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BGCCA receives 5-year grant award

Youth with sign that reads 'BGC is the best'

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area (BGCCA) has received a five-year grant award of $11.4 million dollars from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through its newly established initiative Learning and Enrichment After-School Program Supports (LEAPS). This funding will enable BGCCA to launch after-school programs at new locations and expand the capacity at existing sites, with an anticipated start date of September 2024.


New after-school locations to include:

ALBANY: Arbor Hill Elementary and Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology.

TROY: School 2, School 14, and Carroll Hill School.


Expansion of existing after-school locations to include:

ALBANY: Pine Hills Elementary School, Albany School of Humanities, and Delaware Community School


The LEAPS initiative funding will allow BGCCA to provide enriching programming to 525 youth each day at these locations. These programs offer youth the chance to enjoy mentorship and academic support, access to food and technology, camaraderie with peers, and community opportunities that otherwise may not be available. In addition, this funding will help to increase the BGCCA workforce, creating many new employment opportunities throughout Albany County which may be found by visiting BGCCapitalArea.org/hiring.


Club Kids have access to mentorship, technology and academic support.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area is honored to receive this funding, which will help provide critical services for youth. With the help of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, even more of our local kids will have access to safe spaces, hot meals, and academic success. We look forward to continuing our great partnerships with the City School District of Albany and Troy City School District. Great futures start here in the Capital Area.”

- Justin Reuter, BGCCA Chief Executive Officer.


“The research around enriching after-school programming and robust extended day activities is clear. When done well, these opportunities can have countless positive outcomes for students’ academic and social behaviors. We are excited to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs on the LEAPS initiative, knowing it will provide increased opportunities for the students in the City School District of Albany.”

- C. Fred Engelhardt Jr., PhD, Director of Grants and Program Development for City School District of Albany


"Troy City School District is excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area to offer additional after-school opportunities for the students in Troy. The partnership will expand the district's capacity to provide a safe and enriching place for our students after school."

- Juli Currey, Director of Grants, Academic Programs and Accountability, Troy City School District


Club Kid in Albany, NY

BGCCA provides a variety of Programs for youth in Albany and Rensselaer counties including UPK, After School, Summer Camp, and Teen programming.


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