Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland President and CEO Ron Soeder is attending Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s fourth annual National Day of Advocacy in Washington, D.C. to champion the needs of youth. The event runs through Wednesday.
Leaders from Major Metro Boys & Girls Clubs, including Soeder, will participate in a group session at the White House and meet independently with members of Congress to advocate for the needs of local youth.
“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,” Soeder said. “I am honored to represent my Club and city 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 will begin with a luncheon on Tuesday with Boys & Girls Clubs of America President and CEO Jim Clark. The next day, Club leaders will attend scheduled meetings on Capitol Hill with their respective members of Congress.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland serves more than 8,600 youth annually at 15 sites in and around Cleveland. The Clubs provide safe, fun places for kids after school.