Abarca’s Social Responsibility Program stands with the Boys & Girls of Puerto Rico to give children a better future.
Abarca’s Social Responsibility Program, the BCCP, supports not-for-profit organizations and research programs in Puerto Rico and Florida. Organizations such as The Boys & Girls of Puerto Rico (BGCPR) work extensively to make the future brighter, doing the impossible to make healthcare seamless and personalized for everyone.
9 out of 10 BGCPR participants live in poverty, and 81% of their participant families have annual incomes of less than $15,000. The BGCPR has created a safe and supportive environment for families, children, and youth to live with access to healthcare, education, food, and more.
In their 55 years, they have amplified their mission of closing the learning and healthcare gaps and offering opportunities to vulnerable populations. They have 11 Clubs where they provide experiences and after-school services to boys, girls, and youth between 6 and 18 years of age. The services also include job training for people over 18. Additionally, they manage 8 Head Start and Early Head Start Centers in San Juan, offering early education and support to parents with children up to 5 years of age.
The Boys & Girls Club project is led by outstanding Project leaders Celeste Saurí, Amarilys Delgado, Taisha Morales, and BCCP Committee Sponsor Karelyn Rivera. A total of more than 51,937 food items and over 4,913 people’s educational, economic, and social status have been impacted. More than 2,784 adults were helped through workshops, the distribution of materials, economically, and with parent meetings. Most importantly, 3,534 youths have received the love and support they need to be their best selves.
The BCCP and BGCPR are joining forces and introducing the BE A STAR-bullying prevention program, encouraging young people to treat others respectfully through education and grassroots initiatives. The new Be a STAR curriculum focuses on social and emotional learning, aims to reduce bullying incidents, and provides a safe environment for kids to learn and grow. In addition to being available to teachers worldwide, this new curriculum is open to all 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, including Puerto Rico.
Our community’s unfortunate health, economic, educational, and social gaps can slowly be transformed. Abarcans, through the Better Care Community Program, are dedicated to bridging the gap and making healthcare accessible to everyone.
Please learn more about the BGCPR and how to collaborate on their website. We hope their story inspires and encourages you to support the cause to help people become their best and make healthcare awesome for everyone.