The clubs are one of the biggest beneficiaries of CIC, recipients of financial, in-kind and volunteer efforts. The clubs have received nearly $3 million from CIC, including a gift of $1 million in 2012. In 2014, that included support for youth programs including:
- SMART (Skills Mastery and Resistance Training) Girls: A program designed to encourage healthy lifestyles for adolescent girls.
- SPARK: An initiative that helps underperforming first-, second- and third-graders improve reading skills.
- Passport to Manhood: A program concentrating on specific aspects of character and manhood.
Also honored at Friday morning's breakfast at the Boys and Girls Clubs' Broadway club was Timmesha Jackson, the 2015 Cleveland Indians Charities Youth of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.
Timmesha will attend New College of Florida in the fall to study Marine Science. She'll receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Indians.