Fremont Elementary 21st Century Grant Awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield

10/10/2019

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield (BGCS) are celebrating the approval of federal funding for its newest location inside Fremont Elementary in Springfield. 

On October 3rd, 2019, the BGCS team was notified they were the recipients of  The 21st Century Grant. The $821,751 grant will provide funding for five-years for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield at Fremont Elementary.  The Fremont Unit serves students in kindergarten through 5th grade, ages 6 and up.

“It is incredible what can happen when dedicated people come together for a common goal. I am so grateful to everyone who played a part in this accomplishment”, Brandy Harris, Chief Executive Officer for the BGCS said.  “Club staff and community leaders worked really hard to make this happen and now, we can make Springfield a better place for more kids. It is a dream come true.”

In February 2019, Harris began working on her strategic vision. She learned that many Clubs in Missouri, and across the country, had been utilizing the 21st Century Grant model to successfully expand their reach and to increase program quality, especially in the area of academic success. 

To better serve youth who are in need of academic support and enrichment, an exploratory 21st Century committee, led by Harris, was created. This committee consisted of staff and Board members of BGCS and Springfield Public Schools (SPS) officials. The committee compiled preliminary data of local schools, such as MAP scores, neighborhood statistics, and feedback from SPS officials and local principals. Results showed a defined set of needs that align with 21st Century Grant requirements. 

One example is that many of the parents at Fremont are working parents. Given the start time of school during the school year and summer, both morning and after school programming is essential to provide a safe, academic-focused space for students and to support working families. Programs will be targeted to coordinate with Springfield Public Schools throughout the year of school programming.

With over 2,365 youth Club members at its five locations, BGCS is vital to many kids and families in Springfield who need a safe, stable, fun and educational place to go before and after school. BGCS is crucial to Fremont’s nearly 350 students because of its focus on the following areas: academic achievement, alleviating poverty and economic hardship, behavioral concerns and bullying, high-need, diverse populations, and proper health habits. 

The 21st CCLC grant is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the ESEA, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.

If you would like to have more information or get involved through sponsorship, volunteering, becoming a mentor, or other support, please call the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield at 417-862-9249.   

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Media Contact : Brandy Harris
Source : Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield 417-862-9249
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