NEWS RELEASED: Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne
Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne receives grant for scholarships for children of single mothers
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Nov. 14, 2012) – The Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Wyoming Women's Foundation (WyWF) to fund a scholarship program for the children of single mothers. The scholarships will pay for all or part of the Club's summer fees and/or fees for transportation and no-school or early release days for the children of single mothers for whom the cost is a hindrance to attendance.
Although the annual membership fee is just $10 at the Boys & Girls Club, the summer program, busing and all-day programs have additional fees. By offering this scholarship money to the children of single mothers, the Club is not only providing the child a safe, fun, productive place to be after school, but allowing the child's mother the freedom and peace of mind to work in the afternoons to become or continue to be self-sufficient. The children will benefit from the Club's proven programs with focus on academic success, character and leadership development and healthy lifestyles. They'll receive help with their homework, a nutritious afterschool snack and instruction in topics ranging from the arts to financial literacy.
"This scholarship money will allow the Club to continue serving those who need us most," the Club's Chief Professional Officer, Rolinda Sample, said. "Children of single mothers are more likely to grow up in poverty and are at greater risk for dropping out of school and engaging in risky behavior. This grant will help us guide these kids and their families toward a bright future."
The Wyoming Women's Foundation, an endowed fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation, is a charitable organization that supports economic self-sufficiency and access to opportunities for women and girls in Wyoming by raising funds, making grants, and providing leadership. For information call 307-721-7007 or visit the Wyoming Women's Foundation website at www.wywf.org.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne
Since opening in 1997, the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne has focused on inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, computer training and sports/fitness/recreation opportunities. The Club provides afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 6-18. The annual fee for afterschool programming is only $10 per year. For more information, visit www.bgcchey.org.