The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has received $3,500 for its after-school programs in education and arts as part of a $150,000 grant from the Bank ofAmerica Charitable Foundation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America – Los Angeles County Alliance.

Along with its financial contribution to the alliance, which supports Boys & Girls Clubs in the county, the Bank of America foundation will serve as a title sponsor to the 2012 L.A. County Youth of the Year program, where members from each club will receive a scholarship to further their educational objectives.

“We greatly appreciate (Bank of America’s) investment of financial support and volunteer time in our club,” said Aaron Young, president and CEO of the Santa Monica club.

“Education and arts programs are of critical importance to our young people today, especially as public school systems continue to struggle financially. We’re grateful we can provide added support to our kids and the community, thanks to supporters like Bank of America.”

A corporate partner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Bank of America presented the check to Boys & Girls Clubs of America representatives and more than 100 Boys & Girls Club members at Dodger Stadium during a Dodger Camp hosted by the bank. There are nearly 120 Boys & Girls Clubs sites in the county managed by 27 separate club organizations.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs in Los Angeles County play a critical role in the lives of more than 100,000 underserved youth,” said Garrett Gin, senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Bank of America.

“Bank of America knows that the Boys & Girls Clubs will fully maximize our grant dollars and volunteer resources to leverage the most for these kids, who go on to graduate high school at greater levels than the national average. We are proud of our small role in the greater ongoing impact these clubs have on lives and communities.”