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PROVIDENCE â€“ The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence will benefit from a $7,500 access grant through a partnership with JCPenney. The grant will assist the Clubs in providing after-school programs for Providence youth.
â€śThe availability of affordable afterschool programs continues to be an important community objective in order to meet the needs of working parents and provide endless opportunities to our local youth,â€ť said Nicole Dufresne, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence. â€śParticipating in an after-school program not only keeps kids safe, it engages them in a positive learning environment that helps them reach their full potential in life.â€ť
JCPenney has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 1999. It also provides support to youth programs run by the YMCA of the USA, National 4-H and FIRST. So far, JCPenney has donated more than $30 million to after-school programs.
â€śWhile much work remains to be done to address the growing needs of Americaâ€™s youth who have no place to go after school, this long-term partnership is a powerful model for ensuring that great futures begin at the Boys & Girls Clubs,â€ť said Bethany Blanchard, manager of JCPenneyâ€™s Providence Place location. â€śWe at JCPenney are excited to be a part of strengthening the future of our communities.â€ť