YMCA Awarded $35,000 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 $35,000.  The grants support three of the Y’s teen programming initiatives. The grants are as follows:
  • $25,000 for Project 505 awarded by the Glenn E. Thiel Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
  • $5,200 for the YMCA Achievers program awarded by the Glenn E. Thiel Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
  • $5,000 for the YMCA Intern Challenge program awarded by the Howard D. Colman Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois 
“These funds allow us to continue to strengthen and expand our programs targeting our youth and teen population,” said Michelle Gorham, Chief Advancement Officer, YMCA of Rock River Valley. “This is one of our community’s most vulnerable populations. We want teens to see us as an outlet for positive influence and help prepare for their future – whether that is finishing high school, going to college or pursuing a career.”
 
The funds for Project 505 will allow the Y to continue to offer free memberships to area teens in exchance for their service in the community. The Y will also be able to expand activities and programming to ensure time at the Y is engaging and meaningful. To date, the Y has 215 teens active in Project 505. Our goal is to serve 505 area teens.
 
The YMCA Achiever program is a career awareness and mentoring program for area freshmen and sophomores. 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 fifth 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.

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.