2015-12-10 / News Briefs

Expanded Programming at Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Newport County has a new program plan and design for the North End Clubhouse located at 1 York Street at the Florence Gray Center. The new winter session, which will be offered to youth ages 11 to 16, will begin on Monday, Jan. 11.

The sessions will feature various activities focused around arts and music, sports and career and leadership. “We are looking forward to offering an expanded set of higher quality programs that better align with our programming goals of academic success, character and citizenship development and healthy lifestyles,” said Joe Tomchak, assistant executive director. “We believe our partnerships and planning for higher quality, age appropriate programs will deliver an enhanced experience in a fun, safe environment for all of our participants.”

In addition, the club has been approved to expand their Kids Clubhouse licensed childcare program from a capacity of holding 55 to accommodating 120. The hope, Tomchak said, was to reach 80 children by spring, then open up the club to 120 the following spring. “We are excited about these changes,” said Tomchak, “and look forward to creating an environment that enables our young audience to realize their full potential.”

The Department of Children, Youth and Families, which is responsible for child care facility licensing, approved the expansion following increased outreach efforts to fill the program this past summer.

All youth interested in participating need to have a Boys & Girls Club membership and will need to register in advance by Friday, Jan. 8. Youth membership cost is $30 for the year and scholarships are available for those in need.

For more information, contact the Boys & Girls Clubs, 401-847- 6927 or visit bgcnewport.org.

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