YMCA of Greater Toledo Awarded $50,000 Grant for After-School Tutoring

TOLEDO, Ohio – February 27, 2019 – The YMCA of Greater Toledo has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the FCA Foundation, the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC. This grant will fund after-school education programming for students attending:

  • Riverside Elementary School at 500 Chicago Street
  • Spring Elementary School at 730 Spring Street

Until recently, YMCA child development sites at these schools were funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s 21stCentury Community Learning Centers program. These sites were not awarded 21stCentury grants late last year due to changes in how those funds are allocated, as well as less dollars available to Ohio from the federal government.

“The periodic changes to how funds are allocated created a funding shortfall at the YMCA centers at Riverside and Spring,” said Craig Palmer, vice president of youth development and educational initiatives, YMCA of Greater Toledo.  “We’re incredibly grateful to the FCA Foundation for partnering with the Y to invest in the youth at these two schools and helping them improve academically.”

Changes in how federal dollars are allocated aren’t unusual,according to Palmer. “We’re grateful year in and year out for the support of the 21stCentury funds. Two of our 25 child development centers, in fact, are still receiving federal support. That said, the change with this single-source funding created the need for a new partner, and the FCA Foundation has partially filled the gap.”

As a result of the FCA Foundation's support, the YMCA has modified the curriculum at these two centers and will continue to deliver extra academic programs to all of the students referred by the schools. These students are academically at-risk (performing below grade level in math and reading) and economically disadvantaged (all qualify for free/reduced lunch).

The YMCA curriculum is designed to improve reading skills, math competencies and family engagement, while nurturing the students’ social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. The YMCA also offers an array of enrichment activities that complement the in-school academics; these include literacy and other services to the parents/guardians and siblings of participating students.

The loss of 21stCentury funding for the YMCA programming at Spring and Riverside schools totaled nearly $320,000; the YMCA is working vigorously to fill the rest of the funding gap and restore the full curriculum to these two sites.

About the FCA Foundation

The ​FCAFoundation​ is the charitable arm of North American automaker FCA US LLC, a member of the ​Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.​ (FCA) family of companies. The FCA Foundation invests in U.S. charitable organizations and initiatives that help empower people, build strong, resilient communities and generate meaningful and measurable societal impacts. In support of these objectives, the FCA Foundation focuses on the following foundational pillars: youth development, education, support for military, veterans and their families, and community service.

About the YMCA of Greater Toledo

The YMCA of Greater Toledo serves people of all ages and all walks of life. With more than 40 sites – used by more than 100,000 individuals – we are helping kids succeed in school, improving health and well-being, and bringing people together. The YMCA has served the Greater Toledo community for more than 150 years. Learn more at www.ymcatoledo.org; learn about the national organization at www.ymca.net. 

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