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Carpentersville, IL – On Wednesday, April 20th, Illinois Congressman Sean Casten presented Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township (BGCDT) President Wendy Farley and CEO, Drew Glassford, with a $250,000 grant for their academic and SEL support programs. The funding will be used to provide vital services directed at low-income K-12 students in their daily afterschool and summer programs to address learning loss and social-emotional learning needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Ninety-one percent of the kids we serve are at the poverty level or below and suffered a disproportionate share of learning loss and trauma during the pandemic compared to resourced families. We are so grateful to Congressman Casten for recognizing this impact, and for securing funding to provide academic and social-emotional support services vital to helping those who need it the most,” said Glassford.

This historic government funding legislation delivered $7.9 million in community project funding secured by Congressman Sean Casten to Illinois’ 6th district. “I am proud to have fought for funding that will make our community healthier, safer, stronger, and even more resilient. This is democracy in action,” noted Casten.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township (BGCDT) was founded in 1997 with the mission of enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. In its 25-year history, BGCDT has become the premier local provider of after-school youth programming, moving from a safe-haven charity to an active change agent to develop great futures for the over 2,000 youth served each year. 

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