The Texas Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs has selected Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa as one of its State Alliance Legislative Champions for the 85th Legislative session for his continuing support of Texas Boys & Girls Clubs. Recently, he received the award at Boys & Girls Club of Edinburg Rio Grande Valley as part of the Clubs’ “Lights on Afterschool” open house event.

Texas Alliance Executive Director, Michael Willard, said that Senator Hinojosa’s support during the 85th Legislative Session, made it possible to secure $2.25M/year in funding for Texas Academic Innovation and Mentoring (TX AIM) programs at local Clubs statewide. “The Senator is the Club Kid’s ultimate champion. His passion for increased academic enhancement programs for kids throughout the state is unyielding. Due to his stature within the Senate, the respect of his fellow legislators, and the success of the program, he has been successful in securing program funding since the 81st Legislative Session.”

The State Alliance Legislative Champion Award is given to elected officials that have gone above and beyond to further the position of the Texas State Alliance, help secure or maintain state funding or had other major impact on the Alliance. This award is given to an individual or entity who has taken the lead in representing and advocating on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state.

Senator Hinojosa long has been a champion of the TX AIM program which is administered by the Texas Education Agency. In its 10th year, the program has served nearly 13,000 at-risk and limited English proficiency youth through a skills gap remediation curriculum led by certified teachers in the Club afterschool. After only 30 hours of small group instruction, 85% of youth advance an academic level. Youth also receive critical wrap-around prevention services daily at their local Boys & Girls Clubs. Currently TX AIM is offered at 39 Clubs statewide, from El Paso to Houston and Wichita Falls to McAllen.