by Senator Ross Romero
Earlier this summer I was contacted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Valley asking me if I had time to visit the Clubs and find out what they were doing to help our community’s youth. The Boys and Girls Clubs offer after-school programs addressing educational achievement, career exploration, drug and alcohol avoidance, health and fitness, gang and violence prevention, cultural exploration, leadership development and community service. I was very interested to learn the Clubs help over 11,000 youth each year.
I was pleased to learn youth who participate in Boys and Girls Clubs programs statistically have a 15% higher overall GPA, a 90% high school graduation rate, and 26% are likely to earn a college degree. I was informed during my visit that it takes $454 for a child to participate in Boys and Girls Clubs programs for a year (“454 Club”). In contrast, it takes $82,402 per year for a child to be admitted to a full time juvenile detention facility.
Last week, I was invited to the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Valley “Thank You and Get Acquainted Dinner” for the “454 Club.” It was a great event, which again highlighted the wonderful work being done at the Boys and Girls Clubs. The guest speaker was Dan E. Jones (our very own Senator Patricia Jones’ husband).
Needless to say, my wife and I are now sponsoring a Club member and wanted to make sure others knew about this great community organization and the work it is doing. If you would like more information about the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Valley or about the 454 Club, please contact Toni Geddes, Director of Development at 801-284-4248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.