The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County (BGCAA) has received a $10,000 grant to launch a new reading initiative that promotes both educational and leisure reading for adolescents. The Walmart Foundation’s Bright Spot for Reading initiative for adolescent readers will help create a reading center, provide training for staff and encourage relationships to ensure the success of young members.
Nationally, the Walmart Foundation awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of America with $1.15 million to help establish reading Bright Spots at 100 Clubs across the U.S.
Beginning February 10, 2011, the Bright Spot Reading Center will feature books geared at youth ages 11 to 15 and will include programming to encourage adolescents to read more and develop a more positive attitude toward reading. Programming will include activities in drama, art and technology; field trips to local libraries and bookstores and service learning projects in order to create reading opportunities in every area of the Club.
Over thirty members are participating in the Reading Center which promotes reading in a teen-friendly environment. The Bright Spot Reading Center also implements a variety of programs which include the Reading Buddies Program and the Bates Book Club
“The Walmart Foundation’s Bright Spot for Reading Initiative is essential in preparing youth for academic and life success,” said Reginald Broddie, Chief Professional Officer of BGCAA. “We are grateful to The Walmart Foundation for the opportunity to create an environment that will encourage and allow our youth to enjoy and develop an affinity for reading.”
In addition, Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County will strengthen existing and develop new relationships with local libraries to enhance its programs and services.
Youngsters interested in joining the Club, learning more about The Walmart Foundation Bright Spot for Reading Initiative or other youth programs can contact Martin Blake at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, 410-263-2542 or visit www.bgcaa.org.