The Boys' Clubs of Greater Washington recently received one first place and four second place honorary awards for program excellence from the national organization of Boys' Clubs of America. Winning awards in five out of 10 program service awards categories in the national competition was recognized as an exceptional accomplishment for the group.
The first award was given for a senior citizen program administered by the Jelleff Branch. Elderly persons are picked up and brought to the club weekly for educational and recreational activities in a program designed to bring youths and elderly people together in meaningful activities.
Another award winning program was the Eastern Branch Boys' Clubs' student tutoring program, run through the Student Action Committee of American University. Student tutors are trained to work with inner-city youth for early correction of learning problems.
The Eastern Branch's "Aquatic Intervention Program," run in conjunction with the D.C. Public Schools' Office of Special Education, also won an award. It uses the swimming pool as a classroom to help children with learning disabilities.
The Silver Spring Boys' Club's "Alternative Community Service Self-Awareness Program," designed to give persons who have committed minor offenses an opportunity to serve in the community by volunteering at Boys' Clubs, also won an award.
The final award went to the Jelleff Boys' and Girls' Club's photojournalism programs.