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Citi Makes Teens a Priority With Boys & Girls Club Partnership

Citi Makes Teens a Priority With Boys & Girls Club Partnership

Local teens will be the beneficiaries and designers of a program at the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. The Citi Foundation is providing $20,000 to the Boys & Girls Club to implement a teen program, called "Teens with Priorities," that will focus on bringing higher education opportunities to at-risk youth in Washington County.
A major focus of the program will be on educational achievement and career goals. The Boys & Girls Club plans on utilizing the STAPLES Teen Center located at the Pennsylvania Avenue Unit for most of the structured sessions of the program with field trips, incentives, and community service projects to be selected and implemented by the participants.
"We know the teens want to have a voice in the programs we operate and the funding from Citi will allow us to empower them to do just that," said Jim Deaner, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club. "Everything about this program is about developing the skills our teens will need to be successful now and in the future. We are very fortunate to have Citi involved in this initiative," he added.
Citi, the leading global financial services company, has some 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 100 countries, providing consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, and wealth management. Citi's major brand names include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Smith Barney, Banamex, and Nikko. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com or www.citi.com.
The Citi Foundation is committed to enhancing economic opportunities for underserved individuals and families in the communities where we work throughout the world. Globally, the Citi Foundation is focusing its giving on Microfinance and Microentrepreneurship, which helps individuals become economically self-sufficient; Small and Growing Businesses, leading to economic expansion and job creation; Education, which prepares young people for personal and professional success; Financial Education, which helps individuals make informed financial decisions; and the Environment with a focus on sustainable enterprises that generate jobs and stimulate economic growth while preserving the environment. In the U.S. and Canada, the Citi Foundation supports Community Development programs that help build and revitalize neighborhoods and Education programs that prepare students for college and careers. Additional information can be found at http://www.citigroupfoundation.com/.
The Boys & Girls Club serves local youth at six locations in Washington County and is the two- time recipient of the Non-profit Impact Award through the Chamber of Commerce and Community Foundation. For more information on the Teens With Priorities program or "the Club" click on www.bgcwc.com or call 301-733-5422.

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