Springfield high school students from the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) presented grants to representatives from six local organizations and schools to support projects that directly impact young people in our community. The event kicked off with a grant presentation at CFO, followed by on-site presentations at Bailey Alternative School and the Southwest Center for Independent Living.
YEP gives students a voice and a brings a unique, often under-represented perspective to help address the challenges faced by young people in our community through grantmaking, service, and education. In addition to Springfield’s YEP, CFO supports fifteen additional YEP programs throughout the Ozarks.
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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