The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville recently received a $10,000 grant from the Crosser Family Foundation, a fund of Hamilton County Community Foundation, in support of its Smart Moves programs in 2021.
The grant will assist in providing a suite of programs, called the Smart Moves program, to club members which are designed to help develop healthy decision-making skills and positive attitudes. The suite of programs is designed to enable participants to build a personal toolbox for self-management and coping. Strategies incorporate youth voice and choice, as well as opportunities to learn and practice key social-emotional skills young people need to make healthy choices about substance use, sexual activity, violence and other risky behaviors.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the emotional and social well-being of the Club’s youth,” stated BGCN Executive Director, Becky Terry. “The lack of social setting opportunities over the past 11 months took its toll on our club kids and youth across the globe. Many club members self-reported and verbalized to staff how the lack of interaction with the friends and peers negatively affected their mood, outlook and drive. “
The Crosser Family Foundation was established by Janet R. Crosser and the late Richard H. Crosser in 2001. The foundation wishes to continue, celebrate and inspire philanthropy in the community.