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Boys & Girls Village Receives $2.16 Million State Grant for New Construction

2/17/2016


Boys & Girls Village (BGV), with locations in Milford and Bridgeport/Black Rock, a statewide leader in providing mental health treatment, permanency planning and educational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and their families, has been awarded a $2,160,000 grant from the State of Connecticut’s Nonprofit Grant Program. BGV’s grant is the largest in this third round of grants under the program, which is providing $15 Million to 34 nonprofit agencies statewide. 

BGV will use the money to create a new purpose-built facility that can accommodate more sophisticated programming on its campus in Milford. Currently, the Milford facilities include the Charles F. Hayden therapeutic day school, a 16-bed children’s psychiatric care unit, a 12-bed residential treatment program for boys, in-home treatment and family reunification programs, and the agency’s administrative offices.

“Boys & Girls Village has experienced unprecedented growth, developing innovative programs and services to better meet the changing needs of the children and families we serve,” said Dr. Steven M. Kant, President and CEO of BGV. “This grant will allow Boys & Girls Village to expand much needed services and reflects a model of partnership between the Governor’s office, our area legislators, key state agencies such as DCF, and the community in order to advance the health and care for Connecticut’s children and families.”

For example, BGV’s Charles F. Hayden School has more than doubled its student population over the last two years, now serving students from more than 30 Connecticut communities. The school recently added 11th grade and is scheduled to offer a 12th grade curriculum in the next school year. BGV also recently launched a new Work To Learn Program for youth (ages 16 -21), which supports the ability of at-risk youth to achieve economic self-sufficiency and resiliency. Program participants receive extensive coaching and use their skillsets in a structured environment to operate their own small businesses.

BGV’s successful application for state funding was one of a large number received for this highly competitive grant program. The program was created by Governor Dannel Malloy in 2013 to allow the state to invest in projects that will achieve new efficiencies and enhance the delivery of services.

"These organizations play an important role in our state, and we're proud to partner with and support them," Governor Malloy said. "It's our goal to help organizations focus on what they do best – getting services to those who need them most."



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