Sussex County Delaware

Boys and Girls
Clubs Get $400,000

Boys & Girls Clubs ...

Money to Be Used for
Delinquency Prevention

LAUREL -- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware received a $442,128 check to establish delinquency prevention programs at three new clubs in Georgetown, Laurel and Oak Orchard.

The money was awarded by Delaware Gov. Thomas R. Carper and the state's Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG).

The new clubs will establish the "Straight to Success" juvenile delinquency programs that reach out to high-risk youths, according to Gov. Carper.

John F. Hollis, director of development for the Southern Division of the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, received the three-year grant worth $147,376 annually from Gov. Carper and JJAG Chairman Brian D. Shirey in a ceremony at the Laurel Armory. The armory is the future home of the Laurel Boys & Girls Club.

"Our young people represent Delaware's future and we must continually strive to provide opportunities for growth," said Gov. Carper. "Throughout Delaware, we're fortunate to have families, communities and organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs come together and commit their time and resources to youngsters. Today, the folks here in Sussex County continue to build on a solid foundation with the Boys and Girls Clubs that will benefit our communities for generations to come."

The objective of the "Straight to Success" program is to reach 1,100 kids a year at the three new clubs -- 700 in Laurel and 200 each in Georgetown and Oak Orchard. The program works closely with schools, health and social service agencies, and law enforcement.

Young people in the program will be exposed to structured educational enhancement, behavior modification programs, and they will participate in motiviational life-skills development presentations.

"This is another example where the State of Delaware, through the Governor and his Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, have become essential components in our efforts to help kids make better choices and grow into more productive citizens," said Hollis. "Their efforts are absolutely immeasurable as we strive for proven outcomes to help our young people."

The Delaware National Guard is planning an event to turn the keys to the armory over to the Town of Laurel, which will then give the property to the Boys & Girls Clubs o Delaware. The Georgetown and Oak Orchard Boys & Girls Clubs are developing plans for new facilities.

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