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Senator Durr and Commissioner Konawel visit county Boys & Girls Clubs

Staff, board members, and volunteers welcomed the senator and commissioner at the Glassboro location

Special to The Sun: Senator Ed Durr (left) spoke directly to the organization’s CEO, Patricia Withington (right) to learn more about the issues and challenges facing America’s youth today.

Staff, board members, and volunteers at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Gloucester County’s Glassboro location welcomed Senator Edward Durr and Commissioner Christopher Konawel on April 25 with a club tour. They also got the chance to speak directly to the organization’s CEO, Patricia Withington, to learn more about the issues and challenges facing America’s youth today.

“We were so grateful to welcome Senator Ed Durr and Commissioner Chris Konawel to our
Glassboro Club location to discuss our out-of-school time programs.” said Withington. “They took the time to listen to our board, volunteers and staff about the importance of Boys & Girls Clubs in Gloucester County and New Jersey as a whole. Our organization provides many resources and opportunities that any child in Gloucester County can benefit from.

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“We’re thankful that Senator Durr and Commissioner Konawel came by to learn more about our role in the community.”

Boys & Girls Clubs fill the gap between school and home and provide a welcoming, positive
environment where kids and teens have fun, participate in life-changing programs and
experiences, ready themselves for success in education, life and career, and build supportive relationships with peers and caring adults. Investment in afterschool opportunities creates impact in local communities, especially for working families that rely on Boys & Girls Clubs as a means to be employed full-time.

Boys & Girls Clubs drive measurable results for our nation’s youth:

  • Every day, kids in New Jersey leave school with nowhere to go. Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey currently serve more than 70,000 youth aged 5-18.
  • There are currently 22 Boys & Girls Clubs with more than 75 sites in 32 cities in the state of New Jersey.
  • During the summer, Boys & Girls Clubs help close the summer learning gap by including fun math and reading activities.
  • Regularly attending club members ages 12 to 17 outperform their peers academically, with 76 percent reporting getting A’s and B’s in school, nearly 10 percent higher than their peers nationally.
  • Every $1 invested in a Boys & Girls Clubs returns $9.60 in current and future earnings and cost-savings to their communities.
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