Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties receives $30,000 donation

Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties receives $30,000 donation

PASCO, Wash. — Now more than ever, the youth of the Tri-Cities need outlets to have fun, explore hobbies, interact with other children and get out of the house. That’s part of what makes the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties a crucial staple to the community.

Today, it was announced that UScellular is investing $30,000 into the Tri-Cities’ youth by donating to the Pasco chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs. This was a smaller part of the company’s $1 million in donations to support club branches across the nation.

The Clubs will use this funding to create a Workforce Development program within its Creative Department to support teenagers in chasing their dream careers. Through this program, Tri-Cities teens will have internships in videography, production, marketing, graphic design and storytelling available to them.

Adrianne Deen-Johnson, Director of Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties, wants to help youth of the area chase careers in the fields that interest them most.

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“Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties believes when young people have access to quality out-of-school opportunities that intentionally support their workforce readiness, they are well-positioned for great futures,” Deen-Johnson said. “This amazing investment from US Cellular will allow us to launch an arts and technology-based internship program for teen members within our organization’s Creative Department.”

Sarah Pearson, UScellular’s Area Vice President/General Manager for the Northwest, believes that making these kinds of investment in the future are crucial to her company’s identity.

“As America’s locally grown wireless carrier, supporting local educational initiatives like the Boys & Girls Clubs’ STEM programming is in UScellular’s DNA,” Pearson said. “It is our goal that through new learning opportunities, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Club members will dream big and apply what they learn towards their future careers.”

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