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Boston Scientific awards grant to Boys & Girls Club

Posted: May 7, 2010 12:48 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2010 12:42 p.m.
 
Boston Scientific Foundation of Natick, Mass., has awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley a $10,000 grant for its Project Learn.

"Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people acquire at school during the hours they spend at the Club," said Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

"The strategy is based on research that shows students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities."

Through Project Learn, club staff members use all the areas and programs in the club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, assisting others, homework help, tutoring and games like Scrabble that develop young people's cognitive skills.

Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between club and school professionals as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for club members.

"We are very grateful for the generous grant from Boston Scientific Foundation," Ventress said. 

"Most people have heard the statistics that report juvenile crime peaks in the afternoons between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. At the Boys & Girls Club, we are proud to be the positive place for kids - where they learn, grow, stay active, and have fun."

The Boston Scientific Corporation is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices with approximately 22,000 employees. Last November, employees at the company's Valencia facility invited kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley to their facility and awarded 10 bikes, built by the employees, to a group of youngsters who were chosen based on need.

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley is a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, an organization with more than 4,000 clubs nationwide. The local club was formed by a group of community leaders who recognized the need for high-quality programs and facilities at affordable costs for area young people.

The club now serves more than 2,700 youth, ages 7-17, at facilities in Newhall, Canyon Country and Val Verde. Programs engage members in education and career exploration, the arts, sports, recreation and fitness, character and leadership development, and healthy life choices.

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