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'Positive Action': SAPF Awards $10,000 Grant to County Boys & Girls Clubs


UNION, NJ - The Summit Area Public Foundation (SAPF) has presented a $10,000 grant award to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Union County in support of its 'Positive Action Program', which will impact 75 members at all grade levels in three Clubs: Union, Elizabeth and Plainfield. The financial support from the Summit Area Public Foundation will enable the program to be expanded, thereby positively impacting more lives.  

“SAPF is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club to reach more students with the 'Positive Action Program',” said Celia Colbert, SAPF Trustee. “Creative initiatives like 'Positive Action' ensure SAPF achieves its goal to make a difference in our local communities.”

The basis of 'Positive Action Program' is that individuals who perform positive actions achieve success; it promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and becoming a better person. Through 'Positive Action', members are "empowered to find their own unique greatness" and have been intrinsically motivated since everyone wants to feel good about themselves.

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'Positive Action' is an education program that has been implemented in thousands of schools, as well as by community organizations and in many other settings, engaging youth, ages 4 to 18, in character development, social and emotional learning and academic improvement. The program builds on the philosophy of positive actions for "the whole self" -- physical, intellectual, social, and emotional areas --  operating under the premise that cycles of positive -- or negative -- actions become habits, habits become character, and character becomes destiny.

'Positive Action' is organized into six (6) units by grade level. The program reinforces and aligns with Boys & Girls Clubs of America pillars of youth development, further developing youth into responsible citizens who are prepared for a successful future.

“We are so grateful for the Summit Area Public Foundation for their partnership and support of this important program,” said Russell Triolo, Chief Executive Officer.  “Their funding allows us to make a difference by bringing Positive Action to more members.”

During the past decade, the SAPF -- which awards an average of 37 grants per year -- has awarded more than $4.7 million in grants to 117 nonprofit agencies.






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