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Province invests in local after-school programs

DURHAM: MPPs Lindsey Park and Lorne Coe announced that the Ontario Government is continuing investments in the Boys and Girls Club of Durham this year, investing $714,600 in 2019-2020 to help keep Durham’s kids physically active, healthy and ready to learn so they can succeed at school and in life. “The after-school programs of the Boys and Girls Club of Durham play a vital role in empowering kids across Durham Region and keeping them safe,” said Durham MPP Lindsey Park. “Ontario’s After School Program is helping support local organizations that keep our children and youth physically active and engaged.” Ontario’s After School Program funds no-cost, fun, safe, supervised activities for students during the school year in high-need neighbourhoods across the province. It serves more than 21,000 children and youth grades 1-12 at over 400 sites through 117 organizations. The Boys and Girls Club of Durham, with a membership that exceeds 1,000 children, offers after-school programming at 21 locations across Durham Region. “This is great news for children and youth across the Region of Durham. Child and youth after-school programs offer a healthy and positive way for them to discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be healthy, successful, and active participants in society,” said Whitby MPP, Lorne Coe. “The Boys and Girls Club of Durham is very grateful to the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for their continued suppaort of our After-School Program,” said Kathleen Hutton, Executive Director of the club. “The Boys and Girls Club of Durham operates After-School Programs in 21 different locations across Durham Region, providing children and youth with a safe environment where they can experience new opportunities, build positive relationships, overcome barriers, and develop confidence and skills for life.”

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