A grant of $10,000 from the United Way’s After School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST) initiative will enable us to continue a series of specialty workshops that address lingering behavioral health, family, and academic issues directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. All workshops and counseling sessions conclude with the dissemination of resources for ongoing support – including hotlines, counseling, referrals, tools and takeaway strategies and resources.
At the same time, the United Way’s significant annual program grant in the amount of $35,000 will ensure the continuation of the full complement of Youth Academy services. Youth Academy is a five-year, after-school leadership and college access program for promising, first-generation high school students with strong academic potential and college aspirations. The program’s comprehensive approach – combing academic supports with community service, internships, and assistance with all aspects of college planning – helps to ensure students’ acceptance to college and persistence to a degree. Together with the United Way, we are working to ensure that all students have equal access to an exceptional education, leading to a rewarding career.