Education

Boys & Girls Club Partners with Youngstown Schools

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Youngstown is expanding its impact through a new partnership with Youngstown City Schools.

The club recently opened three new sites in the Youngstown district serving students in grades seven and eight in Martin Luther King, William Holmes McGuffey and Paul C. Bunn Schools.

“The ‘tween age can be a difficult time and we feel equipped to develop & motivate these young people throughout the city,” says Germaine McAlpine, executive director of The Boys & Girls Club of Youngstown. “Collaborating with Youngstown City Schools is the perfect way to work with these youth.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Youngstown is working with the school district and other community partners, such as United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley, to offer academic and enrichment activities through an after-school program.

The club is one component of the district’s after-school program, which serves 1,200 students in kindergarten through grade eight. The program provides instruction in math and reading as well as fun enrichment activities, a healthful dinner and snack, and transportation home, all at no cost to families.

“We strive to meet the academic needs of our students and address some of their social, emotional and nutritional needs. But we can’t do it all alone. We need the community’s help and support,” said Krish Mohip, chief executive officer of the Youngstown City School District. “The Boys & Girls Club is one of the organizations that stepped up to provide that help and support and we’re grateful for that.”

The club has been serving the Youngstown area since 1970. It now serves over 900 youth in Mahoning County annually.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.