The Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club has been recognized by the Southern California Gas Company and the United Way of Greater Los Angeles for improving children’s school grades in a program called “Tomorrow’s Leaders.”

Lee Steward, senior vice president of gas transmission for The Gas Company, praised the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club for delivering “meaningful and measurable results in improving children’s skills in math, English, computer literacy and social abilities.”

Last year, the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club provided ten-week training programs for 175 children in computer skills, homework assistance, and adult-supervised social activities.

Based on pre- and post-testing results, 80 improved in math, 72 improved in English, 99 improved their social abilities, and more than 54 improved their computer skills, Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club officials said.

Elise Buik, president of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, said the Santa Monica Boys and Girls Club’s successes “are helping to make tomorrow’s leaders a national model for results-oriented youth development programs that build academic achievement and self-confidence.”

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