Upper Island Cove Boys and Girls Club receives $5,000
The Upper Island Cove Boys and Girls Club has received $5,000 from the provincial government to help continue operating.
The club was one of the nine Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the province for which operating funding was announced last week.
The provincial government provides core operational funding to support the ongoing work of clubs throughout the province.
The Botwood and St. Anthony Boys and Girls Clubs received $10,000 each. The Gander Boys and Girls Club received $16,500; Norris Arm, $ 17,000; Wabana (Bell Island) $40,000; James Hornell Boys and Girls Club, Buchans, $ 41,600; St. John’s, $80,000, and the Boys and Girls Club’s provincial office $57,500 for a grand total of $277,800
The money announced in St. John’s early last week was provided through the provincial Grants and Youth Organizations program
The initiative supports youthserving organizations that focus on self-reliance, leadership and citizen development.
The clubs offer programs that encourage physical activity, health, nutrition, leadership, growth, empowerment, life skills, and the arts. The programs are available to children and youth during after-school hours, and on evenings and weekends.
“Boys and Girls Clubs provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life,” said Susan Sullivan.
The Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment said, “ the organization provides a... place, where every child is listened to, treated with respect and valued in an environment of inclusion and acceptance.” She described the organization as a great example of how this can be done effectively and in the best interest of the children and youth they serve.”
Kelly Sandoval, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John’s said, “ we believe all young people can grow into responsible, contributing and self-reliant members of society. Children and youth are at the centre of everything we do. Through adventure, play and discovery, we encourage and empower them to develop healthy lifestyles, a life-long passion for learning, leadership and life skills and a sense of social responsibility. Today’s announcement of core operating funding for the clubs will ensure our organization can continue delivering these most valuable programs and services.”