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Agencies receive more than $127,000 to help East St. Louis youth


United Way of Greater St. Louis awarded five one-time community enhancement grants totaling $127,200 to local nonprofits, community agencies and faith-based organizations that provide programs and services for youth in East St. Louis.

Organizations receiving the grants were carefully determined by a team of volunteers, which considered agencies offering enrichment, cultural, educational, employment and recreational opportunities for area youth in East St. Louis.

“This grant money has a huge role in helping expand, enhance and launch several programs for children and young people in East St. Louis,” said Francella Jackson, co-chair of United Way’s East St. Louis One-Time Grants Committee. “It is critical to invest in our youth and provide them with the services and support they need to become productive citizens and live their best possible lives.”

The following organizations each received a $25,440 community enhancement grant:
– Catholic Urban Programs to expand afterschool and summer camp programs at the Griffin Center Trinity Site. These programs provide academic, social and emotional skills development services to youth.
– Christian Activity Center will use the grant to fund a program focused on enhancing math skills for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and increasing parent/caregiver involvement in math education for youth.
– Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House is expanding its afterschool and out of school programming to provide tutoring and academic enrichment to children and promote healthy lifestyles.
– Nu Chi Foundation’s Project Manhood Program provides educational sessions and field activities for African American male youth.
– Sinai Family Life Center provides a safe and nurturing environment to improve academic performance, teach social and life skills training, recreational activities, and meals through its Afterschool Enrichment Program.

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