by Carrie C. Causey
LOUISBURG — Summer may have been saved after all for youth at the Boys & Girls Club’s Franklin County Unit thanks to some last-minute help by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.
The N.C. Division of Juvenile Justice allocates funding to county Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils in each county to help programs which meet the needs of youth at risk of delinquency and offers resources to help them. This year, the council had some extra funds that needed to be allocated and the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin County was an approved recipient.
Jerome Levisy, Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central North Carolina CEO, who oversees clubs in Franklin, Vance and Granville counties, said the Louisburg facility will be able to hold six weeks of camp from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. But parents should sign their children up as soon as possible as space is going fast. Cost is $25 a week with meals included.
Earlier this year, The Franklin Weekly reported how the summer program was at risk of being scaled back and cut due to a lack of funds. A barbecue was held to help raise the needed money. But it was the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council which gave the final push they needed. While they are still in dire need of funds and resources, Levisy is happy the camp will continue.
“This is another example of how the citizens of Franklin County care about youth programs and the importance of doing something constructive during the summer,” Levisy said.
To register for camp, donate funds or to find out how individuals and businesses can help, visit bgcncnc.org. For more information, call 252-430-1871.