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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 1999

First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan Announces Expansion Of Teen Reach Program To Boys And Girls Clubs Statewide

SPRINGFIELD -- First Lady Lura Lynn Ryan today announced the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) will provide $5 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Illinois Alliance for after-school programs serving youth in low-income communities.

Mrs. Ryan, whose Futures For Kids initiative coordinates the state's prevention programs, joined DHS Secretary Howard A. Peters III at visits to Boys and Girls Clubs in Champaign and Chicago for the announcement.

"Too many young people get into trouble because they don't have a safe place to go after school," said Mrs. Ryan. "The Boys and Girls Clubs are the ideal place for the Teen REACH program which provides alternatives to drugs and gangs and gives young people the opportunity to succeed in school and as adults."

Teen REACH stands for Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope. The program is aimed at preventing teen pregnancy, alcohol and other drug use and teen violence. The program began in July 1998 and has a current an annual budget of $18.5 million.

"Teen REACH is effective in helping youth stay on track," Peters said. "I am very pleased to welcome the Boys and Girls Clubs as partners in this program that can make such an important difference for so many young people."

"The Teen REACH program fits well into the Boys and Girls Clubs strategic plan of serving more youth," said Joe Lehr, Vice President Midwest of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. "This is an excellent example of collaboration between organization to secure more funds to provide a positive place for children."

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America is the nation's fastest growing national youth organization serving more than 3 million boys and girls in 2300 locations.

The Boys and Girls Clubs program will target children and youth ages 6 to 18, with special emphasis on children ages 6 to 12, girls and those living in disadvantaged circumstances. The Teen REACH objectives are to provide character and leadership development, academic achievement and career development, health and life skills, arts, sports, fitness and recreation for all participants and to involve them in the Boys and Girls Clubs youth development programs.

Each of the 25 organizations in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Illinois Alliance is participating in the Teen REACH program. Following is a list of the program sites along with their fund and the number of youth served by each program.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Illinois Alliance - Teen REACH Program

CITY BUDGET YOUTH SERVED

Boys & Girls Club of Alton, Inc.

Alton $ 73,125125

Boys & Girls Club of Bellwood & Hillside, Inc.
Bellwood /Hillside Club; Maywood Club

Bellwood$235,170402

Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto, Inc.

Bethalto $102,375175

Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington

Bloomington $ 73,125 125

Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township ,

Carpentersville $ 73,125125

Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club
Mahomet Area Club; Parkside Mansard Square Club

Champaign$292,500500

Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago
Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago Heights; Daniel A. Cotter Club; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Club; Englewood Boys & Girls Club, Youth Net; Ford Heights Club; General Robert E. Wood Club; George M. Eisenberg Club; James Jordan Boys & Girls Club - Family Life Center; Little Village Club; Logan Square Club; Louis I. Valentine Club; Marshall Square Club; Robert R. McCormick Club; Robert Taylor Club Union League Boys & Girls ClubsChicago$319,410546 Miguel A. Barreto Club; Union League Club #1; Union League Club #2

Chicago$1,491,7502,550

Boys Club of Cicero
Parkholme Club

Cicero$73,125 125

Boys & Girls Club of Danville

Danville$146,250 250

Boys & Girls Club of Decatur, Inc.

Decatur$73,125 125

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Boys & Girls Club

East St. Louis$146,250 250

Boys & Girls Club of Elgin

Elgin$102,375175

Boys & Girls Club of Prairie Central
Chatsworth Club

Fairbury$81,900140

Boys & Girls Club of Freeport

Freeport$73,125 125

George Werden Buck Boys Club

Joliet$131,625 225

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley

Moline$73,125 125

Boys & Girls Club of Pekin

Pekin$73,125 125

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria

Peoria$73,125 125

Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County

Pontiac$117,000 200

Boys & Girls Club Association of Rockford
Blackhawk Club; Carlson Club; Jim & Kay Flodin Club; Patriots Gateway Club; Northwest Club

Rockford$365,625 625

Springfield Boys & Girls Club
ABC Club; Central Club; Feitshans Club

Springfield$117,000200

Stateline Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc

South Beloit$146,250 250

Boys & Girls Club of Northern Vermillion

Hoopeston$58,500 100

Scott Air Force Base Youth Center

Scott AFB$87,750 150

Total:$4,599,855 7,863

Chicago Boys & Girls Clubs

$ 320,000

Youth Training

$ 75,000

State Youth of the Year Program

$ 5,145

Grand Total of Project

$5,000,000

August 18, 1999


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