YMCA Awarded $24,000 in Grants from Community Foundation

The YMCA of Rock River Valley is proud to announce it has received three grants from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois totaling more than $24,000. 
The grants support three Y programs focused on developing our youth. The grants are as follows:
 
$15,500 for the YMCA Achievers program awarded by the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
$5,000 for the YMCA Intern Challenge program awarded by the Glenn E. Thiel Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
$3,546 toward YMCA Physical Education for Lydia Urban Academy awarded by Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
 
“It is our goal to nurture the potential of every child and teen in our community,” said Michelle Gorham, Chief Advancement Officer, YMCA of Rock River Valley. “These funds allow us to continue to strengthen and expand our youth programs to make a greater impact on the lives of the next generation.” 
 
The YMCA Achiever program is a career awareness and mentoring program for area high school students. The funds for the Achievers program will go to support annual college visits. This opportunity allows students to visit regional colleges and universities and begin to see themselves in this environment. For many teens, this is their only opportunity to visit a college campus. 
 
The YMCA Intern Challenge is a summer-long elimination challenge focused on developing leadership, teamwork, and communication skills in the youth and up-and-coming generation. Students who have gone through the challenge have secured internships, paved new career paths and honed their skills. This will be the sixth year for the challenge. The funds will support the scholarships and stipends that are awarded to the students. To learn more about the Intern Challenge, visit www.ymcainternchallenge.com. 
 
Lydia Urban Academy is a non-traditional Christian high school that serves 20 at-risk students in Rockford. The school is unable to offer physical education, so it is partnering with the YMCA of Rock River Valley to provide students with physical education. Lydia students will visit the I.D. Pennock Family YMCA twice weekly for various sports and group exercise classes. 
 
About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois has been a regional leader in philanthropy since 1953. CFNIL serves as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, grow and preserve an endowment for the needs of Northern Illinois. Since its founding, CFNIL has granted more than $60 million for charitable purposes.