Community Foundation awards Focus Grants for youth, Latinos

Sussex County’s Tyler’s Camp program, which serves low-income Latino middle school students with access to summer learning and extracurricular activities, was the recipient of a $24,626 Focus Grant from the Delaware Community Foundation. Submitted photo

DOVER — The Delaware Community Foundation has awarded $284,476 in Focus Grants for programs to enrich the lives of Delaware youth and Latino communities.

The eight recipients of $25,000 Focus Grants recipients included:

• Community Education Building: To support the Kuumba Academy Summer Camp, a program that provides students from low-income areas with core curriculum and extracurricular activities to promote academic excellence and well-being.

• Leading Youth Through Empowerment, Inc.: To support the director of high school advocacy for the Home Stretch Support Program, which helps at-risk students transition into more rigorous academic programs and colleges.

• TeenSHARP: To fund bilingual staff members, a college application boot camp and transportation for college admission events and for the Delaware Goes to College Academy in Sussex County, which helps Latino students gain college admission through professional advising and academic programming.

• Best Buddies Delaware: To provide supplies, equipment and leadership trainings for Friendship & Inclusion, a project created to establish connections between adults with developmental disabilities and mentors, strengthening opportunities for integrated employment and leadership development.

• Year Up: To support doubling the growth of enrollment in the Year Up Program, which provides urban young adults with opportunities to pursue higher education to reach their career goals.

• Zip Code Wilmington: To fund the teacher training immersion program, which will bring more computer science teachers into Wilmington, and increase the number and diversity of students pursuing careers in computer science.

• Sussex Academy Aquatic Center: To provide training, personnel, equipment, scholarships, discounts, coupons and transportation for the Water Education and Safety Program, which creates educational opportunities that benefit children’s physical and emotional well-being.

• Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DiAE): To fund costs of Delaware Wolf Trap, a program dedicated to serving Delaware’s youngest children through active, arts-integrated learning strategies designed to enhance literacy and math development in early childhood classrooms.

Other recipients of Focus Grants were:

• Sussex Tech Adult Programs (STAD) ($24,850): To support integrated Spanish-English GED classes, providing almost 50 adult Latino students with the resources to attain a secondary school diploma or GED.

• Summer Learning Collaborative, Inc. ($24,626): To fund instructors leading the Sussex County Tyler’s Camp program, which serves low-income Latino middle school students with access to summer learning and extracurricular activities. This award is co-funded by the Jeanne M. & William R. Allan Fund and the Mildred H. & Ray A. Thompson Funds.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware ($20,000): To support the Community Mentoring Program, providing 100 new at-risk youth with mentoring services.

• La Esperanza, Inc. ($10,000): To fund a portion of salaries for the immigration department staff and rental of space, in support of the New Citizenship Program, which assists Sussex County Latinos in their efforts to attain stability, integration and success.

• CAMP Rehoboth ($5,000): To fund the Pilot Needs Assessment for the new THRIVE program, designed to build a more inclusive Sussex community and provide a safe space for LGBTQ students to feel valued and supported.

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