Boys and Girls Clubs in Columbus receive 2 state awards

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley were awarded two awards at the 2016 Georgia Area Council and Alliance Meeting.

Boys and Girls Clubs across Georgia were recognized for their excellence each year during the State Awards Dinner organized by the Georgia Area Council.

During this year's meeting, BGCCV were awarded in two categories including character and leadership development and overall program.

The Georgia area council is commissioned by Boys and Girls Clubs of America to provide specific support, training and secure funding for Boys and Girls Clubs operating in Georgia.

More than 130 clubs around the state of Georgia participate in the Georgia Area Council and Alliance programming this year. There was a total of six winners announced for various programs. In order to be considered as a candidate, a needs assessment, program description, program impact and overall presentations are met.

The Club-Teen Center was selected as the state winner in the character and leadership development category for its "It Takes a Village" program.

The program was designed to provide teen club members with the understanding of the importance of community service work and how the experiences they attain can make a difference to others and their community.

The overall program award was awarded to the East Club for their Empowered Youth of Columbus (EYC) program.

This program was designed to support club members in academic, arts and cultural enrichment and resource areas.

With resource support, EYC has provided BGCCV with an opportunity to offer materials to club members and able to enhance overall programming. As a result, 59 percent of participants increased a full letter grade in math, 62 percent increased a letter grade in reading and 79 percent have improved their behavior in class.

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