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Charlotte Observer: $336,000 awarded to children's charities

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By Mark Price

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation recently awarded $360,000 to 23 organizations serving children and youth of Mecklenburg County.

Grants were awarded to fund programs that boost student achievement and readiness, encourage positive behaviors during out-of-school time, and promote wellness and physical activity, among other focus areas.

Grant awards include:

$20,000 to Ada Jenkins Center for the LEARN Works program for at-risk children. Volunteers and staff foster academic development, promote personal growth and provide experiences that enrich the educational journey.

$20,000 to Arts & Science Council for Studio 345, an after-school youth development program for at-risk high school students that utilizes an arts-based curriculum proven to increase high school graduation rates.

$ 20,000 to the Bell Foundation for BELL Summer, a 5-6 week learning experience that combines academic instruction with hands-on enrichment activities, field trips and service projects.

$10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte for Mentoring 2.0, a program for low-income high school students combining BBBS mentoring with a technology platform and college success curriculum.

$20,000 to Bruce Irons Camp Fund to provide residential summer camp enrichment activities to CMS students demonstrating strong academic effort, good citizenship and leadership potential.

$10,000 to Charlotte Bilingual Preschool to enroll more preschool children in its bi-lingual education program.

$ 10,000 to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation for Library Cards for All, a public library card campaign targeting all CMS PreK-3rd grade students with the goal of providing a library card to at least 75 percent of these 44,000 students.

$10,000 to Charlotte Speech and Hearing to provide speech-language pathologists to collaborate with childcare facilities to improve the language and literacy development of low-income/minority children.

$10,000 to Children's Home Society of North Carolina for Wise Guys, a male responsibility program that aims to reduce teen pregnancy and dating violence by changing attitudes and behaviors of adolescent males ages 11-17.

$15,000 to Circle de Luz for The College 101 Program, designed to provide intensive mentoring and support during the college and scholarship research, applications and selection process.

$15,000 to Crossroads Corporation to provide funding for a New Teacher Mentor at Billingsville Leadership Academy to reduce teacher turnover rates.

$10,000 to Social Venture Partners-Charlotte for HEART Tutoring, to recruit volunteers to work as tutors during the school day in Title I elementary schools.

$10,000 to KinderMourn to expand the Helping the Hurt Program, an outreach program serving low-income, at-risk children and teens who cannot access in-house grief support.

$10,000 to MeckEd for Career Pathways, connecting students who lack the resources to pursue a four-year degree to work-based learning opportunities and post-secondary exploration.

$25,000 to Men Who Care Global for the C-3 Program, focusing on Character, Citizenship and Conflict resolution to help students remain in classroom settings with a willingness and eagerness to learn.

$15,000 to Project Scientist for a collaborative program with JCSU and Oaklawn Language Academy to serve underrepresented populations in STEM.

$30,000 to Renaissance West Community Initiative to develop and implement a comprehensive continuum of education and support services for children and families, as part of a community revitalization effort in West Charlotte designed to end inter-generational poverty.

$30,000 to Sugar Creek Charter School for CATS Summer Academy to prepare newly admitted students to enter school ready to learn, focusing on specific student deficits to achieve at grade level.

$10,000 to Time Out Youth to help build safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students.

$25,000 to Urban League of Central Carolinas for the Linking Youth to Technology through Education (LYTE) program, offering technology training to elementary through high school students in CMS Schools.

$15,000 to YMCA of Greater Charlotte for Y Readers, a nationally recognized literacy program that serves students in grades K-3 who are reading below grade level.

$10,000 to Youth Villages for a pre-admissions counselor for therapy, a mental health treatment model designed to help seriously troubled children.

$10,000 to YWCA Central Carolinas for Read to Succeed, a combination of strategies focused on all grade levels, from pre-readers through 5th grade, using guided reading, leveled reading groups and objective measurement tools.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation (CMCF) is a permanent endowment at Foundation For The Carolinas that envisions a community where every resident is afforded the opportunity to be well-educated, safely housed, meaningfully employed and actively engaged in community decisions. Further, CMCF believes that the preservation and protection of our natural resources and environmentally conscious decision making are vital to maintaining our community's quality of life.

Thanks to a generous bequest from Lucille Giles in 1995, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation has awarded more than $30 million to nonprofit organizations serving Mecklenburg County residents.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/11/5038052/336000-awarded-to-childrens-charities.html#.U8U2JagmA16#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/07/11/5038052/336000-awarded-to-childrens-charities.html#.U8U2JagmA16#storylink=cpy

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