Local teens will be the beneficiaries and designers of a program at the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County.
The Citi Foundation is providing $20,000 to the Boys & Girls Club to implement a teen program, called Teens with Priorities, which will focus on bringing higher education opportunities to at-risk youth in Washington County.
A focus of the program will be on educational achievement and career goals.
The Boys & Girls Club plans on utilizing the STAPLES Teen Center at the Pennsylvania Avenue Unit for most of the structured sessions of the program with field trips, incentives and community service projects to be selected and implemented by the participants.
"We know the teens want to have a voice in the programs we operate and the funding from Citi will allow us to empower them to do just that," said Jim Deaner, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club.