BGCMB's Brooklyn O'Malley Club Recieves $1,000 Grant for Teen Character & Citizenship Program

January 5, 2017 – The Brooklyn O'Malley Club will launch a new Keystone Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier teen character and social engagement program, thanks to a new start-up grant from Aaron’s, Inc. The $1,000 grant will support the newly chartered Keystone Club and thought-driven projects that address key social issues.

The Keystone program is a teen-driven initiative designed to inspire service and leadership for members ages 14-to-18. This unique leadership development experience provides opportunities for teens to participate in activities in four focus areas: community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

“We believe teens have a great opportunity to be change agents in their communities,” said Kenneth R Darden, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. “From food and clothing drives to career fairs, we can’t wait to see what our teen members will achieve as part of our newly chartered Keystone Club.”

“As sponsor of the Keystone Club program nationally, we’ve seen how much potential teens have to make a difference in the lives of their peers, community members, and themselves,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “With 2016 designated as the Year of the Teen, we are proud to offer 20 new start-up grants to help Clubs like Brooklyn O'Malley across the nation serve more teens.”

In 2015, Aaron's Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million commitment to the Keystone Club program. Its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America also includes sponsorship of the National Keystone Conference, bringing teens representing Keystone Clubs from around the globe together each year for a character and leadership development experience.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has changed and saved lives, enabling young people to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,200 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in neighborhoods throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing a wide variety of youth development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) is a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and currently has more than 1,930 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada. Progressive Leasing, a leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 19,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc. (DAMI), d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through a federally insured bank. Aaron's was founded in 1955, has been publicly traded since 1982 and owns the Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com brands. For more information, visit www.aarons.com.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB)
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore seeks to inspire and enable all young people, particularly under-served, at-risk youth in severely distressed communities in Baltimore City, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs provides a safe haven for over 5,000 of Baltimore’s children and are making a difference by providing them with life-skills training, meals, academic enhancement programs, and many more services.


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