UScellular has announced a $32,300 grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville aimed at providing educational opportunities and experiences to local youth.

This donation is part of a $1 million grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which will directly benefit 19 additional clubs throughout UScellular’s service areas. This marks the ninth consecutive year of UScellular’s investment in Boys & Girls Clubs, continuing the company’s support of K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and academic enrichment programs happening at the clubs.

“UScellular is a firm believer that all youth should have an opportunity to pursue a STEM education,” said Brandi McCune, director of sales and operations at UScellular in New England, in a news release from the wireless carrier. “Through our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Waterville, we have a pathway to provide local youth with the tools, resources and experiences to explore a career in a STEM field and help shape their future opportunities.”

Throughout 2022, UScellular’s support gave 147,000 youth across the country access to STEM activities and learning. Funds from the grant were used for the creation of STEM labs, hands-on interactive programming, and STEM curriculum training for Club leaders.

“The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterville is thrilled to work with UScellular once again to support STEM education for kids,” said Ken Walsh, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Waterville. “Thanks to this partnership, young people in Waterville — and throughout the country — are experiencing new opportunities and impact-driven programming to support them in achieving the bright futures that they deserve.”

In addition to its support of STEM education, the company’s After School Access Project provides free mobile hotspots and service to nonprofits that support youth after the school day has ended. UScellular has donated more than 3,300 hotspots and service — a value of more than $3.2 million — to more than 40 Boys & Girls Clubs, including 225 hotspots and service, a value of more than $239,000, to local Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Maine.