The 2018 Summer Program at the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club kicked off on Tuesday, May 29, and hundreds of Newtown’s youth will experience enhanced educational and developmental programming thanks to an $85,000 grant provided by Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.
Over the course of 10 weeks, Club members, ages 6 to 18, will receive extra academic support under the guidance of positive youth development professionals through hands-on learning experiences and a variety of enrichment activities that encourage the growth and maintenance of math, reading and science skills. Examples of enrichment activities the youth will experience throughout the summer months include onsite and offsite trips to local attractions, music lessons and swim instructions.
“This support from Barancik Foundation will help our organization fight against the summer slide,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “The summer months are a critical time frame for youth to continue their academic and developmental journeys, especially in underserved communities like Newtown. This support will ensure the youth we serve this summer maintain the skills they learned throughout the previous school year and are prepared for success when the next academic year comes in August.”
The award will also fund the second year of the Club at Night (CAN) Program for teens at the Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club. CAN is designed to be a safe alternative for middle and high school students to interact with peers and engage in instructive and social activities with positive mentors Thursdays through Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. This program will also provide the teens with healthy, nutritious meals and transportation home each night and host guest speakers to lead trainings and share inspirational stories.
“We’re so excited to be able to offer CAN to teens again this summer,” said Nate Brown, Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club Director. “Barancik Foundation’s commitment to our Club members will help us ensure that they remain on a path toward achieving their full potential.”
For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, visit www.bgcsarasota.com.
ABOUT CHARLES & MARGERY BARANCIK FOUNDATION: The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation – private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida. The Barancik Foundation creates initiatives and awards grants in Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, and medical (research/resources). For further information, please visit BarancikFoundation.org.