Governor Kemp Announces $ 15 Million in GEER Funding to Boys and Girls Clubs of Georgia to Address Learning Gaps Caused by COVID-19
Atlanta, Georgia – Recently, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the availability of $ 15 million in the Governor’s Educational Emergency Relief (GEER) fund to Boys and Girls Clubs of Georgia to advance student academic success in addressing the recovery of learning and other critical needs of young people caused by the covid pandemic19.
More specifically, $ 15 million will be allocated to serve 9,000 young people. Georgia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs sub-awards will be given to local Boys and Girls Clubs based on the number of youth served at an average cost of $ 1,550 / child. These funds will be distributed to 34 boys and girls club organizations, 141 sites and 62 counties in Georgia.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Georgia have done a remarkable job of meeting the needs of young people in Peach State,” Governor Kemp said. “With this GEER funding, Boys and Girls Clubs of Georgia will be able to further improve the educational outcomes of students by filling the educational gaps caused by the pandemic. I look forward to seeing the positive impact of this funding on the youth of the State of Georgia.
The goals of the program are to ensure that 65% of young people below grade level return to grade level at the end of the program session, and 35% of young people will show an increase or progress towards academic success.
The funding period runs from June 2021 to September 2022, including summer camps, school vacations and vacations (fall / spring / winter camps); and the after-school program for youth ages 5-18 (K-12), which will be served at Boys and Girls Club sites in Georgia (at a cost of $ 1,550 per child) with targeted tutoring. $ 4 million will go towards the grant launch and summer costs for 2021; $ 7 million will go towards the costs of the 2021-2022 school year; and $ 4 million will go towards the summer of 2022 and the end of the grant.