Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County recently received a $45,000 grant through Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support the Clubs’ Jr Staff program. The grant was awarded through a nationwide competitive grant process. Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Jr Staff program hires teen Club members to work as employees while learning crucial job skills. Jr Staff participants receive valuable career training in addition to their on-the-job experience. Currently, there are 54 Jr Staff participants, with the Bank of America grant sponsoring seven positions.
“We are extremely thankful for Bank of America to choose our Jr Staff program to support. Through the Jr Staff experience, our teens acquire workforce training skills that will set them apart in the future,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Vice President of Resource Development and Programs Kimberly Sovinski.
Bank of America Charitable Foundation develops strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations addressing issues fundamental to economic mobility and social progress in low- and moderate-income communities. The foundation focuses on improving the lives of individuals and families by, in part, investing in basic needs and workforce development and education.
“Our Jr Staff program not only empowers and sets up our Club members for success in the future, but the paychecks that they receive helps their entire family since many continue to struggle with a sluggish post-pandemic recovery,” explained Sovinski.
In past years, Bank of America has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Career Bound program. This is the first national grant that the corporate partner has awarded to the organization with a significant investment increase. In addition to the $45,000 grant, Bank of America will also host a day of training for all Jr Staff to learn best money habits.
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