Duke Energy donates $20,000 to local youth

Published 7:12 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2019

From Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain received a grant from Duke Energy on June 19 to help support the summer program, Summer Brain Gain. The $20,000 check was hand delivered to the Club kids by Duke Energy Government & Community Relations Manager, Millie Chalk.

“Duke Energy is focused on trying to build and support our communities in any number of ways, whether it is through education, work-force development or environmental, trying to find all those different niches that can make a difference in the community,” Chalk said. “Boys & Girls Clubs is the perfect niche for us because those are our future leaders and future employees. We are hoping to build a partnership that not only strengthens Boys & Girls Clubs but also strengthens our organization and communities as well.”

This grant will aid with Club programs during the summer, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain implements a program called Summer Brain Gain. Summer Brain Gain is comprised of one-week modules with fun, themed activities for elementary school, middle school and high school students that are aligned with common core state standards.

Each module takes a project-based learning approach: youth engage in a process of learning through discovery, creative expression, group work and create a final project or production. As a result, kids develop higher-order thinking skills while staying on track for the coming school year.

President and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain, Kimberly Boyd said, “Summer Brain Gain effectively prevents summer learning loss, ensuring kids return to school ready to learn, and they have a great time too!”

The check presentation took place at the Jack Minges Unit in Winterville.

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. There are 17 Clubs throughout Pitt, Beaufort, Lenoir, Martin, Greene, Carteret, and Craven Counties serving approximately 2,000 members daily. Club programs focus on academic success, good character & citizenship, and healthy lifestyles with an over-arching goal of building strong children and communities. For more information, visit the Clubs online at www.bgccp.com or call (252) 355-2345.