“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 Hal Smith, President & CEO. “I am honored to represent my Club and cities 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 to be 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. On Wednesday, Club leaders attended scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill with their respective members of Congress.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula representative met with Congressman Bobby Scott, Congressman Scott Taylor, and Congressman Rob Wittman. They also met with legislative aides of Senator Tim Kaine and Senator Mark Warner.