LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW)- The President and First Lady hosted a Working Families Summit in Washington today. The event highlighted economic issues affecting American families at home and in the workplace. Among them, family leave was also mentioned. Obama stated, "Paid family leave: we're the only advanced country on earth that doesn't have it. It doesn't make any sense. This is not just a woman's issue." The President highlighted two other related issues that he said are important to address: work flexibility and affordable child care.
During that summit, Vice President Joe Biden spoke about local organizations outside of school that are making a difference in communities. He stated, "I spent the bulk of my career chairing the judiciary committee. There is an absolute direct correlation between children getting in trouble and having access to Boys and Girls Clubs, YWCA'S, YMCA'S. It matters. You've got to give children choices."
The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to inspire all young people. During the summer in La Crosse, the Club sees between 500-600 kids a day. They offer a number of field trips and outdoor activities as well as education. Mike Desmond, Executive Director of the La Crosse Boys and Girls Club, said, "The kids are remaining active in terms of their academics as well because we have a reading and a math program and a very interactive online program so I think that's a benefit too. It's just not all play but there is some learning going on too."
The YMCA also provides a number of programs throughout the summer. For example, the before and after school program , teen centers and more. Nate Hundt, Marketing and Communication Director of the La Crosse YMCA, says "What we are trying to do is provide youth with the opportunities to really learn how to be positive individuals, to instill positive change in themselves and to become more confident, connected and secure with themselves." He went on to say, "More importantly what we are offering is the ability to develop skills that make them a more confident individual." Statistics from last year say that 1,323 children were impacted through the School Age Care Sites and 7,233 teens visit the Y's Community Teen Center.
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