Press release: A win for Weber County in the fight against intergenerational poverty

Two grants have been awarded from the Department of Work Force Services for approximately $75,000 each, totaling $150,000 to Weber County and its partners in their efforts to fight against intergenerational poverty.

The grants were awarded in partnership with Weber County’s IGP team and the Boys and Girls Club. One grant was awarded to Weber County Commission, Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis, and The Roy Cone Project (Weber School District) and the other was awarded to United Way of Northern Utah, Boys & Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis and Ogden School District. Both grants will be used for after-school and summer programs for children at risk for intergenerational poverty in Ogden and Roy. 

Weber County IGP Strategist, Melissa Freigang, spoke about the recent development:

“With Commissioner Ebert leading the way, our IGP community partners have worked to align efforts efficiently. His strategy to win these collaborative grants and provide critical after-school mentoring in Roy and Ogden demonstrates his leadership as a strategic integrator. We are stronger when we work together and the community benefits.”

Kate Bideaux, the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Weber and Davis stated, “These grants open the door to great futures for our youth in Weber County and our Clubs are grateful to partner with our United Way and our County Commissioners to provide these opportunities in our community.  Together we are providing hundreds of children with a safe, positive place to go when school is out, as well caring adult professionals to mentor them into becoming responsible citizens.”

Bideaux continued, “BGCWD is humbled and thankful to the leadership of Commissioner Ebert and Tim Jackson of United Way of Northern Utah who both answered our call to help us provide our youth with a safe, positive place to go when school is out.  Together with our local school district, we will be able to affect the lives of hundreds of youth in need each year through this grant funding.”

Commissioner Ebert stated, “This is a hard-fought, well-deserved win for Weber County. We are committed to working with all of the community resources in addressing not only intergenerational poverty but poverty overall.”