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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 13--COMMENDING THE BOYS&GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA FOR ITS ROLE IN IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND THOUSANDS OF COMMUNITIES
(Senate - April 17, 2013)

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 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 13--COMMENDING THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF 
AMERICA FOR ITS ROLE IN IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR MILLIONS OF YOUNG PEOPLE 
                      AND THOUSANDS OF COMMUNITIES

  Mr. CASEY (for himself, Ms. Collins, Mr. Johnson of South Dakota, Mr. 
Baucus, Mr. Begich, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Leahy, and Mr. Pryor) submitted 
the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the 
Committee on the Judiciary:

                            S. Con. Res. 13

       Whereas, in 1956, the Boys' Clubs of America celebrated its 
     50th anniversary and became a federally chartered 
     incorporation;
       Whereas, in 1991, the Federal charter of the Boys' Clubs of 
     America was amended to reflect the change of the name of the 
     organization to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America;
       Whereas the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has significantly 
     improved the quality of life for many young people and has 
     helped to transform them into leaders and responsible 
     citizens of the United States;
       Whereas the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, through its 
     efforts in communities throughout the United States, has a 
     significant impact on the ability of young people to meet 
     various challenges, including by helping them graduate from 
     high school, gain proficiency in science, technology, 
     engineering, and math, and develop skills for the 21st 
     century;
       Whereas evaluations of specific programs conducted by, and 
     of the overall experience of participating in, the Boys & 
     Girls Clubs of America demonstrate several positive outcomes 
     linked to participation in the organization, including 
     reduction in delinquent behaviors, increased academic 
     achievement, increased access to and safe use of technology, 
     broadened career goals, and improved attitudes toward school;

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       Whereas the Boys & Girls Clubs of America effectively 
     leverages limited Federal investment to support Clubs in 
     underfunded communities, while raising the majority of its 
     funding privately;
       Whereas the Boys & Girls Clubs of America serves diverse 
     groups of young people in urban, suburban, and rural 
     communities, as well as on military bases and Native American 
     reservations;
       Whereas the Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides 
     stability, education, youth development, and prevention 
     programs for children of military personnel, who frequently 
     relocate due to station changes and deployments;
       Whereas, as of February 2013, there are 3,985 chartered 
     Clubs serving approximately 4,100,000 young people; and
       Whereas, on April 28, 2012, the Boys & Girls Clubs of 
     America signed an agreement with For Inspiration and 
     Recognition of Science and Technology (commonly known as 
     ``FIRST'') to bring competitive robotics programs to 
     approximately 4,000,000 young people in the United States by 
     2015: Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives 
     concurring), That the Congress--
       (1) commends the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for its work 
     serving the young people of the United States and 
     strengthening thousands of communities;
       (2) recognizes the importance of high-impact mentoring of 
     young people in ensuring positive outcomes for young people 
     of all backgrounds;
       (3) supports mentoring of young people as a strategy to 
     prepare young people for education, careers, and citizenship;
       (4) encourages the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to 
     continue and expand programs that expose young people to 
     science, technology, engineering, and math; and
       (5) commits to strengthening the partnership between the 
     Boys & Girls Clubs of America and various Federal agencies 
     and department in order to serve an even greater number of 
     young people.

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