HOUSTON - As the start of the school year nears, some parents are concerned about making, sure that their children are safe after school hours.
So what do you do if you can't be there to pick them up?
The Learning Center at the Boys and Girls Club provides a safe haven for many children.
"I thought it was a cool place you get to meet new people, learn new stuff and hang out with your friends," said14-year-old Kimberly Rodriguez.
Rodriguez gone to the Boys and Girls Club for seven years.
"If I didn't come here since I was little, I think I would've been really different than what I am today," said Rodriguez.
"This is like a second home to everybody that comes to this club," said 12-year-old Shelsea Escobar. "We have fun and make friends."
"It's fun here," said 10-year-old Brenda Perez. "I jump rope, I play basketball and I play pool in the game room."
Friendships and exercise are both very important, but club organizers said they offer even more.
"Right after school, we provide them with homework assistance and hot meals," said Kevin Hattery, president and DEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston.
"They help us with math and reading and writing and all that," said 17-year-old Joseph Flores. "That actually helps me a lot. I actually got better in school."
The Boys and Girls Club is also happy to report findings from a recent survey that showed 97 percent of the kids who are members expect to graduate from high school.
There are 10 locations in Houston.
Now is the time parents can to register their children for just $5 a year. Click here for more information.
The Boys and Girls Club isn't your only option. The website AfterSchoolZone.org will provide you with a list of options based on your zip code.
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