(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Tuesday joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton Executive Director Marybeth Smith and members of the organization’s Board of Directors to announce funding for multiple youth programs in 2020.
“The City of Binghamton has long been a strong and consistent supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs programs,” said Mayor David. “Given recent uncertainty and concern at other local youth organizations, it was important to reaffirm the City’s commitment to the Binghamton Boys & Girls Clubs and the youth it supports. These programs are invaluable in keeping kids off the street and in structured and safe environments. Too often, we hear frustration after programs shut down without asking what could have been done to keep institutions strong in the first place. That will not be the case for the Binghamton Boys & Girls Clubs as long as I’m mayor.”
The following Boys & Girls Clubs programs will be funded by the City of Binghamton in 2020:
- After-Hours Program — $50,000: Extends the hours of the center to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, year round. Normally, the Club closes at 7 p.m. Teens in the program participate in sports, games, cooking, movie watching, field trips and more. Free transportation home is provided at the end of each night. This is the second-straight year it has been funded.
- Teen Center —$20,000: Offers youth paid work experience and hands-on job training in addition to comprehensive homework help and tutoring. This is the second-straight year it has been funded
- Summer Program Membership — $19,975: Covers membership fees for dozens of low-income youth to attend a nine-week summer program. A structured program includes swimming, baseball, field trips, educational programs and lunch daily.
- Building Security Upgrades — $5,000: Capital project for security camera system to improve safety for some 500 children served annually by the club.
The City is using Community Development Block Grant money to fund these programs.
“The City’s support of the Boys & Girls Clubs directly assists youth to engage in positive, constructive activities and programming that enables them to improve their quality of life and make better futures for themselves,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton Executive Director Marybeth Smith. “Our organization is strong in large part due to our partnership with the City and we look forward to serving our community’s youth for generations to come.”
Since 2014, the City has allocated more than $340,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Binghamton.
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