Marissa Kappus, Public Relations Coordinator
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) hosted the ninth annual National Days of Advocacy in Washington, D.C. where Club leaders and members from all over the country gathered to meet with our nation’s elected officials and advocate for our youth. On February 28th, BGCA honored Florida’s own Congressman Brian Mast with the Champion of Youth Award, which recognizes distinguished leadership and extraordinary commitment to our shared goal of encouraging America’s youth to reach their full potential.
Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County CEO Will Armstead attended the award reception alongside St. Lucie County Club teen, William, to help present the award to Congressman Mast in front of 200 Club leaders and advocates. Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County played a critical role in this achievement in that a large portion of Congressman Mast’s youth advocacy work focused on the workforce readiness program development and frequently visiting local Clubs.
“Our nation’s young people are in a time of great need, one that Boys & Girls Clubs across the country continue to support and fulfill through our results-based programming,” said BGCA Senior Vice President of Government Relations Missy Dugan. “With support from our Champions like [Brian Mast,] Boys & Girls Clubs remain committed to providing youth with access to impactful programming, nutritious meals, caring mentors as well as a safe place to go when school is not in session.”