Grant Pays for Busing At-Risk Youth to After-School Programs

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Thousands of at-risk school kids from throughout Ada County will have a safe way of getting to an appropriate after-school location, thanks in large part to a grant announced today by the Boys and Girls Clubs.

“These kids usually come from families who have no mode of transportation other than the city bus system,” Richard Johnson, Boys and Girls Clubs development director, told Citydesk.

The $20,000 grant from the Julius C. Jaker Foundation will help provide free transportation from local schools to the Garden City and Meridian Boys and Girls Clubs. A total of 12 schools, 11 in Boise and one in Meridian, participate in the program, with children aged 6-18 riding the buses.

“Each school is familiar with the kids who are involved in the pick-up system, and they all have a designated area for pick up,” said Johnson.

The Ada County Boys and Girls Club locations serve nearly 4,000 lower-income, high-risk youth, focusing on academic support, character development and leadership.

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