The Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City has been a pillar in youth development in our community for the past 45 years. Their record of accomplishment providing a safe and welcoming place for children and teens and preparing them to grow into healthy, productive adults has been remarkable.
Today the Club serves over 1,900 youth a year …and it’s at capacity. In addition, programs for children and teens must be run from the same building. This means teens can’t access the Club until after 6pm when the children’s program ends. This exposes vulnerable youth to many risks and has limited the specialized programs that can be offered.
But a new day is dawning. With the help of the City of Atlantic City, the Boys & Girls Club was able to secure a new building adjacent to their existing facility. Our planned transformation includes separate facilities for younger members making The Club accessible to teens at 3pm each day. Plans also include an aggressive expansion of specialized workforce and college readiness programs. Today, I am asking for your help in raising $2 million to create the Center for Economic Youth Development and College Readiness to transform the lives of Atlantic City’s youth.
On the following pages we’ve shared more information about the need, the children we serve, and our plans to help ensure that this generation has the best opportunity to succeed.
I am honored to be Chair of this Transform Campaign and I hope that you can join us in this legacy project as we build a path of economic mobility for the youth of our City and set the foundation for a stronger workforce in our community.