Major retailer pledges $10 million to help support Boys & Girls Club youth – WSB-TV Channel 2

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A big boost is coming for hundreds of kids at Boys and Girls Clubs across Metro Atlanta, with the help of a major retailer stepping in to make it possible.

MABLETON, Ga. — A big boost is coming for hundreds of kids at Boys and Girls Clubs across metro Atlanta, with the help of a major retailer who stepped in to make it possible.

They benefit from brand new programs and resources designed to help them cope with social-emotional trauma.

Channel 2’s Justin Carter visited the Boys & Girls Club on Fontaine Road in Mableton.

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Kohl’s is pledging $10 million to help support youth at Boys and Girls Clubs across the country, including Mableton.

Over the past few years, children have gone through COVID-19, isolation and social unrest.

Former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins says he grew up with the Boys & Girls Club and wouldn’t be the same without them.

“Most kids who have problems are young kids who find themselves in situations they can’t get back from,” Wilkins said.

That’s why he said there is a critical need to support them.

“We can start by giving them healthy options that they can access to improve their lives,” Wilkins said.

On Tuesday, Kohl’s announced a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America, donating $10 million.

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It’s money that, according to Jim Clark, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of America, will be used to train their employees and develop programs to help children respond to trauma.

“From losing a family member to losing a friend, challenges at school and just challenges coping with loneliness and loneliness,” Clark said.

Michelle Clark said “45% of children across America have experienced some form of trauma”.

Michelle Banks leads diversity and inclusion for Kohl’s. She spent the day at the club in Mableton, planting strawberry beds.

She said the partnership was a no-brainer.

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“We want to give club staff the opportunity to train and develop and give these kids what they need,” said Michelle Clark.

There are five Boys & Girls Club locations in the metro area and hundreds of children will benefit.

It became a multi-year partnership with Kohl’s and the Boys & Girls Club.

They have been working together on this file for three years.

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