(ALLENTOWN, PA) — The Boys and Girls Club of Allentown will receive a $250,000 state grant to help the organization fulfill its role of helping Allentown youth and young adults succeed, according to Senator Pat Browne (Senate District – 16), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Browne secured these funds through the 2022-23 state budget.
“For decades, the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown has provided a safe, stable place for our city’s children to grow and realize their potential,” said Senator Browne. “Their mission has changed thousands of lives and I am proud to secure these funds to ensure they have the resources to continue their mission and excel in the future.”
The grant will fund several capital and building renovation projects that have been on the organization’s priority list for many years. Projects include renovations to the Sixth Street Clubhouse and kitchen renovations to the Turner Street Clubhouse.
These improvements will help the Boys and Girls Club of Allentown fulfill its mission of serving the city’s youth.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to complete these projects now with the help of Senator Browne,” said Deborah Fries-Jackson, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club Allentown. “These funds will allow us to direct more of our other donations to programs that will have a direct impact on the lives of children in the region.
For more than 85 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown has provided programs for young people living in the city of Allentown, serving approximately 1,100 children annually. Their mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. They aim to reach children at an early age and provide safe and positive activities, while creating compelling alternatives to youth crime, gang membership, drugs and other negative influences.
The Boys and Girls Club of Allentown strives to provide a safe and stable place that ensures the physical and emotional safety of young people by promoting their development and instilling a sense of competence, purpose, influence and belonging. . When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created that helps their members achieve their full potential.
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Senator Pat Browne
Chairman of Majority Credits
PA 16th Senatorial District