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Assembly members Flora, Gray help support Boys & Girls Clubs

The governor has signed a budget bill containing $500,000 each for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus and Merced Counties. Assemblymembers Heath Flora and Adam Gray together represent the two counties in the State Legislature, and worked to secure the funding.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs came to us earlier this year with an urgent plea to help them keep their doors open for the 1,675 underserved youth they serve in our area,” said Assemblymember Flora. “After school programs have a positive impact on the community that we were in danger of losing.”

Assembly members Flora and Gray represent different sides of the political aisle, but they came together in a bipartisan fashion to help the Central Valley’s underserved and at-risk youth.

“This funding came at a crucial time for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus and Merced,” said Assemblymember Gray. “Heath and I would like to thank the Governor for approving our budget request and keeping these kids enrolled in programs that help insure their future success.”

Boys & Girls Clubs Organizations throughout the country provide high-quality after school youth development, prevention and academic enrichment programs delivered by trained adult professional staff mentors in a safe and secure facility in geographic areas of greatest need where families cannot afford other services. Members receive proven programs which support them to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or the job market.

“It is with the deepest gratitude that we thank Assemblymembers Flora and Gray for working so closely with us and the Governor to get this funding secured that will allow us to continue to provide quality programs for the youth we serve,” said Janine McClanahan, Board Chair of the Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County.

“This funding will enable us to serve more kids more often in a safe environment, providing quality youth development programs for the youth of Merced County. It means the world to us and the kids!” added Michelle W. Allison, board chair of the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County.

Books For Youth Development

The Merced County Republican Women Federated recently donated 98 children’s books to the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County for their youth development after-school program.

The Merced County Republican Women Federated recently donated 98 children’s books to the Boys & Girls Club of Merced County for their youth development after-school program. Youth Development Professionals Joanna De la Cruz (left) and Julyssa Duffey (right) are surrounded by excited members of the Boys & Girls Club. Irene McClenahan (far right) is the Children’s Literacy Chairman of the local chapter of Republican Women. Boys and girls earn ‘Power Points’ from the Boys & Girls Club for reading books after their homework is finished each afternoon.

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