Empowering Families Through Boys & Girls Clubs
Growing up in a military family can instill values that last a lifetime: self-reliance, a sense of adventure and a dedication to service. But it can also pose special challenges for children, with frequent moves and long stretches apart from deployed parents.
Raytheon supports the children of military families through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which operates youth centers and after-school programs on nearly every U.S. military installation and in communities with a strong military presence. Raytheon is helping clubs to build Centers of Innovation where children can explore technology and learn new skills.
The first centers have opened at five locations in the United States and one abroad:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of South County, Chula Vista, Calif., serving the families of Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas, Killeen, Tex., serving the families of Fort Hood
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntsville, Ala., serving the families of Redstone Arsenal
- Harford County Boys & Girls Clubs, Aberdeen, Md., serving the families of the Aberdeen Proving Ground
- Joint Base Andrews Youth Center, Md.
- Ramstein Air Base Youth Programs, Germany
An additional four Centers of Innovation will open in 2017 located at:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, Calif.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region, Colo.
- Eglin Air Force Base Youth Center, Fla.
- Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio, Texas
Raytheon's work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America is part of the “Better Together” Military Public-Private Partnership, which aims to serve military families living in civilian communities where the need is greatest.
The effort is part of Raytheon's broader commitment to service members, especially in the area of education and development.
“The men and women who serve their country have sacrificed much for our safety and freedom,” Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy said. “It is our responsibility to show them our trust and respect by supporting them and their families in achieving great futures.”
Company volunteers also support Boys & Girls Clubs programs through mentoring programs and educational events, including Engineers Week activities and Pi Day. A Raytheon donation is also funding training of Boys & Girls Club staff by the Military Child Education Coalition.
Read more about our commitment to communities, especially military ones, on our Corporate Responsibility home page.