A bus of 40 area youth and eight chaperones from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County will arrive at the Allied Family Center this morning after having experienced a five-day, all-expenses-paid journey to Washington D.C. They are one of many youth groups from across Wisconsin who are taking summer trips to learn about American government and history, visit institutions of higher education and develop important life-skills.
All meals, lodging, exhibits and travel expenses on this educational field trip were covered by Herb Kohl Philanthropies. This trip also emphasized leadership development and expanded upon the positive youth engagement that Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County provide every day.
“Herb Kohl Philanthropies provides amazing opportunities to kids who might not otherwise have access,” said Michael Johnson, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County President and CEO, in a statement. “Our mission is to be the leader in youth development programs by developing partnerships to produce positive outcomes for young people. We are thankful for this partnership that helps accelerate our mission and supports the learning journey for our Club members.”
The Boys and Girls Club customized their own personal field trip with visits to the Smithsonian, National Museum of African American History and Culture, United States Capitol, Library of Congress, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, various memorials and more. The Club said that the goal of this trip was to make history come alive, expand horizons, and give youth an opportunity to imagine themselves as our future leaders.
The bus with the 40 kids will arrive this morning between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.