Nonprofits First honored Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County by naming the organization as Best Large Non-Profit at their 2021 Hats Off Nonprofit Awards ceremony. Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County works tirelessly to provide more than 10,000 children aged 6 to 18 annually a safe, educational and fun place to be during non-school hours. The awards ceremony took place on October 5, 2021 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla.
“On behalf of everyone at Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, I am delighted to have received this recognition for our organization. This year we’re proudly celebrating 50 years of providing much-needed services to the most deserving children and teens living in Palm Beach County,” said President and CEO Jaene Miranda. “With over 95% of our members living in or near the poverty level, we understand there is a tremendous need in our community to do even more. We have exciting plans for the future, so stayed tuned.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County provides a world-class Club experience that ensures success is within reach for every young person who walks through its doors, with all members demonstrating good character, and citizenship and living a healthy lifestyle. In addition, the Clubs provide meals for all members in need and assist high school Club members by offering programs such as Great Futures and Career Bound to help them stay on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future.
As most organizations scaled down operations and schools focused on distance learning due to the pandemic, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County went into overdrive by opening the Smith and Moore Family Teen Center in Belle Glade, launched the Great Futures program in four high schools, expanded the Hunger Relief programs to feed 675,000 healthy meals to Club members, transformed club spaces into high-tech classrooms and hired 110 certified teachers to tackle the achievement gap caused by distance learning.
“The organization’s amazing accomplishments during this time of great challenges would not have been possible without the dedication and talents of our incredible staff,’ said Miranda. “This recognition validates our team’s efforts and passion to help the children that need us most. I’m grateful for their personal sacrifices and continued hard work to do whatever it takes to make our community a better place for all children.”