The Salvation Army Shawnee Boys and Girls Club, a local after-school program, has just been awarded an $80,000 grant from the Avedis Foundation.

The Salvation Army Shawnee Boys and Girls Club, a local after-school program, has just been awarded an $80,000 grant from the Avedis Foundation.

“We are grateful to the Avedis Foundation to allow us to continue to enable young people — especially those who need us most — to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,” Boys and Girls Club Director Julio Sanchez said.

Avedis Foundation President and CEO Kathy Laster said the nonprofit was honored and pleased to fund the project making a difference in the community.

“It is an honor to support Julio and his staff to offer quality care for children in our community. The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club is a place that children can feel loved and encouraged in a safe environment,” she said.

To promote academic success, Boys and Girls Club has a structured and supportive environment in place that encourages homework completion and participation in other academic activities through programs such as Power Hour, Career Launch and Be Great Graduate. The aim is to see 100 percent of club members graduate from high school with a plan for the future and to promote healthy lifestyles. Healthy snacks and dinner are provided to all participants to encourage healthy eating habits.

To support the perpetual mission of this organization both now and in the future donations can be made directly to The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.

The Avedis mission is to measurably improve health, wellness and the quality of life for the people of Pottawatomie County and surrounding areas.

For more information, visit www.avedisfoundation.org.