Up­per Is­land Cove Boys and Girls Club re­ceives $5,000

The Compass - - SPORTS -

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.”

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