As the holidays approach, I would like to share with you a story that touched my heart in a special way. It’s about opening doors to opportunity.

To a typical child, the summer months generate thoughts of family vacations, fun with friends, and exciting adventures. However, in the minds of a young 8-year-old David and 11-year-old Lizbeth, this past summer was spent riding every day on an early morning bus to their mother’s work, followed by spending 10 unsupervised hours finding creative ways to entertain each other. These young children relied on an iPad and a coffee shop WiFi connection, rather than a caring adult encouraging them to grow beyond the classroom during their long days of summer.

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Marineke Vandervort
CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito