By Kaitlin Ahern

Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester Receives $2,500 Grant

  |  Local News - Westchester County  

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester received a grant from The Verizon Foundation that will help the organization expand its technology programs and increase computer access for its young members.

 

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester was awarded a $2,500 grant from The Verizon Foundation in February. Funds from the donation will be used to provide the club’s members with access to essential technology, helping them to succeed in their school years and beyond.

kids in a computer lab

Young members of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester participate in the club’s Skill Tech Program, which will get a boost from the Verizon grant.

Of the approximately 600 children who visit BGCNW daily, many for after-school homework help, nearly 40 percent do not have access to computers at home. Using the foundation’s contribution, BGCNW will expand its Skill Tech Program, which teaches club members practical technology skills. The activities involved in the program encourage emotional development by emphasizing responsibility and respect for peers and equipment in the club’s technology center.

“The club strives to instill important computer fundamentals in all our members,” says executive director Brian Skanes. “Computer access has become critical for success in today’s technology-focused world -- especially for our youth. We are extremely grateful to the Verizon Foundation for understanding this need and providing the resources to help support our efforts.”

The nonprofit Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco, which serves more than 2,000 young people from 60 local communities, is dedicated to inspiring and enabling young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. For more information, visit bgcnw.com.

 

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