Last week, the Springfield chapter of the Youth Empowerment Program made their annual spring grants totaling almost $3,000. The awards were granted to six Springfield-based programs that help kids and teens in a variety of situations on an everyday basis, from helping them get to and from school to helping those with Autism work on social skills.
The programs awarded funds include:
Parkview High School’s Ticket to Ride program: This grant is to help students who live on the far edges of the “no school bus” radius get to and from school on rainy/snowy/very cold days.
Hillcrest High School’s Market on a Hill: This is the only school-based food pantry in Springfield.
The Rare Breed: This grant will help fund a program at Rare Breed to help school kids get to school and work through the city bus system.
Lego Therapy Autism group: This group works with autistic students in helping them work on social skills . It is a cool program where the kids work together in teams of four to build lego structures based on written instructions.
Harmony House: The grant will help fund a playroom at the house. They are buying a new rug and some new interactive toys for the kids.
Isabel’s House: This grant is to fund transportation costs for children living at Isabel’s House.
The CFO and Youth Empowerment Project congratulate all of the awardees. For more information on the Youth Empowerment Project, visit yepozarks.org.