Why We Do What We Do:

  • 77% of American Youth are left home alone every afternoon
    Source: US Census Bureau
  • Most juvenile offenses occur around 3pm on weekdays
    Source: NC Dept. of Juvenile Justice
  • The average cost per family for their children to participate in extracurricular activities is $2,000 per year
    Source: NBC News
  • There are over 510,000 children in the foster care system. The average amount of time a child spends in care is 28 months, and the average number of different placements a child receives is 3.
    Source: AFCARS
  • 13.87% of children in the U.S. have some sort of developmental disability (including ADHD and autism)
    Source: CDC
  • The prevalence of developmental disabilities has increased 17.1% in the last decade (equivalent to 1.8 million children)
    Source: CDC

NATIONAL STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT MENTORED STUDENTS ARE:

  • 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs
  • 27% less likely to start using alcohol
  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • They also increase their grades by 59% and perhaps most important, mentored students increase their aspirations and goals by 79%

“I know Eric is safe and loved when he is there (Proehlific Park).”

“I know that you offer him a place and time to be a ‘normal’ kid without having to hold the burdens of his chaotic world on his shoulders. Eric’s grades have significantly improved — he is more confident than he was 2 months ago and is making new friends. For 8-10 hours a week he is able to be a kid shooting hoops with no cares. Eric is smiling.”

– Beth*, Guardian AD LITEM, Guilford County

Additionally, 40% of all donations to the P.O.W.E.R. of Play go to help other children’s charities in the Triad. The ones listed below are just a few of our charity partners.

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