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Boys and Girls Clubs reach out to communities

November 28, 2006

Albany--  The Boys and Girls Club wants to reach much further than the walls of their centers. The national organization is pushing local clubs to expand their services to their surrounding communities.

The clubs offer kids positive leadership and a place for after-school recreation. But many kids don't benefit from those services because of transportation or money issues. That's why clubs like the one here in Albany are bringing services to them.

They recently opened centers at Lamar Reese and Sylvester Road Elementary Schools so people in those communities can benefit from the services.

"The program does work. It's just a matter of us identifying the needs, working as a complete community and working with the board of education to say these are the things we can do to help you in education and make the big difference," said Director of Operations Bob Hutchinson.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany is also in negotiations to open a center at MLK Elementary. The club also recently began offering money management classes to teens and their families.  

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