Spring 2010 Grant Round
On April 13, 2010, the Springfield Youth Empowerment Project students presented six organizations with small grants to youth-oriented and directed projects in the Springfield area. Please note the information (with a photo of each grant presentation) below:
Rountree Elementary – This grant will provide the Rountree Readers Program with funding to purchase new books for their fifth and first grade after-school reading program. $500.00
The Kitchen, Inc. – This grant will provide the Kitchen, Inc. with funding for the Rare Breed center, a center which provides support to homeless youth in Springfield. This grant will fund materials for Rare Breed youth to participate in community events and offer free face painting at these events. $399.86
Programs for Youth – This grant will provide funding to the Programs for Youth G.I.R.L.S. Program. This program is a support group which assists young women in completing a GED program. $370.00
Kids Against Hunger, Springfield, Inc. – This grant will provide funding for the Kids Against Hunger “Friends Feeding Friends” program. This grant will support funding for 576 high-protein meals for children and families in the Springfield area. $500.00
Springfield Catholic High School – This grant will fund materials to create an organic garden at Springfield Catholic High School. This garden is a project of the Green Club at Catholic High School. $309.30
Parkview High School – This grant will provide funds to support the Helping International People Club in their microloan endeavors, teaching them important philanthropic lessons. Students will participate in the KIVA program at school. $250.00
Congratulations to each of the grant recipients!
Fall 2009 Grant Round
On December 8, 2009, the Springfield Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) students presented seven organizations with small grants to youth-oriented projects in the Springfield community. Information on each grant and a corresponding photo is below:
Central High School, Special Education Classroom – This grant will provide funding for Mr. Kloppenburg’s special education art class. With the funding, Mr. Kloppenburg will be able to purchase appropriate art supplies for his 27 special education students who have extreme cases of autism, cerebral palsy, and a series of other major impairments. These adapted materials will assist students in creating art. $200.00
Shapes Mentoring, Achievement Program – This YEP grant will provide for Achievement activities in the Shapes Mentoring program. Shapes Mentoring provides caring adult mentors to the children of prisoners in the Springfield region. The Achievement program will provide exceptional mentors and mentees special activities and outings to reward their positive involvement in the program. $500.00
The Kitchen, Careforward Project – High School student Natalie Smid has begun the Careforward project to assist in meeting the needs of the Kitchen and the Kitchen Clinic. This grant will provide for funding to support the purchase of Tami Flu treatment for children living at the Kitchen who are suffering from the flu. Additionally, the grant will fund the purchase of materials to assist the Careforward project’s tutoring program at the Kitchen. $225.00
Lost and Found, Inc., Teen Support– This grant will assist the Lost and Found grief support organization by funding the addition of a second teen support group. Currently the Lost and Found holds a teen grief support group to assist youth who are dealing with the grief of losing a parent or guardian; however the group’s size has become prohibitive. This grant will fund the training and support materials needed to create a new group focused on 8th and 9th graders. $500.00
Child Advocacy Center, Teen Parenting – The Child Advocacy Center, an organization which provides investigative services to children who have been physically or sexually abused, sometimes provides services to a teen who is pregnant. This grant will fund the purchase of materials for teen parenting bags to be given to these young women. These bags will include various items teen mothers will need when their baby is born. The grant will also provide funding for some educational toys and books for children visiting the center. $202.42.
The Kitchen, Emergency and Transitional Housing – The Kitchen provides a wide array of support services to homeless individuals. Approximately 70 children live in the emergency and transitional housing at any given time. These YEP funds will provide for the purchase of three twin beds to be used by children living at the center. Currently there is a very short supply of beds for children, and this grant will work to help alleviate the issue. $405.00
Family Violence Center, Infant Room – This fund will support the purchase of materials for the infant room at the Family Violence Center. The Family Violence Center houses women and children in need of assistance due to domestic violence. The infant center focuses on providing infants with a safe environment and support to prevent the continuation of the cycle of family violence. Female children living in violent homes are 700% more likely to become adult victims, and male children are 1,500 times more likely to abuse their spouse unless there is assistance from an outside source. These funds will assist in the comfort level and usefulness of the infant area by providing for playpens, baby mats, and washable educational blocks. $358.00
Spring 2009 Grant Round
On April 14, 2009, the Springfield Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) students presented six organizations with grants. Information on each grant, with a corresponding photo, is below.
