America’s Best and Boys & Girls Clubs of America: Working Together to Help Children See a Brighter Future
America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses empowers children to excel in school through our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. We know that uncorrected vision problems in children can impair development, interfere with learning, and reduce academic and social confidence. Since a child’s best chance of academic and future success comes with the ability to learn well, a pair of eyeglasses—proper vision correction—plays a pivotal role in improving grades, building confidence and increasing positive social activity. That’s why America’s Best has committed to helping at-risk kids and teens get the vision correction help they need, all for free.
We are pleased to announce that since our partnership began last year, we’ve completed over 5,700 free vision screenings. We’ve also provided almost 1,000 pairs of free glasses to kids across the U.S. If you want to see our partnership in action, watch the video below or check out more of these great videos.
What Does Boys & Girls Clubs of America Do?
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of kids and teens. Their goal is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible adults.
Our national, multi-year partnership fits perfectly into the BGCA’s healthy lifestyle programming which helps children and young adults form healthy habits at an early age.
How Does the Program with America’s Best Work?
America’s Best associates travel to selected Boys & Girls Clubs of America locations and perform free vision screenings on the children. Because they are in a familiar setting, the children stay comfortable and relaxed during this initial vision assessment.
A child is referred to a licensed optometrist at their closest America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses location if a child’s screening reveals vision issues. Once referred, the child is eligible for a free eye examination. So far, about half of the children screened has needed a full eye examination.
After the full eye exam, if needed, the child is then eligible to pick out a pair of single-vision prescription eyeglasses, also provided at no charge to the child. To learn more about the screening process and how our partnership with BGCA works, please click here.
America’s Best looks forward to screening and providing free eye exams and eyeglasses for many more children in the years to come. Want to be a part of improving the lives of children? To learn more about this partnership or to find out how you can donate to this important initiative, click here.