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Bridgeport's Boys And Girls Village Gets $2.16 Million State Grant

Boys and Girls Village has locations in Milford and Bridgeport/Black Rock.
Boys and Girls Village has locations in Milford and Bridgeport/Black Rock. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Boys and Girls Village, with locations in Milford and Bridgeport/Black Rock, has been awarded a $2.16 million grant from the state’s Nonprofit Grant Program.

BGV’s grant is the largest in this third round of grants under the program, which is providing $15 million to 34 nonprofit agencies statewide.

BGV will use the money to create a new purpose-built facility that can accommodate more sophisticated programming on its campus in Milford. BGV provides mental health treatment, permanency planning and educational services to Connecticut’s most vulnerable youth and their families,

Currently, the Milford facilities include the Charles F. Hayden therapeutic day school, a 16-bed children’s psychiatric care unit, a 12-bed residential treatment program for boys, in-home treatment and family reunification programs, and the agency’s administrative offices.

“Boys and Girls Village has experienced unprecedented growth, developing innovative programs and services to better meet the changing needs of the children and families we serve,” said Dr. Steven M. Kant, president and CEO of BGV. “This grant will allow Boys and Girls Village to expand much-needed services and reflects a model of partnership between the governor’s office, our area legislators, key state agencies, such as DCF, and the community in order to advance the health and care for Connecticut’s children and families.”

For example, BGV’s Charles F. Hayden School has more than doubled its student population over the last two years, now serving students from more than 30 Connecticut communities. The school is hoping to expand its 11th grade and add a 12th-grade curriculum in the near future. BGV also recently launched a new work to learn program for youth ages 16- 21 that supports the ability of at-risk youth to achieve economic self-sufficiency and resiliency.

"These organizations play an important role in our state, and we're proud to partner with and support them," Gov. Dannel Malloy said. "It's our goal to help organizations focus on what they do best – getting services to those who need them most."

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