The Princeton Area Community Foundation has awarded $ 199,000 in COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund grants to nonprofits running summer programs that will include instruction to help students overcome learning losses caused by the pandemic.
“Through these grants, we are helping 25 non-profit organizations engage 2,900 children in educational and socio-emotional learning programs,” said Jeffrey M. Vega, President and CEO of the Community Foundation, in a press release. “We know COVID-19 has caused significant disruption in education, especially for students living in underfunded communities, and we hope these grants will help young people bounce back from some of this learning loss. and to re-engage children in the many community programs. which were forced to close last year. We also invite other donors to join us in helping nonprofits recover from the pandemic. “
For 30 years, the Community Foundation has used the power of philanthropy to make a difference in communities, connecting donors to causes they care about and providing grants and educational opportunities to nonprofits, according to the press release.
The Community Foundation created the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund in March 2020, and in addition to the nearly $ 200,000 in grants awarded for these summer programs, it has already awarded more than $ 3 million in grants to more than 100 nonprofits working to fight the food insecurity, rent assistance, mental health and other social service needs.
Some of these previous grants were awarded in conjunction with other Community Foundation grant programs, including the Bunbury Fund, Community Impact Grants / The Burke Foundation Legacy Grants, and Fund for Women and Girls.
âPhilanthropy is most effective when partners come together, mobilizing resources to make an impact and promote well-being in communities in our region,â said Sonia Delgado, administrator of the Community Foundation and chair of the Committee on impact, in the press release. âWe are very grateful for the time, talent and contributions of our funding partners, our committee and members of our core team. “
The Community Foundation created the fund by partnering with other foundations, businesses and individual donors. The late Betty Wold Johnson, George H. and Estelle M. Sands Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Bunbury Fund, The Burke Foundation, Princeton University, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Fund for Women and Girls, NJM Insurance Group, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Princeton University Class of 1965, Janssen, Billtrust, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Glenmede, Bryn Mawr Trust and Investors Foundation were among the major funders. Donate to the Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund here.
In order to begin a third phase of funding for COVID Relief and Recovery, the Community Foundation reached out to nonprofits and other stakeholders to learn more about urgent needs across the region. The learning loss caused by the pandemic and helping prepare students for a return to class this fall were among the highest priorities cited in those conversations, the statement said.
This local feedback echoed findings reported statewide.
A report published in March by JerseyCAN, an education-focused nonprofit, determined that a majority of the state’s third through eighth graders were not at grade level at the start of the 2020-21 school year in because of the pandemic, the statement said. This report also predicted that if the learning loss continued down the same path, some 393,000 students in Grades 3 to 8 would not be at grade level in English and 430,000 students would be behind in math by the end of the year. end of the school year.
Grants were awarded to the following summer programs:
Boys and Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County, Trenton, will partner with the College of New Jersey on a three-day-a-week tutoring program.
YMCA of the Capital Region, Trenton, will provide academic support to the city’s students as well as to Ewing and Lawrence.
Mercer County Catholic Youth Organization, Trenton and Ewing will provide help with virtual schoolwork and enrichment through a book club reading challenge and special science-focused events.
Every child valued, Lawrence, will run a full-day summer camp, offering academic enrichment programs in reading, language arts and math for children who live at Eggerts Crossing Village.
Hamilton Township School District, Hamilton, will be hosting four School House Pop-Up events at schools in the district.
Community development aid corporation, Trenton, to provide math enrichment, literacy and reading comprehension support, financial literacy programs, and behavioral / social / emotional / mental support to students over the summer.
HomeBefore, based in Ewing and serving county residents, will hire a teacher to create lessons for a student summer camp and provide one-on-one programs for youth who need additional academic assistance.
HomeWorks Trenton, Trenton, will offer remedial tutoring and focus on socio-emotional learning and mental health issues during her summer program.
He is, Trenton, will work with other camps and youth groups to bring students to its gardens for STEAM-focused lessons on nutrition, gardening and bee pollinators.
James R. Halsey Foundation for the Arts, Trenton, will involve a counselor in his summer film series program to talk to students about the effects of the pandemic.
Latin American Fund for Legal Defense and Education, Trenton, for a week-long summer immersion program for Trenton and Princeton high school juniors and seniors enrolled in its Futuro program.
Friends of Mercer Street, based in Trenton, but serving county residents, will work with teachers and principals to create all-day academic enrichment programs at Gregory and Rivera Elementary Schools in Trenton, and will also host a summer preschool for a maximum of 70 children.
Millhill Child and Family Development, Trenton, will collaborate with Rutgers University on a STEM camp, as well as summer camp literacy programs for K-4 students, and a summer job training program for high school and college youth.
Children of PEI, based in Lawrence but serving county residents, will offer a summer program for high-risk youth who have been or are at risk of becoming involved in the justice system.
Princeton Family YMCA, based in Princeton but serving county residents, will host a summer day camp based on a holistic approach to programming, including socio-emotional learning.
Princeton Kindergarten, Princeton; its summer kindergarten has a bilingual program and kindergarten preparation.
GET UP, based in Hightstown, will offer a summer academic enrichment program and host a Youth Leadership Conference for Borough and East Windsor students.
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, Trenton, will offer a school program designed to address learning loss, with increased support for children from immigrant families. Weekly summer camps will be offered at their Family Success Centers. Activities will support the transition to in-person schooling for children, including those enrolled in its Head Start camp. CHSNJ will partner with Fernbrook Farm, Rutgers 4H and SNAP-Ed. An outdoor STEM camp, sponsored by the state Department of Education, will also be offered.
Trenton Children’s Choir, based in Trenton and serving the county children, will host a summer camp that will include a learning academy, with instruction on study strategies and writing workshops.
Trenton Circus Team, based in Trenton and serving youth throughout the county; its summer programming will include a socio-emotional learning component.
Free Trenton Public Library, Trenton, will host a 10-week summer reading program and book clubs for Foundation Academies students, as well as other youth programs, such as Reinas Y Diamantes. The Youth Services Department also plans to sponsor a 6-week writing workshop and the Bots & Books program, combining early-level Lego robotics with literacy tutoring. The library will also offer take-home STEM projects for 13-18 year olds to work on over a 4 week period.
Trenton Music Creators, Trenton, will hold a summer session at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School which will focus on reading and storytelling and host the âTrenton Music Makers Reading Challengeâ to award prizes for reading.
UrbanPromise Trenton, Trenton; its hybrid summer camp will include an educational component to prevent learning loss during the summer. It will include lessons to develop analytical thinking and creative expression, as well as artistic, scientific and musical programming.
Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, Based in Princeton, will be working in Trenton this summer, in partnership with the YMCA of the Capital Region to offer artistic programming and theatrical improvisation workshops, as well as social and emotional learning lessons at its summer camps. .
YWCA of Princeton, Based in Princeton and serving county residents, will offer three summer programs that will include social and emotional learning lessons. It will offer a nursery for children aged 3 to 6, and ballet and robotics lessons for children aged 4 to 8.
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