Contribution from AT&T to help expand Teen Program at Boys and Girls Club

Northern Neck area students prepare for college, careers at Boys & Girls Club

Kilmarnock, VA (October, 1 2014) – The Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck provides a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours.  Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

As part of its commitment to high school success and college and career readiness for students in Virginia and across the United States, AT&T recently contributed $24,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck to support a program that engages teen members in positive after school activities such as mentoring relationships, college exploration activities, volunteerism and athletics.

The announcement was made during a special event at the club, featuring club leaders, Virginia State Delegate Margaret B. Ransone, and Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia.

The contribution will support expansion of the Boys & Girls Club’s Teen Program by allowing the Teen Director and a new assistant to lead teen members toward improved school performance while promoting healthy lifestyles and social skills, and increasing community service opportunities.   A variety of new sports activities offered this fall will aid recruitment and retention of teens; all those will be expected to participate in academic and community service programs in order to participate.

“We are immensely grateful for this generous contribution from AT&T, which will help us grow our Teen Program, retain many of our 2014 summer program members, and enable our teen program staff to more effectively implement new activities and counseling sessions that will both engage our teens and help them with the variety of issues that each may face in today’s society,” said Executive Director Phillip Mumford.

Delegate Ransone said the club offers extraordinary services to children in her district.

“The Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck helps young people in our community excel in school and become good citizens,” said Ransone.  “AT&T’s contribution will help the club meet its mission – and will give our children more tools for success. “

Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for AT&T in Virginia, said the program will prepare students for success.

“At AT&T, we see supporting education as investing in the future because a well-educated workforce may be the single most important thing businesses can do to help Virginia succeed in a digital, global economy,” said Apruzzese. “We are excited to work with the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck to help the young people they serve chart a path to success in school and in life.”

Apruzzese added that the contribution is aligned with AT&T Aspire, one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.  In 2012, AT&T announced an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program, bringing the total commitment to $350 million since the program was launched in 2008. Learn more about AT&T Aspire by visiting www.att.com/aspire.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck, visit http://bgcnn.com or call Phillip Mumford at 804-435-9696

Photo caption – AT&T check presentation:

From left:  Phillip Mumford, Del. Margaret Ransone, Alexis Wormley, AT&T Regional Vice President Vince Apruzzese, BGCNN Vice President Tommy Hemans, Teen Director Ulysess Turner, and BGCNN President Ed Fuehrer