As we are all aware, our children are in need of after-school resources. There is an overwhelming need to keep the children off the streets and place them into an environment that offers enrichment programs. An environment that not only helps them to learn but where they can relax, make new friends and get an excellent foundation to help them to move on to the next phase of their lives. On the other hand, working parents need to feel comfortable knowing that while they are at work, their children are in a safe environment dedicated to enriching their lives. Life is about manifesting the dreams within a child’s heart and creating goals your child will have to accomplish to live those dreams to the fullest.
BLAST believes that a good foundation is where it all begins. So, allow us to be an extension of what you want for your child by going back to teaching the fundamentals of life. Life is what you make it, so putting in the effort at the beginning is putting your child at an advantage. Therefore, Striving for excellence is our mission, as well as peace of mind for the parent.
It has been proven that after-school programs improve children’s academic performance and that 6 in 10 students improve their behavior and ability to get along with others. The study also shows that the math achievement gap narrowed at the fifth-grade level between high-income and low-income students, improved work habits and self-efficacy, and reduced school absences.
As you may already know, BLAST’S acronym means BUILDING LIVES AROUND SOUND TRUTH, so why don’t you join me in the fight to build our children’s future by empowering them with knowledge and wisdom so that they can live an enriched life. Now, more than ever is the time for us to take back our communities and empower our children because they are the future.
In the words of Vernon Jordan,
Civil Rights Activist
Choose the present - Accept the circumstances before you. Listen closer and learn all that you can. Choosing requires that you actively, consistently and conscientiously engage. It is not enough to be passive, get involved and get in good trouble. Choosing the present means choosing friendship, fairness and standing up for what is right even when it is difficult. Choosing the present knowing that this is indeed your time and seizing it with all the energy and passion you can muster. Choose to be present and present yourselves to one another, your sisters and brothers, friends and fellow human beings with open arms. Its only in choosing the present that we can create a better future and the opportunities to make that choice is all around you. There will be moments that are clear cut and moments that are confusing.
I have faith that you will make the most of your moment ………………
As you continue to seize your moment and choose the present every day, may the road rise to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall soft upon your fields. May God hold you in the palm of his hands and may your own dreams be your only boundaries now, henceforth and forever.
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