Lesser Amendment Increasing Funding to the State's Boys and Girls Clubs Passes the Senate

BOSTON — On Thursday, the State Senate voted to approve a budget amendment proposed by Senator Eric P. Lesser that increases funding to the state’s Boys and Girls Clubs. “I’m proud to support the clubs because of the good work they do in several of our communities, including Ludlow, Springfield and Chicopee,” Sen. Lesser said. “These clubs give young people the opportunity not only to succeed, but also to give back. Nearly half of teen members volunteer at least once a month, and nearly all of them graduate high school and go on to post-secondary education. These are the types of programs we should be supporting in our communities.”

Boys and Girls Clubs serve at-risk youth populations, providing a safe and supportive space to learn and become responsible and productive citizens. The Senate amendment increases funding to the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs to $1.7 million to enable the clubs to continue providing quality programming and facilities.

The funding will need to be agreed upon by the House before heading to the Governor for his signature.