Boys & Girls Club receives $4,000 grant from Attorney General

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By Stuart Foster, Contributing Writer

The Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest is located at 169 Pleasant Street in Marlborough.  Photo/Dakota Antelman
The Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest is located at 169 Pleasant Street in Marlborough.
(Photo/Dakota Antelman)

MARLBOROUGH – The Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest has received a $4,000 grant from Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office as part of its annual Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Program.

The goal of the program, which awarded roughly $300,000 to 74 organizations in Massachusetts, is to fund summer jobs for young people focused on health and wellness.

“Our summer jobs program provides hundreds of teens across the state with an opportunity to challenge themselves, gain new skills, and make a difference in their own communities by promoting healthy living,” Healey said in a press release. “We have worked hard to continue this program each year and are grateful to our grantees for making important adjustments to their programs to ensure employed teens are safe as we recover from the pandemic.”

Laura Terzigni, the director of resource development at the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest, said that the club had hired two college-aged students to work in the summer camp program at their Marlborough clubhouse.

“Some of their responsibilities with that are working in the garden that we have in our playground area, and as the summer progresses, and as some of that produce is ready, using those to make healthy snacks for some of the campers,” Terzingi said.

Terzingi said that the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest had received grants from the Healthy Summer Youth Jobs Program before, including last year.

Terzigni added that they had received a number of additional grants over the last year and a half to support COVID-19 relief and programming as they start to reopen the clubhouse to kids.