“This is a night for our community to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” said Willie Cooper, Club Director of the Palmetto Boys & Girls Club. – See more here from Tampa Bay Newswire.

Summer is more than splashing in the surf and barbecues. For many of our community’s kids it is a critical time. Without a summer learning program, many kids are at risk of summer learning loss, which could put them at a disadvantage before the school year starts. Others, with no place to go, are at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. When young people have access to a safe place, like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County, with caring adults and enriching programs, great things happen. See more here.

“Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing many low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. “BGCA is committed to ensuring that America’s youth, especially those who need us most, graduate from high school on time with a plan for the future. That’s why we launched the Summer Brain Gain program to fight the detrimental effect of summer learning loss.” Read more of BGCA’s press release here BGCA_Summer_Brain_Games.

On April 21, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. The grant will support Career Launch… read more.

On May 16, Publix Super Markets Charities presented a $14,000 grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. The grant will help support the Project Learn program… read more.


Sixty teen members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County (BGCMC) will benefit from a $20,100 grant awarded by the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens. The funds will support BGCMC’s Career Camp programming at Southeast High School and Harllee Middle School. Career Camp gives teens an understanding of the skills required to enter the workforce and inspires them to graduate high school and reach their full potential. Click here to read more.