Fattah Introduces Bi-Partisan Resolution Commending Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Sep 12, 2012, 13:10 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a longtime advocate and national leader in youth mentoring, has introduced a resolution with bipartisan support that extols the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for their unique role in enhancing the lives of millions of American youth, here at home and around the world.

The resolution, H.Res.774, supported by Peter Roskam (R-IL) and 24 other cosponsors from both parties, cites the BGCA for having significantly improved the quality of life for many youth as the organization transforms them into leaders and responsible citizens of the United States.

Congressman Fattah said, "Through their efforts and their role in communities nationwide, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America are having a significant impact on challenges facing young people today. That includes keeping youth on the path to high school graduation, proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math – the STEM subjects -- and 21st century skill development.

"This organization has demonstrated success at reducing risky and anti-social behavior among youth by providing positive role models to help develop productive, contributing young adults," said Fattah.

Earlier this year Fattah negotiated and announced the American Innovation and Mentorship (AIM) Agreement.  This historic partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)  will provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) opportunities and  innovative robotics-based programming at some 3,000 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide by 2015.

As the senior Democrat on the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies which oversees youth mentoring programs, Fattah has worked in Congress to increase federal investment from the Justice Department in youth mentoring and programs including the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

There are currently some 4,000 chartered BGCA serving 4.1 million youth in urban, suburban and rural communities and on military bases and Native American reservations.

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah