Rep. Capuano, Senators Kennedy and Kerry Secure Funding for Two Important Projects

November 16, 2001 -- Rep. Michael Capuano, Senator Edward Kennedy and Senator John Kerry have secured funding for two important local projects: the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston-Brighton and the Roxbury Family YMCA. The money was included in the Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary appropriations bill for the 2002 fiscal year.

The West End House, which is currently being renovated, is a community-based service organization that offers educational, athletic and social programs for young people and the entire Allston-Brighton community. $500,000 in federal funds will be used to build on the excellent initiatives already in place. Some of these include the Homework Club, which offers tutorial and homework assistance; and the Keystone Club, which promotes community service and leadership.

The Roxbury Family YMCA has provided educational and recreational programming to the community for over thirty years. In response to a steadily increasing demand for services, the Roxbury YMCA is expanding its facilities. $300,000 in federal funds will help the YMCA create additional programming and enhance existing programs like the Earth Services Corps, which focuses on environmental education and awareness, and the College Path program, which prepares young people for college admission.

"The West End House and the Roxbury Family YMCA offer invaluable services to the community. Young people have access to a wealth of initiatives, from educational assistance and college preparation to environmental, artistic and social activities. It is my pleasure to join Senators Kennedy and Kerry in providing these federal funds so that our young people will have access to expanded services," stated Rep. Mike Capuano. "I'm very pleased that Congress has approved these funds that greatly benefit children and their families in Greater Boston," said Senator Kennedy. "These federal resources will give young people new opportunities for educational and recreational after-school activities."

Senator Kerry said, "I am so pleased that these worthy programs are being recognized with federal assistance. These terrific programs help to engage our young people as leaders in their own communities and I am proud to have joined Senator Kennedy and Rep. Capuano in this effort."