From State Rep. Steve Stafstrom:
The construction of a state-of-the-art Wakeman Boys & Girls Club on Madison Avenue has long been a priority of mine and I am thrilled to have been able to secure the critical state matching investment needed to make this $23 million project a reality. The 44,230 square foot facility will provide three meals a day, nutritional counseling, a learning center, three-court field house, performing arts space, technology room, teen lounge, STEM learning and licensed day care center offering thousands of children in our community an unparalleled positive, safe place to play, learn and grow. I want to extend my thanks to Governor Lamont, Speaker Ritter and commission members for understanding this project’s significance and value and their work to move it forward.
From State Senator Marilyn Moore:
Today, state Senator Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport), Chair of the Bonding Committee, is supporting expected bonding that will be awarded to the Wakeman’s Boys & Girls Club in her neighborhood. The Boys & Girls Club provides young people with opportunities including academic, health, and wellness programs, while preparing them for a successful future.
“I am appreciative of this funding that will help rebuild the Boys & Girls Club in Bridgeport and am thankful for Governor Lamont’s approval of this request,” said Sen. Moore. “Providing a safe place for children to go after school will help eliminate youth gun violence. Kids will have positive influences and resources to gravitate toward. This Boys & Girls Club will help engage our youth in programs that will take them away from negative influences and activities.”
The Wakeman’s Boys & Girls Club located on Madison Avenue in Bridgeport is expected to receive $3 million. This funding will help assist with construction to rebuild the center in Bridgeport. The new center will serve 2,000 new youth, ages 3-18, and provide academic support, health and wellness support, and other programs.
Senator Moore is a huge advocate to putting an end to gun violence that takes place across cities in Connecticut, specifically the young children who are in the crossfire. Sen. Moore has worked throughout this year to implement gun violence intervention programs across the state that will help minimize youth gun violence. This Boys & Girls Club will help put future generations on the path to success.
The Bond Agenda is set to be approved next Tuesday, December 21.