The Governor’s Office for Children and Families supports healthy choices and academic achievement. Six grants have been awarded to existing programs to increase long term healthy choices among the target population, while increasing academic achievement, by adding at least one of the following services to their program: nutritious snacks or meals, fitness services, health services, grade level reading services, or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). GOCF is proud to announce the following Youth Development Awards:
Next Level Community Development Services, Inc. - $25,500
The Center for Working Families, Inc. - $38,094
Dodge County Board of Education- $40,000
Communities in Schools of Laurens County- $33,500
The Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia- $40,000
The Speak Life Foundation, Inc. - $26,435
Next Level Community Development Services, Inc., will be adding grade level reading services to their pre-existing afterschool program located in Bibb County, GA. High school students at risk of not achieving on- time grade promotion will receive services such as reading focused instruction, reading remediation tutoring, literature circles with an enhanced technology component, vocabulary development for standardized tests, and cultural enrichments to augment reading assignments.
The Center for Working Families, Inc., as well as Dodge County Board of Education, both chose to add fitness services to their programs. The Center for Working Families, Inc. (TCFWF), will serve middle school youth at risk for academic achievement and promotion in the Fulton County, GA area. TCFWF will use the additional funding to expose youth to a total of five fitness clinics. Dodge County Board of Education will add 1.5 hours a day of fitness services during the school year, and 4 hours a day in the summer to their program for elementary school youth at risk for disengagement in school achievement.
The Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia in Glynn County, and The Speak Life Foundation will each add a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) component to their programs. The Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia will provide STEAM services to high school youth living in low income families at risk of dropping out of school by offering two ten week courses that incorporate Robotics, Club Technology and Video Production programming. The Speak Life Foundation, serving students in Fulton County, will incorporate STEAM by providing tutorial services, mentoring and counseling, career exposure and opportunities to engage in practical activities related to STEAM. The program will serve high school students who are at risk of not graduating with a high school diploma on time.
Communities in Schools of Laurens County will support elementary school youth with high retention rates and deficits in CRCT scores by adding all five service areas. The grant will create an additional program component titled the YES Program (Youth Excelling and Succeeding) by adding grade level reading and STEAM services, while supplementing the quality of nutritious snacks and fitness services that are already being provided.
The Governor’s Office of Children and Families looks forward to partnering with these programs to carry out the mission of the agency to reach, support, and empower communities to serve Georgia’s children and families.