LAYTON -- A local community organizer is asking the city for an additional $30,000 to address programming for youth, including the establishment of a Boys & Girls Club in the city.
Scott Quinney of Communities That Care used a recent city work session to petition the city for an additional $30,000 for the program for the coming fiscal year. He said the funding would be directed to programs to address suicide prevention among teens and would also help the community start its own Boys & Girls Club.
"We want to reach out to more kids and more families," Quinney said. He noted the CTC has expanded its programming and the city's donation now makes up less than 25 percent of the group's budget.
The city already appropriates $20,000 a year to the Layton City Community Council. CTC operates as a wing of the community council.
City Manager Alex Jensen said no decision has been finalized on whether to add the additional appropriation to the city's budget. City leaders are expected to finalize a budget for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1, on June 20.
City leaders have been trying for more than a decade to start a local Boys & Girls Club. Talks have been ongoing between the Davis County School District and the city about potentially using the Armory at Central Davis Junior High to start the program.
Quinney doesn't know the status of those talks, but said officials are moving ahead with plans to get a club in place. There is a chapter of the club in Clearfield, but Layton officials have been unsuccessful in getting one in their community, after 12 years of working on the issue.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America are based in Atlanta, Ga. The clubs offer programs that include character and leadership development; educational and career development; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and other programs aimed at diversity and prevention.
Forming a local club is an outgrowth of the Communities That Care initiative. The CTC objectives have been embraced as part of the Layton City Council objectives.