YOP helps non-profit organizations raise private-sector funds by providing partial state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved youth development projects.
“The Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County is committed to placing children and teens on a path to successful futures,” Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “We appreciate the great work of organizations like these to improve and enrich the lives of Missouri’s youth.”
The Boys and Girls Club began serving St. Charles in 1955 and opened a second unit in O’Fallon in 1992. The Club offers after school, summer and sports programs to help children and teens reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County is committed to providing high quality, engaging, safe and fun youth development services to our over 1,200 members each year,” said Linda Sanchez, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County. "We applaud DED for its commitment to strengthening Missouri communities through initiatives like the Youth Opportunities Program.”
The funds will help support the Club’s academic programming as well as STEM enrichment opportunities for members age six to eighteen years old. Funds will also help expand healthy lifestyles programming including opioid use prevention and conflict resolution.
An affiliate of the Boys & Girls Club of America, the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles County have provided support to members for over 60 years.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a congressionally chartered organization that provides material support to thousands of local clubs, which are important foundations of many communities. For more than 150 years, the organization has enhanced the character development of our nation’s youth.
To learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County, please visit www.bgcstc.org.
About the Youth Opportunity Program:
Each year, the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) partners with non-profit organizations to help thousands of at-risk youth overcome barriers to a healthy, successful life and realize their full potential as citizens. For more information on YOP funding opportunities and eligibility requirements, click here.