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On August 4, 2021, The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County hosted Councilman Mike Elam, State Representatives John Wiemann, Phil Christofanelli, and Adam Schwadron, and representatives from the offices of Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Senator Josh Hawley and Senator Roy Blunt at one of the two Club locations as part of the Clubs’ Legislator Appreciation Week. During the 2021 legislative session, legislators approved funding for Boys & Girls Clubs to continue providing critical youth development programming. During this visit, legislators got a firsthand look at how Clubs offer youth access to programs focusing on academic achievement, overall wellness and workforce readiness as essential tools to recovery and success.

2022 Legislators' Luncheon
CEO, Karen Englert, speaks to representatives about prevention programming that effects the community both at the Club and beyond our doors.

“It was an honor to have so many of our legislators and representatives, from every level of government, here at the Club to see the important work happening, understand how we use essential grant funds, and visit with our young members,” shared Carolyn Harting, President of the Board of Directors.

Legislators toured the facility and met with members of the Board of Directors, staff, and members during their visit. The summer presents a critical time for America’s youth as the country aims to make up for the educational and emotional impact the past year of remote learning, financial hardships, and food insecurity has had on kids’ development. Out-of-school time providers like Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County are critical to the social infrastructure of our local community as the country responds to the short term and long-term effects of the ongoing pandemic, especially on communities of color and families currently living below the poverty line.

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