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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is honored to be the recipient of a $200,000 grant through Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s BluePrints for the Community Grant. Funds awarded will be allocated toward a, statewide, site-base community Behavioral Health Program: Vision, Voice, and Choice. Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware seek to build staff capacity in the area of trauma informed care and support the ongoing paradigm shift into becoming a trauma-informed organization at locations across Delaware’s three counties. This program will allow Boys & Girls Clubs to support youth in dealing with the many adverse childhood experiences they face by directly offering mental health-related services to our youth, and support for our staff in using trauma informed approaches while working in all aspects with youth and their families.

“We are excited for the opportunity to expand our services to meet the needs of our youth. The behavioral health program will help support the overall well being of our kids, helping to prepare them for the future” says John Wellons, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware.

“Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware and BluePrints for the Community are pleased to support this behavioral health program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. It is important that we work together to address the whole health of our young Delawareans and give them the resources they need to navigate social and emotional challenges at home, school, and in their community.” noted Nick Moriello, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware.

About BluePrints for the Community

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is pleased to award the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware with a grant from BluePrints for the Community for their Vision, Voice, and Choice – Community Based Behavioral Health Program. BluePrints for the Community, housed by the Delaware Community Foundation, has contributed over $22 million to the community since its inception in 2007. It was established to serve Delawareans, with emphasis on, but not limited to, the needs of the uninsured and underserved, and to reduce health care disparities in minority population and address social determinants of health.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware

Since 1931 Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 42 Clubs serve 30,000 children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Located throughout the state, the Clubs also serve military families at the Boys & Girls Club-affiliated Youth Center at the Dover Air Force Base. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. To learn more visit Follow us,,

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