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The Boys & Girls Club Joins Forces With Illinois Lottery To Accelerate Learning Recovery

October 14, 2021

Illinois Lottery’s Partnership will aid in providing educational resources for the after-school program, Power Hour powered by the Illinois Lottery

CHICAGO—Just as the school year gets into full swing, the Boys & Girls Club has teamed up with Illinois Lottery to support students across the state whose access to learning has been impacted by COVID-19 and the stress associated with e-learning.

For most students, learning virtually for more than a year due to the pandemic has created uneven access to school. Distractions in their home life, exposure to economic stress, isolation, and food instability have also contributed to a disruption in the learning process for thousands of Illinois children – especially those living in disadvantaged circumstances. This school year, the Boys & Girls Club in partnership with the Illinois Lottery aims to help address these factors and to support the learning process.

The Illinois Lottery has committed to support the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Hour initiative, which helps youth achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring, and high-yield learning activities. Power Hour also encourages students to become active learners and to accelerate the learning recovery process.

“Every Boys and Girls Club in the State shares the goal to close and eliminate any opportunity gap and embrace the ability to offset educational disparities throughout underrepresented communities. Clubs fill these voids with emotional supports, mentorship and educational opportunities at the Clubs,” said W. Bryan Soady, Executive Director of the Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. “We are so proud to partner with the Illinois Lottery on the Power Hour initiative as students head back to school. We want to provide them with even greater resources while aiding and encouraging them in the learning process throughout this school year.”

This partnership allocates dollars to each club in the state to utilize for Power Hour programming. “The Illinois Lottery truly admires the efforts that the Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the state have undertaken to help kids academically impacted by the pandemic,” said Harold Mays, Acting Director of Illinois Lottery. “We are committed to supporting education in every corner of Illinois, and we are proud to help provide access to much-needed resources to support the next generation and to aid and impact communities across the entire state.”

To learn more about the Power Hour powered by the Illinois Lottery initiative, please visit


About the Illinois Lottery:

Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $21 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and to special causes like homelessness prevention, Illinois Veterans services, the fight against breast cancer, MS research, Special Olympics, police memorials and assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to playing in-store, the Illinois Lottery offers online and mobile play for all draw-based Illinois Lottery games at Players must be at least 18 years old.


About the Boys & Girls Clubs: 

The Illinois Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs (IL Alliance) was formed in 1999 and is one of the oldest and most successful Boys & Girls Clubs of America statewide Alliances in the country. Through Alliance efforts, key program initiatives and partnerships have been implemented, enhancing the lives and impacting the futures of thousands of Illinois youth each year. The IL Alliance has provided significant resources to Illinois Clubs since its formation, enhancing Illinois’ Boys & Girls Clubs’ efforts to reach and serve local youth, especially those with the greatest need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.