Too many times, I've heard people say "If kids had something to do after school, they'd learn so much and would stay out of trouble."

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I'm living proof that after-school programs help teach kids so many things.

Those programs also expose kids to so much.

Growing up, I spent a lot of my early years in after-school programs.

One specific after-school program I remember going to a lot was the Boys & Girls Club.

That's the first place I learned how to swim. It was even the first place I saw a huge indoor swimming pool.


After school, my community Boys & Girls Club offered free swimming lessons and my parents made sure I was there.

It paid off because my first job was as a lifeguard inside a waterpark.

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This after-school program was also the first place I learned how to play pool.

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Hanging out with the big kids forced me to learn and I've loved the game ever since.

One of my favorite games to play to this day is foosball. I honed my skills at this game inside the Boys & Girls Club.

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Lastly, the Boys & Girls Club after-school program is where I was first exposed to technology. The computer classes and lessons meant so much to me.

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With the school year coming up, The Boys & Girls Club of West Alabama has officially begun registration for the upcoming school year's after-school program.

According to their Facebook post, the fee per child for the year is just $25.

Children ages 6-18 are welcome in the after-school program.

If you're interested in signing your kids up for the West Alabama Boys & Girls Club after-school program, you can click here for more information.

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