There is an organization that has been around for many, many years that has been a positive influence on more children than you can shake a stick at. My children have belonged to it, and my youngest daughter loves to go there after school and hang out with her friends. I am talking about an icon of American culture, the Boys and Girls Club of America.
At this site, information can be found about the BGCA, and it’s origins. It is possible to visit web sites from all over the country that have been created by the boys and girls themselves, as well as links to several clubs around the country. Hear and/or see a message from Denzel Washington telling about the value of the club. There is a listing of clubs and membership information.
In this day and age, a club like this is a very positive place for children of all ages to have the option of going to. Check out this site, and then check out the one closest to your home.