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Bank of America Names Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County as Neighborhood Champion

Bank of America recently named the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County as a Neighborhood Champion and will receive $50,000 in grant support for flexible funding and leadership skills development training to advance economic mobility in Kern County.  The Neighborhood Champions program is an extension of the bank’s signature philanthropic initiative, Neighborhood Builders®, the largest corporate philanthropic investment in nonprofit leadership in the country. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County was selected for its work connecting youth and families with resources, activities, and programs to support stability and education.

“As we consider many of the challenges that our communities are facing – from the health crisis brought on by the coronavirus to the need for progress on racial equality and economic opportunity - the Neighborhood Champions program is a relevant and timely initiative to support the communities we serve,” says Karen Zuber, Bakersfield market manager, Bank of America. “This program enables partners like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County to plan strategically for growth and long-term sustainability as they navigate the changing pandemic environment to address childcare needs and support at-risk youth.”

Through this partnership with Bank of America, we are developing a comprehensive training plan that addresses skill-building and promotes pathways for advancement for our youth development team members,” says Zane Smith, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Kern County.  “Now more than ever, it is imperative that our staff have an elevated capacity to meet the safety, health, and welfare needs for our children and that talent can be aggressively identified and activated as part of our plan for the future.  Bank of America's investment has made this possible for over 450 local Boys & Girls Club employees."  

For more information, please visit www.bgclubsofkerncounty.org or about.bankofamerica.com, and connect on Twitter (@BofA_News).

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