2017 Grant Recipients

Program: Girls on the Run

Agency: Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties

The Boys & Girls Clubs focuses on three main outcomes with the youth that we serve: Academic Success (Learn), Healthy Lifestyles (Live), and Good Character and Citizenship (Lead).  Girls on the Run will be implemented at two of our Club locations spring and fall of 2018 over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade will participate in fitness, healthy lifestyle, and character development programming.  GOTR is designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength through curriculum that inspires to define life on their own terms.  www.greatclubs.org

Program: READY! For Kindergarten for Childcare Providers

Agency: The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia

The Children’s Reading Foundation of the Mid-Columbia (CRFMC) works to ensure that all children read early and well thereby reaching their full potential in school and in life. The READY! CCP program will provide nine hours of early learning training in the critical early learning content areas of Language, Literacy, Math, Cognitive, and Social-Emotional to Benton-Franklin Childcare providers. This hands on engagement with early learning tool kits that contain materials designed to serve multiple children across the two to five year old age bands. www.read20minutes.org

Program: Support Women in Worker Retraining

Agency: Columbia Basin College Foundation

Columbia Basin College Foundation is dedicated to promoting student success and supporting programs at CBC. The worker retraining funding is to provide unemployed or underemployed women a path to self-sufficiency by ensuring they are able to afford and complete their first year of workforce training; sustain their funding at a level that allows them to confidently enter their second year; and give them access to employment resources to help with job placement when they have completed their program. www.columbiabasin.edu/foundation

Program: Transition to Success

Agency: Elijah Family Homes

Transition to Success (TTS), a three-year program of supportive services designed to lead Elijah Family Homes tenant families from homelessness or near homelessness to a higher level of self-sufficiency.  The three goals of TTS are 1) to leave with higher levels of income and education; 2) for the children of the families to show some measure of growth toward individual determination; and 3) for at least 60% of the tenants to graduate the program after three years.  www.elijahfamilyhomes.org

Program: Women’s and Boys’ Choirs presentation of Gonzales Cantata Performance

Agency: Mid-Columbia Mastersingers

Mid-Columbia Women’s and Boys’ Choirs will present a program designed to empower women. The program will take place March 23-25, 2018.  Several local women’s groups will be invited to attend, including area high school treble choirs and the League of Women Voters.  Clients of other organizations such as Union Gospel Mission and Elijah Family Homes will be invited as well. The goal is to generate interest in the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers. www.midcolumbiamastersingers.org.

Program: Mid-Columbia Junior Strings Ensemble

Agency: Mid-Columbia Symphony

The Mid-Columbia Symphony has been providing classical music to the Mid-Columbia Region for over 72 years. Our focus has always been on Education and Outreach. The Junior Strings Ensemble is a program for string musicians in grades 3-6 designed to educate and prepare young musicians for the advance repertoire of the Youth Symphony and continue to build the present and future classical music community.  www.midcolumbiasymphony.org

Program: Increasing Access to Food and Nutrition Education

Agency: Second Harvest Inland Northwest

Second Harvest fights hunger and feeds hope by bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships. By hosting Mobile Food Banks and co-occurring nutrition education events at low-income schools, Second Harvest will increase consistent access to nutritious foods to help women and children, decrease food insecurity, positively affect long-term health outcomes, and educate children and families about healthier, affordable food choices. www.2-harvest.org

Program: Leadership for Benton City Youth: Life & Business Skills Coaching for Marginalized Girls & Boys

Agency: Perfect Image Leadership Foundation

The Perfect Image Leadership Foundation prepares young girls and boys to interact positively with peers, mentors, educators and employers. This new program engages Benton City grade school students in STEAM activities in a safe environment. By striving to grow positive character attributes, such as teamwork, responsibility and respect in youth so they can avoid the pitfalls of being unsupervised after school at a time when they are most vulnerable to negative influence. www.perfectimageleadership.org

Program: The Incredible Years Parenting Program

Agency: Safe Harbor Support Center

Safe Harbor Support Center provides a safe and nurturing environment by helping children, youth and families heal from trauma and recover from abuse and neglect when there are no other options. The Incredible Years parenting classes provide specific skills in how to parent one’s children from learning appropriate discipline techniques, increasing encouragement and support of their children, responding to their children’s needs in an appropriate and timely manner, increasing the parents’ ability to nurture, teach them to provide their children with self-soothing skills and alleviating further trauma by helping these parents identify dysfunctional qualities and aspects in their lives. www.safeharborsupportcenter.org

Program: YoungLives Kennewick-Richland Startup-Initiative

Agency: YoungLife Kennewick-Richland

YoungLives welcomes all pregnant or parenting teen girls in the Tri-Cities area. As a division of Young Life, YoungLives echoes the refrain of more than 75 years of effective outreach to adolescents. The program methodology stems from a foundation of lasting relationships. We meet pregnant and parenting teens on their turf and in their schools, treating each girl with dignity, care and respect. As trust grows, they open up their lives to adult friends who can help them make positive choices in response to the challenges they face. http://kennewick-Richland.younglife.org

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