David Deaton is with the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County. His Great Futures column appears weekly in the Journal
By DAVID DEATON
The Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County along with a partnership with Shady Point Schools has received a Delinquency Prevention Grant from the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The $38,941 grant will be used to support BGCA programs such as Smart Moves, Power Hour, and Project Learn.
The BGCLC knows that providing a safe, fun and learning environment in the after-school hours is an integral part of preventing a young person from involvement in inappropriate, harmful and illegal conduct.
The grant which is geared toward children from fifth to eighth grades will help kids with positive intervention through programming, education and mentoring.
There have been many trends in juvenile delinquency prevention, and there continue to be many more new and innovative ways to help halt or reverse the growing problems among youth. This grant is just one of the ways to ensure that quality programs are set in place to help a child “Be Great” and to have a “Great Future.”
The Delinquency Prevention Grant allows funding to communities to implement and carry out strategies to help stop delinquency on a local level. Three-year plans are designed to combat delinquency risk factors such as truancy, vocational training and remedial education, as well as recreational opportunities and counseling.
The BGCLC is located in Poteau, Heavener, Shady Point and Arkoma Schools.
The BGCLC local office is located at 205 Dewey Avenue, in Poteau. To find out more about the services we offer contact Ryan Brand at (918) 647-7136.