10.13.10

Leahy: Vermont Boys & Girls Clubs To Receive $1 Million

RUTLAND, Vt. (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13) – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that Vermont’s Boys and Girls Clubs have been awarded more than $1 million by the U.S. Department of Justice to help fund activities and programs administered by the Clubs.

Leahy announced the award during a tour of the Boys and Girls Club in Rutland.  The Rutland Boys and Girls Club is one of six active Clubs in Vermont, and it has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Justice Department.  In March, the Club received a merit award for best overall programming among Boys and Girls Clubs across the country with budgets under $500,000.  Since 1997, the Rutland Club has received over $1.5 million in grant funding.

“It has been a privilege to support the Boys and Girls Clubs in Vermont,” said Leahy.  “I see the very real difference these clubs make in the lives of young people.  They deliver results, creating safe spaces for young people to grow up free of drugs and crime.  We all know that our nation’s success lies with our children, and the Boys and Girls Clubs are crucial to that success.”

As well as being a former prosecutor, Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its subcommittee that handles the Senate’s work in writing the annual budget bill for the Department of Justice, which runs the program that grants funding to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  Since 1997, Leahy has helped secure $10.7 million for Vermont’s Boys and Girls Clubs.  In 2008, Leahy successfully appealed to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to restore crucial funding that was set to be slashed for clubs in Brattleboro, Burlington, Washington County, White River Valley, Rutland City and Vergennes. 

Leahy has been a longtime champion of efforts to strengthen and expand Boys and Girls Clubs across the country, especially in rural areas like Vermont.  In 2001, after the Bush administration recommended the elimination of funding for the Boys and Girls Clubs, Leahy organized and led a strong, bipartisan coalition in Congress to restore funding for the Clubs. He is the author of the bipartisan Boys & Girls Clubs Centennial Reauthorization Act, which will authorize appropriations for the Boys & Girls Clubs through 2015.

The Clubs are represented in all 50 states and reach millions of youths each year, providing after-school, evening, weekend and summer programs.  The Boys and Girls Clubs have demonstrated their effectiveness in keeping children and young adults off the streets and away from the influences of drugs, crime and gangs.

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