Posted on September 11, 2018 by admin
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury will announce receipt of a Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Grant from the State of Connecticut for the 2018-19 fiscal year on Monday, September 17, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club. In attendance will be State Representatives Stephanie Cummings, Larry Butler, Tony D’Amelio, Jeff Berger and Geraldo Reyes, and State Senator Joan Hartley, who were instrumental in the passage of Public Act 18-81 which included Waterbury in the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.
The Boys & Girls Club provides members with a healthy and safe environment that aims to empower teens to make good choices while reducing violence among youth. Club programs provide youth the opportunity to learn and develop new skills and interests, including sports, technology and art, during a critical part of the day. Providing exposure and opportunities to anti-bullying, anti-violence and life-skills programing opens youth to new possibilities and helps them find positive ways to spend their time while also allowing them to consider and explore positive futures – both school and career. Keeping students occupied in the after-school hours is proven to reduce at-risk behaviors including violence, substance use and sexual activity. The Youth Services Prevention Initiative and Youth Violence Prevention Grant will serve to ensure that members have a safe, positive environment to learn, forge supportive relationships among their peers and have opportunities, expectations and recognition.
“The Boys and Girls Club does incredible work for the kids of our community and I can think of no better organization to receive this grant money,” Rep. D’Amelio said. “I’m confident these funds will be used to continue their mission of providing engaging programming to help our kids make positive life decisions and to avoid the pitfalls of drugs, gangs and violence that harm so many.”