Boys & Girls Clubs of America Receives $1.75 Million Grant from United Health Foundation to Support America’s Military Kids

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Boys
& Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)
was awarded a $1.75 million
grant from United Health Foundation to create an interactive online
platform and mobile application for military kids.


The platform will provide resources to help children in military
families cope with and thrive under the unique pressures they face,
including helping them as parents and loved ones return from service.

The grant is part of United Health Foundation’s “Helping Build Healthier
Communities” program that provides critical resources to nonprofit,
community-based organizations across the country to improve people’s
health.

“Service members and their families in Colorado and throughout the
country make great sacrifices to preserve the freedoms we enjoy every
day,” said Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet. “Particularly, the kids of
these brave men and women face unique challenges when their parents’
service ends and they transition back to civilian life. With the help of
United Health Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America will help these
kids reintegrate and thrive in their new schools and communities.”

“Our nation’s service members and their families know the true meaning
of sacrifice,” said Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05). “The children of
our fighting heroes have the strength to endure the challenges
associated with this sacrifice, but they need more help from all of us.
This program supported by United Health Foundation in partnership with
Boys & Girls Clubs of America will help them succeed in their new
schools and communities as they transition from military to civilian
life. I greatly appreciate the deep commitment that UnitedHealth Group
and the United Health Foundation has demonstrated toward the health and
well-being of our military community and their families.”

Announced today during an event at Peterson Air Force Base, the platform
will engage military kids through mobile applications, digital community
bulletin boards, distance learning opportunities, targeted digital
communications and interactive games. The pilot will launch this fall at
five Boys & Girls Clubs Affiliated Youth Centers on military
installations across the country before distribution to more than 4,100
Boys & Girls Clubs.

“The children of military families are some of our nation’s most
resilient yet vulnerable youth, who have had to make tremendous
sacrifices on behalf of our country,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO
of BGCA. “Thanks to a generous contribution from United Health
Foundation, we’ll be able to reach more families and provide the
resources and community support they need as they transition between
military and civilian life.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to support Boys & Girls Clubs of
America to make a difference in military families’ health and
well-being,” said John Williams, Sr., M.D., senior medical director,
UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans. “This online platform will give
children of military families access to health and community resources
that will enhance their quality of life.”

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For
more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org)
has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as
productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs
serve nearly 4 million young people through Club membership and
community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing
and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families
in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations
worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and
friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis
during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic
success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a
Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives.
National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at BGCA’s Facebook
and Twitter.

About United Health Foundation
Through
collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts,
United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a
diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local
communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth
Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation
dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health
Foundation has committed more than $285 million to programs and
communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at www.unitedhealthfoundation.org.

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Contacts

UnitedHealthcare
Kristen Hellmer, 602-255-8466
Kristen_hellmer@uhc.com
or
Boys
& Girls Clubs of America
Sara Leutzinger, 404-487-5624
sleutzinger@bgca.org