Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM/the Club) has received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America (BofA) to fund its teen empowerment and employment program, Project L.E.A.D. (Learning, Earning, and Advancing Dreams).
Project L.E.A.D. builds workforce skills through mentorship, employment, soft-skills development, and financial literacy education. The program engages 20 teens annually, providing teens with a structured, safe environment to learn the crucial skills needed to succeed in a professional work environment, while at the same time grounding that experience in a one-on-one mentoring relationship.
“This generous funding will create opportunities for our teens to develop the skills necessary for economic self-sufficiency,” said Douglas Eagles, CEO of BGCM. “We appreciate BofA’s generous support and continued investment in our young people’s futures.”
The grant is part of Bank of America’s philanthropic giving efforts in local communities. Awardees were selected for their commitment to addressing basic needs and workforce development for individuals and families.
“Organizations like BGCM are the backbone of our local community. They work closely with today’s youth to understand their current obstacles and develop programs and services that help eliminate barriers to entering the workforce,” said Alberto Garofalo, president, Bank of America New Jersey. “It’s important that we direct funds and the necessary resources to help position these nonprofits for long-term success as they continue to make a positive impact on New Jersey’s future leaders.”
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