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Boys & Girls Club starting Tomorrow's Leaders program

August 28, 2008

The Boys & Girls Club of Washington County will offer a new program for teens this fall in Hagerstown.

The Tomorrow's Leaders program will be offered a minimum of two evenings a week at the Pennsylvania Avenue building with special events such as field trips and community service projects to be planned on the weekends.

The goal of the program is to provide teens between 13 and 18 years of age positive youth development experiences in four core program areas: health and life skills; substance abuse prevention; sexuality and teen pregnancy prevention; personal responsibility and independence.

The program is similar to one started several years ago, said Matt Krantz, the program's director.

The previous teen program was grant-funded and ended at the conclusion of the grant period.

Funding for the new program was received from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Krantz said.

"The funding we have received from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation will provide the resources for us to empower local teens to live successful lives and make meaningful contributions to our community," Krantz said.

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Tomorrow's Leaders sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. Each session will include social recreation, an interactive instruction component and opportunities for participant discussion and feedback. An orientation for the program is scheduled on Monday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue building.

In addition to the Weinberg Foundation, other partners in the initiative include the Washington County Community Partnership for Children and Families, the Hagerstown Housing Authority and the Washington County Juvenile Community Service Program.

For more information, call the Boys & Girls Club at 301-733-5422.

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