Southwest Center for Independent Living – This grant will provide funding so that students who participate in the program may volunteer at several community service events. The Southwest Center for Independent Living provides services, advocacy, and resources for people with disabilities in Southwest Missouri. $500.00
Bailey Alternative High School – This grant will provide funds for Bailey Alternative High School students to travel to Pepperdine Academy for Learning in order to tutor in several subjects including reading, math, government, and map skills. $456.00
Royal Family Kids Camp of Southwest Missouri, Inc. – This grant will provide funding for camp costs for children to attend the Royal Family Kids Camp. Children who attend this camp are 7-11 years old and have been abused or neglected and are in most cases living in foster care. $500.00
Community Partnership of the Ozarks in Partnership with Reed and Study Middle Schools – This grant will provide funding for the Leadership Club at Reed and Study elementary schools. Specifically, this will fund community service projects the project through the summer months. $300.00
Girls on the Run at Bowerman Elementary School – This grant will provide funding for the Girls on the Run Fashion Show. Girls on the Run is a project at Bowerman elementary that gives girls an opportunity to learn about community involvement as well as healthy living. $310.00
Boys & Girls Town of Missouri (Springfield Branch) – This grant will provide funds for equipment for a healthy eating cooking class to be held at the Boys & Girls Town Toutz Cottage. Children living in the facility will learn basic cooking skills in order to better prepare them for adult life. $431.00
Fall 2008 Grant Round
On December 9, 2008, the Springfield Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) students presented seven organizations with grants. Information on each grant, with a corresponding photo, is below. To view the picture in a larger size, please click the image.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield – This grant will provide funding for the Keystone Club’s Adopt-A-Child project. We are providing funds to assist the Keystone Club in their Adopt-A-Child project of adopting a large family in poverty for Christmas. $300.00
AIDS Project of the Ozarks (APO) – This grant will provide funding toward the APO client and family Christmas party. This funding will provide a small Christmas gift each for children with HIV/AIDS and children whose parents have HIV/AIDS. $500.00
The Child Advocacy Center, Inc. – This grant will provide funds to purchase an educational toy to be placed in the second family waiting room (a project that will begin construction in spring 2009). This funding will provide for one wall-mounted, magnetic “Funny Face” activity set. Children visiting the Child Advocacy Center will use the toy to become comfortable with their surroundings while in a time of crisis. $220.00
Family Violence Center, Inc. – This grant will provide funds for approximately 25 children’s winter coats to be given to children staying in the Family Violence Center. Over 50% of children staying in the Family Violence Center have been abused. Most children enter the facility with no coat or outerwear. $500.00
Kids Against Hunger – This grant will provide funds toward the package and distribution of 576 well-balanced meals to local food banks including the Kitchen and the Salvation Army. These funds will provide for the raw materials (meal ingredients and bags), and the meals will be packaged by volunteer students in the Springfield area. $500.00
Robberson Elementary School – This grant will continue to provide funding for the Robberson Elementary School special education department toward the purchase of healthy, protein-rich snacks. Brain based research shows special education students who are able to eat a protein-filled snack are more able to concentrate in the classroom. $300.00
Additionally, the Youth Empowerment Project will make a grant to the following organization (no picture available):
Boy Scout Troop 7 – This grant will provide funding to assist in the replacement of over $2,400 worth of camping equipment stolen from the troop equipment trailer. This funding will help with the re-establishment of frequent camping trips. $180.00
Spring 2008 Grant Round
On April 15, 2008 the Springfield Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) students presented Spring 2008 grant checks to eight organizations. Information on these organizations, the projects funded, and corresponding photos of each check presentation are below. Please select the thumbnail to see the larger image.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Ozarkswas presented a check for $495.38. With this grant, the organization will be able to purchase 60 copies of “A Big, Little Book of Fun” to be given to new “Bigs” (adult mentors) as they begin their year-long weekly commitment to an underprivileged child. Molly Carnahan, a senior at Greenwood Laboratory School, solicited this grant.
Springfield YEP students presented a check for $315 to Isabel’s House, Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, Inc. These funds will be used to purchase backpacks for children staying at Isabel’s House. This grant was solicited by Hillary Fisk, a senior at Glendale High School.
Springfield YEP students presented a check for $497.76 to the Family Violence Center. These funds will provide for a supply of new socks and underwear for children in need who are brought to the Family Violence Center. “This grant is not glamorous, but it is essential and serves a very YEP-oriented purpose of assisting children in need,” said Allie Prater, a senior at Central High School. Prater solicited this grant for YEP.
The Ozarks Literacy Council was presented with a check for $141 to assist with a soon-to-be-developed children’s literacy program that promotes reading to young children. Funds will be used to purchase books for the program.
Springfield YEP students presented a check for $300 to the Glendale High School Portfolio Class. The grant funds will be used to continue the Memory Project, a program that involves art and Spanish classes at Glendale High School by providing children who live overseas hand-drawn portraits as well as translated letters from each student artist. Glendale students solicited this grant for YEP.
The Robberson Elementary SchoolSpecial Education Department was granted $500 to fund supplies to assist children with concentration issues. Special Education teacher Alice Parker noticed a significant improvement in the educational performance of her students when they were given a high protein snack and asked for funds to further this project. Asheigh Fees, a junior at Hillcrest High School and a student volunteer in Parker’s classroom, solicited the grant.
The Springfield YEP presented Pleasant View Middle SchoolCounseling Department with a check for $400 to fund the “Girls Night Out” project for the 08-09 school year. Funds will provide for once-a-month after school projects for approximately 30 at-risk middle school girls. This program focuses on fostering relationships among students and on improving attendance and connectedness to school. Ginny Rogers, a senior at Hillcrest High School, solicited this YEP grant. Additionally, the Missouri State University Club de Cuentos received a grant for $200 for their literacy program for Latino immigrant children that are ages 3-10. This grant will fund 15 “I-Spy” books. These books are valuable tools in language education because they help children associate images with English words.