Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County CEO Visits Washington D.C. to Advocate for America's Kids

Chief Executive Officer, Joanne Towner attended Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s fourth annual National Day of Advocacy in Washington, D.C. from Monday, Feb. 13 to Wednesday, Feb. 15. Leaders from Major Metro Boys & Girls Clubs participated in a group session at the White House and met independently with members of Congress to champion the needs of local youth. “With a Boys & Girls Club in every Congressional District, it is our duty to represent the kids and teens we serve by advocating for the programs and policies that matter most to America’s youth,” said Towner. “I am honored to represent my Clubs and Martin County as we collaborate with our friends on Capitol Hill. This is a rare opportunity to demonstrate the life-changing impact of federal funding that we’re able to witness on a daily basis.” This collective movement serves as an opportunity for Boys & Girls Clubs to build awareness and garner support in their mission to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The primary policies and programs addressed include Workforce Development and Education, Youth Mentoring, Meal Reimbursement and 21st Century Community Learning Centers, among others.

National Day of Advocacy began with a luncheon on Tuesday with Boys & Girls Clubs of America president and CEO Jim Clark. The next day, Club leaders attended scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill with their respective members of Congress.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County

Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County provides award-winning youth development programs in literacy, character & good citizenship, and health & wellness for over 2,000 children and teens (6 to 18 years old) in Martin County. Clubs are located in Hobe Sound, Indiantown, Palm City, Port Salerno, and Stuart.

 The membership fee of $35 per school year for children includes after-school hours on early release days, and a full day of programs on most days that schools are closed. Bus transportation to the Clubs is available from most public schools.  If you are interested in club membership, please visit any club or call 772-545-1255.

 BGCMC is celebrating its 26th year of “building great futures” in Martin County, enabling youth and teens to reach their full potential by staying on track to graduate, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and practicing healthy lifestyles.

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  About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,200 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually 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, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and


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Boys & Girls Clubs representatives nationwide met with government leaders to champion the needs of today’s youth during National Day of Advocacy