As the Jessie Ball duPont Fund works to expand access and create opportunities, its focus often turns to the needs of children and youth. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is one of the Fund’s many partner organizations in this work.
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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is the only statewide club in the nation and plays a critical role in supporting the children and youth of Delaware. More than 25,000 young people — one out of every five school-aged children in the state — participate in Club activities annually.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is the largest licensed provider of before-and after-school care in the state. There are 42 clubs across Delaware — 18 in free-standing facilities and remainder operating in partnerships with 15 of the state’s 19 school districts and nine charter schools.
Because of its strong presence, Boys & Girls Clubs leaders have offered an influential voice in state policy discussions around issues of child welfare, efforts that have been supported by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. CEO George Krupanski has worked with other youth development organizations to successfully advocate for improved state supports to provide care for children of low-income families, and has worked with other nonprofits to address operational concerns, particularly the rising cost of health and worker’s compensation insurance.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has worked to help the Clubs build their capacity by upgrading technology to serve a sprawling geographic area, develop new business plans and improve governance and resource development. On the program side, the Fund has supported academic enrichment programs and, more recently, personal financial education programs for teens.