
- Avoid aerosol sprays, chlorine bleaches, and abrasives.
- Avoid spraying our pouring cleaners directly onto your device.
Consider buying a clear screen protector to place over your phone display OR a sealed case. This will minimize the effect of the alcohol solution on your screen.
*According to the Journal of Hospital Infection, coronaviruses “can persist on inanimate surfaces like metal, glass or plastic for up to 9 days, but can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures with 62–71% ethanol.”