From the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County:
United States Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) toured the Edgewood Boys & Girls Clubs today to view the impact from federal dollars through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Her visit also included spending time with community leaders in Harford County to talk more about the impact of BRAC on the county’s future.
During her visit Senator Mikulski had the opportunity to see firsthand the impact the Club is having closing the digital divide and mentoring youth. “Boys and Girls Clubs provide a safe place where children can learn and grow and develop a sense of community,” Senator Mikulski said. “Mentoring programs give our young people positive alternatives to drugs and violence, and are important resources for youth who have nowhere else to turn. Each year, I fight to put funds in the federal checkbook to mentor youth and I’m proud to be here today to make this announcement.”
The Senator announced a grant awarded to the Harford County Boys & Girls Clubs through the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP) in the amount of $200,000. “We are pleased with the continued support from Senator Mikulski who is a huge supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the nation. The Senator has a clear understanding of the need and works tirelessly to seek resources to meet the need.” said Randy Acosta, BGCHC Executive Director. The purpose of the funding is to positively impact the lives of current and new Club members through strengthening, enhancement and expansion of Boys & Girls Clubs mentoring programs for at-risk youth residing in distressed areas.
Senator Mikulski holds a lifetime membership card to Boys & Girls Clubs from youth at the Edgewood Branch. Also pictured (L-R: Tory Pierce, BGCHC Board President and Randy Acosta, BGCHC Executive Director)