(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Thursday announced the City will provide funding to keep the Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton open later on weekends and support programming at its Teen Center.
“Every teenager deserves a safe, welcoming place to spend time when school is out,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “Since before I took office, I’ve heard from young people and parents who are concerned that there isn’t enough for kids to do during their free time. With this funding, teens can count on the Boys & Girls Club to provide a safe space to socialize on Friday and Saturday evenings, helping to keep them out of potentially dangerous situations.”
The City is providing $50,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs After-Hours Teen Program, which 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.
An additional $20,000 from the City will support the Boys & Girls Clubs Teen Center. In addition to a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program, the Teen Center offers youth with paid work experience and hands-on job training through its snack bar.
The City is using Community Development Block Grant money to fund both programs.
“It is vital that Binghamton teens have access to an appealing and supportive environment outside of school,” said Marybeth Smith, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Binghamton. “This funding will help at-risk and underserved youth engage in positive, constructive activities and programming that enables them to improve their quality of life and make better futures for themselves.”
The City has also supported the Boys & Girls Clubs through its Membership Program, which helps cover annual membership and summer program fees for low-income children. In March, Mayor David announced the City would provide $12,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs Membership Program as part of its annual allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
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