The Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs was appropriated $11.1 million in the Focus on Florida's Future budget, the state's 2024-2025 fiscal year budget, on Wednesday, June 12. The total appropriation encompasses three projects within two state agencies. The award is the second-highest ever the Alliance has received from the state, and will allow Florida's Boys & Girls Clubs to continue providing valuable out-of-school time programming to over 270,000 youth.

The three funded projects are:

  • Positive Youth Development Programming with the Department of Juvenile Justice, which teaches like skills and resiliency aimed at reducing risky behaviors, such a gun violence, gang involvement, and substance misuse.
  • Mentoring and Student Assistance Initiatives with the Department of Education, which provides academic support and mentoring, as well as academic enrichment, that compliments school day learning and reduces summer learning loss.
  • Workforce Readiness Programming with the Department of Education, which supports workforce readiness programming and job skills training for all school-aged youth enrolled at the Club. The project allows youth to explore their interests and possible careers, as well as provides skills development that support job readiness.

"We are deeply grateful to Florida's Governor and Legislature for appropriating $11.1 million to Florida's Boys & Girls Clubs," said Joe Davis, Executive Director of the Alliance. "This funding will allow Clubs to continue, as well as expand, their programs and better serve the youth of their respective communities. The state's support highlights it's dedication to our mission and the future of Florida's young people."

Thirty-six Club organizations, which served nearly 275,000 youth in 2023, will benefit from the funding.