NORMAN J. STUPP FOUNDATION GRANTS $5,0000 TO NORTH-SIDE AGENCY
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 25, 2007 - The Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Commerce Bank N.A., Trustee, has awarded The Youth & Family Center a $5,000 grant for cultural enrichment activities of the agency’s After School program.
The grant will create a wider understanding of the world among inner-city children, deepen their understanding of African-American leaders, impress the significance of the Dredd Scott decision and improve reading, writing and comprehension skills through essay writing and recitation.
“Because they lack exposure to culturally enriching activities, and because they have a limited understanding of the world around them, our children struggle to continue their post high school education,” said Herman Noah, executive director. “Without our intervention, they will suffer from a lack of self-awareness later in life. This grant is a tremendous boost to our educational efforts.”
Children will visit the Black World History Museum, the Old Courthouse, Cavalry Cemetary, the Missouri History Museum and walk in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King parade.
Over 225 children participate in The Youth & Family Center’s After School program, which includes tutoring, computer lab, athletics, educational field trips and evening meal service. In 2006, over 12,000 meals were served to children at The Youth & Family Center.
The After School program has been in operation for over 40 years, and each year, a study of area students’ report cards indicates an increased need for the program’s emphasis on the improvement of reading and writing skills.
The Youth & Family Center has operated on St. Louis’ Near North Side since 1888. Its programs are directed at young people ages 5 to 17 and include after school programs, computer and technology programs, athletics, tutoring and educational programs and life skills development activities.