Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula CEO and Chairman of the Board visit Washington, DC to Advocate for America’s Kids

Boys & Girls Clubs representatives nationwide met with government leaders to champion the needs of today's youth during National Day of Advocacy

(Washington, DC) Feb. 15, 2017 - Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula Chief Executive Officer, Hal Smith, Board Member George Clark, and Board Chair Linda Rohrer, attended Boys & Girls Clubs of America's fourth annual National Day of Advocacy in Washington, D.C. from Monday, Feb. 13 to Wednesday, Feb. 15. Leaders from Major Metro Boys & Girls Clubs participated in a group session at the White House and met independently with members of Congress to champion the needs of local youth.

"With a Boys & Girls Club in every Congressional District, it is our duty to represent the kids and teens we serve by advocating for the programs and policies that matter most to America's youth," said Hal Smith, President & CEO. "I am honored to represent my Club and cities as we collaborate with our friends on Capitol Hill. This is a rare opportunity to demonstrate the life-changing impact of federal funding that we're able to witness on a daily basis."

This collective movement serves as an opportunity for Boys & Girls Clubs to build awareness and garner support in their mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The primary policies and programs to be addressed include Workforce Development and Education, Youth Mentoring, Meal Reimbursement and 21st Century Community Learning Centers, among others.

National Day of Advocacy began with a luncheon on Tuesday with Boys & Girls Clubs of America president and CEO Jim Clark. On Wednesday, Club leaders attended scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill with their respective members of Congress.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula representative met with Congressman Bobby Scott, Congressman Scott Taylor, and Congressman Rob Wittman. They also met with legislative aides of Senator Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula has been a leader in youth development since 1946 with the mission "to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens." The organization currently serves more than 1,100 youth every day in 13 clubs located in Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Gloucester, Mathews, and York County. Youth benefit from a caring professional staff who help them take control of their lives, envision productive futures, and help them set and achieve their goals. Boys & Girls Clubs offers youth a safe place to learn and grow with programs in five core areas: character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; sports, recreation and fitness; and the arts.

Great Futures Start at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula!

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