$50 million awarded to Michigan before, after and summer school programs

The Michigan Department of Education was awarded $50 million through the Out-of-School Time Grant to provide before and after school and summer educational programming in core subjects, including reading, mathematics and science. 

$5 million of the grant was given to the Michigan Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs, supporting 16 clubs and approximately 48 sites throughout Michigan, including seven in southwest Michigan: Benton Harbor (2), Benton Heights, Bridgman (2), St. Joseph, and Sturgis. 

Funding towards these programs helps continue Governor Whitmer's mission of building on a solid foundation of K-12 education, making efforts to forge a strong path forward into higher education and later, the workforce. 

In a December 19 press release, Gov. Whitmer discussed joining MiLEAP (Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement and Potential) to help strengthen preschool to post-secondary learning.

“These programs help kids explore their interests, get extra academic support, and connect with their peers," she stated. "They also make it easier for parents to work, knowing their kids are safe and cared for additional time outside of school hours.

State Rep. Kimberly Edwards (D-Eastpointe), a member of the House Education Committee, calls these grants a win-win. 

“Kids in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods too often miss out on enrichment opportunities," she said. "Ironically, those programs can help them the most."

Educational programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs provide access for students to grow in their academics at an affordable rate for parents, a one-time fee $5 during the school year and a one-time $5 fee during summer. 

These programs provide a path for students to participate in a myriad of Boys and Girls Clubs' Academic Success Programs, including diplomas2Degrees (a college-readiness program), Power Hour (a daily homework completion and tutoring session), a 10-week literacy program called Summer Brain Gain and CareerLaunch, which allows teens to explore possible vocations. 

Visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Southwest Michigan's website for information on locations, hours and registration. 

By early January 2024, the disbursement amount to each of the Boys and Girls Clubs 16 sites will be determined. 

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